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Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo Concept Is Basically a Fighter Jet
In this single-seat, V-12–powered hybrid, the driver enters through the front.
Lamborghini unveiled a single-seat concept in which the driver enters from the front as a pilot does in a fighter jet.
The Lambo V12 Vision GT uses the same 6.5-liter V-12 hybrid powertrain as the Lamborghini Sián.
The concept will become available in the PlayStation 4 racing game Gran Turismo Sport.
Lamborghini has released a new one-seat concept car called the Lambo V12 Vision GT that utilizes the same hybrid powertrain found in the one-of-63 Sián. It's good to be reassured that Lamborghini is still committed to using internal-combustion V-12s in its jagged-edge designed supercars.
Like most Lamborghini concepts, the Lambo V12 Vision GT looks like something from outer space. It utilizes a single-seat position where the driver enters from the front of the car, and the frame is disconnected from the fenders. There are six exhaust pipes, one on each side, and the ultra-thin taillight forms a massive Y with the rear wing that reminds us of the Terzo Millennio EV Concept's lights. The Vision GT also uses the Y signature for the headlights, and the wheels are made up of six hexagons.
The concept utilizes the same V-12 hybrid powertrain that powers the Lamborghini Sián: a 6.5-liter V-12 paired with a single supercapacitor that produces around 774 horsepower. Mitja Borkert, head of Lamborghini Centro Stile, says that the concept emphasizes Lamborghini's "push on future technologies, particularly in the arena of lightweight materials and hybridization." Who doesn't love high-revving, flame-throwing 12-cylinders? It's good that Lamborghini hasn't chosen to go full-electric just yet.
The Lambo V12 Vision GT concept was unveiled ahead of the 2019 FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships, and the only way you'll get to drive one is in the racing game Gran Turismo Sport, where it'll become available in spring 2020.
cars  2020s  lamborghini  games  concept  hybrid 
16 days ago by rgl7194
Jaguar designed an electric sportscar just for Gran Turismo | Ars Technica
Inspired by the C-Type and D-Type, it's a free download for GT Sport in November.
The Vision GT project, where real car companies design futuristic concept cars just for Gran Turismo, started in 2013 with Gran Turismo 6. The fact that, six years later, real car companies are still taking time to work on these one-offs is a testament to the impact of the PlayStation driving game. Jaguar is the latest to join the fray; it kindly sent out a bunch of images of a car it's calling the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé.
"This was the dream project for a car designer; creating a futuristic sports car for Gran Turismo means our designs and ideas could be truly limitless. It has to excite future generations and most importantly, look and feel unmistakably Jaguar," said Oliver Cattell-Ford, exterior designer at Jaguar Advanced Design. The Vision GT Coupé draws inspiration from some of its legendary racers of old: there's some Le Mans-winning C-Type in the front fenders, while the profile harks back to the long-nose D-Type. Meanwhile, the lightweight E-Type was on the mood board for the Vision GT Coupé's pared-back cockpit.
Chris Shaw, who led the interior design team, had this to say:
We've really pushed the limit to imagine how a future Jaguar sports car interior could look. The architecture is visually lightweight, simple, and dramatic; featuring advanced and experimental materials and finishes. Sitting in the stunningly considered cockpit and looking out onto the gracefully long bonnet of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé—a view that is unmistakably Jaguar—the player will be fully immersed in the action.
Normally with decades-away concepts like this, there's no point even discussing the putative technical specs. But in this case, the car will be drivable—in GT Sport, that is—so the specs bear some mention. The Vision is fully electric, with one motor for the front axle and then one for each rear wheel, with a combined 750kW (1,005hp) and 1,200Nm (885lb-ft). Top speed is 200mph (321km/h), and the car hits 62mph (100km/h) from a standing start in under two seconds.
cars  racing  jaguar  games  concept  design  electric 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Terrible Toll of Grand Theft Auto - WhoWhatWhy
Traffic fatalities in Sweden are off the charts compared to other western countries. Experts suggest that two major reasons for this are the absence of drunk driving laws and that the country does not require its citizens to get a driver’s license. Though the government has prohibited research on this phenomenon, most people in Sweden — and everybody elsewhere — know there is a connection here. But the prime minister of Sweden and a key leader of the Swedish parliament believe that they have found the real reason: Swedes love to play Grand Theft Auto, a video game popular across the world.
If that sounds insane, then that’s because it would be … if we hadn’t made it up. You do need a driver’s license in Sweden, there are drunk driving laws and traffic fatalities there are not off the charts. But even if our little scenario were true, nobody in their right mind would assign any part of the blame to Grand Theft Auto, right? Right?
Well, not so fast. Because what we wrote does apply … to gun deaths and gun ownership in America. And everybody, including the people who won’t say it out loud, knows why the US resembles a Third World country in turmoil rather than a Western democracy when it comes to the death rate from gun violence: Americans make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population but own between one-third and half of all civilian guns on the planet.
