The term “Roaring Twenties” is used to describe a specific period of economic growth, but it’s an apt description for another reason — the decade was very noisy. Created by a group at the University of Southern California, “The Roaring Twenties” is an interactive site that aims to show this by letting you actually experience those sounds. Focusing specifically on New York City, the site lets you explore sound in three different ways: by location via a map, by date through a timeline, and by the type of sound produced thanks to a handy list. You can hear everything from the clang of a Chinese New Year celebration to the construction sounds of a subway tunnel expansion.
It’s become something of a habit for the NFL’s Sunday slate of games to host the latest new commercial campaigns from tech companies and this week’s been no different. Verizon is running an ad campaign titled 48 hours, in which Ed Norton and his trusty Droid Maxx run through an intense barrage of calamity, misadventure, karaoke, and romance in the space of two days. The kicker is that, at the end of it all, even after Norton’s been bagged and tagged in the morgue, both he and his Droid are still going.
Action steals the spotlight in Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-earth
It’s a big leap from cartoonish motorcycle racing game Joe Danger to a nearly infinite, sci-fi exploration simulator, but that’s where British studio Hello Games looks to go with its just-announced title No Man’s Sky. Unveiled this evening at Spike’s VGX Awards, Polygon reports that the ambitious-sounding game is said to be procedurally generated down to “every atom,” suggesting that the world that the player comes in contact with — or worlds, in this case — will be unique to their personal playing experience.
Colorcon, the world’s leading supplier of tablet coatings, provides its clients with a pill-color chart. Dots of various hues are arranged in a circle and divided into pizza slices of pinks, blues, and greens, which darken toward the edge. The chart can be overlaid with plastic sheets that are opaque but dotted with clear circles, allowing you to see some of the colors beneath. One sheet reveals the acceptable colors for pills in the E.U. and North America; another—showing intolerance for dark grays, dark greens, and the brightest pinks—also covers Japan.Ian Parker: The Search for a Blockbuster Insomnia Drug : The New Yorker
The last known speakers of American English were garbage men. In a rural county of Ohio they worked sorting trash for a nanoshuffler that emitted ozone and vitamin gas.Dead Languages | Portland Review
I’ve seen revenge films with a higher body count than RoboCop, and I’ve seen horror movies that beat it for sheer gore. But almost nothing feels quite so violent. When somebody fires a gun in RoboCop, they damn well mean it.On RoboCop: Somewhere, there is a crime happening | The Verge
Broken Age, a point-and-click adventure game from beloved studio Double Fine, is welcoming Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood and several other veteran actors to the cast. In a pair of new videos, the studio has introduced the people who will breathe additional life into the game’s already lushly illustrated world, and shared footage of both Wood and Wil Wheaton reading lines of dialogue for their characters. Wood will be playing Shay, one of the game’s two protagonists, a young boy seeking to take control of an artificially intelligent starship which has been his parent and guardian ever since birth.
Ambien can be disinhibiting and depersonalizing. Or, to quote from the label of a bottle of sleep medication used by Tina Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, on “30 Rock”: “May cause dizziness, sexual nightmares, and sleep crime.” Zolpidem enters the gut, passes into the bloodstream, squeezes through the liver, and then crosses the blood-brain barrier, to make gaba receptors more receptive to gaba. When the neurotransmitter sticks to its target, negatively charged chloride ions flow into cells, making the inside of the cells more negative, and less likely to fire. Traffic is interrupted, signals don’t reach their destinations, and the brain starts to quiet. Many people experience this as a contented swoon that silences inner chatter while giving a half glimpse of childhood; they are overtaken by sleep, like a three-year-old in a car seat.Ian Parker: The Search for a Blockbuster Insomnia Drug : The New Yorker