Links van 14 juli 2014 tot 18 juli 2014

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Gamasutra – The History of Civilization
Gamasutra is proud to be partnering with the IGDA's Preservation SIG to present detailed official histories of each of the first ten games voted into the Digital Game Canon. The Canon "provides a starting-point for the difficult task of preserving this history inspired by the role of that the U.S. National Film Registry has played for film culture and history", and Matteo Bittanti, Christopher Grant, Henry Lowood, Steve Meretzky, and Warren Spector revealed the inaugural honorees at GDC 2007. This latest piece follows the carrer of industry icon Sid Meier as he established himself as one of the most important contributors to PC gaming with the iconic turn based strategy epic Civilization

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality | Petunia married a professor, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction.
HPMOR.com is an authorized mirror of Less Wrong‘s / Eliezer Yudkowsky‘s epic Harry Potter fanfic-in-progress, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Netanyahu finally speaks his mind | The Times of Israel
At his Friday press conference, the prime minister ruled out full Palestinian sovereignty, derided the US approach to Israeli security, and set out his Middle East overview with unprecedented candor. His remarks were not widely reported; they should be

Twitter User Stats Crackdown – Business Insider
Twitter has taken the unusual step of shutting off its datapipe to certain companies that have published their own stats on how big Twitter's user base really is, according to two sources. The move comes after Twitter's stock was hammered in the early part of the year when investors discovered growth in monthly active users (MAUs) was slowing or stagnant, and that measures of engagement per user were on the decline.

Fontblog | FontShop schließt sich Monotype an
Wohow: "Der heu­ti­ge Tag ist weg­wei­send in der 25-jäh­ri­gen Ge­schich­te von Font­Shop, der wich­tigs­te seit un­se­rer Grün­dung. Das US-Schrif­ten­haus Mo­no­ty­pe über­nimmt die Un­ter­neh­mens­grup­pe von Font­Shop In­ter­na­tio­nal. Zu dem er­wor­be­nen Paket ge­hö­ren, neben der Fir­men­zen­tra­le in Ber­lin, die Font­Font-Schrif­ten­bi­blio­thek, der US-Ver­triebsa­b­le­ger in San Fran­cis­co (fontshop.​com), sowie die deut­sche Fi­lia­le Font­Shop AG."

The Olympic City
The Olympic City is an ongoing documentary photography project by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit that looks at the legacy of the Olympic Games in former host cities around the world. Hosting the Olympics has become a way for a city to show itself off on an international stage and generate toursim dollars, and cities spend millions or billions for the privilege. But after the events are over, the medals have been handed out, and the torch is extinguished, what’s next? What happens to a city after the Olympics are gone?

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Moving product recommendations from Hadoop to Redshift saves us time and money | Monetate Engineering Blog
We’ve demonstrated the ease with which we can transition one of our legacy MR jobs to pure SQL running against Redshift. Not only was this a neat problem to solve, but it will end up lowering the cost of our backend services.

(2) More Details on Today’s Outage
Early today Facebook was down or unreachable for many of you for approximately 2.5 hours. This is the worst outage we’ve had in over four years, and we wanted to first of all apologize for it. We also wanted to provide much more technical detail on what happened and share one big lesson learned.

Mozilla to Develop Comments Platform for New York Times and Washington Post – NYTimes.com
Through the new platform, the news organizations said in a news release, “Readers will be able to submit pictures, links and other media; track discussions; and manage their contributions and online identities.” The news outlets can then collect and use the reader content “for other forms of storytelling and to spark ongoing discussions.”

The Board Game of the Alpha Nerds «
Before Risk, before Dungeons & Dragons, before Magic: The Gathering, there was Diplomacy. One writer enters international competition to play the world-conquering game that redefines what it means to be a geek (and a person).

Your Company Is Not a Family – Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh – Harvard Business Review
When CEOs describe their company as being “like family,” we think they mean well. They’re searching for a model that represents the kind of relationships they want to have with their employees—a lifetime relationship with a sense of belonging. But using the term family makes it easy for misunderstandings to arise. In a real family, parents can’t fire their children.