However, instead of acknowledging that the US is an extreme outlier with regard to gun fatalities and gun ownership — and that there might be a correlation — NRA-owned lawmakers trot out any number of increasingly logic-defying reasons for why so many Americans die from guns.
Just this week, in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, as well as the usual gun violence in Chicago, Republican lawmakers went on TV and took to social media to blame this carnage on just about everything else: video games, godlessness, drag queen advocates, mental illness, high-capacity magazines, the internet, recreational marijuana, and athletes who “hate” the American flag.
guns  gov2.0  politics  trump  GOP  games  video  NRA  lobbying 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Rams’ Aaron Donald receives custom gold cleats for 99 ‘Madden’ rating
For the second year in a row, Aaron Donald was given a perfect 99 overall rating in “Madden.” This year, he was one of just four players to be rated 99 overall in “Madden NFL 20,” alongside Bobby Wagner, DeAndre Hopkins and Khalil Mack.
And just as he did a year ago, Donald was given a few gifts to commemorate the high honor. This week at training camp, the folks at EA Sports presented Donald with a pair of custom gold-plated cleats and a plaque.
Take a look at his reaction when he was surprised by Jared Goff.
Based on this tweet from “Madden,” it seems Donald will be wearing the gold cleats in the game, too.
Here’s an even closer look at the cleats.
“Madden NFL 20” hits store shelves on Friday, Aug. 2. Donald leads the way for the Rams with a 99 overall rating, followed by Todd Gurley (97 overall) and Andrew Whitworth (93) – the only other Rams players above a 90 overall.
football  rams  AD99  footwear  games  grade  twitter 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Anthony Davis is excited for the Lakers and Clippers rivalry, and other stuff we learned from the NBA 2K cover reveal - Silver Screen and Roll
NBA 2K20 star Anthony Davis is ready to win games with the Lakers (and hopefully improve his in-game rating in the process).
CULVER CITY, Calif. — For the second time in his seven-year career, Anthony Davis will grace the cover of NBA 2K. However, this time Davis won’t be sharing the spotlight with Stephen Curry and James Harden like he did in NBA 2K16, nor will he be wearing a New Orleans Pelicans jersey after being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month.
On Tuesday morning, the All-Star forward stopped by the Microsoft Lounge in Culver City to unveil a special edition NBA 2K20 cover, which will be sold exclusively with one of three Xbox One X NBA 2K20 bundles that are available for pre-order now.
“It feels amazing,” Davis said of being this year’s NBA 2K cover star. “It’s a kid’s dream, a dream come true. Any time you’re young, and especially as a basketball player, you want to be on the cover of 2K and for me to do it twice, it’s a blessing. I’m excited about this one because I’m the solo cover athlete. It should be fun.”
basketball  lakers  anthony_davis  games 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Anthony Davis learned he got traded to Lakers on Instagram and picked his new jersey number on NBA 2K, proving he’s a peak millennial superstar - Silver Screen and Roll
New Lakers star Anthony Davis uses social media and video games for his major life decisions, just like any other millennial.
One of the downsides of trading away all the young players on the Lakers roster for Anthony Davis was that the team lost some of its youthful energy. The young core always had a good time roasting each other on social media, to the point that they even needed to be reprimanded once by the higher-ups. They played video games, played pranks on each other, and just generally acted like the kids they were.
The roster this year is mostly veteran players. That isn’t to say they can’t have a good time with each other, but they’re not at the age when they do dad jokes (looking at you, LeBron). It’s a different type of entertainment.
Luckily, the Lakers did get one young player back in Davis, and if we can learn anything from his opening press conference, he is the peak millennial superstar.
Firstly, Davis found out he got traded on Instagram.
“I was laying in bed watching a movie, and my agent called me,” Davis said. “And in the middle of a movie, I don’t really like to answer phones and texts, so I was like ‘eh, I’ll call him later.’ Then he called me again, so then it kind of hit, and I was like ‘wait, let me call him back.’ But when I called him back it went straight to voicemail, so me being a 26-year-old I went straight to Instagram to start looking, and that’s when I saw it.”
basketball  lakers  anthony_davis  millennials  instagram  games 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Apple Brings Back Texas Hold’em
John Voorhees, writing for MacStories:
When the App Store opened for business in 2008, Apple released Texas Hold’em, the company’s first and only iOS game and successor to an iPod version that debuted in 2006. The game, which Stephen Hackett profiled for MacStories last year was short-lived, disappearing from the App Store in 2011.
In the eight years since the game’s release, Apple has left the iOS game market to third-party developers, with the exception of Warren Buffett’s Paper Wizard. Today, however, the company released an updated version, which was spotted by an eagle-eyed 9to5Mac reader. Strangely, the game’s description says the release is meant to celebrate the App Store’s 10th Anniversary, which occurred last July 10th, not quite 11 years ago today.
I find this so fascinating. First, I actually enjoy this game. I’m sure there are better poker games in the App Store now — or at least smarter ones — but the game mechanics of this one, in landscape mode, are just fun. But why bring it back now? Why say it’s to commemorate the App Store’s 10th anniversary after its 11th anniversary? Was this meant for last year but held up for a year for some reason?
