Links for December 14, 2018

How To Kill Your Tech Industry

After hitting the glass ceiling first in government and then in industry, Shirley did what women were supposed to do—what the two Annes and so many other women had been encouraged to do—she got married and resigned from her position. But, unlike the Annes, she wasn’t happy about it.... In 1962, she started her own software company, Freelance Programmers, out of her home. When she had stationary made for her new company she half-jokingly put the name all in lowercase, because “we had no capital at all.” Nevertheless, she began to recruit women who had similarly been forced into “early retirement” by having children or getting married.

Evelyn Berezin, 93, Dies; Built the First True Word Processor

Her device freed secretaries from the typewriter. But as word processing became ubiquitous, it helped eliminate their jobs.

J-deite RIDE unveiled

J-deite RIDE LLP built up a 2 seater transformable robot. Name of the robot is ‘J-deite RIDE’. J-deite RIDE is a kind of world’s first robot. He is 2 seater, transformable to car, walk itselves, and drive by battery energy.

Links for December 12, 2018

Physical game design quickstart toolkit

These questions are designed for use in a small-group situation where you want to add constraints up front in order to minimise the time it takes to get something playable. They’re not doing the same thing as the double diamond design approach, which is all about going broad at the beginning of the process – you could look at this as a way to get right to the end of the first diamond very quickly, if you like.

Allusionist 84. Trammels

Why would you write books or poems or plays with only one vowel? Or in palindromes? Or only using the example sentences in dictionaries? Sometimes you need to force yourself to jump a few hurdles (and perhaps the rest of the obstacle course) before your creativity will be unleashed.

Breaking Down the Beat: The Art and Science of Beatboxing

In each video, a beatboxer showcases a sound by producing it both in isolation and in the context of a larger beat. What you see are the movements of the lips, tongue, and other vocal tract articulators as they work together to produce these sounds.

Links for December 10, 2018

The Archivists of Extinction

What if I told you one of the largest ever undertakings in American historic preservation was happening not through the graces of any large institution, but through the autonomous participation of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of individuals across the country, who are collectively stitching together their own narrative of architectural history?

The “Kmart” group on the photo-sharing website Flickr has amassed a staggering twenty-five thousand photos of its subject, a struggling American discount store. It hardly matters that, against the grain of the high-architectural image factory, many of these photos could not be called artistic—a number of them appear to have been taken with shaky cell phones, or from the wrong side of a speeding car. The production of high-gloss photography is not the purpose of this group. It’s purpose is to document a slow extinction.

What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles?

I used to feel this pressure on me — I’m talking like a physical pressure, you know? But I used to be able to go out onto a basketball court and just unleash it. You could let it all out. You could dunk the shit outta that motherfucker in front of 100 people or 20,000 people and feel good for a minute.

Basketball got taken away from me at 27, and I was lost. I was just kind of going through the motions. Then a couple years later, my momma got taken away from me, and I pretty much went insane.

Could Winnie The Pooh Be Removed From Shanghai Disneyland?

Believe it or not, there’s a good chance that Winnie the Pooh might be removed from Shanghai Disneyland in the near future. That’s right, no more character meet and greets, no more merchandise and the attractions could get rethemed.... Over the years, the people of China have used Pooh as a way to mock their president by comparing him to the Disney-famed “chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff”.

Links for December 7, 2018

Video Games In East Germany: The Stasi Played Along

In East Germany, a gamer scene emerged just before the fall of communism. Teenagers met at a computer club to swap and play C64 games. The state watched with interest.

Classic Tetris World Championship: How it became esport

“There are players that can tap the controller faster than I can hold it down,” Neubauer said. “It’s a physical technique, it’s going to change the way these tournaments are played in the future, it already has. I’m going to have to take my game to the next level. Honestly, it’s tough at this point, but I still think there’s room to go.”

Fallouts 5-75 reviewed

In the build-up to the release of Fallout 76, we felt it was important to put the game in its proper context. With that in mind, we commissioned games historian Nate Crowley – aka @FrogCroakley – to write capsure reviews of Fallouts 5 through 75.

Links for December 5, 2018

Snapping point: how the world’s leading architects fell under the Instagram spell

The desire to share on Instagram is inspiring exciting new buildings around the world, but are these spectacular selfie sets what cities really need?

