August 1, 2014

Wife Zone: it’s crazy out there.

(3 hours ago)
July 31, 2014
RockPaperShotgun: “Nested is a game/toy/program that generates infinite universes, nested inside one another, and filled with the physical elements of reality.” Try Nested here.

RockPaperShotgun: “Nested is a game/toy/program that generates infinite universes, nested inside one another, and filled with the physical elements of reality.” Try Nested here.

(2 days ago)
July 30, 2014

Elite Dangerous moves into its beta phase.

(2 days ago)
July 29, 2014
In The Economist, not long ago, I read about a German bank that had some observers worried. The journalist thought that the bank would be O.K., and that “holdings of peripheral euro-zone government bonds can be gently unwound by letting them run off.” What might that mean? There’s something kooky about the way the metaphor mixes unwinding and holding and running off, like the plot of a screwball comedy.
The New Yorker: “Money Talks: Learning the language of finance" by John Lanchester. As pointed out over at Hacker News, there’s an error in the betting example in the piece. (3 days ago)
July 24, 2014
July 23, 2014

Other Places: Elite: Dangerous: “Other Places is a series celebrating beautiful video game worlds. This Stanley Kubrick-inspired episode features the Milky Way galaxy, as featured in Frontier’s Elite: Dangerous.” (More of these for other games over at @other_places_)

(1 week ago)
July 22, 2014
Just a little under 31 years ago, I played a key role in a conspiracy theory that grew up around a passenger plane downed by a Russian missile. Trust me, I did not mean to be involved.
July 21, 2014
BBC News: How tall can a Lego tower get?: “It’s not just children who like to build towers with Lego - the internet is alive with discussion on how many Lego bricks, stacked one on top of the other, it would take to destroy the bottom brick. So what’s the answer?”

BBC News: How tall can a Lego tower get?: “It’s not just children who like to build towers with Lego - the internet is alive with discussion on how many Lego bricks, stacked one on top of the other, it would take to destroy the bottom brick. So what’s the answer?”

(1 week ago)
BBC News: The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up: “A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.”

BBC News: The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up: “A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.”

(1 week ago)
July 18, 2014
Eurogamer: “Russia Today has been spotted using a screenshot from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain in a news report on African child soldiers. It’s unclear how RT mistook the image for a photo - although on the upside, it’s a nice endorsement for Kojima Productions’ shiny new FOX Engine.”

Eurogamer: “Russia Today has been spotted using a screenshot from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain in a news report on African child soldiers. It’s unclear how RT mistook the image for a photo - although on the upside, it’s a nice endorsement for Kojima Productions’ shiny new FOX Engine.”

(2 weeks ago)
July 15, 2014
10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings: “Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on.”

10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings: “Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on.”

(2 weeks ago)
July 12, 2014
July 11, 2014
Ars Technica: “Apple launched a new blog specifically for Swift today, and as part of the launch, the company is offering free downloads of the latest Xcode 6 beta to anyone who wants to register for it. The Swift blog will also include “behind-the-scenes” information about Swift from Apple engineers.”

Ars Technica: “Apple launched a new blog specifically for Swift today, and as part of the launch, the company is offering free downloads of the latest Xcode 6 beta to anyone who wants to register for it. The Swift blog will also include “behind-the-scenes” information about Swift from Apple engineers.”

(3 weeks ago)