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Richard Garfield and Fantasy Flight Games Found KeyForge, a New Model in Game Design and Production | BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek
"[E]ach Archon is represented by a deck, and each KeyForge deck ever sold [will] be a unique combination of cards not available to any other person who ever plays the game. [...] What's more, each Archon is named and depicted through some kind of random name and image generator."
cards  games  random  words 
12 days ago
Joel Simon - Evolving Floorplans
"The results were biological in appearance, intriguing in character and wildly irrational in practice."
architecture  evolution  via:viv 
15 days ago
Darwin comes to town: how cities are creating new species | Cities | The Guardian
"All this research seems to point in one direction: that the urban blackbird is evolving into a separate species, a case of true speciation."
birds  evolution  cities 
22 days ago
Why Japan's Rail Workers Can't Stop Pointing at Things - Atlas Obscura
"Originally developed by the now-defunct Kobe Railroad Administration Bureau in the late Meiji Period (the early 20th century), pointing-and-calling is known to reduce workplace errors by up to 85 percent, according to one 1996 study."
japan  psychology  hands 
5 weeks ago
Who owns the space under cities? The attempt to map the ground beneath us | Cities | The Guardian
"In Australia, although pre-1891 land titles went “to the centre of the Earth”, those issued after 1891 extend down just 15 metres (49 feet)."
cities  underground  future  architecture 
5 weeks ago
RCAHMW | Cropmarks 2018
"As the drought has persisted across Wales, scores of long-buried archaeological sites have been revealed once again as ‘cropmarks’, or patterns of growth in ripening crops and parched grasslands."
history  plants  weather  wales 
5 weeks ago
The Mystery Man Who Spent 20 Years Photographing North American Buildings - Atlas Obscura
"He was clearly fascinated with buildings and signs. [...] His travels took him to the Grand Canyon, the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the Great Lakes, the Rocky Mountains, and across the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, but he did not take a single image of any of those wonders."
photography  signs  history  america 
5 weeks ago
Confessions of a Disk Cracker: the secrets of 4am. - Paleotronic Magazine
"Preservation is driven by pirates, who are driven by ego but constrained by the technical limitations of their era. In the 1980s, this meant storage space and network speed."
software  piracy  history  hacking  via:lmg 
6 weeks ago
Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017 | Somerset House
"Commissioned by Channel 4 for Somerset House, renowned artist John Gerrard created a virtual simulation of a flag formed of endlessly emitting trails of thick black smoke."
flags  pollution  art 
8 weeks ago
D-Total Black with White Numbers
"Think of each die face as the face on a clock. At 12 o’clock, you should see a Pentagon, which is the shape of a 12 sided die. The number inside the pentagon is what you got when you rolled a 12 sided die."
dice  maths 
10 weeks ago
Gutenberg Poetry Autocomplete
"Type something in the box below and you'll see lines of poetry beginning with whatever you've typed. The database includes all lines of poetry from every book in Project Gutenberg that has "Poetry" in one of its subject listings (approximately 3.8 million lines)."
poetry  writing  emergence 
10 weeks ago
Amazon's Alexa recorded private conversation and sent it to random contact | Technology | The Guardian
"Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa’. Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request."
technology  sound  secrets 
11 weeks ago
A Slice Of Time – Paul Mison – Medium
"Each of the images (or frames) is processed to calculate its luminance (that is, roughly, its brightness), and each slice is chosen to be an equal step more bright (or less, if it’s sunset) than the last."
photography  time 
11 weeks ago
Document: The Symbolism Survey
"Confident, if not downright cocky, he thought the surveys could settle a conflict with his English teacher by proving that symbols weren’t lying beneath the texts they read like buried treasure awaiting discovery."
writing 
12 weeks ago
Old Maps Online
"OldMapsOnline.org indexes over 400.000 maps. This is only thanks to the archives and libraries that were open to the idea and provided their online content."
maps  history 
12 weeks ago
Square Kufic Design
"One of the most common square kufic design principles is to arrange the text in a square or rectangle. Most of these texts are orientated in a spiral from one corner around the edge and inwards to the middle of the square."
