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Calendar, Night&Day Illegal Superheroes

Illegal Superheroes

In big, upper-case letters, the poster says "ILLEGAL," then explains that the man portrayed should be reported — and deported — if he entered the country "without proper authorization." The man is Superman, and people are urged to call…
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Calendar, Night&Day Disrespect your elders

Disrespect your elders

In 2008, Cory Doctorow wrote Little Brother, a young-adult novel that followed a group of teen hackers from San Francisco as they engage in a kind of technological warfare against the Department of Homeland Security as it monitors youth…
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News, The Snitch Customs Agents Intercept Smuggled Animal Skulls at San Francisco Airport

Customs Agents Intercept Smuggled Animal Skulls at San Francisco Airport

It's always interesting to see the sorts of contraband that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are intercepting in the Bay Area. About a year ago, we heaved a sigh of relief after "destructive" Pakistani insects were detected by the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Technological Difficulty

Technological Difficulty

Marcus is a 17-year-old hacker – er, high school student – living in San Francisco in the near future. And like any smart hacker – uh, teenager – he lives for technological challenges such as bypassing, disabling, and otherwise eluding…
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News, Matt Smith

Travel writer Edward Hasbrouck sues Homeland Security over travel data

In an age when Google, Apple, Facebook, Foursquare, and their ilk have made manifest the statement "privacy is dead: get over it," some of us still find ourselves annoyed by a growing culture of intrusion. A couple of weeks ago,…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead

The mall in Dead Rising is pretty much like any other you've visited. There's a bunch of women's clothing stores, a movie theater, and of course the obligatory food court. The only real difference is that it's teeming with enough…
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News, Matt Smith

Homeland Sinecurity

When I met Barry Mallek last week, he was already a couple of hours into a day of defending America from terrorist threat. Still, he seemed to be bored. When he saw me approach, he unfolded his body from a…
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