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HOT LIST: Alternate Realities, Classic Comedy, Simple Snacks

on Wednesday, Feb. 6th

Never Built: Los Angeles (Kickstarter Campaign)

I need this to become a reality. You see, I have a thing about the alternate versions of cities, the one’s that got away, and this Kickstarter campaign to create an exhibit at Los Angeles’ A+D Architecture and Design Museum of the LA that almost was? It’s almost a dream come true. Models, plans, and a giant floor map will turn the museum into a vision of this alternate LA. -Noah Nelson


Mel Brooks on Marc Maron’s WTF (Podcast)

If Mel Brooks hadn’t existed, the world would be a much less funny place. This week on the WTF Podcast we get to know his story a little better. The 86 year old who made Blazing Saddles, The History of the World Part 1, and Young Frankenstein, basically tells the story of the last 50 years of American comedy.

Later this week, WTF will turn to Brooks’ long-time writing partner and friend, Carl Reiner.-Ike Sriskandarajah

Apple and Peanut Butter (Food)

Why didn’t anyone tell me about this before last week? -Noah Nelson

Corey McCall with the video game controller that measures the level of excitement in the player. Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

These Game Controllers Will (One Day) Read Your Mind

A version of this story airs on NPR/WBUR’s Here & Now.

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Virtual Reality’s Future Hinges on Presence and Patience

There are two reoccurring themes in the reports out of this past weekend’s Oculus Connect developers conference in Hollywood.

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The Dumbest Case Against Games Journalists You’ll Ever Hear

WARNING: Contains Opinions.

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The Good And Bad Memes In #Ferguson Race Conversations

A friend of mine launched a depressing conversation recently, and asked me how much I think he is worth.

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Amazon Joins Mobile Payment Game, But Have They Lost The Magic Touch?

Once upon a time it seemed that Amazon could have been destined to be that rare company that could do no wrong.

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