design  writing  history 
may 2018
Difficulties - The Chromatographic Chronicle of English History
"Each century is divided into one hundred squares, each square representing a year, to be read in decades from left to right."
history  books 
may 2018
InSAR Ground Deformation Map | Mapping London
"The conspicuous red line meandering East-West is subsidence caused by the tunnelling for Crossrail and the red blob just East of Canary Wharf is caused by dewatering of the deep Chalk aquifer, which was necessary for Crossrail’s construction in East London. The areas of uplift (blue) found South of the Thames are yet to be explained."
london  maps 
may 2018
How Arrow-Wielding Men Mapped Britain in the 1940s - Atlas Obscura
"A quintessential revision point might be a scratch on a wall, or the corner of a doorway, or an old nail sticking out of a post—something so ordinary, unchanging and small, most people wouldn’t even notice it."
maps  history  secrets 
april 2018
Forensic Architecture - Home
"The premise of FA is that analysing violations of human rights and international humanitarian law (IHL) in urban, media-rich environments requires modelling dynamic events as they unfold in space and time, creating navigable 3D models of sites of conflict and the creation of animations and interactive cartographies on the urban or architectural scale."
crime  simulation  video 
april 2018
The Folly Fellowship
"The Folly Fellowship was founded in 1988 as a pressure group to protect, preserve, and promote follies, grottoes & garden buildings. At this time, many follies were in a ruinous condition (although some were built that way) and the genre was largely an historic one that we felt worth preserving."
architecture  history 
april 2018
victoria j dean - The Illusion of Purpose
"Disconnected from the modern digital world, these material structures and the systems in which they once functioned are obsolete. With the simplicity and directness of a symbolic form, each structure withholds its message, alluding to a relic from a forgotten language."
architecture  history  via:viv 
march 2018
On the Hunt for the Lost Wonders of Medieval Britain - Atlas Obscura
"When, sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries, a native son took up the task of listing the Wonders of Britain, he included a lake with 60 islands in it and a fountain of salt, a levitating altar and a shape-shifting royal burial mound—all told, 26 natural phenomena and small miracles."
maps  history  mysteries 
march 2018
This dire Battersea Power Station development is genuinely dystopian | Opinion | Architects Journal
"Instead of a heart, [Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea] has a heavy-security US embassy with a moat around it."
london  architecture 
march 2018
YouTube, the Great Radicalizer - The New York Times
"It seems as if you are never “hard core” enough for YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. It promotes, recommends and disseminates videos in a manner that appears to constantly up the stakes."
video  society  software  psychology 
march 2018
John Johnson and Harding Collections
"Writing Blanks, Board Games and other Educational Games of the 18th and 19th centuries from the John Johnson and Harding Collections" - historical boardgame scans from the Bodleian.
games  board  history  dice 
march 2018
Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read - The Atlantic
"Horvath and his colleagues at the University of Melbourne found that those who binge-watched TV shows forgot the content of them much more quickly than people who watched one episode a week."
memory  television  books  via:lmg 
march 2018
Deadly CO2 gases in the Plutonium of Hierapolis (Denizli, Turkey) | SpringerLink
"The site was first described by Strabo and Plinius as a gate to the underworld. During centuries, it attracted even ancient tourists. In a grotto below the temple of Pluto, CO2 was found to be at deadly concentrations of up to 91%."
poison  history  religion 
february 2018
SA4QE - The Slickman A4 Quotation Event | russellhoban.org
"Every 4th February (Russell's birthday), readers around the world write their favourite quotations from his books on sheets of yellow A4 paper (the sort he used) and leave them in public places."
writing  graffiti  via:jodi 
february 2018
The Lion Man: an Ice Age masterpiece – The British Museum Blog
"An experiment by Wulf Hein using the same sort of stone tools available in the Ice Age indicate that the Lion Man took more than 400 hours to make."
history  religion  art 
february 2018
The Graffiti Code Breaker | DiscoverMagazine.com
"To keep tabs on new members looking to make a name for themselves, officers can manually annotate images in GARI to document taggers’ names. From there, linking real names to aliases and seeing where else the names show up can indicate where particular gang members operate or live."
