Joined: Nov 21, 2012
Ben Smith is a Software Engineering major entering his junior year this fall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. When not tackling complex equations or coding late into the night, he can be found reading Stephen King books in his dorm room, watching shows like Doctor Who and Mystery Science Theater 3000 (a proud export of his home state, Minnesota), and dominating the pink wedge category of Trivial Pursuit. Ben's summer goals include catching up on two years' worth of missed sleep and actually finishing Godel, Escher, Bach.
5 Roadside Attractions Worth a Stop
The Quick 10: 10 Great Colleges that Finished Second
10 Other Amazing Buildings by 2008's Olympic Architects
The Quick 10: 10 Incidents (Other Than Boycotts) That Shook the Olympics
Boycotts have caused controversy at the Olympic games in 1976, 1980, and 1984, and pressure was put on the United States and other nations to lead a boycott of the current games because of China's support of the Darfur genocide and mass displacement of re
Annotated Cinema: The Prequel!
Ed note: Here's a new idea from the All-Star Summer Interns. They're taking a movie everyone can easily find in their collection and developing an annotated "guide" to go with it. Each intern will watch the flick, find behind-the-scenes info and facts ab
4 Ways to Unleash the Power of Your Wiimote Controller
A big part of the Nintendo Wii's charm is its wireless motion-sensing controller, the Wiimote. But who knew it could do so much more than just serving as a virtual racket or bat? From pointing your Roomba to where it should go, to creating an interactive
5 Bizarre Brand Extensions We Completely Endorse!
When Harley-Davidson made motorcycle boots and leather jackets, that made sense. When the rugged brand started hawking cake decorating kits, that made less sense. And it made us laugh. Here are a five other confused brand extensions we heartily endorse. 1
5 Reasons 1980 Wasn't the Best Year for Movie Musicals
While movie musicals had their heyday in the 1940s through the 60s, by the 70s they were beginning to wane, and by 1980, they weren't doing well at all. With the selection present at the time, however, it's no big shock that they didn't. Here are some o
A Field Guide to Literary References in 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'
While it's better known for dead parrots and crossdressing lumberjacks, Monty Python has a surprisingly academic background.
The World Ends Today: 7 Modern Doomsday Predictions that Didn't Pan Out
For centuries, people have claimed to know when the world would end. Last Thursday, the House of Yahweh group from Texas announced that the end of the world was to begin June 12, 2008 (today). Not exactly the gift I had in mind for my 20th birthday. How
All Singing! All Dancing! All Failures! 4 Variety Shows that Failed to Find an Audience
These days, the TV listings are full of reality shows, with The Mole, American Gladiators, and America's Next Top Model providing entertainment to the masses. Back in the day, though, variety shows such as Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and The Carol Burnett