Links for October 3, 2015

NASA Confirms Signs of Water Flowing on Mars, Possible Niches for Life

In a paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists identified waterlogged molecules — salts of a type known as perchlorates — on the surface in readings from orbit. “That’s a direct detection of water in the form of hydration of salts,” said Alfred S. McEwen, a professor of planetary geology at the University of Arizona, the principal investigator of images from a high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and one of the authors of the new paper. “There pretty much has to have been liquid water recently present to produce the hydrated salt.” By “recently,” Dr. McEwen said he meant “days, something of that order.”

Four Years of the MADE: A Post Mortem

Yes, location was something that went right. Still, being on the second floor of an office building, and requiring people to be buzzed in downstairs is super duper less than ideal. Our buzzer doesn’t work half the time, and often, the downstairs doors are broken in some way that either leaves them unlocked, or unopenable. Our visitors have been mugged. Our cars have been ticketed. Occupy Oakland was broken apart by cops on the same night we were having an event. Other events saw no attendance because of riots/protests. Once, the dumpster behind the museum was lit on fire.

Games and Play at the Museum

While video games are a relatively recent development, the art of game making has been around for thousands of years. From intricately carved Egyptian Senet sets from 3500 BCE to Yoko Ono’s all-white chess set Play It by Trust (1966), to Anne-Marie Schleiner, Joan Leandre and Brody Condon’s, pacifist interventions in Counter-Strike via their mod Velvet-Strike (2002), artists have consistently used games to attempt to dissolve the boundary between themselves and the public.

Steve Albini Shows That Punk Rock Ethics Are Good Business

“In general business practice, those are considered structural advantages that you simply must not abandon. Like if you know more in the information war than your competitors, then in a conventional business scenario you have to exploit that advantage. In a community-based thinking, or in a collective feel for our interactions, then if another studio that’s a ‘competitor’ of mine, I don’t actually feel like we’re competing, but we are working in the same field in the same place, so I’ll use the term competitor, even though I don’t believe we’re in competition, but I’ll use that term. If I see a competitor studio that’s having trouble with something that’s a problem that we’ve solved here at Electrical Audio, I’m not going to keep that information to myself and watch them flounder. I’m going to share that information with them. And that from a ‘business’ standpoint is a mistake — from a corporate thinking Art of War (link is external), Sun Tzu bullshit kind of scenario — that’s a mistake.”

Colonizing Space - ’70s Style!