graffiti  crime  police  technology  gps 
january 2018
PsycNET Record Display - The effects of bedtime writing on difficulty falling asleep
"Therefore, to facilitate falling asleep, individuals may derive benefit from writing a very specific to-do list for 5 min at bedtime rather than journaling about completed activities."
sleep  science  writing 
january 2018
Who's on First? | Board Game | BoardGameGeek
"Game players try to guess where their opponents have placed their players on the baseball diamond playing board."
board  games  sport  humour 
january 2018
Some birds are so stressed by noise pollution it looks like they have PTSD - The Washington Post
"In previous studies, he has reported that noise can restructure entire communities — prompting birds to alter the pitch of their songs, shifting demographics toward more noise-tolerant species, even changing the distribution of plants based on what birds remain."
birds  sound  evolution  pollution 
january 2018
» Collision Course: Why This Type Of Road Junction Will Keep Killing Cyclists
"Naturally, as per the conditions of a collision course being signalled by a constant bearing, for any speed of the approaching car there is a speed at which a cyclist will remain obscured by the front pillar almost until the point of impact."
cycling  traffic  illusions  design  death 
january 2018
ICv2 Interview: Asmodee Execs on Counterfeiting
"We believe for some [board] games, that more than 70% of all sales in the U.S. market have been counterfeit."
games  board  illusions  mutation  crime 
january 2018
kevan.org - Scrabble Capital
"In response to Brett Smitheram's call to make Croydon the 'Scrabble capital' of the United Kingdom, an attempt to calculate the current Scrabble capital of the United Kingdom, on the basis of highest word score."
creations  cities  scrabble 
december 2017
To Identify Whale Sharks, Scientists Looked to the Stars - Atlas Obscura
"Researchers and citizen scientists can upload a photo of a whale shark they’ve seen—ideally, the patch of spotted skin just behind its left gill slits."
fish  software  space 
december 2017
kevandotorg/nanogenmo-2017: Tillman, Victor Lima, KOD
"The Merchant of Venice, through the 1897 Robinson Telegraphic Cipher [...] The Tempest, through the International Code of Maritime Signals, 1969 [...] Romeo and Juliet, through a list of Internet acronyms from Ed's Web Site, a 2008 Geocities page."
creations  nanogenmo 
november 2017
'Zombie ant' brains left intact by fungal parasite | EurekAlert! Science News
"Almost like a puppeteer pulls the strings to make a marionette move, the fungus controls the ant's muscles to manipulate the host's legs and mandibles."
parasites  ants  fungi  puppets 
november 2017
Punchdrunk's Kabeiroi: a shapeshifting six-hour mystery tour of London | Stage | The Guardian
"At one point I gave (sedate and self-conscious) chase to a woman I was sure was shouting my name. She turned out to be extremely drunk and absolutely nothing to do with the show."
theatre  pervasive  london 
november 2017
To cure affluenza, we have to be satisfied with the stuff we already own | Business | The Guardian
"While consumerism and materialism are often used interchangeably, taken literally they are polar opposites. If you really loved your car, the thought of replacing it with a new one would be painful."
money  psychology  society 
october 2017
Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above
"Individual recognition, however, wasn’t the point; any dot could be followed backward or forward in time, which opened up all sorts of investigative possibilities."
surveillance  police  air  secrets  time 
october 2017
The magic lantern game system – Analog Games
"The Larklamp Game Lantern is a wooden lantern that stands about ten inches tall. Game boards made of shadow and light are cast from patterns cut into the lantern’s removable side-panels."
light  board  games 
october 2017
Tsunami Enabled Hundreds of Aquatic Species To Raft Across Pacific | Newsdesk
"Much of the debris the scientists found rafted ashore was made of fiberglass or other plastic materials that do not decompose and could easily survive six or more years at sea."
plastic  water  transport 
september 2017
Selfie Factories: The Rise of the Made-for-Instagram Museum | WIRED
"Visitors are allotted about 90 minutes to explore the museum, but it’s hard to imagine what you’d do during that time if you weren’t taking photos."
museums  photography  design 
september 2017
Two Ex-Googlers (@2xgbot)
"Two ex-Googlers want to replace your charity shop with a metal sarcophagus that crowdsources its supplies."