It’s also interesting what they’ve updated and what they haven’t. They’ve switched the font to San Francisco (but maybe that’s just because they were always specifying the system font), and it adapts to fit the iPhone X-class displays, but there’s still no iPad version and still no iCloud syncing across devices. For the most part, the game seems unchanged. Oh, and in a sign of the times, the price dropped from $4.99 to free.
iphone  games  anniversary  free  apps  store  daring_fireball 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Warez scene - Wikipedia
Warez hierarchy.
The Warez scene, often referred to as The Scene,[1] is an underground community of people that specialize in the distribution of copyrighted material, including television shows and series, movies, music, music videos, games (all platforms), applications (all platforms), ebooks, and pornography. The Scene is meant to be hidden from the public, only being shared with those within the community. However, as files were commonly leaked outside the community and their popularity grew, some individuals from The Scene began leaking files and uploading them to filehosts, torrents and ed2k.
The Scene has no central leadership, location, or other organizational conventions. The groups themselves create a ruleset for each Scene category (for example, MP3 or TV) that then becomes the active rules for encoding material. These rulesets include a rigid set of requirements that warez groups (grps) must follow in releasing and managing material. The groups must follow these rules when uploading material, and if the release has a technical error or breaks a rule, other groups may "nuke" (flag as bad content) the release. Groups are in constant competition to get releases up as fast as possible, even though there are no real "rewards" for their work (except for access to The Scene). First appearing around the time of BBSes, The Scene is composed primarily of people dealing with and distributing media content for which special skills and advanced software are required.
the_scene  piracy  download  movies  music  tv  games  software  books  wikipedia 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Pirates: So You Want to Join 'The Scene'? - TorrentFreak
The Scene, an infamous collection of individuals, groups and servers, is the source of countless terabytes of pirated content. Super-secretive by nature, members of The Scene value their exclusivity and clandestine nature. Every now and again, however, someone breaks cover to provide a glimpse behind the curtain.
Anyone involved in the piracy ecosystem could stake claim to being ‘in the scene’ but for those with a discerning interest in pirate matters, terminology is all important.
After decades of existence, The Scene has attained mythical status among pirates. It’s not a site, a place, a person, or a group. ‘The Scene’ is all of these things, combined in a virtual world to which few people ever gain access.
In basic terms, The Scene is a collection of both loose and tight-knit individuals and groups, using Internet networks as meeting places and storage vessels, in order to quickly leak as much pirated content as possible. From movies, TV shows and music, to software, eBooks and beyond. Almost anything digital is fair game for piracy at the most elite level.
movies  piracy  tv  books  games  software  the_scene 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Wizards Unite is a bloated, slow, Harry Potter-ified Pokémon Go | Ars Technica
Niantic's latest adds some new features but ends up feeling overstuffed.
Three years ago, Nintendo and Niantic released Pokémon Go, and the resulting game became an instant cultural phenomenon on hundreds of millions of mobile phones. In retrospect, the formula seems simple enough: combine a beloved children's series with a wander-and-collect-with-your-phone gameplay hook, and everyone will fall in love, right?
This week, Niantic returns with an entirely new game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and it proves that the above formula isn't necessarily an instant winner.
Wizards Unite tries to expand the Pokémon Go formula with a few new features and a completely new visual and gameplay theme. But its barrage of timers, currencies, missions, and screens full of text does something interesting: it proves in its failures how much more elegant and focused Pokémon Go really was. Getting this particular AR gaming formula right isn't as simple as slapping fan-favorite characters on a go-anywhere phone game.
harry_potter  games  ios  review  AR/VR 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Bruji News » Blog Archive » Pedias 6.0
With the release of 6.0 the age of the big cats has come to an end. From now on Pedias will run on MacOS Sierra and beyond. I know we are way behind in catching up to Apple and dropping support for yesteryear’s OS, but we like to keep compatibility as long as possible. Yet the future doesn’t stop and we were spending half our time fighting Xcode to support the older MacOS.
Version 6.0 sports a whole new core, thoroughly tested for several months by our dedicated beta testers. Thank you so much to everybody that downloaded the beta and has been helping out. 6.0 is a faster and more robust program yet with the same interface you love. Changes in interface, Dark Mode and a few adjustments for Mojave users coming soon.
The really good news, 6.0 is a free upgrade to all 5.0 Pedia users. I want everybody who has access to new hardware and the latest MacOS to be able to enjoy the best that the Pedias have to offer in terms of stability and future updates. It does mean that updates on version 5.7 effectively cease today but will be available for download for all those with older MacOS versions.
Up next, resurrecting Spotlight for Mojave and Dark Mode. As usual if you run into any issues or have suggestions on the latest version don’t hesitate to write us an email with feedback.
mac  apps  organizing  cd  dvd  books  games  hot_wheels 
june 2019 by rgl7194
James Holzhauer Broke ‘Jeopardy!,’ But Is Broken So Bad? | FiveThirtyEight
Note: This article discusses the results of the June 3, 2019, episode of “Jeopardy!”
