Links for July 17, 2019

Doctor Who theme - Peter Howell’s Masterclass (1981)

Doctor Who | Jodie Whittaker - ’80s Title Sequence

Laverne & Nyssa & Shirley & Tegan

Links for July 14, 2019

This Woman Is Photographing Every Federally Recognized Native American Tribe

Matika Wilbur of Project 562 is documenting every federally recognized Native American tribe in the U.S.

Legend of the Skate Patrol, guardians of Golden Gate Park

Forty years ago, San Francisco almost banned roller skating in the park — until a band of skating enthusiasts who cared about the sport and the scene united to save it.

NASA Live: Earth Views from the Space Station

Links for June 16, 2019

An injury left Olafur Arnalds unable to play, so he turned to machines

Following nerve damage, Icelandic composer/producer/musician was unable to play the piano. With his ‘Ghost Pianos’, he gets that ability back, through intelligent custom software and mechanical pianos.

Ólafur Arnalds: Tiny Desk Concert

The Icelandic composer is joined by two “ghost” pianists, making mysterious and memorable music at the Tiny Desk.


Links for June 9, 2019

Why Does English Have More Words for Sports Officials Than Any Other Language?

So the terms have slightly different base meanings and are not interchangeable, but their use in English does not follow any established pattern between sports. The lead official in a National Basketball Association game is a referee. In Major League Baseball, it’s an umpire. Tennis, American football, and lacrosse all have both referees and a variety of judges.

As a matter of fact, American football has a whopping seven officials: a referee (who’s in charge), an umpire, a down judge, a line judge, a side judge, a back judge, and a field judge. “There are so many cops on the field in a football game,” says Rosenthal. “The NFL [National Football League] is basically just enforcing rules and people happen to be playing a game in the meantime.”

Spelling Bee ends in an unprecedented 8-way tie

Entendrepreneur Portmanteau & Rhyme Generator

Links for May 27, 2019

Don Norman on how design fails older consumers

These thoughtless, inappropriate designs are not limited to Apple. New technologies tend to rely on display screens, often with tiny lettering, with touch-sensitive areas that are exceedingly difficult to hit as eye-hand coordination declines. Physical controls are by far the easiest to control–safer too, especially in safety-critical tasks such as driving a car, but they are disappearing. Why? To save a few cents in manufacturing and in a misplaced desire to be trendy. Speech can be a useful substitute for physical controls, though not as helpful as proponents claim.

The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet

This is the atmosphere of the mainstream web today: a relentless competition for power. As this competition has grown in size and ferocity, an increasing number of the population has scurried into their dark forests to avoid the fray.… The dark forests grow because they provide psychological and reputational cover. They allow us to be ourselves because we know who else is there.… They cap the downsides of looking bad and the upsides of our best jokes by virtue of a contained audience.

Janet’s Void: What Actually Happens When * BING *

Links for May 20, 2019

The Origin Of The Term “Gamer”

The first known record of the word was found in the English town of Walsall and dates back to approximately 1422.... When they said “gamer,” what they meant was “gambler.” And this association lasted well into the 19th century.

Depressed and Anxious? These Video Games Want to Help

Some in the industry said the interactive nature of games made them more effective than film or television at dealing with mental health. Embodying a video game character who suffers from depression might leave a deeper impression of the challenges of the illness than simply watching a film about the same character, for example. Video games can be “a more effective way of bouncing back from negative moods than passive forms of media like TV or movies,” said Raffael Boccamazzo, a mental health practitioner in Seattle who works with Take This.

How Bullet Hell Games Helped Me Work Through Anxiety

From my experience, the most important part of CBT is the exposure part. That doesn’t necessarily mean putting yourself in dangerous situations, but it does mean actually confronting anxiety-inducing tasks.... The pixel-perfect precision bullet hell games demanded of players gave me something to hyper-fixate on besides my anxiety. I wasn’t running away from my real-life issues, either — I was practicing patience, control of a task, and completion, slowly chipping away at my anxiety.

Meshell Ndegeocello - Waterfalls (Official Video)

Links for May 12, 2019

The Chinese Burner

A Chinese science fiction writer goes to Burning Man.

Slow art? It will ‘blow your mind’

To get people in the mood for slow art, Christie’s, the V&A and the Natural History Museum have been offering yoga and sound meditation baths before visitors step foot into their exhibitions. But rather than putting them in a trance, it’s all about switching on their senses.

“When the Natural History Museum was built and founded it was called a cathedral to nature and people used to come in and take their hats off in awe,” says Lucy Woodbridge, head of events at the Natural History Museum, who likens slow art to sacred looking.

“And this is what we want: a place of learning and stopping and a deeper level of engagement and just allowing people to see more.”

Damian Lillard Shot In LEGO

Links for May 5, 2019

historicalsource (Historical Source) – ZIL and ZAP source files for old Infocom games. – Cataloguing Twitch streams with zero viewers.

The Measure of Things – Enter a measurement, get a list of comparable objects.

Conway’s Game Of Life in APL

Links for April 23, 2019

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Some specific moments, however, did incorporate truly analog illustrations. There is a section about two-thirds into the sequence that uses a series of “HELLO, MY NAME IS…” stickers to create a cel-animated effect of Miles swinging through the scene. We wanted it to look like Miles had drawn a sequence of an animation on these stickers and they would appear to animate as he threw up each subsequent tag. This was where we collaborated with Eric Hibbeler. Eric showed us a variety of stylistic test drawings.

Once we aligned on the illustration style which felt most appropriate for Miles, we took an animated sequence from the film, broke it out into 2s and had Eric work on recreating each frame. These were physical illustrations, scanned in and then composited onto the stickers. Everyone loved how Eric’s final drawings added to the analog feel.

Touchstones: An Appreciation of the Dark Comedy “Heathers”

Naomi Fry reviews the legacy of the 1989 cult classic “Heathers,” starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, a teen comedy now celebrating its thirtieth anniversary.


Links for April 7, 2019

‘No console required’: Google unveils streaming game platform, ‘Stadia’

At GDC 2019 this morning, Google detailed its long-awaited streaming game platform, dubbed Stadia.

The Unexpected Philosophical Depths of the Clicker Game Universal Paperclips

Neima Jahromi writes about Universal Paperclips, created by Frank Lantz, and other clicker games, like Cookie Clicker and Candy Box!, which represent how our actions are constantly mediated by screens.

The James Bond Corkscrew Jump Was The First Computer-Modeled Stunt

I’m a little surprised that we haven’t covered this in detail before, because it’s so crammed full of Jalop-bait: jumping and flipping cars, AMCs, James Bond, frustrated backwoods law enforcement, and lots of secret math and early computers. The jump is the famous corkscrew from The Man with the Golden Gun.