N-VA maakt vernedering voor Verhofstadt compleet – België – Knack.be
Ah well. Zou er al Verandering zijn ondertussen, eigenlijk? "De ECR, de European Conservatives and Reformists group of de Europese Conservatieven en Hervormers is de Eurosceptische fractie waar de Tories van de Britse premier David Cameron deel van uitmaken, maar ook de Deense Volkspartij, de Duitse anti-europartij Alternative für Deutschland en de Ware Finnen, partijen die aanleunen bij extreem-rechts. N-VA komt er ook de Poolse partij Recht en Rechtvaardigheid (PiS) tegen. De partij van ex-premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski is tegen de legalisering van abortus, euthanasie en het homohuwelijk."

Alien: Dan O’Bannon’s list of design requests for H.R. Giger
THE ALIEN, THIRD (MATURE) PHASE.  Having left its victim, the Alien promptly grows to man-size, whereupon it is terrifically dangerous. It is very mobile, strong, and capable of tearing a man to pieces. It feeds on human flesh. This creature should be a profane abomination. Our producers have suggested that something resembling an over-sized, deformed baby might be suffieciently loathsome. In any event, we wish you to feel free to create your own design.

Links van 13 mei 2014 tot 18 mei 2014

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The death of the homepage in one simple graph
So it’s an odd thing when you’ve been saying something for years and nobody believes you, then suddenly, someone publishes one leaked graph, and overnight all the world agrees with you: The homepage is dead. And still they’ve got it wrong.

Gamasutra – The Cabal: Valve’s Design Process For Creating Half-Life
While Half-Life has seen resounding critical and financial success (winning over 50 Game of the Year awards and selling more than a million copies worldwide), few people realize that it didn’t start out a winner — in fact, Valve’s first attempt at the game had to be scrapped. It was mediocre at best, and suffered from the typical problems that plague far too many games. This article is about the teamwork – or "Cabal process" — that turned our initial, less than impressive version of Half-Life into a groundbreaking success.

The Trade of the Century: When George Soros Broke the British Pound
In 1992, George Soros brought the Bank of England to its knees. In the process, he pocketed over a billion dollars. Making a billion dollars is by all accounts pretty cool. But demolishing the monetary system of Great Britain in a single day with an elegantly constructed bet against its currency? That’s the stuff of legends.

SUPERHOT by SUPERHOT Team — Kickstarter
A unique first-person shooter game where time moves only when you move, making each level a deadly puzzle. PC/Mac/Linux.

Metaprogramming for madmen | The ryg blog
Alas, we spent an afternoon looking at different such packages, and none of them actually understood even that much about C/C++ code; they were mostly trying to make do with regular expressions. That wasn’t gonna fly for what we needed. At the end of the day (the Sunday before Easter Sunday, 2004), we hadn’t found anything useful – we had a plan, but no way to make it work. That’s when Chaos decided that, “well, guess I’ll need to write my own C++ parser then”. What, you think I was kidding with the title of this post? Note we had about 3 days total to make this work, and we were going all in by doing this; if this hadn’t worked out, we’d have been screwed.

Cuttings from a Medieval Italian Choirbook | The Public Domain Review
James Freeman, intern in Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Section at The British Library, looks at cuttings from a huge 14th-century Italian choirbook and how digital technology is now helping scholars build a picture of the once intact original through virtually reuniting the “diaspora” of fragments.

Links van 3 mei 2014 tot 13 mei 2014

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Joshua Sortino — 14 Things Learned Designing at Disqus
Disqus is now used on millions of websites and is served to billions (with a "b") of unique users every month. Here are some of the lessons I learned while helping design the "web's community of communities."

Fairy Chess
A fairy chess piece or unorthodox chess piece is a chess piece not used in conventional chess but incorporated into in certain chess variants and some chess problems. Fairy pieces vary in the way they move.

officetunes
Tunes I love while working.

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East
Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today.

Data Isn’t Cool. You Know What’s Cool? Insight. — Medium
In verwant nieuws: 't schijnt dat de paus katholiek is. Zucht.

