Start Ups

New venture capitalists find strength in numbers

 Ian Rountree, the twenty something captain at the helm of Cantos Ventures, an SF-based micro-fund, is characteristic of a new breed of venture capitalists in tech — a group of  small funds looking to go toe-to-toe with some of the valley’s most entrenched seed funds like First Round Capital and SV Angel. Rountree is experimenting…

Culture & Gaming

This paper clip sim will cause your next existential crisis

GUEST: In college, I took a financial management class based on a browser-based game unimaginatively called FinGame. In theory, FinGame was meant to simulate the microeconomy of a small business, putting you in control of all its various financial and operational considerations. In reality, it was a snoozer. It had no graphics, just a spreadsheet…

Culture & Gaming

Game Boss interview: Tameem Antoniades’ journey into madness with Hellblade

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is one of the best games of the year, with its terrifying account of a warrior’s journey into the depths of the Norse underworld — and into madness itself. The game from British game studio Ninja Theory came out on August 8, and if you haven’t played it yet, you ought to….

Culture & Gaming

You’ll never see a more touching film about a 72-year-old alien experiencer

Ars talks with Love & Saucers creators Matt Ralston and Brad Abrahams at Fantastic Fest 2017. (video link) AUSTIN, Texas—Perhaps no film has ever set its tone so clearly within its first line as the new documentary Love & Saucers : “When I was 17, I lost my virginity to a female extraterrestrial,” begins 72-year-old…

Tech

How to actually do stuff on your phone while you're listening to music on YouTube

YouTube is meant for video, but as most everyone has figured out by now, it’s also great for music. You can find just about every deep cut imaginable on the platform — but listening to the tunes on the mobile app isn’t always the most enjoyable experience.  The YouTube app has one particularly egregious flaw…

Culture & Gaming

The Black Widow gives you a Ouija board to talk to the spirit of a murderer

The Black Widow is a game that lets you talk to the dead. All the dialogue is word-for-word from the trials of a woman named Louisa Collins, a convicted murderer from the 1880s. Developer Flux gives the player a virtual Ouija board and a chance to ask an animated portrait of Collins questions about what…

Science

Report: A Chemical Industry Lobbyist Is Writing Toxic Chemical Rules at Scott Pruitt's EPA

Here’s yet another sign that in the age of President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, the foxes are feasting in the coop. According to a report in the New York Times on Saturday, former George W. Bush administration official Dr. Nancy Beck has returned from a stretch with chemical… Read more…