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Our Invisible Rich
Paul Krugman
Half a century ago, a classic essay in The New Yorker titled “Our Invisible Poor” took on the then-prevalent myth that America was an affluent…
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18 hours ago
Tom Rosen: The Kramer Exception
The Spiel des Jahres has a peculiar knack for honoring great designers for some of their worst games. This would simply be amusing if it didn’t also have a real…
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20 hours ago
Nil works well for Clojure error handling
TL;DR: Using nil as an error return value is wrong in principle but works well in practice. Much of the reason is that Clojure’s nil is a useful Null Object for…
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23 hours ago
Science Fiction in Transition (1958-1975): New Wave & New Directions
1 A Case of Conscience (1958)James BlishOne Catholic reader responded to Blish’s theologically-infused outer space story by sending him a copy ofChurch doctrine…
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Content and Its Discontents - NYTimes.com
Astra Taylor is a documentary filmmaker who has described her work as the “steamed broccoli” in our cultural diet. Her last film, “Examined Life,” depicted…
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2 days ago
Written in Racket
This is an overview of things I’ve created using Racket. Two motivations for writing this now:
Over the last week I was at three conferences (whew!) where, when…
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4 days ago
How To Be Hilarious On Twitter, From A Writer Who Tweeted Her Way To TV
When a veteran stand-up comic is also funny on Twitter, it doesn’t exactly come as a shock. When an unknown phenom makes you physically choke on guffaws,…
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4 days ago
Nikolai Gogol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Russian: Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь, tr. Nikolay Vasilyevich Gogol; IPA: [nʲɪkɐˈlaj vɐˈsʲilʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ˈgogəlʲ]; Ukrainian: Мико́ла…
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5 days ago
Kevin Mitnick, Once the World's Most Wanted Hacker, Is Now Selling Zero-Day Exploits | WIRED
Mitnick showing a keylogging device to a crowd in 2010. Credit: Eneas De Troya | CC BY As a young man, Kevin Mitnick became the world’s most notorious black hat…
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5 days ago
Post: For All You Know, It's Just a Java Library
I wrote this in May, 2008… and I’ve gotta say, I was pretty spot-on including Java 8 adopting some of Scala’s better features:
It’s starting to happen… the FUD…
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5 days ago
Décoloniser Catan - Postcolonial Catan
En août dernier, à la Gen Con d’Indianapolis, j’ai fait une conférence à demi sérieuse sur le postcolonialisme et le jeu de société. Improvisant à partir d’une…
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6 days ago
Property-Based Testing – Testing Assumptions You Don't Know You're Making
Finding good test input can be tricky. Even with loads of unit tests, bugs still get through.
Consider a wear-leveling algorithm for flash memory — it takes a…
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7 days ago
Jacob Davenport » Computer Programming and Game Design
For years I would say that computer programming was like a game for me. There was a goal I needed to reach, and a good program would get me there. I had to…
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7 days ago
Jacob Davenport » Extreme Game Design
When I finally learned about Extreme Programming, it made lots of sense, and I wanted to apply it to my computer programming immediately. Then I realized why it…
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7 days ago
Go news and sensations
First of all, congratulations on your recent success in the last European Shogi Championship! I heard that the deciding match (you against Mirnik Boris, from…
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7 days ago
Madness and the Muse
September 19, 2014
By Tom Bartlett
Nancy Andreasen is not a smooth performer-of-ideas in the TED vein, the sort who roams the stage wirelessly mic’d, dispensing…
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7 days ago
The Unusual Language That Linguists Thought Couldn’t Exist - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
Languages, like human bodies, come in a variety of shapes—but only to a point. Just as people don’t sprout multiple heads, languages tend to veer away from…
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7 days ago
Executioners From Shaolin
Many of us know Pai Mei from his strict teachings of Beatrix Kiddo. In KILL BILL VOLUME 2 he’s a mean old bastard with long white hair. But he’s meaner and…
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7 days ago
The McDonald's Cocaine Spoon Fiasco
“Along with the heroin, cash, weapons and other stuff you would expect, we kept finding these tiny McDonald’s spoons they give out for stirring tea and…
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7 days ago
One of the Most Amazing Feats in Chess History Just Happened, and No One Noticed
Photo by Lennart Ootes
Before any of the six entrants in the 2014 Sinquefield Cup had nudged a white pawn to e4, they’d already been hailed as the strongest…
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7 days ago
Pre-conj Prep 2014 | LispCast
Eric Normand is a software engineer who lives in New Orleans.
