Links For June 7, 2014

Greetings from Choice Provisions!

The name [Gaijin Games] made sense, but it also carried somewhat of a negative connotation to it.... Being the upbeat, positive folks we are, the last thing we wanted was for people to be offended by our name.... Ergo, we’re changing our name to Choice Provisions.

News about Versu and Blood & Laurels

After Versu’s cancellation, it looked for a long time as though neither the underlying technology nor the finished stories had a future. However, we are delighted to be able to announce that Linden Lab has negotiated a new arrangement that will allow us to release these stories and explore a future for the engine.

Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86

Maya Angelou, whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — a lyrical, unsparing account of her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86.

“It Is Known”: George R. R. Martin, WordStar, and Media Archaeology in the Media

WordStar’s real virtues, though, are not captured by its feature list alone. As Ralph Ellison scholar Adam Bradley observes in his work on Ellison’s use of the program, “WordStar’s interface is modelled on the longhand method of composition rather than on the typewriter.”

Could You Survive in Wealth? | The Poverty Challenge

A lot of hidden rules are taken for granted by a particular class. We have the knowledge to survive in our class, but are probably woefully unprepared to survive in another class. How well would you do in another class?

The Life and Times of ¯\(ツ)

¯\(ツ)/¯ is fundamentally connected to the experience of being online, in part because it cannot be spoken, only acted or typed.

George and Jonathan – in-browser music viz.

Music Object, Substance, Organism (GDC 14)