Links For September 2, 2015

"Means Well" Technology and the Internet of Good Intentions

Behavior matters, because if we start purely solving problems with technology, and not analyzing the social and cultural systems this technology exists within, we’re in trouble. Rather than designing purely for solution, we should be looking at the narratives driven around these things, and not just in focus groups and optimum use case scenarios. Looking at how people break things now, and make them fit their social norms, cultural mythologies, and group behaviors. Can you remember how many horror stories you heard as a teenager about sex and relationships, how many things you had to silently dispel as a young adult, fearful of being found out for your ignorance?

Wired Style: A Linguist Explains Vintage Internet Slang

Wired Style is an excellent nostalgia trip, to be sure, but how does it stack up as a guide to live by? Here I’m more conflicted. Sure, praising informality and internet language is a breath of fresh air compared to the slow-moving Chicago Manual of Style or AP Stylebook, and at first glance it’s also a vast improvement over the endless sea of ill-informed pedants that write usage guides. But, like any pedant, Hale and Scanlon sometimes convert their idiosyncratic lexical preferences into mass dictates.

Dictionary Stories – Short stories constructed from dictionary sample sentences.

MIT Design Approach Seeks Balance Between Games and Assessment

“The aim of the guide is not to impose a new game development method—but rather to present a learning design approach to be integrated with current best practices in game design,” the team wrote. “The emphasis of this framework is not directly for building assessments into games but rather helping game designers to better align the learning goals with game mechanics to produce more deeply engaging and effective learning game experiences.”

Fast endless Bi-directional spiral with an ho scale train ( side view )