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Free as in Freedom: Chapter 6
“It was a bit like the Garden of Eden,” says Stallman, summing up the lab and its software-sharing ethos in a 1998 Forbes article. “It hadn’t occurred to us not…
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9 hours ago
Logarithmic History v3
Exponential decay, resulting in log-scale lists, an excellent way to work with an unbounded amount of history in a bounded amount of space. I’ve described this…
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yesterday
Games of Soldiers - MING MANG
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Ming Mang is a two player game played on a 17x17 square board, with the following setup:
Ming Mang is played on Tibet. There is some questions about…
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yesterday
Top 10 Games Every Designer Should Play, PART 1 | This blog will self-destruct every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
In this three part series, read about the League’s secret mission in coordination with Stonemaier Games to select the top 10 games every designer should play at…
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2 days ago
SimCity That I Used to Know
Regardless of its precise birthday, SimCity was a hugely influential game. Popularizing a genre of “software toys” that presented players with an interactive,…
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2 days ago
Lila (Hinduism) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lila (Sanskrit: लीला, IAST līlā) or Leela, like many Sanskrit words, cannot be literally translated to English but can be loosely translated as “play” (noun).…
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2 days ago
Read Iggy Pop's incredible John Peel lecture
Enjoy bonus videos, photos and posts and have your say on the the latest music!
Not convinced? Check it out.
Tuesday 14th October 2014 by Andy Morris | Photos…
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4 days ago
swannodette/om
A ClojureScript interface to Facebook’s React.
Om allows users to represent their UIs simply as EDN. Because ClojureScript data is immutable data, Om can always…
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4 days ago
Blameful Post Mortem: Male Allies Edition
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5 days ago
The Cosmic Encounter Game - New Player's Guide - Board Game Strategies
Buy Cosmic Encounter (Amazon) Read the rules (PDF)
This is a repost of an article by Randall Barnes at BoardGameGeek.
Having sifted through the Strategy area at…
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5 days ago
2012 Strategy Game of the Year: Puzzle Strike 3rd Edition
Buy It (Amazon) | Rules (PDF) | Play Online (Fantasy Strike)
Every game site and its mom gives out year-end awards. We’re no trend-buckers, so welcome to the…
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5 days ago
Sirlin.Net - Blog - Puzzle Strike and the Quest for a Tournament Quality Deckbuilding Game
Just a reminder that Puzzle Strike Shadows as well as Puzzle Strike 3rd Edition are up on Kickstarter right now. Let’s delve into the design in excruciating…
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5 days ago
Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
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I grew up in the evangelical Christian subculture, among the people on whom Ned Flanders and the Veals on Arrested Development were patterned. So the…
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6 days ago
Paul Chiusano: The problematic culture of "Worse is Better"
Functional programming, UX, tech, econ
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I offer Scala and FP consulting services. If you’re interested in working together,…
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6 days ago
Everything I Have Learned I Have Learned From Someone Else
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Java 8 was released in March 2014 and introduced lambda expressions as its flagship feature. This article sheds light on how Java 8…
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9 days ago
The Maker Movement
I’ve been so busy making making things, making a hackerspace at FamiLAB, making a Maker Faire, talking about Making our Community better, and launching a…
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10 days ago
[Python-Dev] Python-3.0, unicode, and os.environ
Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at gmail.com Thu Dec 4 21:02:19 CET 2008 I opened up bug http://bugs.python.org/issue4006 a while ago and it was suggested in the…
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10 days ago
MathPuzzle.com
Material added 26 Feb 06 Hexomino wine rack Jed Sullivan: Thought you might get a kick out of this hexomino wine rack design, assuming you haven’t seen it…
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11 days ago
The Birth of Visual Basic
Visual Basic was conceived when “Ruby” met “Embedded Basic” for the first time in August of 1989. Ruby was a “shell construction set” originally created by Alan…
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12 days ago
Nobody Reads Your Blog - Notes on Linux: Harry Potter and the System of Privilege
This is hopefully the last in a series of posts about my experiences diving deeper into Linux, the first ones being about Mac being too pretty, Linux being too…
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12 days ago
Abluxxen is the Card Game of the Year!
