Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

When The Freshman, one of the first books released on the app, prompted me to pick a name for my character, I typed mine in full: Somdyuti Datta Ray. In Choices, players can pick interactive stories or “books” across genres like adventure, romantic drama, horror, fantasy, and mystery.

The Healing Power of JavaScript

The Healing Power of JavaScript

Ellen Ullman writes in her book Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology, “Until I became a programmer, I didn’t thoroughly understand the usefulness of such isolation: the silence, the reduction of life to thought and form; for example, going off to a dark room to work on a program when relations with people get difficult.”.

Silicon Valley Revs Up for a ‘Hot Startup’ Summer

Silicon Valley Revs Up for a ‘Hot Startup’ Summer

Many VCs expect the immediate payoffs will be for startups in categories like entertainment and travel, sectors where people will want to spend their money post-vaccine.“There are huge markets to seize right now,” says Kim-Mai Cutler, a partner at Initialized Capital, an early-stage venture firm.

Our Favorite Photography Backpack is $50 Off

Our Favorite Photography Backpack is $50 Off

It's our top backpack recommendation in our roundup of the Best Camera Bags .The bag usually costs $170, but through the end of the day on March 31, you can enter code BESTBACKPACK to get $50 off, making your total $120 shipped.

Stunning Images of Starlings in Flight

Stunning Images of Starlings in Flight

Because dusk lasts so long this far north in summer and early fall, when the sun rarely fully sets, it’s the only way Solkær can photograph the ever-changing structure of the flock.“It's only when they get attacked by predators, especially falcons, that they create these amazing images in the sky,” Solkær says.

Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Buggy. But Mostly, It Has No Heart

Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Buggy. But Mostly, It Has No Heart

My husband and I have been playing this preposterously frustrating game every evening because … well, we don’t have too much else to do right now.At its heart, it’s a Daddy Game .It’s funny that Geralt’s horse Roach keeps getting stuck in improbable places.

This Was Supposed to Be the Year of the Female Movie Hero

This Was Supposed to Be the Year of the Female Movie Hero

Hollywood had already learned, thanks to Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, that movies fronted by women could make money (duh), and in 2019 some 43 percent of the top-grossing films featured a female lead or co-lead, according to a report from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Let’s Unpack the Pendulum Rocket Fallacy

Let’s Unpack the Pendulum Rocket Fallacy

In this case, that rocket will push on the top mass in whatever direction (and magnitude) it needs to keep the thing still so it can act like a pendulum.

There's No Turning Back on AI in the Military

There's No Turning Back on AI in the Military

The Air Force and Space Force had their own “move 37” moment last month during the first AI-enabled shoot-down of a cruise missile at blistering machine speeds.

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It’s like sucking on a big, color-changing jawbreaker for a couple of years.It’s praiseworthy to have played a lot of games, just like it’s praiseworthy to have read every Jane Austen novel or watched every Jodorowsky film.“Why don’t you play, like, the new Call of Duty?

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

When people feel crushed by the everything-all-the-time of the moment, when they’re a bundle of nerves and reactivity, they can generate all kinds of stormy energies of their own.To minimize information fatigue on Twitter, I’ve organized everything into lists: left- and right-leaning sources, news organizations, Fox News, and so on.

Now Is a Great Time to Try These 5 Menstrual Products

Now Is a Great Time to Try These 5 Menstrual Products

They mostly feel just like any other pair of underwear.Even when I used the heaviest protection, I didn't feel like I was wearing thick underwear or pull-up diapers (or even a pad for that matter).

Moment's Lenses and Gear Are On Sale Right Now

Moment's Lenses and Gear Are On Sale Right Now

Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L for $120 ($30 off): Moment sells a bevy of its own bags and some from other companies.Peak Designs makes one of our favorite messenger bags , and it doesn't go on sale frequently.

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

“We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.” These symptoms are likely to be particularly intense during coronavirus-related isolation, according to Lawrence Palinkas, who researches psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments at the University of Southern California.

It's Time to Do the Things You Keep Putting Off. Here's How

It's Time to Do the Things You Keep Putting Off. Here's How

There are apps that offer to unsubscribe you from emails in bulk, but I’ve found the best way to tackle this is to just do it one-by-one.