Links van 21 april 2014 tot 23 april 2014

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Game Programming Patterns
Do you struggle to make your code hang together into a cohesive whole? Find it harder to make changes as your codebase grows? Feel like your game is a giant hairball where everything is intertwined with everything else? Wonder if and how design patterns apply to games? Hear things like “cache coherency” and “object pools”, but don’t know how to use them to make your game faster? I’m here to help! I wrote this book to answer those questions. It’s a collection of patterns I found in games to make code cleaner, easier to understand, and faster.

Hacking Sonos — Medium
In my spare time I’ve been writing an app that replaces the Sonos app used to control multiple speakers in one’s home. It’s been a little challenging so I thought I’d share how I got where I am. You can check out most of the code on Github. I’ll be pushing more stuff when it’s ready.

Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard
The first question any thoughtful person might ask when reading the title of this essay is, "Hard for whom?" A reasonable question. After all, Chinese people seem to learn it just fine. When little Chinese kids go through the "terrible twos", it's Chinese they use to drive their parents crazy, and in a few years the same kids are actually using those impossibly complicated Chinese characters to scribble love notes and shopping lists. So what do I mean by "hard"? Since I know at the outset that the whole tone of this document is going to involve a lot of whining and complaining, I may as well come right out and say exactly what I mean. I mean hard for me, a native English speaker trying to learn Chinese as an adult, going through the whole process with the textbooks, the tapes, the conversation partners, etc., the whole torturous rigmarole. I mean hard for me — and, of course, for the many other Westerners who have spent years of their lives bashing their heads against the Great Wall of Chinese.

Game Mechanic Explorer
A collection of concrete examples for various game mechanics, algorithms, and effects. The examples are all implemented in JavaScript using the Phaser game framework, but the concepts and methods are general and can be adapted to any engine. Think of it as pseudocode. Each section contains several different examples that progress in sequence from a very basic implementation to a more advanced implementation. Every example is interactive and responds to keyboard or mouse input (or touch).

jdm314: The Dæneryd
Here is my first ever hexametric composition in High Valyrian. It's only two lines, but written to sound like the beginning of a lengthy epic: Ābre se zaldrīzī bone ivāedan hen Essot jitte ēlī Pento se Dothrakoti Embraro rȳ ondoso vējo…

Links van 30 maart 2014 tot 6 april 2014

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Jimmy Carter is ‘radioactive,’ and NYT makes sure of it!
Jimmy Carter has been exiled from mainstream political life, and the Democratic Party, because of his position on one subject, Palestine. When he said that Israel practices apartheid, back in 2006, he was paddled by Wolf Blitzer, Al Franken and Terry Gross. Now Israeli officials use the word whenever they please. The Times is a full participant in Carter’s shameful and tragic excommunication.

B-List: The Winter Collection | Rivers of Grue
It is with somewhat heavy heart that I bring you the final part of our B-List breakdown. 52 movies, some good, some bad…all AWESOME!!!

B-List: The Autumn Collection | Rivers of Grue
We’ve reached the midway point in our rundown and still haven’t scratched the surface of the forgotten horror flicks worthy of your time.

B-List: The Summer Collection | Rivers of Grue
Right that’s your Spring sorted. You’ve already had thirteen little treasures from Keeper’s troves and here are thirteen more.

B-List: The Spring Collection | Rivers of Grue
Keeper has decided, in his infinite wisdom, to compile a list no self-respecting horror aficionado should be without. Fifty two forgotten classics (that’s one a week for an entire year and split into four seasons) which won’t appeal to everyone but which deserve to be seen by anyone with a penchant for the macabre. Many of these flicks are best known for their lucid box-art from a time when VHS was booming and horror was enjoying something of a heyday. It’s an idiot’s guide basically, compiled by one such idiot and shameless B-movie fanatic for your perusal. There is no fifty two-one rundown, no chronological order, just a whole host of  forgotten diamonds in the rough which deserve a second visit.

Two Monks Invent Medieval Art
From the year 800 AD to 1450 the entirety of Europe’s approach to painting was “It’s impossible to know what an animal looks like, just draw a guy’s head on it.” This is their story.