Germany’s Fairplay Magazine has announced the results of 2014’s À la carte award, presented annually to the best card game released during the previous 12…
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12 days ago
40,000 suicides annually, yet America simply shrugs
There’s a suicide in the USA every 13 minutes.
Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY
Standing high above the San Francisco Bay, perched on an I-beam outside the Golden Gate…
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12 days ago
Clojure and me » These aren’t the reducing functions you are looking for
Transducers are powerful and easy to grasp when they claim they transform reducing functions. However once you scratch their surface you quickly realize that’s…
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13 days ago
On the sickness of our community [LWN.net]
The following subscription-only content has been made available to you by an LWN subscriber. Thousands of subscribers depend on LWN for the best news from the…
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13 days ago
Another Deduction Method | BoardGameGeek | BoardGameGeek
Chris Renshall (darthneo) California This is by no means a completed idea, I have not tried to break it so there might be/are holes in the theory…Lets say that…
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13 days ago
Factor: a practical stack language: Compiler overhaul
I’m back from vacation, and I’ve overhauled how the Factor compiler recompiles changed definitions. The code is in my git repo but it is not entirely stable.…
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14 days ago
Not All Men: A Brief History of Every Dude's Favorite Argument
On April 10, artist Matt Lubchansky updated his popular webcomic series, Please Listen To Me, with a new comic called “Save Me.” It features a presumably…
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14 days ago
Why We're Learning Clojure
At Gaslight we’re most widely known for our work with Ruby and Rails. We’re also highly experienced in everything JavaScript from JQuery to Ember to AngularJS…
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14 days ago
Social Networking as Peer Surveillance
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Tech news articles preach the dangers of sophisticated programs at startups misusing data we give them, performing sociological experiments…
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14 days ago
Life of a HTTP request, as seen by my toy web server — Leandro Pereira
When learning a new programming language, I tend to write two things with it: a language interpreter (usually a FORTH-like language or Brainfuck if I’m feeling…
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14 days ago
The culture wars are back, and this time, everyone can win
The last culture war, often pitting movement conservatives figures against artists, was fought over whether culture was or should be decent. Concerns about…
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14 days ago
Atheists Aren't the Problem, Christian Intolerance Is the Problem
Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and internationally best-selling author. Robyn Blumner is the executive director of the Richard Dawkins Foundation…
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14 days ago
A schemaless computer database in 1965 - bobdc.blog
I’ve been reading up on America’s post-war attempt to keep up the accelerated pace of R&D that began during World War II. This effort led to an infrastructure…
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14 days ago
[erlang-questions] Erlang Memory Question
Richard A. O’Keefe <> Tue Sep 23 09:12:12 CEST 2014 On 23/09/2014, at 2:24 PM, Eranga Udesh wrote: > Thanks for the information received so far. » Wouldn’t it…
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15 days ago
Ess Expressions
EssExpressions is the common term for symbolic expressions in the Lisp programming community. A symbolic expression (sexp) is simply one piece of data, like a…
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15 days ago
Rethinking Compiler Design
Objectives A radical rethink of optimizing compiler design Features It is worth noting that several features also imply properties of language design. Coded as…
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15 days ago
Rambles around computer science
Diverting trains of thought, wasting precious time
My essay “In Search of Types” attempts to be a dispassionate review of some of the different concepts,…
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15 days ago
Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy
A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.
Asking “[w]ho really rules?” researchers Martin Gilens and…
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15 days ago
Object Oriented Programming is an expensive disaster which must end | Smash Company
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The No True Scottsman fallacy leads to…
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15 days ago
On sexism, sexual assault and the threat of the ‘non-bro’
When I was just a little bitty budding activist just starting to get involved in organizing and protesting more heavily than I had in high school, I remember…
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16 days ago
Gone Gaming: Magic Realm Part one - Why?