creations  twitter  future 
september 2017
Fatberg blocking London sewer could become museum exhibit | Culture | The Guardian
"Alex Werner, lead curator for the new museum at the Museum of London, told the Guardian the fatberg “calls to attention the way we live our lives in a modern city”."
london  pollution  museums 
september 2017
Siri and Alexa can be hijacked with inaudible messages, researchers warn
"They turned voice commands into ultrasonic frequencies that can be heard and used to control devices but are inaudible to humans."
sound  hacking  secrets 
september 2017
How America Lost Its Mind - The Atlantic
"Treating real life as fantasy and vice versa, and taking preposterous ideas seriously, is not unique to Americans. But we are the global crucible and epicenter. We invented the fantasy-industrial complex."
america  psychology  history  delusions  politics 
august 2017
Journalists to use 'immune system' software against fake news | Technology | The Guardian
"The software, which was demonstrated to the Guardian, scans statements as they are made by politicians and instantly provides a verdict on their veracity."
software  politics  news  lies 
august 2017
Adventurers Wanted
"Adventurers Wanted is 250-hour long tabletop roleplaying game: an epic odyssey of battles, monsters and quests, lasting for the entire Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017."
games  comedy  time 
august 2017
BBC - Future - The animals thriving in the Anthropocene
"It is not clear why cephalopods are proliferating. One possibility is that we are fishing the animals that prey on them."
evolution  squid 
august 2017
Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London | Cities | The Guardian
"Under existing laws, public access to pseudo-public spaces remains at the discretion of landowners who are allowed to draw up their own rules for “acceptable behaviour” on their sites and alter them at will. They are not obliged to make these rules public."
law  cities  london 
july 2017
How ‘Fontgate’ Could Bring Down Pakistan’s Premier - Bloomberg
"The prime minister’s daughter, Maryam Sharif, provided a letter dated 2006 that she said showed she transferred property deeds to her brother. It was written in Calibri font, which the investigation team noted wasn’t released commercially until 2007."
fonts  crime 
july 2017
Are Spotify's 'fake artists' any good? | Technology | The Guardian
"It appeared that musicians such as Cowley were being quietly elbowed out of that limelight in favour of ones who didn’t exist, and in favour of music for which Spotify wouldn’t have to pay royalties."
music  illusions 
july 2017
What’s the best way to cross the Thames in London? We’ve ranked all 63 options | CityMetric
"There are, depending on how you count, about 60 ways of crossing the Thames in London."
london  water  transport 
july 2017
A Game Of Legacy, for & by Bernie De Koven with Coney by Coney HQ — Kickstarter
"As Bernie De Koven, jedi master of play, nears the end of his life, A Game of Legacy explores what it means to pass onto posterity."
games  future 
july 2017
Wikipedia: The Text Adventure
Interactive non-fiction built in real time from the Wikipedia API.
creations  wikis  if 
june 2017
Avocados with laser-printed labels go on sale at M&S in bid to cut paper waste
"The labels, which are etched onto fruit's skin with lasers instead of stickers, will save 10 tonnes of paper and five tonnes of glue every year according to M&S."
light  paper  food  plants  technology  litter 
june 2017
Inspector gadget: how smart devices are outsmarting criminals | Technology | The Guardian
"He said he grabbed some possessions and jumped out a window. Investigators pulled data from his pacemaker which, according to a cardiologist, undermined Compton’s account."
technology  surveillance  crime  lies 
june 2017
BBC technical glitch leaves Huw Edwards in silence on News at Ten | Media | The Guardian
"The BBC News Channel showed Edwards sitting mute for the entirety of the delay, while BBC1 put up a message apologising for the fault and played saxophone music."
news  mutation 
june 2017
How Tinder Could Take Back the White House - The New York Times
"If the user planned to vote for another progressive party, the bot asked if he or she would consider a tactical vote to beat the Tories, voting for the progressive party most likely to beat the Conservatives in their area."
politics  software  illusions  camrad 
june 2017
The Lost Joys of the Screen Saver
"What we abandoned with the death of screen savers—themselves testifiers of disuse—was a culture that could accept walking away from life onscreen."