James Holzhauer claims not to remember many particulars of how he lost on “Jeopardy!” for the first time, other than that he blanked on a clue about the city of Albany and his opponent quickly took control of the board, landing a game-changing Daily Double. Before long, it was all over. Monday’s episode marked the end of Holzhauer’s two-month reign as one of the winningest, and certainly the most radical, champions in the decades-long history of the trivia game show “Jeopardy!”
Holzhauer finished Monday’s game in second place with $24,799 behind Emma Boettcher’s $46,801. But during his 32-win run, he averaged about $77,000 per game — an average nearly identical to the record for the single richest game ever played before he took the podium in early April. In the process, he laid claim to the entirety of the top 10 highest-scoring games of all time, including one single half-hour haul of $131,127. It was a historic run driven by immaculate trivia knowledge, disciplined strategy and calculated aggression.
But other records will forever remain just out of reach. Holzhauer’s streak ended with total winnings of $2,462,216 — less than $60,000 shy of Ken Jennings’s record $2,520,700 which was amassed over a nearly incomprehensible 74 straight wins in 2004. Holzhauer will sit second on the all-time money list until the arrival of some other great champion. (Or he might sit there forever, which seems more likely.)1
“I played every day exactly according to my game plan, so I have no regrets,” Holzhauer told FiveThirtyEight a few days before the fateful episode aired.
tv  games  strategy  money  538  record 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Study Shows Screen Time Before Bed Is Not Bad For Teenagers
All over the world and in many different languages, parents yell for their kids to get off their phones or stop playing Fortnite before their brains becomes mush. A new study, though, now indicates that there is no correlation between screen time, even before bed, and a teenager's well-being.
This research was conducted by Amy Orben and Andrew Przybylski of Oxford University who analyzed data from studies tracking the screen time usage of 17,000 teenagers from the UK, USA, and Ireland. This data was used to determine if the amount of time spent in front of a screen can affect their overall well-being, with a particular focus being done of screen time before bedtime.
Screen time is defined as time in front of a computer, game console, or mobile device while playing games, texting, emailing, using social networks, or streaming movies and TV shows.
While similar studies have been conducted in the past, there are concerns that the retrospective self-reporting method used by participants in these studies is inaccurate. 
"Recent work has demonstrated that only one third of participants provide accurate judgments when asked about their weekly Internet use, while 42% overestimate and 26% underestimate their usage (Scharkow, 2016). Inaccuracies vary systematically as a function of actual digital engagement (Vanden Abeele, Beullens, & Roe, 2013; Wonneberger & Irazoqui, 2017): Heavy Internet users tend to underestimate the amount of time they spend online, while infrequent users overreport this behavior (Scharkow, 2016)."
Instead of retrospective self-reporting, research has indicated that using time-use-diaries can provide a better overall picture of a person's screen time. In this new study titled "Screens, Teens, and Psychological Well-Being: Evidence From Three Time-Use-Diary Studies", the Oxford researchers used data collected by three studies from Ireland, the United States, and the United Kingdom where the data was collected using time-use-diaries.
In order to determine the well-being of a participant, questionnaires were completed by the participants or their caretakers that were used to determine emotional state, social behavior, and inattention during the study.
screen_time  sleep  research  teenager  computers  smartphone  games  social_media 
april 2019 by rgl7194
Inside James Holzhauer's Jeopardy!-Dominating Strategy | WIRED
On Tuesday, April 23, Jeopardy! savant James Holzhauer won his 14th game, pushing his total winnings $1,061,554. With an average score of $75,825, Holzhauer is on pace to surpass all-time regular season Jeopardy! record holder Ken Jenning's tally of $2,520,700 within a few weeks. Here's the strategy that got him there. This story was original published on April 10, and has been updated to reflect the latest totals.
Plenty of Jeopardy! champions have rung up six-figure payouts. But until James Holzhauer put up his $110,914 total on April 9, no one had done it in a single game. Since then, Holzhauer has amassed over a million dollars in winnings, and has notched the seven-highest single-game tallies in Jeopardy! history. He did it with smarts—but also with a nearly flawless command of Jeopardy! game theory.
The Jeopardy! board is arranged in a grid featuring 30 total clues across six categories. You’ll often see players work their way through a single category, from easiest clue to hardest—and least to most valuable—before moving on to another column and repeating the process. That’s one way to play, sure, in the same way that a light jog is one way to complete an Olympic steeplechase course.
Holzhauer does not jog. He blitzes the bottom of the board, where the hardest and most valuable clues reside. He staggers from category to category, stalking the invaluable Daily Double clues that let players bet any portion of their winnings to that point. And he goes all in as often as he can.