Following up on my theme of games that promote obsession, I am left to recount the past two months of time spent with an old Avalon Hill flatbox. This flatbox…
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16 days ago
Gone Gaming: Magic Realm Part Two
First off, let me apologize for doing a two part article with my normal two week delay. It seems like a bit too long to wait to post the second half. Oh well,…
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16 days ago
The Book No One Read - Issue 17: Big Bangs - Nautilus
I remember well the first time my certainty of a bright future evaporated, when my confidence in the panacea of technological progress was shaken. It was in…
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16 days ago
Tim Lott – Zen Buddhism and Alan Watts
Ever since I was a child, I have been acutely sensitive to the idea — in the way that other people seem to feel only after bereavement or some shocking…
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16 days ago
‘The Mind of a Chef,’ With David Chang on PBS
DID Julia Child ever pick up a brick of raw instant-ramen noodles and take a big bite? (And then say, “It’s pretty tasty”?) Has Lidia Bastianich ever mocked a…
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16 days ago
Tabletop Season Three: Shall We Play A Few Games?
For the past several months, my producer Boyan, and I built a list of about 140 games that were potential candidates for Tabletop. We spent the last five weeks…
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16 days ago
The China Labyrinth
MindSports You are here: HomePuzzlesTilingsThe China Labyrinth Who’s Online We have 48 guests and no members online The China Labyrinth was conceived in the…
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20 days ago
Modularity and testability - Coding the Architecture
I’ve been writing blog posts covering a number of topics over the past few months; from the conflict between software architecture and code and…
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20 days ago
Investigation: Trick-Taking | Design Mystery | BoardGameGeek
Recommend Kevin Jeffrey (toombs79) CanadaSurreyBritish Columbia Investigation: Trick-TakingTrick-taking games were a favourite of mine when I was younger.…
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21 days ago
Review by SOS (from 1999) | Botswana | BoardGameGeek
Steffan O’Sullivan (sos1) United StatesPlymouthNH “All history is made up. Good history is made up by good historians; bad history is made up by the others.”…
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21 days ago
A Hidden Gem | Mentalis | BoardGameGeek
Simon Hunt (simonh) United StatesRosevilleCalifornia An IntroductionMentalis is a delightful, abstract game for two players that plays in about 20 - 30 minutes.…
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21 days ago
Semantic Design
Here’s a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. This is an exposition of a unique, powerful, and (retrospectively) obvious software design approach. I owe…
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21 days ago
sml-family.org up and running!
After far too long, and far too many obstacles to be overcome, Dave MacQueen, Lars Bergstrom, and I have finally prepared an open-source site for the entire…
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22 days ago
Technical Papers Every Programmer should Read by Petar Radošević
By Petar Radošević • 9 Chapters • programming, papers
A while back Fogus (@fogus) wrote a blog post with the top 10 of technical papers every programmer should…
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22 days ago
Neoplatonism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(or Neo-Platonism) is a modern term[1] used to designate a tradition of philosophy that arose in the 3rd century AD and persisted until shortly after the…
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22 days ago
How to learn a language in 3 years
Many people have written tons of questionably useful articles about how to learn a language in 3 months. They are often very excited to share their success…
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22 days ago
Using Game Theory to Design Games | This blog will self-destruct every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Game theory is an interesting beast. Supposedly you can use it to solve any situation where intelligent people, given a number of strategies or decisions to…
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22 days ago
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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23 days 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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23 days 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 days 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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23 days ago
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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24 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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27 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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27 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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27 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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28 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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28 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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29 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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29 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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29 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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29 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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29 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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4 weeks 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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4 weeks 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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4 weeks 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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4 weeks 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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4 weeks ago
Pre-conj Prep 2014 | LispCast
Eric Normand is a software engineer who lives in New Orleans.
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People have been asking me how they can get ready for all of the…
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4 weeks ago
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