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6 Podcasts for the Drama Lover
Serialized storytelling has experienced a renaissance during the podcast boom.
Audio dramas have been around for almost as long as radio, but the podcasting boom has inspired a renaissance. Just as streaming platforms have transformed the way in which we consume television, the on-demand nature of podcasts makes it possible to pick and … [+1334 chars]
Emma Dibdin
2019-08-21 22:51:49




Netflix cancels ‘The OA’
“The OA” is ending after two seasons on Netflix. The series premiered in December 2016 with eight “chapters” that veered pretty far from traditional TV storytelling — the opening credits didn’t roll until nearly the end of the first episode, and episode lengt…
“The OA” is ending after two seasons on Netflix . The series premiered in December 2016 with eight “chapters” that veered pretty far from traditional TV storytelling the opening credits didn’t roll until nearly the end of the first episode, and episode lengt… [+1578 chars]
Anthony Ha
2019-08-05 20:02:52




LA-based Brainbase raises $3 million for its intellectual property licensing management tech
It’s been nearly a century since Walt Disney first introduced Mickey Mouse to the world. In the ensuing decades, Disney, and the mythmakers of Hollywood have churned out storytelling franchises that are worth billions. But the ways in which many of these myth…
It’s been nearly a century since Walt Disney first introduced Mickey Mouse to the world. In the ensuing decades, Disney, and the mythmakers of Hollywood have churned out storytelling franchises that are worth billions. But the ways in which many of these myt… [+2402 chars]
Jonathan Shieber
2019-08-19 22:36:17




Why didn't OpenAI release the "Unicorn" version of its AI storytelling software?
GPT-2 is OpenAI's language model that produces astonishingly lucid text responses to short text inputs. I've been playing around with a small model of GPT-2 ( here are installation instructions ) for a while and am shocked by the quality of many of its respon…
GPT-2 is OpenAI's language model that produces astonishingly lucid text responses to short text inputs. I've been playing around with a small model of GPT-2 (here are installation instructions) for a while and am shocked by the quality of many of its response… [+8585 chars]
Mark Frauenfelder
2019-07-24 18:17:18




New coding activities for any classroom
Since its launch in 2013, CS First, a Code with Google curriculum for elementary and middle school students, has been used by hundreds of thousands of teachers and millions of students in over 75 countries. While we’ve heard teachers love bringing the magic o…
The activities were created as the result of a pilot between the CS First team and the San Francisco United School District (SFUSD)one of four pilots that took place in the U.S. and Canada during the 2018-19 school year. The SFUSD, long recognized as a comput… [+1338 chars]
Brendan Chan
2019-08-12 17:00:00




iOS AR app Wonderscope teaches kids about bullies in space - CNET
But mostly about space.
Wonderscope's new AR experience, Clio's Cosmic Quest, teaches young readers about space. Within  Wonderscope, an augmented reality storytelling app for Apple devices, added a new interactive experience to its library of immersive, educational stories Tuesda… [+1268 chars]
Joan E. Solsman
2019-08-13 13:00:08




From ‘Boyhood’ to ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette,’ director Richard Linklater reveals four storytelling secrets
The Oscar-winning director breaks down how he solved his biggest creative hurdles of his career, including his latest film ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette.’ For most of his career, director Richard Linklater has created some of the most experimental and criticall…
For most of his career, director Richard Linklater has created some of the most experimental and critically lauded indie films, including Waking Life, the Before trilogy, and his Oscar-winning 12-year time capsule Boyhood. However, every so often Linklater s… [+6017 chars]
KC Ifeanyi
2019-08-16 06:00:28




'Game of Thrones' creators are heading to Netflix
Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been lured to Netflix, with an exclusive deal rumoured to run to nine figures. The pair will write, produce and direct new shows and movies for the streaming giant, according to Deadli…
Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been lured to Netflix, with an exclusive deal rumoured to run to nine figures. The pair will write, produce and direct new shows and movies for the streaming giant, according to Deadl… [+1085 chars]
Caitlin Welsh
2019-08-08 00:19:13




Sho Madjozi’s Mixed Up, Pan-African Rap
The South African performer pays homage to her heritage, updating it for the moment.
Alex Okosi, the director of the TV channel that hosts the BET Awards, said that language is becoming less and less relevant in pop music. Fans are choosing to enjoy the artistry, sound and creativity of music regardless of its origin, Mr. Okosi said. Shos a… [+778 chars]
Kate Hutchinson
2019-08-09 22:54:14




Become an Instagram travel influencer after taking this online class
TL;DR: Get the professional-level Insta-Famous Photography Bundle for $19. Normally priced at $194, you'll be scoring six classes at 90% off. Ah influencers. Say what you will about them, but when it comes down to it, even the biggest of cynics can’t help dou…
TL;DR: Get the professional-level Insta-Famous Photography Bundle for $19. Normally priced at $194, you'll be scoring six classes at 90% off.  Ah influencers. Say what you will about them, but when it comes down to it, even the biggest of cynics cant help do… [+1300 chars]
Jayla Andrulonis
2019-08-03 09:00:00




