FROM Peter Rubin
A pun is not the lowest form of humor. Just ask this punslinger “A pun is the lowest form of humor,” according to the musician and humorist Oscar Levant. That’s the pun-haters version of the quote, though. Pun-lovers say the quote really goes, “A pun is the lowest form of humor when you don't think of it first.” There are actually lots of people who hold the famously low form of humor in high esteem. Case in point: there are pun competitions around the world, including the O. Henry Pun-off World Championship , which Wired senior editor Peter Rubin (fearfully) recently competed in.
Here Comes Oculus Rift The first Oculus Rift Virtual Reality systems are shipping out today, which means that in the upcoming days and weeks, consumers will be able to tune out the election by donning a headset and tune into outer space, or Pari, or any number of virtual worlds. Now that virtual reality is readily accessible to the public, where’s it headed?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.