The Shape of Space

What the orbital space habitats designed for NASA in 1975 can teach us about living in new geometries.

Discover Art & Artists – 44,000 archive images released into the public domain.

Links for December 3, 2018

George Bush, 41st President, Dies at 94

Mr. Bush, a Republican, was a transitional figure in the White House, where he served from 1989 to 1993. He was the last of the World War II generation to occupy the Oval Office.

Crying in H Mart

Michelle Zauner writes about visiting the Korean supermarket H Mart after her mother’s death.

Fold N Fly ✈

A database of paper airplane folding designs and instructions.

Links for November 19, 2018

Will Vinton, Stop-Motion Legend And Claymation Creator: Dead At 70

Vinton started making clay animation films in the 1970s, and won the Academy Award for his 1974 film Closed Mondays, that he co-directed with Bob Gardiner. He established Will Vinton Productions (later Will Vinton Studios) in Portland, Oregon in the late 1970s, and coined and trademarked the term “Claymation.”

Obituary: Legendary video game composer Ben Daglish

Daglish rose to prominence during the ’80s, when he created the scores for a number of notable games including Cobra Trap, The Last Ninja, and Deflektor. 

Uncovering the Soul of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio

Links for November 16, 2018

The Existential Void of the Pop-Up ‘Experience’

The central experience delivered at all these places is one of waiting. At the Color Factory, I first waited for half an hour past my ticket time, outside in the 90-degree heat. Then I waited inside the lobby, just outside a roped-off area. After being allowed inside the roped-off area, I was offered mochi ice cream while I waited. Then I was shown an orientation video and ushered into a rainbow-painted hallway, which turned out to be another line in disguise.

The Abandoned, Apocalyptic Architecture of One Bold 1970s Retail Chain

Some architects, though, didn’t view the showrooms so kindly. The May 1977 issue of Architectural Record contains several scathing letters to the editor, including one from a California-based reader who called the buildings “an affront to human dignity, an insult to architectural innovativeness and stooping to the lowest on the altar of gimmickry.” A construction company owner in New York suggested SITE, Inc. be given the architectural award for “Sheer Lunacy.” For some designers and critics, there was just no room for playful suburban shopping centers in the world of fine architecture.

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Links for November 14, 2018

The US town ruled by an AI storyteller

Sheldon County tells the story of a fictional American town and the people who inhabit it over the course of 150 years. It is the result of two programs that run in parallel: Hennepin, which simulates each day and night in the history of a fictional American county over 150 years, and Sheldon, which in turn sifts through this accumulated history to find the interesting storylines and dramatic nuggets that have actually emerged over the course of the simulation based on narrative patterns authored by Ryan.

Phantom Islands — A Sonic Atlas

Phantom Islands are artifacts of the age of maritime discovery and colonial expansion. During centuries of ocean exploration these islands were sighted, charted, described and even explored – but their existence has never been ultimately verified. Poised somewhere between cartographical fact and maritime fiction, they haunted seafarers’ maps for hundreds of years, inspiring legends, fantasies, and counterfactual histories.

Listening to the City

Cities can be cacophonous and loud, a chaos of sonic discord. If, that is, you don’t really focus your listening. People who’ve trained their ears to hear urban soundscapes in new ways hear something different.

That’s what David Rothenberg is doing. He’s a composer and an environmental philosopher who’s made a career of listening to and performing music in the wild, with birds, animals and insects. Lately he’s been giving himself a crash course in the art — and science — of urban listening.

His experience made us wonder: what else can you hear from a city when you really listen closely? People’s patterns and everyday experiences emerge in detail, along with their struggles against prejudice and abuse. Some people hear pain, others hear art emerging from the chaos of sound.

In this hour, we make the case for exploring your city sonically.

Links for November 12, 2018


Because the artist is a very private individual, and the work is located in the remote Nevada desert, relatively little is known about City, except that Heizer has been working on it since approximately 1972. City comprises five phases, each consisting of a number of structures referred to as complexes, and in total measuring approximately a 1/4 mile in width and a 1-1/2 miles in length.

Las Pozas – Xilitla, Mexico

Discover Las Pozas in Xilitla, Mexico: Extraordinary sculpture garden created by an eccentric English poet.

Richard Beale is just one of many doodlers throughout history, but it’s through these drawings that people from the past are brought to life and made flesh and blood.