MMOCG

on April 17, 2015

Massively multiplayer online crowdsourced games (MMOCGs) are very smart. I’m not sure of their specific history, but one of the first to become well known was Twitch Plays Pokemon. Another popular and innovative game that is currently ongoing is The Button. A cardinal feature of MMOCGs is the complex, emergent culture that they generate.


Dinner Time

, , , , , , on March 28, 2015

The question is whether civilization as we know it can survive a transformation from values laid down by a few (the elite) to a global auction offering different and often conflicting values and perceptions. With luck a kind of benign global civilization may emerge. The alternative is conflicts born out of values justifying violence and armed conflicts against those who think otherwise — the easy way.

A New Dark Age by Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

Guide to Dim Sum and Guide to Dumplings – hungering and informative

The Egg by Andy Weir – too chummy, but fine

Name of the Year – curated amazing names, including background on where each one came from. Some samples: Moses Regular, Win Thin, Joko Widodo, Dr. Wallop Promthong, Infinite Grover

Cloud Chamber – watch uranium decay in real time

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – update

Andy Gilmore – update


Space Wonder

, , , , on March 22, 2015

beginnings

Roger Dean creates wonderful science fiction scenery.

Recently read Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C Clarke, which is bursting with interesting ideas. Some more for thought:

Outer Space – I bet you can figure out with decent certainty your location across the entire universe just from sampling the nearest bit of space.

Heliosphere – Similar to the above; every drop of space from many AUs away to the nearest lake has a unique composition.

Deep Space Network – at the very least a catchy name

Voyager 1’s Family Portrait

New Horizons – Almost to Pluto!

Thermoelectric Effect – not directly related, but super cool


Mephistopheles

firewatch

The Katering Show is fun and different

The Wizard of Oz experiment.

Why there are 28 days in February (amazing how much amazing is all around us but we see past).

Firewatch has been smoldering for some time and hopefully will create a unique atmosphere.  The concept art is beautiful. The idea of working as a fire lookout is lovely and unfortunately, at this point, an anachronism.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

– Lady Windermere syndrome

Harry Clarke illustration

Schwarzschild Black Hole


Yukari Kaihori

, on January 31, 2015

From Here to Somewhere IV by Yukari-Kaihori

Yukari Kaihori creates wonderful paintings and other artwork.


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