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  1. Should Predictions Be Treated as Spoilers?

    It's not like we can actually see the future -- or can we? (We can't.)

    We have a prediction about Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, and in discussing doing a post about that prediction we got on the issue of spoilers. If we post our prediction and we're right (which we think we are) have we retroactively spoiled the reveal? See what we decided, and an optional reveal of our prediction after the jump.

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  2. Being Popular on Twitter’s More About Yelling Than About Being Right

    New research shows that knowing what you're talking about isn't as important as being confident, at least when it comes to Twitter followers.

    This might be hard to believe, but not everyone on Twitter is right all the time. In fact, most of the time they're wrong. I know -- crazy, right? Why would anyone want to listen to someone who's wrong more than they're right? It's all about confidence. A new study shows it's more beneficial for a pundit on Twitter to be confident about what they're saying than to be accurate. Let's all start yelling things confidently on Twitter now.

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  3. IBM Predicts Computers Will Replicate Human Senses by 2018, We Predict We’re All Dead by 2019

    In their annual "5 in 5" series of predictions, IBM looks for trends in technology and where they will take us five years from now. In this year's installment, IBM predicts that computers will be able to replicate all five human senses by 2018. Computers that can understand the world the way we do would be a huge leap forward. It could also be really, really terrifying. Let's just accept our metal overlords and go about our business.

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  4. You Can’t Predict Everything — Not Even Presidential Elections

    We can offer predictions for a lot of things, as the pundits on your TV are no doubt reminding you as the presidential election winds down. What the talking heads will never cop to, though, is the fact that there is not such thing as a perfect prediction. Minute Physics is back to explain why, even given all of the possible data to determine outcomes and a computer that could actually process that flood of information, there is always bound to be some uncertainty in any prediction. That means while you can make very, very good guesses sometimes, you can never actually tell anyone what the future is going to be. So if you haven't already, stop listening to the folks who are telling you how the election is going to wind up. Oh, yeah, and U.S. readers? Please vote. It's the one thing that representative democracy asks of us every couple of years. The least we can do is acknowledge it.

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