Two Monks Invent Byzantine Art
the important thing to remember if you’re drawing Mary is that her whole eyes and face line up in a perfect T surrounded by empty space and Jesus is just furious with her

HOW TO MAKE GAMES WITH TWINE
What's TWINE? Twine is a program that lets you generate interactive stories that are kind of like Choose Your Own Adventure Books. Why is Twine so wonderful?

Layout in Flipboard for Web and Windows — Flipboard Engineering
When you read Flipboard, articles and photographs are laid out in a series of pages you can flip through, just like in a print magazine. Each magazine page layout feels hand-crafted and beautiful—as if editors and designers created it just for you. How do we automate the whole process of layout design and editing? By slotting your content into custom designed page layouts—like fitting puzzle pieces together. We start with a set of page layouts created by human designers. Then, our layout engine figures out how to best fit your content into these layouts—considering things like page density, pacing, rhythm, image crop and scale.

Links van 12 januari 2014 tot 13 januari 2014

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front • The Register
However, since Google rolled out Knowledge Graph, something interesting happened. Visits to Wikipedia had previously risen steadily year-on-year for a decade. Towards the end of the 2012 this trend not only stalled, but went into an unprecedented decline.

According to Wikipedia's own stats, the page views for English language Wikipedia pages fell by 21 per cent over 12 months to December 2013. For German, Spanish and Japanese language pages, views dropped by 30 per cent, 29 per cent and 25 per cent respectively. Taking into account mobile page views, the falls were 12 per cent (English), 17 per cent (German), 19 per cent (Spanish) and 9 per cent (Japanese).

CoffeeScript’s Time is Waning For Me – Matt Greer
CoffeeScript was a welcome addition when it first arrived. Nowadays though, I am finding its benefits are decreasing, and its drawbacks are increasing. I plan to no longer use CoffeeScript in my future projects, here is why.

Why Are Dead People Liking Stuff On Facebook? – ReadWrite
A Facebook spokesman says the “likes” from dead people can happen if an account doesn’t get “memorialized” (meaning someone informs Facebook that the account-holder has died). If nobody tells Facebook that the account-holder is dead, Facebook just keeps operating on the assumption the person is alive.

Twitter’s Paper Millionaires May Want to Get Out ASAP | Wired Business | Wired.com
Twitter’s stock price ($TWTR) has dropped dramatically as Wall Street expresses increasing doubts about the San Francisco-based outfit’s 140-character–based business model. Shares have lost nearly a quarter of their value in little more than a week of trading, including a decline of nearly 4 percent yesterday. The drop comes as equities analysts push back against the investor optimism that sent shares spiking to a record high of $73.31 on December 26.

You Have to Play This 1,600-Year-Old Viking War Game — War is Boring — Medium
Viking warriors storm into the torch-lit camp of a rival clan. Outnumbered, the ambushed Norsemen are far from their boats. Their one goal: flee to a nearby castle while keeping their king alive. At first glance, Hnefatafl (prounounced “nef-ah-tah-fel”) might just look like a knock-off version of chess with Norse helms and impressive beards, but the game is at least 600 years older—already well-known by 400 A.D.—and is perhaps a lot more relevant to the conflicts of the 21st century.

Links van 24 december 2013 tot 25 december 2013

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Why I won’t be using Google In January — Medium
The story's all over the Internet— and if you’re the type of person to read a Medium article explaining why someone’s boycotting Google, you’re probably already familiar with it. The gist is as follows: RapGenius offers incentives to blog-posters to add links about Justin Bieber to their blogs- which increases RG’s link relevancy piloting them to the top of Google Search Queries. Google gets mad — and ‘punishes’ (read: fatally attacks) them by knocking all RapGenius links into siberia.

Top Science Longreads of 2013 – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science
I’m really optimistic about the future for long, deep, rich science reporting. There are more places that a publishing it, more ways of finding it, and a seemingly huge cadre of people who are writing it well. So without further ado, here’s a list of my top pieces of the year. It has blossomed to 15 from last year’s 12 because I was gripped by indecision and they’re all so good.

