Dr. Geek and Virtual World Television: Giant Snails and a Talk Show

Did you know that you could create your own television studio, find people interested in being your crew, and produce television shows just like they do in New York City or Hollywood?  And you could do all of this without leaving your house, sitting in your pajamas, at any time of day? This doesn’t mean using Xtranormal or TVML.  I’m not […]

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Dr. Geek: Disentangling Ourselves from the Web

I’ve joined the modern mobile world.  I took the plunge and bought a tablet.  I’d resisted buying a smartphone, mostly because I did not want to pay the exorbitant fees telecoms charge just to make owning a smartphone worthwhile.  I’d also have been deliberating for over a year what tablet to get.  I was interested last fall when Amazon announced the […]

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Dr. Geek: Do Zombies Have Your Brains?

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!” If you know that line, where it comes from, what the “they” are, then there’s a good chance you are a zombie fan.  If you’ve ever argued which is better, the slow zombie of George Romero fame or the fast zombie of Danny Boyle fame – or even which is the “real” zombie — […]

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In Depth: Can the OUYA succeed and why should we want another home console?

The OUYA promises a $99 Android powered home console/dreamland for indie developers, but why? I don’t ask “why?” to be a good old-fashioned Debbie Downer, or even a Negative Nacy (or any other combination of adjective and name paired by alliteration), but rather to pose the very real question that the people behind OUYA should be asking; why do we […]

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Dr Geek: And Geeks Shall Inherit Space

Once upon a time, a call went out across the United States for men who had “the right stuff.”  Men who were fearless.  Men who were smart.  Men who were brave.  Men who could take commands.  Men who could handle cramped spaces, the rollercoaster ride from Hell, and the possibility of a hot, cold, or very wet death.  And men […]

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Dr. Geek: Facebook Gets Punched in the Face

With over 900 million users, it’s hard to simply call Facebook a social network.  As a virtual community, it has the third largest population in the world, and could surpass India to become second only to China.  As Facebookistan, it generates revenue and investments that rival many other national economies.  People live and die, meet and separate, laugh and cry, […]

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Dr. Geek: The Next Generation of Video Game Consoles

What was the first video game console system you played on?  Was it a PlayStation 2?  A Sega Dreamcast?  A Super Nintendo Entertainment System?  An Atari 2600?  A Magnavox Odyssey? In 1972, Magnavox released the Odyssey as the first computer system built to connect to a television set in order to allow people to play digital games in the comfort […]

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Dr. Geek: The $6 Million Contact Lens: The Marrying of Cybernetics and Augmented Reality

You’re in the middle of Hyderabad, India, on the hottest day of the year.  You’re there for a business / pleasure trip, researching Bollywood culture for your book on globalized fandom.  You’re looking for the easiest way to get to Ramoji Film City, a Bollywood response to Disneyland.  You would ask someone, but your previous attempts at handling the region’s […]

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Dr. Geek: SOPA and PIPA: Combating Online Piracy or Curtailing Participatory Culture?

We often hear how the Internet and the World Wide Web were founded on, and should promote, the fundamental tenets of democracy.  These technologies should be held as virtual spaces for open public discourse, to encourage conversation and innovation, and to promote the ideals of equality and fraternity around the globe.  Being structured and lauded as open spaces, with no […]

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