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In neither the T-Mobile nor the AT&T case, however, did the salespeople evince uncontrolled rapture. They were all extremely charming, even if the gentleman at AT&T was slightly over-excitable. So over-excitable that he admitted he had Verizon on his personal phone because the AT&T reception was so poor where he lived. … [Read more...] about Galaxy S10 selling surprisingly well? I went to T-Mobile and AT&T to find out
Hometown hero Arriving at the Monte Carlo train station is a spectacle unto itself. A mob of F1 fans snake out of the station and pack the streets outside, with merchandise stands lining nearly every major road and alcove. Ferrari billboards greet you at each turn as you wind your way down to La Rascasse—the area near the “Fan Zone,” which includes free slot car racing, photo opportunities, esports booths, and more. These same types of diversions are available at other F1 races, like at Texas’ Circuit of the Americas track, but there’s something exhilarating about having it all packed within the small city confines of Monaco. You feel like you’re in the middle of everything. … [Read more...] about Can a trip to the iconic Monaco Grand Prix cure an F1 cynic?
This was a tumultuous period of enlightenment, when new scientific ideas were flourishing and conflicting with religious institutions, and political intrigue was everywhere. There are four sections, each narrated by a different character, each remembering their version of the 1663 arsenic poisoning of a man named Robert Grove many years later. A servant girl confessed, but the four witnesses—an Italian physician, the son of an alleged Royalist traitor, a cryptographer, and an Oxford archivist—each identified a different culprit, and only one will ultimately reveal the truth about what really happened. Pears masterfully evokes Restoration England, as Charles II regained the throne after Oliver Cromwell's short-lived attempt at a republic, and his characters (historical figures and fictional ones) are richly detailed. It's a long book but so riveting that you'll be tempted to devour it as fast as possible, and you'll be pondering the nature of truth entirely by the … [Read more...] about Ars’ summer reading guide for our very surreal summer
I quickly got hooked, and the rest is history. For a period of about five years, the only books I read were based in the Discworld universe. To this day, despite reading them a half-dozen times, Reaper Man and Night Watch still make me cry like a baby. I played the Discworld MUD for quite a while, and the Discworld point-and-click video game isn't half bad. I have possibly even acted in some of the stage play adaptations by Stephen Briggs. (No, I didn't play Nobby; Vetinari is more my kind of guy.) As a writer, I still find myself unintentionally copying Pratchett's phrasing and jokes more often than I'd like. Pratchett's joint effort with Neil Gaiman on Good Omens also turned me onto another brilliant British author from my end of the woods in England. … [Read more...] about Sir Terry Pratchett finally meets the