Planetfall 2 prototype : Infocom : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Don’t get your hopes up: this is a very early prototype from the cancelled sequel to Infocom’s classic text adventure. It’s barely playable, though it does provide an interesting look at how the game would have played with a realtime 3D engine. The prototype does introduce a puzzle (at least the only one I could find) and features voice acting as well as a pretty cool soundtrack tune. Judging by the puzzle, you were able to give orders to your robot companions similarly to how Infocom’s classic text adventures worked.
The Making of Lemmings – Read-Only Memory
How DMA Design created a classic, and what happened next
Allez adieu Astérix… Il est grand temps de tourner la page de nos héros de BD franco-belges | Slate.fr
Astérix, Blake et Mortimer, Achille Talon: les vieilles gloires de la BD d’antan n’en finissent pas d’occuper les rayons BD des librairies. Pour l’éternité? Un phénomène commercial et conservateur qui prend des proportions inquiétantes.
Nero’s Rotating Dining Room | CNRS News
"The main dining table, which was round, rotated night and day, imitating the motions of the globe." The surprising construction mentioned by Suetonius in his biography of Nero has been found. On Palatine Hill (Rome), a Franco-Italian team of archaeologists discovered remains of a mechanism that could have allowed the rotation of the floor of the main dining room of the Domus Aurea—Nero's vast imperial palace.
People who post their fitness routine to Facebook have psychological problems, study claims – Business Insider Deutschland
People who are always keen on documenting their gym activities (or every time you simply go for a good, old-fashioned run) tend to be narcissists. According to the researchers, the primary goal is to boast about how much time you invest in your looks. Apparently these status updates also earn more Facebook likes than other kinds of posts. "Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community", the study concludes.
Why Viggo Mortensen Is Off the Grid
This summer, the quintessentially un-Hollywood Viggo Mortensen stars in a film about a father of six who rejects the world to raise his kids completely off the grid. How much does this character resemble the actor himself? Let's start with his flip phone.
BBC – Earth – The bizarre beasts living in Romania’s poison cave
Movile Cave has been cut off for millions of years. Its air is thick with harmful gases, yet it is home to an array of strange animals
Panama Papers: Saudi Arabia king sponsored Netanyahu’s campaign — Middle East Observer
In March 2015, King Salman has deposited eighty million dollars to support Netanyahu’s campaign via a Syrian-Spanish person named Mohamed Eyad Kayali. The money was deposited to a company’s account in British Virgin Islands owned by Teddy Sagi, an Israeli billionaire and businessman, who has allocated the money to fund the campaign Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Uber picks up ex-EU digital chief Neelie Kroes—after cooling-off period | Ars Technica UK
Kroes' new role has not surprised many observers in Brussels: she regularly weighed in on the company’s battles with local authorities in the city. The Uber post falls outside the commission's 18-month conflict of interest period, which has been designed to prevent so-called “revolving door” appointments.
30 years later, QBasic is still the best | Personal Registry Editor
Noah has been asking me repeatedly to teach him how to make his own video games. And for the past 5 months, I have been looking for the holy grail of language/IDE for kids in the hope of turning that spark of interest into a memorable experience… My quest has led me to endless forums, through which I have tried countless suggestions: SmallBasic, Pico-8, Smalltalk, Scratch, etc. I have even inquired of the Great Oracles of StackOverflow, to no avail. After 5 months, I ended up with a disappointing conclusion: nothing is even close to what I had back in another era. 30 years later, QBasic is still the best when it comes to discovering programming.
“Armste gezinnen leveren 50 à 100 euro per maand in”
Ach ja: "De laagste inkomens gaan er bijna zonder uitzondering op achteruit door de besparingen van de federale en Vlaamse regering. Dat blijkt uit berekeningen van Decenniumdoelen 2017, een samenwerkingsverband van sociale organisaties en armoede-organisaties. "Dat varieert van in de 50 tot in sommige gevallen meer dan 100 euro per maand", zegt Jos Geysels van Decenniumdoelen 2017. "Dat klinkt misschien relatief voor mensen met een redelijk of een hoog inkomen, maar voor deze mensen is dat absoluut niet te verteren, want het gaat om mensen die tussen de 800 en de 1.000 à 1.100 euro per maand hebben.""
Clarity on the future of Wikimedia search « Wikimedia blog
You are either: a. Flat out lying, and hoping we don’t actually read the grant, b. Have misled the Knight Foundation as to your intentions for their grant money, or c. Seriously incompetent and should never be put in charge of writing a grant application
GitHub – watson/awesome-computer-history: An Awesome List of computer history videos, documentaries and related folklore
A curated list of computer history videos, documentaries and related folklore maintained by Thomas Watson. Inspired by the awesome list thing.
