Microsoft attempted to release a new interactive Twitter bot that would try to have conversations with people. To no one’s surprise, Twitter users quickly figured out how to get it to say lots of horrible things. You would think that they would have expected this and would have tried harder to find some way to keep it from saying anything too offensive.
Today’s XKCD basically describes a sizable fraction of my career working underground in salt mines.
xkcd posted a particle physics related comic for Christmas this year.
CERN put out a press release today claiming to have discovered the Force at the LHC. As you probably know, the Force is the mystical energy field permeating everything in the known universe that is best known for giving the Jedi their powers. There’s no word yet on the possible existence of midichlorians…
There is a new Cards Against Humanity science expansion set that has just been released. While Cards Against Humanity is mostly known for being a wildly offensive version of Apples to Apples, this expansion is actually for a good cause. The proceeds will be used to fund undergraduate scholarships for women interested in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Comedy Central has announced that Jon Stewart will be stepping down from the Daily Show after hosting the show for many years. With Stephen Colbert also ending his show, this means that the two most prominent satirical news personalities and also probably the two most important comedians at Comedy Central will have left at nearly the same time. This will almost certainly be a major blow to Comedy Central, assuming Stewart doesn’t just switch to a new show on the same network.
It seems that it will still be at least a few months before Stewart leaves. Once that happens, the reports say that Comedy Central plans to keep the show going. Unlike the Colbert Report, the Daily Show will likely continue. While Jon Stewart was on the show for well over a decade, he wasn’t the first person to lead it and, it seems, won’t be the last.
A few days ago, the shopping channel QVC featured a heated discussion on whether the moon is a planet or a star. Not surprisingly, the moon is neither. The moon is a moon.