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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 10:39

‘Countdown’ lacks app-titude

Horror films have long served as a reflection of society’s real-life fears. Seeing the things that scare us outsized and twisted on the big screen can give us a different perspective on that which we fear.

The ubiquity of the internet and the various concerns it inspires have led to a wealth of horror movies built on a foundation of those (often well-founded) fears. Whether it’s the addictive qualities, the social disconnect, the constant surveillance and lack of privacy or any one of a dozen other things, there’s plenty of scary stuff about the internet.

And when you’ve got scary stuff, you’ll eventually get scary movies. Or at least, movies that TRY to be scary.

The latest iteration of the “internet is evil” horror subgenre is “Countdown,” a nonsensical supernatural thriller whose basic conceit seems to be that ignoring the terms of service will kill you. It’s a slapdash attempt to mine the internet for scares, throwing a filter over the standard “evil curse” narrative and calling it a day. It meanders and flails, jumbling together a mess of clichés and assorted tropes without ever committing to anything consistent. In fact, the only thing consistent about this movie is its unrelenting stupidity.

Published in Movies

Animated film little more than a cynical cash grab 

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:44

Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8 billion

SAN FRANCISCO Seeking a wider digital audience, Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion in a deal that marks the end of an era for a company that defined much of the early internet but struggled to stay relevant in an online world dominated by Google and Facebook.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:32

'Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art'

New book explores cultural evolution by way of the internet

In a world increasingly driven by rapid advancement in technological capabilities, it can be a little weird to exist as one of those people who, by accident of birth, straddles the line between those largely disconnected from the internet world and those who have no concept of a world without it.

Published in Tekk

The Internet can be intimidating with headlines about hackers, cyberbullying and phishing scams. June is National Internet SafetyMonth, giving parents the opportunity to talk to their kids about these issues and the importance of safe Internet use. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, 92 percent of teens report going online daily, with 24 percent noting they go online 'almost constantly.'

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 15:04

Bad Internet! No Biscuit!

An information addict's retort

Feeding information into my noggin is one of my greatest motivations for waking up in the morning. If I made a list of such motivations, it would be about third on the list, sitting underneath 1: making my wife laugh and 2: driving my wife insane, and just above pondering the logistics of genetically altering pigs to fly. 

Seriously, bacon airlines. Who's ever thought of it? This guy. Gigantic pigs the size of 757s, and when they can't carry people anymore, we make a humongous platter of bacon, give it to Denny's at just above market price based on the fact that people would pay dollars of dollars to eat formerly flying bacon. I'd be a thousandaire.

Published in Tekk
Thursday, 08 November 2012 08:21

The sunny side

When I have downtime, I troll the interwebs where I am involved (in the virtual sense) with a couple of multiples groups online. I've made long-distance friends with several moms of multiples, and we trade tips, ask advice and even swap items (I totally nailed a great deal on a triplet stroller just last week solid).

But one of my friends recently posted about how someone called her fake for posting cute pictures and happy status updates about her life. The notion that someone's life is supposed to precisely mirror their Facebook statuses seems weird to me. With very few exceptions, I don't post pictures of my kids screaming or crying, I don't post pictures of myself looking like a hot mess, I keep my whiny status updates to a minimum (this is subject to debate, I'm sure), and to the untrained eye it may appear that I am just breezing through raising three kids while seamlessly maintaining a job and household. Let me just say, ha!

Published in Edge Staff Mom

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