But If We Started Dating It Would Ruin Our Friendship Where I Ask You To Do Things And You Do Them | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source
I really like you. I do. You're so nice, and sweet, and you listen to all my problems and respond with the appropriate compliments. But, well, I don't really see a relationship in our future. It would be terrible if we let sex destroy this great friendship we have where I get everything I want and you get nothing you want. Don't you think?

The making of…Dune II | Features | Edge Online
It is rare indeed for a single game to become the progenitor of an entire new genre. Although it had its precedents, with some fans attempting to retcon a gaggle of faintly similar 8bit titles for the role, the world’s first realtime strategy game can be named with little real controversy. But going back to Dune II today is an eye-opening experience, as it becomes clear how very little the genre has moved forwards – like finding out Halo had really been released in 1982. The same basic viewpoint, interface, controls and gameplay underpinning Dune II are still being reused today, with only the most minimal level of evolutionary advancement.

Using Computer Modern on the web
The cm-unicode project compiles versions of the Computer Modern fonts in a few formats, including TTF. I've run them through codeandmore's @font-face kit generator and FontSquirrel to get all the weird formats that the various browsers insist on. This page shows off each typeface, with links to packages containing everything you need to use them in your own pages.

Links van 15 december 2013 tot 16 december 2013

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nsa-backdoor/nsa-backdoor.php at master · aaronjorbin/nsa-backdoor
Grin. "Description: Make it easy for the NSA to have admin access to your site"

A Great Old-Timey Game-Programming Hack – Tom Moertel’s Blog
This was in the 8-bit PC era, so the gaming hardware was almost impossibly slow by today’s standards. It might not surprise you, then, to learn that, back then, game programmers did all sorts of crazy things to make their games run at playable speeds. Crazy, crazy things. This is a story about one of those things.

Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian
Edward Sheriff Curtis published The North American Indian between 1907 and 1930 with the intent to record traditional Indian cultures. The work comprises twenty volumes of narrative text and photogravure images. Each volume is accompanied by a portfolio of large photogravure plates. The entire work is presented here, supported largely by funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Peter O’Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, dies aged 81 | Film | theguardian.com
The actor Peter O'Toole who found stardom in David Lean's masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, has died aged 81, his family has annouced. The acclaimed leading man who overcame stomach cancer in the 1970s passed away at the Wellington hospital in London following a long illness.

Is Marissa Mayer Helping Yahoo—or Hurting the Struggling Tech Giant? | Vanity Fair
As one of Google’s highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style. In the wake of Mayer’s jump to run the struggling Yahoo, Bethany McLean asks whether she will be its savior or its next big problem. A year and a half in, the results are mixed.

Links van 9 december 2013 tot 13 december 2013

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Grunt for People Who Think Things Like Grunt are Weird and Hard via reddit.com
Grunt is one of those fancy newfangled things that all the cool kids seem to be using but at first glance feels strange and intimidating. I hear you. This article is for you.

YouTube – Elite: Dangerous Progress Diary 09 Alpha Phase One
Today sees the release (to Alpha backers) of the first phase of the Alpha process of Elite: Dangerous. Phase one – 'Single Player Combat' will be the first hands-on experience for gamers of Elite: Dangerous.

Citation Needed – blarg?
I’ve spent far more effort than is sensible this month crawling down a rabbit hole disguised, as they often are, as a straightforward question: why do programmers start counting at zero?

Rocky Morphology
It wouldn’t be a Rocky movie without an epic montage, a good and bloody fight, oh and some dialogue, too. There are, in fact, only a few basic narrative elements that make up the formula for all six Rocky films. Using empirical data collection (i.e. watching the six movies over six days straight), Rocky Morphology analyzes the Rocky series in order to identify its key narrative elements.

Monica J. Casper and Lisa Jean Moore, “Inscribing Bodies, Inscribing the Future: Gender, Sex, and Reproduction in Outer Space”
Heerlijke satire of dieptriestige niet-satire? You decide! "Female bodies are constructed against a backdrop in which male bodies are accepted as the norm, an inscription process shaped by the masculine context of space travel. More explicitly, space travel can be interpreted as a historically masculine project in that rocket design has in some ways modeled male anatomy. Space flight, in our reading, becomes the realization of penetration and colonization fantasies about the future. This spirit of masculinity permeates almost all aspects of the space program including long-term political goals, engineering designs, assumptions about crew behavior, and life-sciences research protocols. The masculine "nature" of space flight creates an institutional and ideological framework within which women not only are excluded but also are configured as highly problematic by virtue of their gender, bodies, sexualities, and reproductive capacities. Female bodies thus become the target of a range of practices within NASA aimed at reconfiguring women to fit into the space program."