Les transferts financiers Flandre-Wallonie n’ont qu’une ampleur limitée – La Libre.be
Le chercheur montois a étudié cinq pays fédéraux qui présentent un niveau de richesse assez proche : le Canada, l’Allemagne, l’Espagne, la Suisse et la Belgique. Pour ces cinq Etats, il a passé au crible les systèmes de solidarité financière entre institutions (régions, communautés ou autres, selon les cas). La conclusion est plutôt inattendue. "Contrairement à ce qu’on entend parfois, la solidarité entre régions en Belgique n’est pas plus élevée que dans les autres Etats étudiés, note Julien Vandernoot. Dans la plupart des indicateurs de solidarité que j’ai utilisés, c’est même en Belgique que la solidarité est la plus faible."
Opinie: Het massageweld van Keulen is de brandstichting in de Reichstag van onze tijd | Opinie | De Morgen
Het massageweld van Keulen is de brandstichting in de Reichstag van onze tijd. En opnieuw hebben we er met zijn allen op staan kijken, hoe de verkeerde groep mensen werd beschuldigd en hoe democratische leiders werden gediscrediteerd.
Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President — Medium
Legacy media isn’t mocking us because we aren’t a legitimate source of information; they’re mocking us because they’re terrified. Their legitimacy came from the fact that they have access to distribution channels and that they get to be in the White House press pool because of some long-ago established procedures that assumed they would use that power in the public interest. In reality, those things are becoming less and less important and less and less true. Distribution is free to anyone with a cell phone and the legitimacy of cable news sounds to me like an oxymoron. The median-aged CNN viewer is 60. For Fox, it’s 68.
Tough times on the road to Starcraft – Code Of Honor
I’ve been writing about the early development of Warcraft, but a recent blog post I read prompted me to start scribbling furiously, and the result is this three-part, twenty-plus page article about the development of StarCraft, along with my thoughts about writing more reliable game code.
The Leaning Buildings of Santos, Brazil | Amusing Planet
The coastline along the city of Santos, some 80 km from Sao Paulo, in Brazil, offers a strange sight. Like dominoes about to topple, the waterfront is lined by a string of high rise apartments that are unmistakably tilted to one side.
How Marine Le Pen is winning France’s gay vote » The Spectator
The Front National now has the support of a quarter of Paris’s gay voters – and only 16 per cent of the straight ones
What should I do about Youtube? | Zoë Keating
My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need to sign on to the new Youtube music services agreement or I will have my Youtube channel blocked.
A Localization Horror Story: It Could Happen To You
This article points out cases where gettext (a common system for localizing software interfaces — i.e., making them work in the user's language of choice) fails because of basic differences between human languages. This article then describes Maketext, a new system capable of correctly treating these differences.
The 7 Habits of Highly Efficient Adobe Illustrator Users – Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial
It might initially take some time to change your settings, learn keyboard shortcuts and create actions. And there are times when you'd rather do something the old familiar way, even if it takes longer. But if you take some time up front to make your workflow more efficient, it will pay off in the long run. You'll soon see that getting rid of daily annoyances will free up your creativity and leave you with a more pleasurable Illustrator experience.
The Rise and Fall of the Lone Game Developer
When I was in college they told us there would always be a demand for software developers. In general that’s still true. I always wondered what it would look like when it stopped being true, when the need for developers dwindled, and programming stopped paying the bills. Now I know.
Putting Time In Perspective – UPDATED | Wait But Why
To try to grasp some perspective, I mapped out the history of time as a series of growing timelines—each timeline contains all the previous timelines (colors will help you see which timelines are which). All timeline lengths are exactly accurate to the amount of time they’re expressing.
Transgender People Can Explain Why Women Don’t Advance at Work | The New Republic
Because trans people are now staying in the same careers (and sometimes the very same jobs) after they change genders, they are uniquely qualified to discuss the difference between how men and women experience the workplace. Their experience is as close to the scientific method as we can get: By isolating and manipulating gender as a variable and holding all other variables—skill, career, personality, talent—constant, these individuals reveal exactly the way one’s outward appearance of gender affects day-to-day interactions. If we truly want to understand women at work, we should listen carefully to trans men and trans women: They can tell us more about gender in the workplace than just about anyone.
Technical Documentation – Copy Protection | Dungeon Master Encyclopaedia
This document describes the copy protection scheme that was used for Dungeon Master and Chaos Strikes Back on Atari ST and Amiga. These games used a very sophisticated copy protection. It took several months after the first release of Dungeon Master before the copy protection was correctly defeated, while most copy protections are defeated in a matter of hours or days by experimented hackers.