“My approach isn't complicated: Get some money, hit the Daily Doubles, bet big, and hope I run hot,” Holzhauer said in an email to WIRED after his record April 10 performance. And if you think he sounds more like a gambler describing his craft than a game show contestant, that's no coincidence: Holzhauer, a Nevada resident, bets on sports for a living.
tv  games  strategy  gambling 
april 2019 by rgl7194
Why is Fortnite so damn popular? | iMore
Epic Games' battle royale hit has literally taken the world by storm. But why?
I won't tell you how much money I've spent in Fortnite, buying skins and pickaxes and stupid little dances for my character to perform. I'm not even very good at it, but I've lost track of the hours I've spent jumping out of that bus and getting shotgunned in the face.
Fortnite was not a battle royale to begin with, and it had a fairly slow start, perhaps due to being behind the paywall of owning the main game to get access.
But that was then. Now we're at a point where Epic Games has pledged $100 million in prize money to competitive Fortnite tournaments, an unprecedented figure in the world of esports. And there's not even a proper Fortnite competitive mode yet!
games 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Lawsuit Reveals Facebook's Internal Documents About How It Made Money Off Children
Nathan Halverson, reporting for Reveal:
“In nearly all cases the parents knew their child was playing Angry Birds, but didn’t think the child would be allowed to buy anything without their password or authorization first,” according to an internal Facebook memo. The memo noted that on other platforms, such as Apple’s iPhone, people were required to reauthorize additional purchases, such as by re-entering a password.
A Facebook employee noted that children were likely to be confused by the in-game purchases because it “doesn’t necessarily look like real money to a minor.” Yet the company continued to deny refunds to children, profiting from their confusion.
In one of the unsealed documents, two Facebook employees deny a refund request from a child whom they refer to as a “whale” — a term coined by the casino industry to describe profligate spenders. The child had entered a credit card number to play a game, and in about two weeks racked up thousands of dollars in charges, according to an excerpt of messages between two employees at the social media giant.
The transcript Reveal obtained is jaw-dropping. A 15-year-old ran up $6,500 in in-game charges and Facebook refused the request for a refund.
Facebook is a criminal enterprise.
facebook  children  money  games  daring_fireball 
january 2019 by rgl7194
The Runaways’ Jackie Fuchs is Killing It on Jeopardy! | Music News | Consequence of Sound
The one-time bassist, who currently practices law in LA, has three Jeopardy! wins
Jackie Fuchs was once known as The Runaways’ Jackie Fox, but her new title is Jeopardy! champion. The former bassist first appeared on the trivia show this past Friday and became its new champion by winning $14,200. She returned on Monday night to defend her crown with another victory to add $19,889 to her pot. Update – Dec. 18th at 10:00 p.m.: Fox was again victorious on Tuesday night’s episode, winning an additional $24,600. Thus far, she’s earned a total of $58,689.
Jeopardy! fan site J! Archive notes that Friday’s program saw Fuchs faced with several music-related questions on her way to her first win. One of them — “In this song by the B-52’s, ‘we were at the beach, everybody had matching towels’” (“What is ‘Rock Lobster?’”) — she answered correctly. The other — “Solana Imani Rowe performs under this 3-letter name, as on ‘All the Stars’ with Kendrick Lamar” (“Who is SZA?”) — she did not. Fuchs, it seems, has yet to spin K-Dot’s Black Panther soundtrack.
music  rock_n_roll  women  70s  tv  games  money 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Forget Fortnite—my son is still obsessed with Minecraft | Ars Technica
Haven't we reached Peak Minecraft? Not in my house.
Though my ten-year-old’s obsession with Minecraft first took hold three years ago—back when Minecraft was all the rage—I have to hand it to him. He’s sticking with it, despite the imperialist hegemony of Fortnite. What’s more, he’s not a fan of the newer game. “Too much violence,” he says, despite his affection for Nerf guns and laser tag.
The Minecraft connection began when some of my friends came by with an iPad and a teenager. “While we catch up,” my friends said, “Henry [their kid] can show Gus [my kid] all the stuff he’s building in Minecraft.” 
It sounded innocent enough—not like the kind of thing that would destroy the very fabric of our family.
“Hey dad,” Gus asked the next day. “Can I download an app? It’s only $4.99.” 
Coincidentally, his aunt had just sent him an iTunes gift card, so who was I to say no?
Five minutes later, he was laughing at the iPad. I felt good. For once I had done the right thing. I had allowed him his freedom. Little did I know that would be the last normal conversation my son and I would share before I lost him forever, literally down a mineshaft.
minecraft  games 
december 2018 by rgl7194
CIA’s in-house board games can now be yours thanks to FOIA request | Ars Technica
After SXSW 2017 reveal, CIA releases buckets of marked-up board game design notes.