Free and weekly
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People have been asking me how they can get ready for all of the…
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7 days ago
Game Idea vs Game Product | This blog will self-destruct every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
It’s okay to create a game that’s just for you or your friends. But when thinking about sharing it with a wider audience (whether that’s approaching publishers…
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7 days ago
Designer DAILY Diary: Castles of Mad King Ludwig I | BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek
Recommend Ted Alspach (toulouse) United StatesSan JoseCalifornia Preorder One Night Ultimate Werewolf now from www.beziergames.com One Night Ultimate Werewolf …
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7 days ago
Designer DAILY Diary: Castles of Mad King Ludwig II | BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek
Recommend Ted Alspach (toulouse) United StatesSan JoseCalifornia Preorder One Night Ultimate Werewolf now from www.beziergames.com One Night Ultimate Werewolf …
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7 days ago
A Packing Pessimization Problem | The n-Category Café
Note:These pages make extensive use of the latest XHTML and CSS Standards. They ought to look great in any standards-compliant modern browser. Unfortunately,…
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8 days ago
Go's Declaration Syntax - The Go Blog
7 July 2010
Newcomers to Go wonder why the declaration syntax is different from the tradition established in the C family. In this post we’ll compare the two…
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9 days ago
Little abstract game : Tapaoumec | Abstract Games | BoardGameGeek
Recently Viewed Mü & Lots More Briscola Zendo StarCraft: The Board Game Alfred’s Wyke Jaipur Morels Sokrates Quo Vadis? …
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10 days ago
Emacs Lisp's future (was: Guile emacs thread (again))
emacs-devel [Top][All Lists] [Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index] From: Stefan Monnier Subject: Emacs Lisp’s future (was:…
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12 days ago
Designer Diary: Rolling Out CUBIST | BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek
Recommend Alf Seegert (alfseegert) United StatesSalt Lake CityUtah By Steven Poelzing and Alf SeegertSteve: When my non-gamer co-workers discover that I design…
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12 days ago
A World of Games | Blake Eskin
Cards and gambling authority John Scarne claimed to have invented one of the greatest board games of all time. Was he bluffing?
Washington Post, July 15,…
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12 days ago
Parlett's Historic Card Games: references
Site map Historic Card Games explored and described by David ParlettSOURCES AND REFERENCES Games index Benham, W. Gurney Playing Cards (London 1931) “A history…
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14 days ago
A Gentleman’s Guide to Collecting Books
September 12, 2014
SHARE Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Nate Pedersen.
Earlier this year we covered the joys and basic how-tos of starting a…
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14 days ago
Haskell Dice of Doom - Part 1 – Derek McLoughlin
Conrad Barski’s Land of Lisp develops a simple board game from chapter 15 onwards, as an example of using functional-style programming in Common Lisp. The game,…
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14 days ago
Untitled
Klunkerby Uwe Rosenberg for 3 to 5 players Contents 94 jewelry cards (14 each of Tongue Bob, Ear Pendant, Gold Tooth, Shoes, Diadem, Monocle, and 10 of…
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14 days ago
Understanding Transducers
15 September 2014
What are transducers? Using transducers is easy enough—but how do they work underneath the hood?
This article explores transducers by ignoring…
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14 days ago
Erowid Alan Watts Vault
from The Essential Alan Watts photographer unknown Erowid Character Vaults Alan Watts Jan 6, 1915 - Nov 16, 1973 Summary Alan Watts began his training in…
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14 days ago
An Interview with Matt Kirby, inventor of Apples to Apples
Several months ago, Matt Kirby, inventor of Apples to Apples, attended our Game Night in Santa Barbara to play test his newly released game, Picaroon. It was…
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14 days ago
Promoting Go: The Guerrilla Go Marketing Toolkit
Are you trying to get more people interested in Go? This guide will help you with tools and strategies to do that.
A good Go promoter needs a good toolkit!
