Driving down New Jersey’s Route 34, you immediately knew who was going to Formula Drift and who was not. A long file of lowered Subaru WRXs, stanced BRZs, enloudened Mitsubishi Evos and lowered Volkswagen Golfs, right turn blinkers flashing frenetically, awaited their turn into the stadium parking lot during one Saturday in early June for the fifth round of the 2018 Formula Drift Championship at Wall Stadium in Wall Township, New Jersey. The good news was that the sun was out. The bad news was also that the sun was out, and it was precisely that kind of humid East Coast summer day that had you wishing for rain—perhaps the single worst thing to wish for right before a drift event. I was there early, already sticky at 9:20 a.m., to pick up my media credentials. The gates wouldn’t open for official practice until 11, and the parking lot was already filling with fans: Dudes wearing Formula Drift/Monster Energy tank tops. Dudes shotgunning beers. Dudes having a cookout … [Read more...] about Go To Formula Drift And Die Happy
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When I met Jocelyn, a Parkersburg, West Virginia woman in her early 20s, she was coming off her fourth job interview at the third fast food restaurant in two weeks. She’d made it to the second round with the manager, who’d just told her he wanted to know “how it looked on paper.” On paper, she looked great; her resume listed two previous management positions at fast food franchises before the age of 22. But he was referring to the other paper: the birth certificate. Eight months into Jocelyn’s gender transition, this was her norm. Sometimes potential employers asked for a letter from her therapist affirming that gender dysphoria is a legitimate medical issue, and that she has been diagnosed with it—but by the time potential employers reached that question, she knew it was pointless. As far as Parkersburg’s anti-LGBTQ residents are concerned, Jocelyn is a “biological male.” She says that, in the end, the manager told her that her … [Read more...] about How Transphobic Anti-LGBTQ Groups Hijacked a Small Town’s Fight for Equality
A few hours into Titanfall 2’s unexpectedly fantastic single-player campaign, there’s a mission where everything pivots. The rules change, the story expands, and the game shifts into high gear. That mission is called “Effects and Cause,” and it is really good. This piece originally appeared on November 9, 2016. “Effects and Cause” is the fifth of Titanfall 2’s nine story missions. It’s the most important mission in the game for a few reasons. It introduces the Fold Weapon, a world-destroying supergun that you spend the rest of the game trying to track down and destroy. It develops the relationship between your character Jack and his robot BT in some small but important ways that pay off down the line. And, most strikingly, it introduces a new time-traveling mechanic that cleanly wipes away whatever “Call of Duty with robots” preconceptions you may have had about what a single-player Titanfall campaign was going to be. … [Read more...] about The Mission That Proved
If you asked people to name the two non-European countries in the world with the highest percentage of its population online, chances are that most of them wouldn't choose New Zealand and Qatar. Nonetheless, a 2013 report from the Broadband Commission put these two countries eighth and tenth respectively on the global league table, behind countries such as Iceland (which topped the list), Norway (which came second) and Finland (seventh), but ahead of the UK (12th), the USA (24th), Japan (29th) and Singapore (33rd). Read this Euro 2012: How mobile has been a game of two halves in Poland Co-host Poland prepared for the tournament with ubiquitous QR codes and extra infrastructure as fans sent mobile data and voice usage skywards Read More Qatar - home to two million people and perhaps best known as the host of the 2022 World Cup – recently highlighted the value it places on ICT with the publication of its first National Broadband … [Read more...] about As the World Cup countdown begins, can Qatar score with raft of new broadband goals?
I am torn. On the one hand, I don't take to being ordered around too kindly. On the other, when I watch (and listen to) actress Scarlett Johansson in "Her," I'm enchanted by the idea of software that actually cares about me.So, when I heard that General Motors is reportedly inserting technology that tracks your head and eye movements into its cars -- in order to warn you when you're misbehaving behind the wheel -- my instincts expressed schizophrenic tendencies. The insertion of such nagging software in GM cars is rumored to happen as early as 2016. So I thought I'd talk with Ken Kroeger, CEO of Seeing Machines, the company that created the software, to nag him a little. Seeing Machines, an Australian vehicle safety tech company, has partnered with Japanese safety company Takata in order to ensure what Seeing Machines describes as "total safety on the roads." It says the deal will Takata will "deliver the first ever mass-manufactured implementation of a driver-monitoring system that … [Read more...] about Tech that nags drivers: It’s about safety (and GDP)