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Twitter Is About To Officially Launch Retargeted Ads | TechCrunch
The secret sauce of Twitter’s retargeting is the use of your account as a cross-device identity layer, allowing it to target ads on mobile based on where you’ve been on the web.

King James Programming
Posts generated by a Markov chain trained on the King James Bible and Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs.

(119) Jason Riggs’s answer to What do you think about starting new activities at the age of 36 like music or exercising? – Quora
You ain't dead until you decide you're dead.

Omdat niemand onze reactie vraagt, geven we hem zelf maar | DeWereldMorgen.be
Dat geen enkele journalist zich dan ook de moeite getroost om het opruiende persbericht dat N-VA de wereld instuurde eventjes te checken, is schrijnend. Dat ook geen enkele journalist een poging doet om ons te contacteren en een reactie te vragen is nog pijnlijker. Tot zo ver de neutraliteit en politieke correctheid van de Vlaamse pers.

No girls allowed | Polygon
Unraveling the story behind the stereotype of video games being for boys.

Links van 5 november 2013 tot 7 november 2013

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www.gootechnologies.com
Whether you're a designer who likes creative freedom, or a hardcore coder pushing the limits of the web, Goo gives you the tools to create amazing web visuals in your own way and without limitations. Goo Create and Goo Engine are specially designed to make your creation process as simple and smooth as possible without any compromise on performance and functionality.

Your kids’ chances of becoming programmers? ZERO • The Register
We had it all in the 1980s. Here's what went wrong…

Search engine optimization: starter guide
This document first began as an effort to help teams within Google, but we thought it'd be just as useful to webmasters that are new to the topic of search engine optimization and wish to improve their sites' interaction with both users and search engines. Although this guide won't tell you any secrets that'll automatically rank your site first for queries in Google (sorry!), following the best practices outlined below will make it easier for search engines to crawl, index and understand your content.

Pattern Library | MailChimp
Our pattern library is both a learning tool and a compass that corrects our course as we build new things. We share our work here to help others on a similar path.

Terabytes is not big data, petabytes is | OpenLife.cc
Look guys… Terabytes is not Big Data! (And Gigabytes never was big data, even Excel can now take that amount of data :-)

12 bizarre cat-related patents – The Week
To visit Google's patent website is to lose yourself in a black hole of totally weird wannabe inventions — a surprising number of which are for your feline friends. From toys meant to encourage exercise to systems that deliver live birds for food, here are 12 really weird cat patents.

coaltrace/
This is a simulation of the basic demographic / genealogical process. Individuals are born and individuals die. This causes lineages to branch and to disappear, and causes the population to share a common ancestor at some time in the past. The coalescent provides a mathematical description of these patterns of ancestry.

KeeperRL
KeeperRL is a Dungeon Keeper remake in roguelike style. You can build your dungeon in real time, and possessing a minion turns the game into a classic roguelike.

Statistics Done Wrong — Statistics Done Wrong
Statistics Done Wrong is a guide to the most popular statistical errors and slip-ups committed by scientists every day, in the lab and in peer-reviewed journals. Many of the errors are prevalent in vast swathes of the published literature, casting doubt on the findings of thousands of papers. Statistics Done Wrong assumes no prior knowledge of statistics, so you can read it before your first statistics course or after thirty years of scientific practice.

Be Obsessed With Something – collegefeed blog
With the graduating class of 2014 back on campus – with one eye on their classes and the other on what comes next – many are starting to seek out advice on how to start their careers. The question on everyone’s mind, whether graduating or not, is What should I be doing to set myself up for a great career ? Here’s my answer: Be obsessed with something.