World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together – The Daily Beast
Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie.
Sir Winston Churchill ’s family feared he might convert to Islam – Telegraph
The discovery of a letter to Sir Winston Churchill from his future sister-in-law has thrown new light on his fascination with Islam and Muslim culture
How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch
"Mind that I had never taken a course in compiler (or interpreter) writing in my life. But my friend Allen Baum had sent me xerox copies of pages of his texts at MIT about the subject so I could claim that I had an MIT education in it, ha ha."
Caspar Henderson – jumping spiders and human memory
The ways in which jumping spiders see and map the world help to illuminate the mystery of human memory
Is Netanyahu Finished? Maybe So
Netanyahu has stood atop the Israeli political scene for more than half a decade and that after his first term as Prime Minister starting almost twenty years ago. No single leader has so dominated Israeli politics since ben Gurion. The upcoming election in March 2015 is one he himself engineered well in advance of what was required under law, thinking that it would strengthen his hand. And yet, two weeks later, Netanyahu's position seems to deteriorate by the day.
Stop giving Wikipedia money | Newslines – The Story of Everything
Don’t donate to Wikipedia. It doesn’t need the money, and anything you donate will not go to the people who actually created the pages that you like. It doesn’t even go to the admins who help check the content. It doesn’t go to content creation at all.
The Real Mr. Difficult, or Why Cthulhu Threatens to Destroy the Canon, Self-Interested Literary Essayists, and the Universe Itself. Finally. | The Los Angeles Review of Books
I may as well state my claim in as straightforward a way as possible: H. P. Lovecraft, he of the squamous and eldritch, is wrongly derided as a bad writer. Lovecraft is actually a difficult writer.
Francken: ‘Kinderen niet op weg naar school van bus plukken … – De Standaard
"Het is niet de bedoeling dat minderjarigen op weg naar school van de bus worden geplukt met het oog op hun uitwijzing. Dat heeft staatssecretaris voor Asiel en Migratie Theo Francken (N-VA) woensdag in de Kamer verklaard." Allez, da's toch sympathiek van Francken.
Girls and Software | Linux Journal
When we call a man a "technologist", we mean he's a programmer, system administrator, electrical engineer or something like that. The same used to be true when we called a woman a "technologist". However, according to the new breed, a female technologist might also be a graphic designer or someone who tweets for a living. Now, I'm glad that there are social media people out there—it means I can ignore that end of things—but putting them next to programmers makes being a "woman in tech" feel a lot like the Programmer Special Olympics.
The Shape of Rome » Ex Urbe
The new Mayor of the city of Rome, Ignazio Marino, just announced his intention to destroy one of the city’s central roads, the Via dei Fori Imperiali, and turn the area around the old Roman Forum into the world’s largest archaeological park. Reactions have ranged from commuters’ groans to declarations from classicists that this single act proves the nobility of the human species.
Dan Grover | Chinese Mobile App UI Trends
One day, for the fun of it, I started writing a list in my notebook of all the things that are different between apps here and those I’m accustomed to using and creating back in the US. When I finished, I was surprised by how long the list was, so it seemed fitting to flesh it out into a post.
Is My Startup Burn Rate Normal? | Hacker News
If you're not filling an efficiency gap, and you're not making money, you're not a business. You can fail one of those criteria and be either a parasite or a charity, but you need both to be a business.
A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire – SBNation.com
This may very well be RadioShack's final holiday season. Jon, a former employee, looks back on a strange, craven, five thousand-fingered strip-mall monster from a forgotten age.
Why I don’t like hackathons, by Alex Bayley aged 39 1/2 | Infotropism
The result is that people build quick hacks that are cute and flashy, but have little depth. Meh.
What I Wish I’d Known About Emacs
The admission of emacs into the editor war is something of a misrepresentation. That emacs can be used as a text editor is incidental to its nature as a computing environment.
Bayesian AB Testing | Technology on Heels with Lyst Engineering
Bayesian inference is robust and fun. You too should try it out.
Typography in 8 bits: System fonts » DamienG
My love of typography originated in the 80′s with the golden years of 8-bit home computing and their 8×8 pixel mono-spaced fonts on low-resolution displays. It’s quite easy to find bitmap copies of these fonts and also scalable traced TTF versions but there’s very little discussion about the fonts themselves. Let’s remedy that by firing up some emulators and investigating the glyphs.