Imagineering In a Box: free instructional video series from Disney and Khan Academy
Imagineering In a Box is a free lecture series on Khan Academy that covers a broad swathe of elements involved in storytelling in built environments, from theming a land to landscaping, architecture, sound design, robotics, smell design (!), color, material s…
Imagineering In a Box is a free lecture series on Khan Academy that covers a broad swathe of elements involved in storytelling in built environments, from theming a land to landscaping, architecture, sound design, robotics, smell design (!), color, material s… [+2571 chars]
Cory Doctorow
2019-08-11 14:32:02




The Blackout Club is messy, buggy, weird, and I can’t stop playing it
The Blackout Cloud, a game from developer Question, is an ambitious game that relies on ARG-style storytelling tactics and suburban cult horror. The problem is that the gameplay can’t quite deliver on the promise of those ideas.
Welcome to Redacre, a sleepy little suburb nestled right in the National Radio Quiet Zone, which heavily restricts wireless transmissions of all kinds. The town is being possessed by a cast of powerful, virtue-based supernatural voices and, with the Radio Qui… [+9342 chars]
Cass Marshall
2019-07-30 22:00:00




Powerful Expressions of Indian Dance at the Drive East Festival
At A.R.T./New York Theatres, accomplished performers present the classical Indian ideal of storytelling through movement.
The brief but rich Drive East festival, at A.R.T./New York Theatres, Aug. 5-11, presents a packed program of Indian dance and music by accomplished performers from India and the U.S. One highlight is a solo evening by the Odissi dancer Bijayini Satpathy (abov… [+269 chars]

2019-07-26 09:00:00




Upcoming Exploration RPG Greedfall Has My Attention
When I was first asked to preview Greedfall, an upcoming RPG by Spiders, I didn’t really know what to expect. Its vast world, packed with ruins and frontier towns, captured a sense of discovery but also evoked a strange apprehension in me. Greedfall brims wit…
When I was first asked to preview Greedfall, an upcoming RPG by Spiders, I didnt really know what to expect. Its vast world, packed with ruins and frontier towns, captured a sense of discovery but also evoked a strange apprehension in me. Greedfall brims with… [+8201 chars]
Heather Alexandra
2019-08-19 17:00:00




'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Just Gave Tarantino His Biggest Opening Ever
It's a huge win for original storytelling in this summer of reboots and sequels.
We're currently in the middle of the most abysmal summer movie season in recent memory. Just about every attempted blockbuster is a reboot, a sequel, or whatever you want to call that awful Men in Black spinoff, and most of them have flopped horribly. Even th… [+2065 chars]
River Donaghey, Leslie Horn
2019-07-28 17:53:07




The Timeless Horror of 'System Shock 2'
Its technology and techniques are old-fashioned, but Irrational's 20 year-old horror classic still makes you a participant in its storytelling.
If I had to pick one game that was responsible for my fixation on the haunted derelict hell-hole in space genre, the answer would be Irrationals System Shock 2. System Shock 2 feels like one of the last horror games that used my own imagination to fill in … [+6230 chars]
Rob Zacny, Jason Koebler, Patrick Klepek
2019-08-12 13:42:35




Everything you need to know before the X-Men change forever
The X-Men are about to embark on a big new era of storytelling from writer Jonathan Hickman — let’s catch up with Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Professor X, and Magneto before we dive into House of X, Powers of X, and Dawn of X.
The X-Men have had a rough go in recent years, both on the big screen and on the page. But while well have to wait to see how the franchise is renewed under Marvel Studios management, their comic book rebirth is happening right now. After using his Avengers r… [+7892 chars]
Justin Carter
2019-07-24 14:11:42




The Age of Media Corporation Mega-Mergers Is Robbing Us of Bolder, Fresher Storytelling
Disney isn’t just the first studio to have five pictures cross a billion dollars at the box office in a single year and it isn’t just the biggest film studio right now. It’s the biggest film studio in the history of Hollywood. While investors are likely very …
Disney isnt just the first studio to have five pictures cross a billion dollars at the box office in a single year and it isnt just the biggest film studio right now. Its the biggest film studio in the history of Hollywood. While investors are likely very ple… [+12768 chars]
Alex Cranz
2019-08-19 17:30:00




Tropical Photo Series by Julien Coquentin
Julien Coquentin masters the art of storytelling. By mixing several disciplines, he plunges us into the heart of his very singular universe. In this series “Tropics”, the artist offers a photo series accompanied by a text and a song (and a soundtrack). At the…
Julien Coquentin masters the art of storytelling. By mixing several disciplines, he plunges us into the heart of his very singular universe. In this series “Tropics”, the artist offers a photo series accompanied by a text and a song (and a soundtrack). At the… [+377 chars]
Lola
2019-08-19 11:35:50




Everything coming to (and going from) Netflix this August
Summer may be coming to an end, but with it comes the return of so many of your favorite Netflix shows that it almost seems worth it. At the top of the month, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj returns for Season 4 and Dear White People debuts its Season 3. Down t…
Summer may be coming to an end, but with it comes the return of so many of your favorite Netflix shows that it almost seems worth it.  At the top of the month, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj returns for Season 4 and Dear White Peopledebuts its Season 3. Down … [+4277 chars]
Alison Foreman
2019-07-26 09:00:00
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