Here…
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14 days ago
'Ducers Wild -- a concise guide to the menagerie
It’s not too long, but, to summarize the summary, if you read Rich Hickey’s 2014 blog post on transducers first, his 2012 post on reducers will be easier to…
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15 days ago
Othelloanian capture in Go variants
In Go and its variants ‘groups’ are captured when they run out of liberties. Groups are defined as ‘connected stones’, which in square variants usually means…
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17 days ago
Clojure and me » The Rules of Transducer Club
First rule: you don’t call a transducer.Second rule: only composition is allowed.Third rule: better stateful than pure.
Here are the rationale behind each…
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17 days ago
The Game of Y: Micro-Reduction, Macro-Reduction, and Everything In-Between | Abstract Games | BoardGameGeek
Nick Reymann (Mingy Jongo) United StatesBarbertonOhio “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” Voltaire Crafty Shaman Impersonator I…
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17 days ago
Hippodice Spieleclub e. V.
Ausrichtung des Autorenwettbewerbs The Game Authors’ Competition of Hippodice Spieleclub e. V. is orientated internationally. It is held yearly since 1989.The…
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17 days ago
Coercive Rules
Last Modified: December 7, 2001
Coercive Rules
In the spring of 2001, during an online discussion about certain problems with the game Icehouse, I complained…
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17 days ago
Elegance and Game Design: A Discussion
Elegance And Game Design: A Discussion
In the summer of 2000, we got a cracking good discussion going on the Icehouse mailing list about “elegance” as it…
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17 days ago
haiku
For 3 or more players
To play this game, you need a Yaddy-Yadda Deck as well as pencils and paper for each player.
Overview
Each player will create a haiku…
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17 days ago
The King's Caste | Board Game | BoardGameGeek
The King’s Caste is a modified Tarot deck that was designed to answer this question: What if European Chess were a card game? It is compatible to any Standard…
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18 days ago
A Wonder of Minimalistic Elegance | Trax | BoardGameGeek
when a tile is placed and two tracks of the same colour lead into an empty space, a matching tile must be placed there.
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18 days ago
More Available Boards | *Star | BoardGameGeek
Benedikt Rosenau (Zickzack) GermanyGöttingen In order to play *Star on a regular, more available board, I propose the following variant.The game is played on a…
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18 days ago
About Bushka
Here’s the odd one out in the draughts family - not draughts at all really, more of a related species. Bushka’s way of capture originates in , a game from…
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18 days ago
The Evaluation of Material Imbalances in Chess
The Evaluation of Material Imbalances
by GM Larry Kaufman (reprinted with Larry’s permission) - important update from Larry’s 2012 repertoire book
(first…
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18 days ago
Chess Varieties
This page is part of the mindsports.info website, a collection of information on mindsports in the UK and beyond.
There are many varieties of chess played…
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18 days ago
CONS is your friend
I was watching Guy Steele’s talk subtitled foldl and foldr Considered Slightly Harmful. He ends the talk with the words “Get rid of cons”. Well… I am not ready…
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18 days ago
What holds back abstract strategy games from being more popular? | Abstract Games | BoardGameGeek
Richard Hutnik (docreason) United StatesPoughkeepsieNew York Another part of what matters when it comes to abstract strategy games is maybe to ask what…
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18 days ago
The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious
At the supermarket near his home in central Virginia, Tom Burford likes to loiter by the display of Red Delicious. He waits until he spots a store manager. Then…
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18 days ago
The Netflix Tech Blog: Introducing Chaos Engineering
Chaos Monkey was launched in 2010 with our move to Amazon Web Services, and thus the Netflix Simian Army was born. Our ecosystem has evolved as we’ve introduced…
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18 days ago
Boyhood
Note: I sincerely considered whether or not it was feasible to write this review one paragraph per year for 12 years. I decided maybe somebody else should do…
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19 days ago
Creating Black Vienna Online
In a September, 2005 article for The Games Journal, I stated that “Black Vienna is the finest deduction game in existence” but also that “[it’s] absolutely…
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19 days ago
Monad
MONAD (aka DIE 1. MILLION)
But the great reinvention of the card game came with MONAD. Hell, it’s basically a reinvention of mathematics, too! In MONAD, 1+1=3,…
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19 days ago
Musings about 3M and Sid Sackson | A Gnome's Ponderings | BoardGameGeek
Recommend Lowell Kempf (Gnomekin) United StatesChicagoIllinois One thing that has happened to me since I started becoming involved in board games is that now I…
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19 days ago
PUBLISHED GAMES OF SID SACKSON
PUBLISHED GAMES OF SID SACKSON
(M) with commentary by Nick Sauer and Herb Levy
Maloney’s Inheritance: This game was originally published by Research Games Inc.…
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19 days ago
Dr.Wictz Board Games: Market Mechanic Lecture: Auctions
Unlike the other market mechanisms mentioned thus far, an auction is one of the market mechanics that board game designers properly label. But, just because…
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19 days ago
mrb: Where Does Scope Come From?
