A Guide to Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

A Gawker Guide to Last-Minute Christmas GiftsChristmas is only five days away, and it’s likely that some of us (ahem) haven’t done any shopping at all. Need some ideas? Here are some gift suggestions for the various weirdos you might still have to shop for. Continue reading

How Cars Are Getting Fatter

How Cars Are Getting FatterSpiky-headed weight-loss guru Susan Powter once pleaded with the country’s overfed citizens to “stop the insanity.” Some heeded her advice (Kelly Osbourne), some didn’t (David Anthony Higgins; anyone who’s eaten multiple KFC Double Downs). The auto industry didn’t either.

Tightening safety regulations, feature bloat and heightened demand for cars that consumers perceive to be safer (i.e., larger ones) have led to the enfattening of automobiles over three decades. These larger, heavier cars have amassed tremendous technical complexity, much of which has gone toward managing the physical stresses of size while retaining a semblance of fuel efficiency. Continue reading

What If A Video Game Was Poetry?

What If A Video Game Was Poetry?

Autumn leaves fall. A cup of coffee cools near a window in the winter. And Ian Bogost has done something risky. He’s made four minuscule games for a dead gaming machine. And he’s called these video games “poems.” Continue reading