​Kickstarter Potato Salad Guy Is a Hero

Late last week, amidst an agonizingly slow pre-holiday news cycle, CNET introduced the world to Zack Danger Brown, a Columbus, Ohio native who wanted to crowdfund the making of his very first potato salad on Kickstarter. He wanted $10. He got over $15,000 (and counting). And here, because this is the world we have… » 7/07/14 7:48pm 7/07/14 7:48pm

How Native Americans were crucial to defeat the Nazis and Japan in WW2

This is Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo 29, being honored at an April 4th ceremony. If it weren't for him and the other 28 Native Americans who created the secret code language used in the Pacific theater during World War II, America would have probably never won the war against Japan. » 4/15/14 9:30pm 4/15/14 9:30pm

WW2 Veteran Had All This Shrapnel In His Knee

I love good World War II stories. They are always fascinating—although (too) often sad and dramatic. Sometimes, though, they are simply amazing. Like the tale of Ronald Brown, a soldier who stepped on a land mine in France and lived in silent pain with a shocking 6 ounces (170 grams) of shrapnel in his knee. He didn't… » 10/19/12 1:23pm 10/19/12 1:23pm

Bigup to Brent Rose, The Crime-Fighting Tech Writer

Tech writers often get a rap for being shy wimpy nerds. And, you know, a lot of us are. But not Brent Rose, our space-reporting, booze-hacking, Android-love-espousing, (frequently found cross-dressing) actor-cum-writer from Berkeley, CA. While riding his bike through Prospect Park last night, Brent stopped a group of… » 5/23/12 9:14am 5/23/12 9:14am