In 1961, a train hit a school bus outside Greeley, Colorado, killing 20 kids. Kevin Vaughan’s 33-chapter story on the crash was published in 2007 to great acclaim, but it subsequently disappeared from the Internet entirely. Luckily, Vaughan had it stored on a DVD — here is the story in it’s entirety.
Pioneering neurologist and author Oliver Sacks died Sunday, August 30 at age 82. In his writings about patients’ sometimes bizarre case studies — which he would call “neurological novels” — Sacks was able to draw out the humanity in pathology. Steve Silberman wrote about Sacks’ own case study in 2002.
At age 85 — five decades into an almost comically illustrious writing career that has seen her reinvent entire genres, sell millions of books, and win the outright worship of literary peers — Le Guin is unquestionably old now, with fogged olive eyes and a stooped (if still bustling) gait. She has also said what she thinks with unusual relish of late.
In the early 1990s, experimenters and entrepreneurs were immersing lucky test-users in fantastic (and sometimes nauseating) artificial worlds. The equipment was funkier, the resolution was spottier, and the money wasn’t nearly as big — but writers and pundits at that time were expounding on the same themes that captivate us about virtual reality in 2015. No document in that period captured the virtual zeitgeist as well as John Perry Barlow’s 1990 “Being in Nothingness.”
“TACKLE!” the head coach yells, and thus begins a five-minute period the likes of which most of us haven’t seen in American football. Yes, the University of New Hampshire football team, the best in the FCS, is about to practice tackling. But before doing so, 25 players drop their helmets on the turf.
Ten years ago, WIRED contributing editor Joshua Davis wrote a story about four high school students in Phoenix, Arizona — three of them undocumented immigrants from Mexico —beating MIT in an underwater robot competition. That story, La Vida Robot, has a new chapter: “Spare Parts,” starring George Lopez and Carlos PenaVega, opens in January, and Davis is publishing a book by the same title updating the kids’ story. To mark that occasion, WIRED is republishing his original story.
Way back in October 2008, my now husband and I went on our first date. On our one year anniversary, his gift to me was a Word doc of all of our text messages since our first date (what he likes to refer to as #thegiftofdata). To celebrate our six year anniversary, I decided to take his present to the next level. I took a look at all of our text messages from our first year of dating and compared them with our text messages from the past year as an engaged couple and then newlyweds.
With all his experience, Hoot Gibson could make the trip — a relatively short course over Lake Michigan and Green Bay — with his eyes closed. Any airline pilot could — just get the plane up to cruise altitude and set in the autopilot until it was time to land. After 15,000 hours of flying, it certainly was not the skill that would make a pilot find out just how much he was really worth.