films, Geek Culture

Holograms and Replicants: Joi and K’s Relationship in Blade Runner 2049

A discussion of the relationship between an android and a hologram, and what it means to be human. Major spoilers for Blade Runner 2049 ahead.

Television

Thoughts on Mr. Robot (& Character Aesthetics)

Since season three is right around the corner, and I've managed to catch up with the first two seasons just in time, I thought I would share my thoughts on the popular Amazon Prime series, Mr. Robot. Plus, I've made aesthetics three of my favourite characters from the show.

Lifestyle, me, Science and Technology

Google, Sexism and Freedom of Speech

Do you want to know how many times I've heard that as a woman I'm somehow less capable of doing a certain job? That women are generally less intelligent than men, that they're less hardworking, that they're not as good at coping with high-stress jobs?

films, Science and Technology

‘Hidden Figures’: Film Review

I don't watch a lot of "based on a true story" movies. In fact, most of the movies I watch are firmly rooted in sci-fi, fantasy and comic books. They couldn't be any further from true. And it's even rarer that I'll really love a movie that doesn't fall into these categories. But I'd heard great things about Hidden Figures, and as a woman in science and technology myself, I felt like this was a film I couldn't miss...

Science and Technology

5 Reasons You Should Learn to Code

Coding is everywhere. And with good reason.

Gaming, Geek Culture, Science and Technology

Meet Virtual Reality – and Meet its Limitations

With keen early-adopters starting to receive the Oculus Rift today, you wouldn't be blamed for thinking that we've finally made it into the world of virtual reality gaming. But despite how attainable this technology might seem, and indeed it is - the first Oculus Rift was hand-delivered by its creator, Palmer Lucky this weekend - the question still remains: is this technology ready to be adopted by the masses?

Lifestyle, Science and Technology

Do We Really Want a Dislike Button?

Remember a few years ago when people couldn't stop talking about how Facebook needs a dislike button? Facebook have decided to listen, and I can’t help but wonder “why?” According to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the button will enable users to easily express empathy when a friend posts about a negative event which users wouldn't feel comfortable liking,… Continue reading Do We Really Want a Dislike Button?

Gaming, Geek Culture, Psychology and Mental Health

Why Are Horror Games Scary?

Unlike most games, horror games don't motivate you with the prospect of victory, but with the urgent need to escape. They’re about reacting to an uncontrollable environment, fuelled by our fight-or-flight response, which quickly spurs our fingers into action as we rapidly lose half our ammo trying to kill our attacker (or in my case, by… Continue reading Why Are Horror Games Scary?

Science, Science and Technology

Are Colouring Pencils the Newest Tool For Doctors?

In a recent paper, a group of scientists have investigated a new technique for clinical testing, which seems to largely revolve around using colouring pencils and paper, very similar to the toolkit we (hopefully, if the digital age hasn't gone too far) all possess for writing, colouring and drawing - but with a few differences… Continue reading Are Colouring Pencils the Newest Tool For Doctors?