Author: JohnValbyNation

Who's Going to Buy the International Space Station?

For sale: orbiting space station. Room for eight. Fantastic views of Earth. Commercial opportunities for zero-g manufacturing, research lab, or floating hotel. Cost: $3 to 4 billion a year. Any takers? President Trump’s new budget request, released Monday, directs NASA to leave behind the International Space Station and explore the moon as a first step…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0

With Black Ops 4, Call of Duty Takes Aim at a Fortnite World

Blackout, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's new game mode, begins the same way all battle-royale sequences do. You fly over a remote warscape—this time, in a series-appropriate attack helicopter—and drop in, bristling with fear and aggression. What follows is by now a familiar sequence, popularized by battle-royale phenomena like PlayerUnknown's Battleground and Fortnite: scramble…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0

Spike Lee Is at His Searing Best With BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee's white-hot genre mash-up BlacKkKlansman initiates its course in the early 1970s. It's a time “marked by the spread of integration and miscegenation,” according to an unnamed race theorist in the opening sequence (he’s played with palpable animosity by Alec Baldwin). In Colorado Springs, he continues, a sect of “true, white Americans” sense a…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0