If you're wondering: yes, these documents include enough rules and materials to help budding CIA officers print and play their own versions of the games Collection Deck and Kingpin: The Hunt for El Chapo. Unfortunately, the released files don't come close to printing-grade quality, owing both to low resolution and fax-grade 1-bit color. Ambitious board gaming fans will have to pick up the aesthetic slack themselves. (Here's to hoping someone creates entries at BoardGameGeek to inspire such an effort. As of press time, no BGG entries for either game exist.)
gov2.0  spying  games  SXSW  CIA 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Escape room tips/MagPi/Puddle & Pile | Cool Tools
Escape room tips
Escape rooms are a blast and are now found in most cities. For maximum fun, a small group of people try to solve a roomful of puzzles in order to escape. Here is a quick solid tutorial on the best tips for successfully solving any escape room. — KK

Reusable hot and cold gel wrap
I don’t get aches and pains often, but I’m very grateful to have this hot and cold compress on hand for when my muscles are sore ($18/2pk). We used to use clay ice packs but they all cracked open in the microwave and these gel packs are better at holding heat longer. — CD
cool_tools  games  tips  health  medical 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Finn Ellis
Who are you, and what do you do?
Hello! I'm Finn. My pronouns are they/them. I'm an automation engineer on the desktop team at Slack, which means that rather than working on the app, I make it easier for other people to work on the app. Lately that's mostly been graphical test automation, which I'm either about to talk about at Node Summit or recently did, depending on when this interview gets published. When I'm at home, I like playing and making video games. I've submitted entries to the last two Ludum Dare jams, and I've published a couple of games that you can play in your browser on itch.io.
setup  MBP  windows  google  smartphone  virtualization  notes_app  icloud  slack  spotify  podcast  weather  wikipedia  pokémon  games 
august 2018 by rgl7194
This Corn Maze is a Kodak Camera
Want to get lost in an old Kodak camera? Long Acre Farms in Western New York is celebrating the 130th anniversary of the Kodak Camera by designing its giant corn maze to look like a camera from above.
“You know we all think of, maybe, I’m pretty sure it’s worldwide, to think of capturing a memory with a Kodak camera and given that that’s our neighbor right here in Rochester this seems like an appropriate theme,” owner Joan Allen tells WXXI News.
It takes less than 30 minutes to drive the 17 miles between the farm and Kodak’s headquarters in Rochester, New York.
The farm says this year’s design is an old camera with a big flash and a hand with a finger over the shutter button. Film strips are seen along the edges of the design.
You’ll be able to start exploring the Kodak camera corn maze starting September 15th.
(via WXXI News via DPReview)
kodak  rochester  games  nature 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Philipp Stollenmayer
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Philipp Stollenmayer, and I'm a mobile game designer. My most popular ones are Okay?, Zip Zap, and Pancake - The Game.
What hardware do you use?
I have a 13" MacBook Pro (Mid 2014), and a Magic Mouse. That's it basically, no external screens, no stands, no graphic tablet. Every 100 years, I use my Time Machine for a backup.
I test my games on an iPhone X, an iPhone 6, an iPhone 4S, an iPod 3G, an iPad Mini and an iPad Air 2. On the Android side, I have a Moto X, because it works with Google Daydream, and a Samsung Galaxy S2.
I try to make my games work on pretty old phones - that also makes debugging memory leaks easier.
mobile  games  design  setup  MBP  iphone  iphoneX  ipad  android 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Tiffany Taylor
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is is Tiffany and I am product designer. As a multidisciplinary designer, I do a range of things like user experience design, user interface design, visual design, user research, and user testing. I currently work for Versus Systems in LA, but I also do a little bit of freelance design work when I can find exciting projects. I also had a past life as a front-end developer but I rarely code much now, outside of my personal site or side projects. And I like to do photography and illustrate on the side, mostly for fun.
setup  imac  MBP  google  smartphone  camera  games  vpn  photo  editing  instagram 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Meredith Forrester
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Meredith Forrester, and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I used to draw and design things, but now I'm a copy editor. I edit and proofread magazines and other odd publishing jobs in my freelance time, and my full-time gig is being the managing editor at The Good Copy, a writing school, publisher and online shop for word people. Most of the time I'm organising and developing our grammar and writing courses, but I also get to create writing style guides, edit and proofread words for our agency, and help plan our future word-related products and courses and events.
setup  macbook  MBP  headphones  sonos  iphone8  google  email  chrome  calendar  slack  dropbox  writing  productivity  style  guide  spotify  RSS  language  games 
august 2018 by rgl7194
LeBron James, Lakers star in ‘Take the Crown’ NBA 2K19 trailer - Silver Screen and Roll
LeBron James make his video game debut with the Lakers in NBA 2K19.
The first official gameplay trailer for NBA 2K19 dropped on Tuesday, and cover athlete LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers were heavily featured in the video.
James, who will grace the game’s cover for the second time in his career, was the star of the brand new trailer, but we also got our first look at a few of the other new Lakers including JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo. However, one thing the trailer was noticeably missing was the re-designed Lakers uniforms, which were released earlier last week.
