Uber Optics
“Had Uber tweaked the language the slightly, with a pinch of outrage—‘Every day teachers are asked to do more with less, constantly faced with new challenges and limited resources, and it astounding that they have to use Uber to generate those resources’—it would seem almost righteous, rather than crassly exploitative of the ills of the American education system.”
27 minutes ago
What’s Noka Worth?
“In the coming days, we’ll search for the answer to one simple question: Are Noka’s chocolates worth the money?”
Futures? a short interview with Warren Ellis
“This is not a banal moment.  It’s the sort of intense, chaotic moment, full of strange things, that we previously only found in science fiction.”
Futures? a short interview with Bruce Sterling
“Daniel Suarez, who is a rather literal-minded guy with a lot of engineers and coders in his readership, is quite worried about the Wal-Mart Problem, he feels it hurts his credibility. My own feeling is that it’s not a ‘problem’ but a condition which will get bigger and bigger.  I even wonder if it’s possible to LIVE in the Wal-Mart problem deliberately, like literally furnish an apartment with items of these kinds.”
Playful 2011 – Chris O’Shea
“After my talk quite a few people asked me again for names of things I’d shown or links, so here you go…”
World of Love 2010: Tom Betts
“So what do we get from a retro look? What do we ‘read’? We think innocence, innovation, punk, purity, psychedelia, experimentation.

We kind of think, without maybe wanting to admit it, exclusivity, because it's something we share as a little group of people, about some particular point in history, that we were there.

And nostalgia. Look, it's a little chicky egg man.”
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How to Fix Star Trek Generations
“Star Trek Generations was a missed opportunity, but now hopefully you can write a much better movie in your head as a fond farewell to these beloved characters you grew up with.”
2 days ago
Wotta Clanger: Neal Stephenson’s CLANG Is Dead | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
“we already knew that the steel-clashing brainchild of author Neal Stephenson was in trouble, having been put ‘on pause’ this time last year when his studio ran out of funds. He had, however, maintained that the motion-controlled game of blades would continue in some form, at some point. Today brings the not entirely unexpected announcement that this will not be the case.”
2 days ago
Procedural Brutalism
“Here are a few GIFs of procedurally generated architecture by a game developer named Cedric, built using Unity. Cedric describes himself as an ‘indie game dev focused on social AI, emergent narrative and procedural worlds.’”
2 days ago
PostgreSQL offsets and pagination performance
“A good solution is to use an indexed auto-incrementing ID on the table and then paginate based on that.”
5 days ago
Blizzard cancels its next-gen MMO Titan after seven years
“‘In many ways, Titan was that for us,’ Metzen said. ‘We took a step back and realized that it had some cool hooks. It definitely had some merit as a big, broad idea, but it didn't come together. It did not distill. The music did not flow. For all our good intentions and our experience and the pure craftsmanship that we brought together, we had to make that call.’”
6 days ago
Software is sometimes done
“I also wonder if our obsession with the never-doneness of software — the inherent throw-awayness of our MVP and test-and-learn culture — is having a negative effect on the quality and lasting meaning of the software we make.”
7 days ago
Review: Atlas Shrugged, Part III plays like a cheap knock-off of itself
“It’s so Z-grade incompetent and inadvertently absurd that quibbling with its ideology seems like unnecessary snark.”
7 days ago
I’m leaving Mojang
“I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with. I was confused. I didn’t understand. I tweeted this in frustration. Later on, I watched the This is Phil Fish video on YouTube and started to realize I didn’t have the connection to my fans I thought I had. I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.”
15 days ago
Man Killed by Local Police in the Province of Judea
“Today Roman officials released a statement saying that the crucifixion was probably in-line with accepted police procedure, but that they would be reviewing that procedure to make sure it was fair to the Jewish subjects of the Empire.”
20 days ago
For BERG, My London Launchpad
“British science fiction, and also that antique British fantasia that we could lead the world in the field of mad science.  So they became BERG, a cultural invention unit.   They made, and did, great things.  They were techne and culture and politics, and their test flights dazzled their field.”
20 days ago
Week 483 | Berg Blog
“We’ve not reached a sustainable business
in connected products. But: There’s our troop!
Cultural inventions! I’m proud of this
British Experimental Rocket Group.”
21 days ago
A hilariously sad tale of gender bias – Trisha Quan
“Some rando asshole on the internet called her an ‘incapable coder’ who didn’t ‘deserve the level of respect she expects’, demanded she prove herself, and even tried to give her career advice (buddy, she **literally** wrote the book on programming interviews and has had a more successful career so far than you could ever dream of).”
24 days ago
An awful week to care about video games
“One side has folded its arms, slumped its shoulders while pouting like an obstinate child that has learned they are getting a little brother or sister but wants to remain the singular focus of his parents' affection. The other side has opened its arms, unable to contain its love and compassion, because they understand they are no longer alone.”
4 weeks ago
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