These Photos Bend Time and Space. Literally

These Photos Bend Time and Space. Literally

In 2005, multidisciplinary artist Jay Mark Johnson flew to Germany to purchase a very special, very expensive new gadget—a hand-made digital camera capable of capturing 360-degree panoramic images at resolutions as high as 500 megapixels.

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

Like a meteor rocketing toward Earth, Music Twitter had converged for its first real moment of the decade—a presaging of future times and trends.This decade, music streaming platforms merely archived culture; they didn’t shape it in the way that we like to believe.

'Trump's Notes' Photographer Explains How He Got the Shot

'Trump's Notes' Photographer Explains How He Got the Shot

But then the press conference took a turn, as the president began reading from his notes and waving his arms, giving a clear view of the black lettering.“I quickly noticed that the pad contained large handwritten notes in Sharpie and focused my camera to capture what was on the page,” Wilson said.

The Witcher Trailer Is Here—and It's Shockingly Good

The Witcher Trailer Is Here—and It's Shockingly Good

Netflix's The Witcher Gets a New Trailer, and Henry Cavill Is Maybe a Little Bit Daddy.Remember the whole Blizzard, Hong Kong, Hearthstone story , where amazing pro player Blitzchung got banned for several months for speaking out about politics on a Blizzard stream?

Distant Galaxies? The Death Star? Nope, These Are Explosions

Distant Galaxies? The Death Star? Nope, These Are Explosions

Cooley has long used controlled flame to produce his artwork, but even a close call with personal immolation wasn’t enough to extinguish his interest in the subject.

Fly Me to the Moon … With Elephants!

Fly Me to the Moon … With Elephants!

I recently ran across an animation showing a Saturn V rocket during liftoff, but with a small modification.Video: Rhett AllainBefore it was launched, the metal ball was at rest and thus had a momentum of zero.

How Ultra-Flexible Teens Turned ‘Tricking’ Into a Sport

How Ultra-Flexible Teens Turned ‘Tricking’ Into a Sport

To add that extra twist, Guthrie needed to find a way to spin faster than any tricker before him.It's a setup maneuver that trickers use to line up their bodies for more ambitious tricks, the way a gymnast might use handsprings .

Quantum Computing Is Here! But Also Not Really

Quantum Computing Is Here! But Also Not Really

“We compare it to a Sputnik moment,” Hartmut Neven, the executive who started Google’s quantum program in 2006, told reporters, wearing a silvery jacket and boots apt for the space analogy.

What to Expect From a Pooch on a Paddleboard

What to Expect From a Pooch on a Paddleboard

First, there is the frictional force that the board exerts on the dog.And that means the dog pushes back on the board with an equal force in the opposite direction (Fdb).

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

The US Open culminates Sunday—where Serena Williams again has a chance to seize tennis immortality—but the tournament's real crowning moment came last weekend, on Day 6, between Naomi Osaka, the No. 1 ranked women's player, and Cori "Coco" Gauff, a 15-year-old rising talent of unforgettable resolve.

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Momentus will be one of the first to find out: The company announced today that its tug will launch aboard SpaceX’s first SmallSat Rideshare mission, sending a few customers to the Charlottes of space.

Even Physics Textbooks Tend to Get Friction Slightly Wrong

Even Physics Textbooks Tend to Get Friction Slightly Wrong

Let's consider a very basic physics problem involving pushing a block with a frictional force .Let's use these two ideas for some simple physics cases and see what happens.Here is the momentum principle (in 1-D):Rhett AllainNow let's use this.

The Twisty Physics of Simone Biles' Historic Triple-Double

The Twisty Physics of Simone Biles' Historic Triple-Double

Once she's in the air, Simone's center of mass will move along with a constant speed—with the same horizontal velocity at which she was running before the jump.A twist is a rotation of the human body about an axis that runs from head to feet.

Fact-Check the Physics of Captain America Hammering Thanos

Fact-Check the Physics of Captain America Hammering Thanos

If this interaction force is the only force acting on our two humanoids for the same amount of time, Captain America's change in momentum will be exactly opposite that of Thanos.

Robert Mueller's Work Is Done. Now It's Congress's Turn

Robert Mueller's Work Is Done. Now It's Congress's Turn

During close to six hours of Mueller’s testimony before two committees, House Democrats learned the hard way that you can lead a special counsel to an impeachment hearing, but you can’t make him testify.