ungaming : The Tragedy of Gamers as Anti-fans
“there are particular kinds of videogame experiences that can only be achieved with a large budget and the hope that enough people will be interested to justify that budget. At the moment, only a specific kind of high-budget game is possible because of how gamer culture has been cultivated and solidified, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. Yet, games like No Man’s Sky are exciting because, masterpieces or failures, they push against that strict border of what can be done in a $60 title by trying to do something else.”
9 hours ago
Zeigarnik effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“In psychology, the Zeigarnik effect states that people remember uncompleted or interrupted tasks better than completed tasks.”
15 days ago
Why 37 is a very special age - The Washington Post
“According to 2014 data, the magical tipping point where half the U.S. population is younger than you and half is older than you is 37.”
15 days ago
The New 10-Year Vesting Schedule
“This is a top VC and luminary advocating for the position that people who end up wanting to make some money on the stock that they’ve worked hard to vest are *disloyal.* Nothing I’ve read in the last few weeks has made me more furious. We’re now in a position where the four year vesting schedule *isn’t enough for these people.* They want the four year vesting schedule, and then they want to control your life for the subsequent 4-8 years while they fuck around in the private market.”
15 days ago
Lost Constellation and the Forest God
“Actually I only just discovered and did this sidestory, so it is by pure coincidence this lined up right. but it is still pretty cool. If you haven’t played this game, please do so here.”
9 weeks ago
Meet Is Murder
“ The room was enthusiastic. Maker hours blend childhood summer-day vagueness with a thick coat of artistic entitlement. But by the time the team dispersed, we’d faced facts: We were Managers or Managers’ minions, most of us, ineligible for stretches of solitude, destined for lives of video conferences and call-in codes. And indeed, only the product, design and engineering teams at Spring — today’s nobility — were now slated to enjoy one full day a week of Maker time. The Maker’s schedule was the privilege of the elite builders of code and apps, and the scope of makable things was not going to include casseroles, movies and corn-husk dolls anytime soon. We were to return to days chopped, like hot dogs for toddlers, into meetings.”
10 weeks ago
Can the United Kingdom government legally disregard a vote for Brexit? | David Allen Green
“A vote for Brexit will not be determinative of whether the UK will leave the EU. That potential outcome comes down to the political decisions which then follow before the Article 50 notification. The policy of the government (if not of all of its ministers) is to remain in the EU. The UK government may thereby seek to put off the Article 50 notification, regardless of political pressure and conventional wisdom.

There may already be plans in place to slow things down and to put off any substantive decision until after summer. In turn, those supporting Brexit cannot simply celebrate a vote for leave as a job done — for them the real political work begins in getting the government to make the Article 50 notification as soon as possible with no further preconditions.”
10 weeks ago
6, 75: The “quad spike” wave
“Japan has a fancy geostationary weather satellite, Himawari-8, producing true-color photos✼ of the western Pacific and eastern Asia every ten minutes. It came online in summer, and since then I’ve been making little animations to show things like the Indonesian fires, contrails, and the whole Earth. I mentioned them in this newsletter, and to friends I remarked that most people didn’t seem to think they were as cool as I did, but I was happy to keep tinkering.”
may 2016
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