It was a late night in May. Renderman, the computer hacker notorious for discovering that outdated air traffic control software could be used to reroute planes mid-flight, was feeling shitty. The stress of digging himself out of debt he’d accumulated during years of underemployment was compounded by the feeling of being trapped in a job he hated. He was forgetful and couldn’t focus on anything. “Depression has sapped my motivation and lust for life,” he later wrote. “I can’t remember the last time I worked on a project … it’s like I’m a ghost in my own life. Just existing but with no form … I’m most definitely not myself.” Feeling slightly buzzed after a few beers, he decided to speak out. “My name is Renderman and I suffer from depression,” he tweeted. Within minutes, other hackers started responding.
The zombies are coming. After originally being announced for a July launch date, Plants vs. Zombies 2 will finally be coming to iOS devices tomorrow. The news comes from the App Store itself, which posted an image on its Facebook page alongside the caption “It’s about time. Guess what game is coming tomorrow?”
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