But even with the now-outdated jerseys, it’s hard not to get excited seeing James on the court in a Lakers uniform alongside all of his new teammates in the purple and gold. Here’s the trailer in its entirety, via NBA 2K...
basketball  lakers  lebron  games  trailer 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Game On: A Decade of iOS Gaming – MacStories
Nowhere has the App Store’s impact been more profound than the game industry. Roughly one-third of the 500 initial apps that debuted on the App Store were games. The percentage of games on the App Store has risen over the past 10 years, but not by much. By some estimates, between 35 and 40 percent of the App Store's apps are games today. What has changed is the size of the Store. With over 2.1 million apps currently available for download, that means around 800,000 are games.
Mobile gaming has become the primary driver of growth in the game industry over the past several years. According to a recent report by Newzoo, the mobile game industry, in which iOS plays a central role, will be a $100 billion market in just three years time.
apps  store  games  anniversary  ios 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Johnny Hekker posts hilarious photo of Wade Phillips in Fortnite shirt
Wade Phillips may be 71 years old, but he’s not a day over 30 in his heart or personality. In addition to being hilarious on Twitter with his witty puns, Phillips knows how to connect with his players both on the practice field and off it.
That rings true even when it comes to “Fortnite.”
football  rams  hekker  coach  twitter  humor  games 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Watch: Aaron Donald receives trophy for 99 overall rating in ‘Madden NFL 19’ | Rams Wire
Aaron Donald is undoubtedly one of the seven best players in the NFL, so it’s only appropriate for him to receive a perfect 99 overall rating in “Madden NFL 19.” That’s exactly what the ratings gurus at EA Sports did, making Donald one of the seven players to join the 99 Club.
To commemorate this honor, EA sent Donald a trophy for him to display, possibly next to a slightly more impressive honor, Defensive Player of the Year.
football  rams  ranking  AD99  games 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Aaron Donald is 1 of 7 players with perfect 99 rating in ‘Madden NFL 19’ | Rams Wire
Last week, preliminary “Madden NFL 19” ratings were released by a user who played the game at EA’s event at E3. The leak showed three players with 99 overall ratings, but as it turns out, that news was incorrect.
With the ratings gurus tweaking things at EA Sports, the numbers have changed. After all, those prior stats were unofficial from a pre-release version of the game. Aaron Donald is still one of the “perfect” players at 99 overall, but he’s joined by six other players now.
football  rams  ranking  AD99  games 
june 2018 by rgl7194
A Sherlock escape room is coming to London; watch the teaser now
An official Sherlock escape room is coming to London, featuring new recordings of the BBC series’ extremely popular cast. This project, which is going by the title Sherlock: The Game Is Now, was teased last month with an ambiguous announcement from Sherlock showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
This new experience will give fans and armchair detectives the chance to don their deerstalkers and try their best at solving a Sherlock mystery. The escape room was put together by Moffat, Gatiss and the “escape room pioneers” from Time Run. It is described as “a 90-minute immersive experience for teams of 4-6 people.”
games  sherlock_holmes  detectives  uk  trailer 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Home Screens - Mike Schmitz — MacSparky
This week’s home screen features Mike Schmitz (blog)(twitter). Mike’s a geek that writes and talks a lot about productivity. In addition to his own work, Mike also writes at Asian Efficiency and makes several good podcasts, including Bookworm and the Productivity Show. Mike was a recent guest on Mac Power Users and is a swell guy. So Mike, show us your home screen.
homescreen  podcast  productivity  writing  twitter  facebook  games  journal  workflow  iphoneX  email  watch 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Are There Any Tetris Games for Mac?
I’ve always enjoyed Tetris, even though I was never particularly good at it. After reading this story last week about the tragic life of Tetris co-creator Vladimir Pokhilko, I got the urge to play for the first time in years. I tried searching the Mac App Store for “Tetris”, expecting to find dozens of crummy knock-offs, but instead was surprised to find “Your search had no results”. Nothing. (There is an official iOS version from Electronic Arts, but come on, Tetris needs real buttons.)
I tried looking outside the Mac App Store, and as far as I can tell, there’s no official Tetris for Mac, nor are there any clones. Quinn was a decent clone I remember playing a decade ago, but as this Boing Boing report from 2006 says, the developer got a cease and desist from The Tetris Company and abandoned the game. (You can still play it on High Sierra, but it’s not retina, and worse, you can only download unsigned versions from sketchy download sites.)
mac  games  daring_fireball 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Helen Rosner
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Helen Rosner. I'm a writer -- mostly about the culture of food, mostly for the New Yorker. I also write about other things (gaming, business, feminism) and do a fair amount of freelance editing. Up until recently I worked at Eater, where I founded the longform and features department.
setup  food  iphone  ipad_pro  macbook  imac  headphones  notes_app  gmail  productivity  instapaper  games 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Jenn Sandercock
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Jenn Sandercock and I'm a game designer. I've been working in games for 8 years now, mostly in digital games, but I have a passion for all kinds of experimental games, including real-world/physical games. I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, but I'm currently based in Seattle. I love the weather here (rain is awesome) and the snow-capped mountains. I also love how tech obsessed most people are.