After several false starts, I finally sat down and watched the first of Frank Pfenning’s 2012”Proof theory foundations” talks from the University of Oregon…
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19 days ago
Egg Freckles
You’ve probably heard that you need to overwrite a drive multiple times to make the data unrecoverable. Many disk-wiping utilities offer multiple-pass wipes.…
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19 days ago
Review: "Monster Manual" for "Dungeons & Dragons" 5th Edition
While we’ve applied great attention to the new Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Player’s Handbook, it falls to the Monster Manual to fill in the other half of the…
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19 days ago
Monochromatic Checkers | Shashki | BoardGameGeek
Benedikt Rosenau (Zickzack) GermanyGöttingen The Russian designer and problemist Artamonov came up with a ruleset in which all pieces have the same color. My…
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20 days ago
Applying the mechanism to other games | Symple | BoardGameGeek
Benedikt Rosenau (Zickzack) GermanyGöttingen Symple has been conecived as a multi-move abstract with an inherent balancing mechanism. It turns out that the…
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20 days ago
Zork and Turn
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Chess The King’s security is more important than the King himself.
[HG2C, page 1]
[Silence! A lot of it. Two characters playing…
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20 days ago
Clues for a General Game Design Methodology
Previous Section : Semantic Needs Next Section : Links “Star-scripting across the Universe…”
At this point, I don’t intend to make another script language…
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20 days ago
Clues for a General Game Design Methodology
Previous Section : Scripting the Universe… “To boldly go where everyone has been before!”
To help those who have little time, I gave two starts to linksthat…
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20 days ago
Clues for a General Game Design Methodology
”[…] We should be able to play a side-scrolling shooter on a Game Boy, figure out one cool aspect of it, and apply that idea to the 3D simulation we’re…
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20 days ago
h2g2 - Bezique - The Card Game - Edited Entry
Card Games | All Fives | Auction Pitch | Bezique | Blackjack | Bull/Cheat | Cover-coverCribbage | Egyptian Rat Screw | Euchre | Goofspiel | Hearts | Kalabriasz…
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20 days ago
Om, Clojure/ClojureScript and Event Sourcing - The Limiting Factor
goto CPH is closing in rapidly.
As mentioned previously I am especially looking forward to David Nolen’s talk Putting the Dream Machine to Work.
Om is getting a…
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20 days ago
Influence from draughts in chess in 18th c.
A young Philidor
“(…) il m’est impossible d’avoir assez de complaisance pour épargner mes compatriotes, qui ont donné dans une erreur aussi grande que celle des…
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20 days ago
The Semantics of Software
Written on August 30, 2014 in Val Morin, Québec, Canada
Jeremy Ashkenas shared some counter-current thoughts about Semantic Versioning recently.
You should read…
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20 days ago
Willkommen auf der Homepage von Johannes Schwagereit
Die Texte auf dieser Seite sind zum Teil in englischer Sprache verfasst. Sorry, some of the texts on this homepage are in german language only.
Johannes…
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20 days ago
Game Report: Picket
Date redacted: Nov. 30th, 1995
Redactor: Justin du Coeur
Other players: John de Caversham initially, then Pryder, Eowyn, Alexander Listkeeper, and Mandisa…
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20 days ago
Octi
Octi
Oddly enough, the best new abstract game I found in Essen last year was an American game, called Octi. Inventor Donald Green has tried to design a game…
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20 days ago
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