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fabiensanglard.net/doom3_documentation/DOOM-3-BFG-Technical-Note.pdf
This technical note describes some of the performance issues encountered during the development of DOOM 3 BFG.

The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine
The real history of the Ouija board is just about as mysterious as how the “game” works. Ouija historian Robert Murch has been researching the story of the board since 1992; when he started his research, he says, no one really knew anything about its origins, which struck him as odd: “For such an iconic thing that strikes both fear and wonder in American culture, how can no one know where it came from?”

The Frankenstein Notebooks | The Shelley-Godwin Archive
Frankenstein in het origineel handgeschreven! "We present here for the first time in digital form all the known manuscripts of Frankenstein, perhaps the most famous and widely reproduced work of British Romanticism. These manuscripts consist of the now disbound pages from five notebooks once the property of Mary Shelley, purchased by the Bodleian Library, Oxford, in 2004, from her descendant, Lord Abinger."

Why We Chose Ghost to Take You Behind the Scenes at Envato
't Schijnt schoon te zijn, die Ghost. "We uhm'ed and ah'ed on WordPress or Tumblr, took a side step towards Jekyll, and then landed on the barely-released Ghost. They are all great products, all great for different things, but ultimately Ghost felt like the right choice for what we want to do here."

Clarkesworld Magazine – Science Fiction and Fantasy : The Things by Peter Watts
The Thing, uit het perspectief van het "monster": "I am being Blair. I escape out the back as the world comes in through the front. I am being Copper. I am rising from the dead. I am being Childs. I am guarding the main entrance."

Spelletjes

zondag 6 januari 2013 in Games. Permanente link | 3 reacties

Alles klasseren en bijhouden, dat leidt soms tot fijne herontdekkingen. Zoals kijk:

Elite!

Een volledige originele doos van Elite, van bijna 29 jaar geleden.

Ik wou dat ik kon zeggen dat het een fantastisch spel was, maar dat was het vrees ik niet echt: minuscuul klein van wereld (zelfs al was het onvoorstelbaar enorm voor die tijd en voor de hardware), bijzonder weinig afwisselend van gameplay (gerief over en weer verschepen, op de vlucht slaan, lange periodes van saaiheid onderbroken door adrenalistoten van gevecht — en altijd de mogelijkheid dat er tijdens de warp iets mis liep, aargh), grafisch op het kinderlijke af eenvoudig, en enorm moeilijk (zeker in het begin: het was dágen voor ik degelijk kon docken in zo’n Coriolis-station). 

Ik zou kunnen zeggen dat het een slecht spel was, maar dat was het vreemd genoeg absoluut niet: zelfs al is het naar huidige maatstaven zowat onspeelbaar  (probeer anders maar: Oolite is een redelijk nauwkeurige kloon), in dié tijd zat ik er helemaal in. Het gebrek aan detail (en het feit dat ik niet begreep hoe kinderlijk eenvoudig de procedurele generatie in mekaar zat) maakte dat mijn fantasie overuren deed. Ik leefde mee met de verhandelde slaven, ik kon me een idee vormen van hoe de planeten Riedquat of Uszaa er uitzagen, ik hield lange prijslijsten bij van goederen op verschillende planeten, maakte mijn eigen sterrenkaart, zag meer details dan er pixels waren op het scherm… good times. 

Te hopen dat Elite: Dangerous echt zeer goed is. Dat ze het juiste evenwicht vinden tussen dingen tonen en de verbeelding laten werken. 

Elite: Dangerous

donderdag 3 januari 2013 in Sonstiges. Permanente link | Eén reactie

Yes.

Het zag er heel lang niet zo goed uit, maar Dave Braben heeft het voor mekaar gekregen: er komt een nieuwe versie van Elite, met geld van Kickstarter. 

Als alles goed gaat, kan ik ergens in 2014 in een Cobra Mk III op zoek gaan naar Lave en Zaonce. For old times’ sake. 

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Drie op drie, wat mij betreft: na Star Citizen en Project GODUS is dit de derde Kickstarter op rij waar ik naar uitkeek en waar ik geld aan gegeven heb en die het gehaald heeft. 

Vriendjes

Zoek

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