Syfy’s About-Face: Nine Shows That Might Help The Network Redeem Itself | Giant Freakin Robot
The Internet With A Human Face – Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk
Marc [Thiele] emailed me a few weeks ago to ask if I thought my talk would be appropriate to close the conference. "Marc," I told him, "my talk is perfect for closing the conference! The first half is this incredibly dark rant about how the Internet is alienating and inhuman, how it's turning us all into lonely monsters.” “But in the second half, I'll turn it around and present my vision of an alternative future. I'll get the audience fired up like a proper American motivational speaker. After the big finish, we'll burst out of the conference hall into the streets of Düsseldorf, hoist the black flag, and change the world.” Marc said that sounded fine.
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.
Bras in Space: The Incredible True Story Behind Upcoming Film Spacesuit | The Credits.
Instead, pitted against the military-industrial complex, Playtex created the 21-layer spacesuit, each layer distinct yet interrelated in function to the rest of the whole—a masterly combination of elegance, complexity, and form. Where the military contractors created cybernetic, armor-like suits (that failed, and failed again), Playtex’s vision was one of crucial softness, world class stitching, and perfect design. Traditional engineering firms could not figure out how to meet all the mission requirements and create a functioning suit that would keep the Apollo astronauts alive. The seamstresses at Playtex, with their years of experience fashioning girdles and bras, could, and did.
Zero to 95,688: How I wrote Game Programming Patterns – journal.stuffwithstuff.com
About an hour ago, in the quiet of my living room, alone except for a sleeping dog next to me, I accomplished the biggest goal of my life. I finished writing Game Programming Patterns. It’s a book on game programming (it would be a weird title for a book ornithology) that I started writing about four years and a lifetime ago.
WarmPlace.Ru. Virtual ANS Spectral Synthesizer
Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS – photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.
Facebook buys smartphone fitness-tracking app Moves
Facebook may already be tracking your usage to serve you ads, but how would you feel if it was able to log your movement? That's exactly what could be on the cards after the company confirmed it's bought Moves, the fitness-tracking app that records your daily activities using your smartphone.
10 reasons to switch to ggplot | Mandy Mejia
There are a lot of R users out there who are resistant to switching from base graphics to ggplot, and while there are some legitimate downsides and probably settings where it doesn’t make sense, for most users I believe it’s well worth the time and effort required to get started with ggplot. I mean, the New York Times thinks so! So for all those doubters (or newbies) out there, here goes my best shot at convincing you that switching to ggplot is worth the effort.
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
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…
New Statesman | H G Wells: “It seems to me that I am more to the Left than you, Mr Stalin”
In 1934, H G Wells arrived in Moscow to meet Soviet writers interested in joining the international PEN Club, of which he was then president. While there, Stalin granted him an interview. His deferential conversation was criticised by J M Keynes and George Bernard Shaw, among others, in the New Statesman.
Stock photos that don’t suck — Design / UX — Medium
Finding great stock photos is a pain. You’re left with either low-res amateur photos, people wearing cheesy headsets, or photos that are out of budget for the project you’re working on. Below is an ongoing list (so bookmark it) of the best stock photo sites I’ve come across.
Amazon Smartphone Photos, Specs and Details Revealed: Exclusive Report | BGR
BGR gives the world an exclusive first look at the unannounced smartphone Amazon is set to debut in the coming months
Short Ribs Time and Temp – Recipe – ChefSteps
Creative possibilities are especially compelling aspects of sous vide cooking. The ability to cook ingredients for prolonged periods of time at carefully controlled temperatures can yield appealing textures that are impractical, or even impossible, to achieve using conventional cooking techniques. Throughout this course we'll explore these possibilities; below is a showcase of the range of textures that you can easily achieve by sous vide cooking a tough, but flavorful cut of meat like beef short rib.
Introduction to Huginn on Vimeo
Huginn is a open source system for building agents that observe the world and act on your behalf. This is an introductory screencast. Your agents are standing by!
Amazon.com to Acquire comiXology | comiXology Unbound
Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.
2048 Variants | Semi-long Blog
Here is a list of online variants scouted from github. For the record, that means that there are very few apps on this list, and only those that you can compile yourself. The majority of these links are intended to be accessed from the Internet.
Unpythonic Python – skien.cc
Warning: Very Unpythonic Python ahead. However, all code should work (with Python 2.7.5).
Homemade Toast: How to Make a Leak Proof Water Blob (without tape!)
Tambora eruption caused the year without a summer: Cholera, opium, famine, and Arctic exploration.
As it turns out, however, the indirect ripple effects of Tambora—what climate scientists call “teleconnections”—were even more historically significant. Cholera, opium, and the Panic of 1819 are three examples; another is Arctic exploration.