Video of the Day: LEGO Particle Accelerator

Embedded above and on YouTube here: This is a working particle accelerator built using LEGO bricks. I call it the LBC (Large Brick Collider). It can accelerate a LEGO soccer ball to just over 12.5 kilometers per hour. By JK Brickworks. (Via.)

Frontline’s ‘United States of Secrets’

If you haven’t watched it yet, clear a few hours from your schedule at some point and watch the two-part Frontline special on the NSA and Edward Snowden that ran in May. It’s called “United States of Secrets.” Even if, like me, you think you understand the history of the NSA and the general technical […]

My Story on Lazada and E-Commerce in Indonesia

My newest story focuses on a rapidly expanding startup, Lazada Indonsesia, that’s aiming to be the country’s The piece also looks at the promise of e-commerce in the populous country. It begins: JAKARTA—Executives at Lazada Indonesia, a fast-growing e-commerce startup aiming to be the of Southeast Asia, faced a couple of unexpected challenges […]

On ‘Interstellar’

The latest in a series of posts about sci-fi and post-apocalyptic movies, which I love: I’m late in noting this, as it was released several weeks ago, but: Go see “Interstellar.” While it’s in the theater. In IMAX,* if possible. Gorgeous cinematography. Powerful music — and use of silence. Conceptually daring. Hugely ambitious in its […]

My Chat With Evernote CEO Phil Libin

Online and in yesterday’s WSJ Asia print edition: my Q&A with Evernote Chief Executive Phil Libin. He discussed innovation in metropolises, challenges Evernote will face in an era of wearable devices and smart appliances, and…his love of durians.

Animated GIF of the Rosetta Mission

Worth pondering: The successful, seemingly-too-crazy-to-be-true Rosetta mission to land a spacecraft on a comet comprised much more than just the recent touchdown. Of course, it took years of planning to execute. Check out this really cool animated GIF to see how everything came together: This GIF of the Rosetta mission is incredible: — […]

Our Exclusive Friday: Twitter’s Opening a Hong Kong Office

As I wrote here: Twitter Inc. plans to open an office in Hong Kong early next year to serve greater China and tap advertising revenues from Chinese companies that are quickly expanding, an executive said. Shailesh Rao, Twitter’s vice president for Asia Pacific, the Americas and emerging markets, told The Wall Street Journal in an […]

Trailer for ‘Chappie,’ New Film by ‘District 9’ Director

File under: posts about sci-fi thrillers… Here’s the trailer for “Short Circuit,” “Chappie,” a movie due out in March by “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp. Yes, it features Hugh Jackman with what appears to be a mullet haircut. Yes, the film also features the members of Die Antwoord.

…And the Santa Hats Are Out in Singapore!

I Tweeted this yesterday: Xmas spirit: It's only early November, but the Santa hats are in full effect at this Singapore cafe! — Newley Purnell (@newley) November 5, 2014 One question: Does this mean the staff at my local cafe will be wearing these caps for the next seven weeks?

Consumers in India Can Now Pre-Book Their Whoppers — on Ebay

That’s the subject of a story I wrote today: Indian consumers have in recent months shown a penchant for ordering goods like smartphones in short-lived, online sales called “flash sales.” Now Burger King is trying to get them to pre-order its sandwiches — on eBay. In an apparent attempt to tap into the popularity of […]