Category Archive: games

Nov 29

The New and Fancy Urinal Games

From The Atlantic: U.K. TESTS OUT URINAL-BASED PEE GAMES.  You’ve gotta scroll down like half a page for this but video games are being installed in urinals so men can play with their piss. I can hardly think of a more concrete example of new media at work. A simple function which was private and imaginative …

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May 13

Action Chess Set Allows You to Build Robot Piece

action robot chess

Joe Larson has made a chess set that allows you to assemble its pieces into a giant robot. Digital Trends says: For the most part, Action Chess is a pretty standard Chess set. Both the pieces and board exhibit a kind of utilitarian simplicity that is at once functional and attractive. If you want to …

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Dec 28

Truthy Tracks Twitter Memes, Reveals Disinformation

A genuine diffusion network.

Created by a group out of Indiana University in Sept 2010 Truthy tracks the spread of memes through twitter and reveals fake campaigns. Fast Company says: The Twitter sleuths behind “Truthy,” a meme-tracking website launched last month, [Sept. 2010]  are succeeding in their quest of rooting out so-called “astroturfers.” These are the types who stage PR blitzes disguised as genuine …

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Oct 31

Gaming With Pain

The long held human dream of inflicting post traumatic stress disorder on ourselves in the comfort of our own homes has come a step closer to fruition. From Singularity Hub The Gadget Show, airing on Channel 5 in the UK, recently embarked on creating the most true to life simulator for first person shooter games ever built. They …

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Feb 05

Newest Tool to Diagnose Mental Dysfunction: #TEAMFOLLOWBACK

teamfollowback

Twitter has helped social change and fueled revolutions. Now it is helping scientists perform an informal census of mental dysfunction. Dr. Waldo Andersnatch from the University of Zurich says: “We have long known how hard it is to find and diagnose the many people suffering from a spectrum of mental disorders. Some of these sufferers are difficult …

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Jul 03

Alex Varanese – alt/1977: We Are Not Time Travelers

the art of alex varanese – alt/1977: we are not time travelers. Alex Varanese looks at modern products through a 1977 lens.

Feb 04

"Strangers in Paradise" Second Life Documentary from CBC

opiumden

Whatever happened to good old fashioned opium? These days people are uploading their lives, not into a solitary hallucination but into a shared network of fantasies. According to the CBC documentary, Strangers in Paradise, this effects relationships in the raw world.  Marriages are breaking up, children are abandoned and Mom becomes a biker’s bitch.  Basically, …

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Nov 17

Pacgentleman

Pacgentleman

I can’t claim to be a huge Pacman fan.  It was a bit before my time.  As a youth, I remember that he had been all but replaced by Miss Pacman and, besides, my favorite video games were on the newfangled Nintendo Machine.   I did play some of the arcade ones but I think it …

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Sep 23

Blue Jays

The Blue Jays season is drawing to a close. And yes I know that they’re now called “The Jays” but they’re still the Blue Jays to me. Even if they don’t play like it. They certainly had a pretty bad season. At the start I thought they could do well as long as they didn’t …

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Dec 13

Civ 4 and the Realpolitik

I love video games. Especially the Civilization Series. Some people –crazy people– think that the hours I spend playing Civ 4 are a waste of time. I couldn’t disagree more. I’ve learned a lot from this game. Here’s a few pieces of wisdom about the realpolitik that I’ve picked up: 1. Oil is a perfectly …

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