Chirp! Captioning BB-8 in The Force Awakens

Closed captioning is, at heart, an interpretative and creative practice. Closed captioners need to interpret the changing meanings of BB-8’s beeping sounds and convey them to readers. Note that captioning nonspeech sounds does not typically focus on what they sound like but what they mean. At a fundamental level, captioning is about the function and meaning of sounds in context, not their formal sonic properties.

How do you make wind turbines without blades?

Scientists hope to hugely reduce the cost of wind energy by removing the blades from wind farms, instead taking advantage of a special phenomenon to cause the turbines to violently shake.

Be Careful What You Code For

How many developers out there are trying to write green code? At best, folks are thinking about the cost-per-computation, but most developers are pretty sloppy with code and data. And there’s no LEED-certified code. Who is going to start certifying LEED code!?

How My Father Taught Me To Love Devil Women

Watching Diamanda Galás, I am not Michelle who is small and embarrassed. “Are you scared, Booski?” my dad says to me from the couch.

I am not sure when my Dad started calling me Boo, and its every incarnation: Booski, Booski Chillin, Boo-boo-boo-boo-boo-boo-boo-boo-boo-boo-boo. Boo is not a pet name, but it’s a way for my Dad to say: I see you, and I care. I unfold myself off the floor, and walk over to the couch and drape myself across his lap.

“No, I like it,” I say, my eyes still on Diamanda. “I wish she could meet Mrs. Stringer.”