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Final Fantasy 7: An oral history
Pretty amazing, particularly for this revelation:
Tetsuya Nomura (Character and battle visual director, Square Japan): OK, so maybe I did kill Aerith. But if I hadn’t stopped you, in the second half of the game, you were planning to kill everyone off but the final three characters the player chooses!

Yoshinori Kitase (Director, Square Japan) No way! I wrote that? Where?

Tetsuya Nomura (Character and battle visual director, Square Japan) In the scene where they parachute into Midgar. You wanted everyone to die there!
games  history  gaming  aeris  final-fantasy  square-enix  ff7  stories 
january 2017 by jm
Fairytales much older than previously thought, say researchers
Analysis showed Jack and the Beanstalk was rooted in a group of stories classified as The Boy Who Stole Ogre’s Treasure, and could be traced back to when eastern and western Indo-European languages split – more than 5,000 years ago. Beauty and the Beast and Rumpelstiltskin to be about 4,000 years old. A folk tale called The Smith and the Devil was estimated to date back 6,000 years to the bronze age.

The study employed phylogenetic analysis, which was developed to investigate evolutionary relationships between species, and used a tree of Indo-European languages to trace the descent of shared tales on it, to see how far they could be demonstrated to go back in time. Tehrani said: “We find it pretty remarkable these stories have survived without being written. They have been told since before even English, French and Italian existed. They were probably told in an extinct Indo-European language.”
history  mythology  stories  folk-tales  jack-and-the-beanstalk  rumpelstiltskin  language  phylogenetic 
january 2016 by jm
How I Became A Minor Celebrity In China (After My Stolen Phone Ended Up There)
Phone is stolen, shipped to China, and winds up being bought by "Brother Orange" -- then the story becomes China's biggest viral hit
viral  theft  phones  iphone  china  stories  weibo 
february 2015 by jm
How Curiosity, Luck, and the Flip of a Switch Saved the Moon Program | Motherboard
"SCE to off?" someone said. The switch was so obscure that neither of his bosses knew what he was talking about. "What the hell's that," blurted out Gerald Carr, who was in charge of communicating with the capsule. The rookie flight director, Gerry Griffin, didn't know either.

Sixty seconds had passed since the initial lightning strike. No one else knew what to do. The call to abort was fast approaching. 

Finally, Carr reluctantly gave the order in a voice far cooler than the moment. "Apollo 12, Houston, try SCE to Auxiliary, over."
spaceflight  stories  apollo  sce-to-aux  power  lightning  weather  outages  simulation  training  nasa 
november 2014 by jm
creepypasta, Slenderman, and Lovecraft
our use of networked computers is daily coloured by fear of infection and corruption, of predators and those who would assume our identity, of viruses and data-sucking catastrophes. What if something dark is able to breach that all-important final firewall, the gap between the central processing unit and the person sitting at the keyboard? What if it already has? That would be ‘a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard’, without a doubt — but the unplumbed space haunted by demons and chaos is the network, not the cosmos. In using the internet to creep ourselves out recreationally, we begin to understand the real ways in which it haunts our fears.


(via etienneshrdlu)
via:etienneshrdlu  literature  stories  horror  slenderman  something-awful  creepypasta  copypasta  lovecraft 
december 2013 by jm
The Ethics of Autonomous Cars
Sometimes good judgment can compel us to act illegally. Should a self-driving vehicle get to make that same decision?
ethics  stories  via:chris-horn  the-atlantic  driving  cars  law  robots  self-driving-vehicles 
october 2013 by jm
Meeting A Troll...
This is a must-read. One journalist's experience of constant online harassment by an antisemitic internet troll, and their eventual unmasking.
internet  trolling  harassment  trolls  antisemitism  stories  twitter 
september 2012 by jm
The Silencing of Maya
software patent shakedown threatens to remove a 4-year-old's only means of verbal expression: 'Maya can speak to us, clearly, for the first time in her life. We are hanging on her every word. We’ve learned that she loves talking about the days of the week, is weirdly interested in the weather, and likes to pretend that her toy princesses are driving the bus to school (sometimes) and to work (other times). This app has not only allowed her to communicate her needs, but her thoughts as well. It’s given us the gift of getting to know our child on a totally different level. I’ve been so busy embracing this new reality and celebrating, that I kind of forgot that there was an ongoing lawsuit, until last Monday. When Speak for Yourself was removed from the iTunes store.'
speak-for-yourself  children  law  swpats  patenting  stories  ipad  apps 
june 2012 by jm
Storymap
great UI for a little Dublin oral-history site -- just a GMaps mashup with links to YouTube, but it works very well
dublin  ireland  storymap  stories  oral-history  people  google-maps  mashups  youtube  video  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Reddit Comment of the Year : bestof2010
some great gags and stories.  Plus an excellent recipe for tamales in "today you, tomorrow me" (via waxy)
via:waxy  tamales  recipes  stories  funny  jokes  reddit  bestof2010  2010  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
a sad story of connections made via second-hand small ads
'“It’s free to advertise,” Ned explained. “And we have a lot of things we don’t need.” So each week, they advertised for sale in Loot something from their apartment. This was their social life. Some weeks – the good weeks – they had three or four people who came to see what they were selling.'
loot  stories  london  small-ads  for-sale  second-hand  irish-times  irishwomans-diary  rosita-boland  from delicious
march 2010 by jm

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