For the past few years, Topless Robot
has run a column called Fan Fiction Friday
(NSFW text, criticising the worst of the worst in fan-fiction
(probably NSFW), crack-fiction, vile fan-fic and bad grammar in a style similar to MST3K.
Several weeks ago Topless Robot founder Rob Bricken
made the leap to Gawker Media's science-fiction-and-science website io9, and announced to the surprise of many that FFF would continue
in (NSFW) io9 editor Annalee Newitz announced that FFF would be cancelled
claiming "it's not going to work on io9". [more inside]
An anonymous hacking outfit called "Gnosis" has infiltrated Gawker Media
, hijacking the front page
and leaking the company's internal chat logs, source code, and content databases along with the usernames, email addresses, and passwords of over 1.3 million users
(including Gawker staff). The attack, which was motivated by what the group describes as the "outright arrogance"
with which the company's bloggers taunted anonymous imageboard 4chan (semi-previously)
, affects every site in the Gawker network, including Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Jezebel, Deadspin, Jalopnik, and io9. While most of the leaked passwords are encrypted, more than 200,000 of the simpler ones in the torrent file have been cracked, and the links between account names and email addresses are in plaintext for all to see. Since the integrity of Gawker's encryption methods remains in doubt
, it is recommended that anyone who has ever registered an account on any Gawker property change their passwords immediately, especially if the same log-in information is used for other services.
Five imaginary movies about your favorite childhood games
. In reaction to Ridley Scott's Monopoly
and Peter Berg's Battleship
(each a real-life film in development), io9 posits about the as-yet-imaginary movies-to-come, once the "board game movie" craze takes off, of Darren Aronofsky's Pac-Man
, J.J. Abrams' Candy Land
, Werner Herzog's Tic-Tac-Toe
, Paul Verhoeven's Snakes and Ladders
, and Joss Whedon's POGs
. [more inside]