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SciFriday: What Will eBay Ban Next? Superman?

The move against 'Chillerama' and 'Teenage Werebear' is silly, Michael Hinman says

If you take a look online, there are some great promotional pictures of "Smallville" star Tom Welling donning the famous Superman suit. Sorry "Smallville" fans, I'm more of a Batman guy, so I'm not sure if Welling actually wore the costume in the series or not, but he did look great in those photos. ...

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SciFriday: Finally, An Amazing Star Wars MMO

But will genre fans give up Star Trek Online for Star Wars: The Old Republic?

To help celebrate nearly a year beefing online, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (you know, the MMORPG) Star Trek Online went from being a subscription-based game to free-to-play. Basically, that means if you buy the game, you can log in and not have to pay a monthly subscriptio ...

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When Social Media Gets Out Of Control

The push for content sometimes takes real bad turns

We have forums as part of Airlock Alpha and the GenreNexus website, but you rarely read about them in things I write, and rarely you will see my posting there. I know that having these community areas are important for readers like you to have a place to congregate and share thoughts and opinion ...

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SciFriday The 13th: Not So Unlucky

Michael Hinman shares what's been traditionally his unlucky day

Well, I strongly believe there are no such thing as ghosts (although I won't deny that there might be unexplained energy floating around out there) and that superstitions are just that. But I have to admit that I'm still hesitant to kill a spider, break a mirror, or continue down a path that a bl ...

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SciFriday: Is San Diego Comic-Con Too Big?

Michael Hinman thinks it might be ... but what can be done?

You can't be an entertainment news outlet of any sort without planning a (very expensive) trip to San Diego Comic-Con each July. A convention that started out with just a few hundred people sharing their love of comic books, this event has become a huge economic boost to the San Diego community b ...

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SciFriday: Don't Wait Until It's Too Late

Was it time to talk 'Doctor Who,' or are we jumping the gun?

Well, I get approached on an almost monthly basis asking me to use Airlock Alpha to back a fan campaign to save a show. Almost every single time, I say no. Not because I don't like the show, or admire the passion of those fans who want to save it. But because it's pretty much a waste of time. ...

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SciFriday: Ratings Are Far From Meaningless

Should 25,000 people decide what the rest of the world watches? Yes

Every so often, I find myself using the SciFriday platform to defend television ratings. It seems that efforts to measure television audiences from companies (well, company) like The Nielsen Co. is so hated, that I am almost a lone voice in support of Nielsen. And no, I've never received a dime f ...

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SciFriday: This Is Not The Way To Curb Online Piracy

Congress is considering a bill that could bring a free Internet to its knees

This really isn't the forum where I like to get political. Hell, even in my personal life, I try to stay out of the two things that get people in trouble the most: politics and religion. Yet, here I am. For the first time in the more than 13 years I've run Airlock Alpha, I am bringing forth my op ...

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SciFriday: I'm Not Against 3-D, Just Annoyed By It

Does 'Star Trek 2' really have to follow this dying trend?

About 15 years ago, I had to blame James Cameron for making me spend a lot of money at the theater. Yes, I was one of those people who were in love with "Titanic," and would watch it multiple times, with multiple people, and never felt it would get old. I later had a chance to actually touch a p ...

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SciFriday: Beware Of Tribbles In Next Star Trek Movie

PLUS: Internet is abuzz with news Oprah Winfrey will play a Klingon

We have finally entered the fun part of "Star Trek 2's" pre-production process where speculation -- and bad rumors -- begin to circulate about the new film. Of course, I'm only assuming they're bad rumors, because I don't know what's really being planned for the film. But I have to say, I serious ...

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