computers  history  art  via:linkmachinego 
june 2017
Trading Bot BOTUS Will Buy And Sell Stock Based On Trump's Tweets : NPR
"When he says something positive about a company, we buy that company's stock. When he says something negative about a company, we will sell that company's stock short."
software  money  twitter  words 
may 2017
Stephen Wolfram, Introduction to "A New Kind of Science"
"Well, in the actual [snail] shell, the pattern is laid down by a line of pigment-producing cells on the growing edge of the shell. And it seems that what happens can be captured rather well by a cellular automaton rule."
emergence  maths  snails 
may 2017
How many colours would you need to make London’s bus network more comprehensible? | CityMetric
"The first thing our colour system lets you do is dump bus numbers above 100 and use colours as a replacement for the first digit."
transport  colour  london  maths 
may 2017
BBC - Earth - There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up
"Pathogenic viruses that can infect humans or animals might be preserved in old permafrost layers, including some that have caused global epidemics in the past."
pestilence  ice  history 
may 2017
1001 Rogues
"Every day, 1001 Rogues generates an unique roguelike adventure which can take place anytime, from prehistory to the distant future."
games  emergence  random  roguelike 
april 2017
Chuck Wood (@autochucker) on Twitter
"How many mikes could Mike Love love if Mike Love could love mikes?"
creations  twitter 
april 2017
Australia's big things - Wikipedia
"The big things of Australia are a loosely related set of large structures, some of which are novelty architecture and some are sculptures. [...] There are big things in every state and territory in Australia."
australia  architecture  art 
march 2017
US: Bird wearing tiny goggles safely flies through laser beam | Laser Pointer Safety - Statistics, laws, and general laser pointer news
"Unexpectedly, the wing tip vortices did not stay stable as happens with aircraft, but instead broke up quickly and violently."
birds  light  science 
march 2017
blackout poetry generator
"In a certain sense, then, you can think of this process as turning each individual paragraph on the page into its own tiny poem."
poetry  mutation 
march 2017
This site is “taking the edge off rant mode” by making readers pass a quiz before commenting » Nieman Journalism Lab
"On some stories, potential commenters are now required to answer three basic multiple-choice questions about the article before they’re allowed to post a comment."
internet 
march 2017
kevan.org - The Skeleton Deck
"It's a regular poker deck, combined with the numbers 1-6 in eight coloured suits (red Stops, orange Bricks, yellow Suns, green Leaves, blue Drops, purple Shields, white Skulls and black Keys), six wildcards in six of those suits, and the numbers 1 through 52."
creations  cards  games  hacking 
march 2017
KBNNO: Mineral turns sunlight, heat and movement into electricity all at once
"[KBNNO] may be considered a proper and capable candidate to trigger developments of all-in-one hybrid energy harvesting and multi-functional sensing devices based on only a single piece of material."
science  stone  electricity  light 
february 2017
Gallery: 'Brain scans' map what happens during inside machine learning | WIRED UK
"The image shown here is the forward (inference) pass of the ResNet 50 layer network used to classify images after being trained using the Graphcore neural network graph library."
software  maps  brains 
february 2017
Cern's electrocuted weasel to go on display | Science | The Guardian
"The partly-cooked corpse was duly secured for inclusion in [Rotterdam Natural History Museum]'s Dead Animal Tales exhibition."
death  mammals  science  museums 
january 2017
Germany's chess village hopes heritage listing proves 'leap of joy' move | World news | The Guardian
"If, in spite of the home advantage, a Ströbeck player was about to walk into a trap set by the visiting opponent, members of the audience were allowed to shout out the warning “Vadder, mit Rat!” meaning “Father, be careful” in the local dialect."
chess  history  germany 
january 2017
Automated book-culling software drives librarians to create fake patrons to "check out" endangered titles / Boing Boing
"Instead of being a tool, the data becomes a straightjacket: in order to get the system to admit the professional judgment of librarians, the librarians have to manufacture data to put their thumbs on its scales."
libraries  books  computers  illusions 
january 2017
Sorry for the Inconvenience
"395,637 apologies this year. Last: 56 seconds ago by South West Trains."
transport  twitter  via:sarah 
december 2016
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