For the past year I've been working on a variety of projects from digital to completely analog games.
setup  macbook  games  productivity  google  slack  photo  editing  dropbox  1password 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Roger Ogden's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Roger Ogden, and I’m a software engineer living in Boise, Idaho. It’s nice to meet you.
What is your current setup?
I currently have a 2015 15″ MacBook Pro. It has a 2.5 GHz i7, 16 GB RAM, and a 250 GB SSD.
setup  macbook  ssd  productivity  twitter  email  writing  music  slack  1password  photos_app  dropbox  iphoneX  weather  camera  audiobooks  podcast  ipad  games  instapaper  RSS  ibooks  nytimes  journal 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Is gaming addiction a “disorder” or a “junk diagnosis”? | Ars Technica
WHO listing renews debate over where to draw the line for "hazardous gaming."
The World Health Organization lists "hazardous gaming" and "gaming disorder" as potential problems "due to substance use or addictive behavior" in a newly proposed draft update of its widely used International Compendium of Diseases. The listings, set to be finalized this year, renew a debate about if and when playing video games can cross the line from casual pastime to a harmful addiction.
The draft language suggests a patient with gaming disorder is one who lets playing video games "take precedence over other life interests and daily activities," resulting in "negative consequences" such as "significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning." Such symptoms would "normally" need to be present for at least 12 months for a diagnosis, under the listing, but could be indicated even sooner.
Hazardous gaming, as defined in the draft document, more generally encompasses game playing that "increases the risk of harmful physical or mental health consequences to the individual or to others around this individual."
health  games  addiction 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Serial SWATter Tyler “SWAuTistic” Barriss Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter — Krebs on Security
Tyler Raj Barriss, a 25-year-old serial “swatter” whose phony emergency call to Kansas police last month triggered a fatal shooting, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and faces up to eleven years in prison.
Tyler Raj Barriss, in an undated selfie.
Barriss’s online alias — “SWAuTistic” — is a nod to a dangerous hoax known as “swatting,” in which the perpetrator spoofs a call about a hostage situation or other violent crime in progress in the hopes of tricking police into responding at a particular address with potentially deadly force.
Barriss was arrested in Los Angeles this month for alerting authorities in Kansas to a fake hostage situation at an address in Wichita, Kansas on Dec. 28, 2017.
crime  games  police  swatting  krebs 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Suspect in deadly Kansas “swatting” hoax charged with manslaughter | Ars Technica
A Los Angeles man accused of making a hoax phone call that led to the death of an innocent man in Wichita, Kansas, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. 25-year-old Tyler Barriss was arrested in Los Angeles late last month, and authorities there extradited him to Kansas. He made his first appearance in a Kansas courtroom on Friday, court records show.
Authorities believe that Barriss made a hoax phone call that sent police to the home of an innocent man, Andrew Finch, on December 28. Finch opened the door with his hands up. But when he briefly lowered his hands toward his waistband, a police officer shot him, believing that Finch could be reaching for a gun.
The incident appears to have originated with an online feud over a $1.50 Call of Duty bet. One of the parties to that dispute reportedly approached online user SWAuTistic, who had a reputation for initiating "swatting" pranks against online gamers. SWAuTistic called the Wichita police, pretending to be a deranged man who had already shot his father and threatened to shoot other members of his family.
crime  games  police  swatting 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The McLaren Formula 1 team just hired the World’s Fastest Gamer | Ars Technica
The F1 team wanted a new simulator driver. Now it has found one—through gaming.
After an exhausting week of fitness tests, engineering debriefs—plus plenty of racing games—the McLaren F1 team has crowned Rudy van Buren from Lelystad, Netherlands as the World's Fastest Gamer. More than just a fancy title and bragging rights, that has earned him a year's contract with the team as its new simulator driver. It's the culmination of a search that kicked off in May of this year, as the F1 team conferred the most legitimacy yet on this corner of the eSports world.
And it's a return to the sport for 25-year-old van Buren. At age 11 he was Dutch karting champion—and karts are where young racing drivers usually start. But then as now, it's a sport where talent often doesn't shout as loud as funding, and by 16 his racing career—or the first chapter in it—was done. "You search for a replacement because you’ve still got that racing feeling inside you," van Buren said. "You want to go on, but there’s no option or route available. That burn inside to win, doing a lap quicker and quicker, lap after lap, it’s a feeling that you can’t express. Every boy that starts karting dreams about F1, and at a certain point that dream just vanishes. Now by winning World’s Fastest Gamer, I can relive that dream."
cars  mclaren  driving  racing  games 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Roxane Gay
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Roxane Gay with one n. I am a writer and an associate professor at Purdue.
What hardware do you use?
I use several different machines because I live in two places and travel several times a month. I travel with a tiny pink Macbook. It is so cute and dainty and looks ridiculous in my hands because I am cute but not dainty. At home in Indiana I use an iMac and a MacBook Air. In Los Angeles I use a MacBook Pro I hate. It's the new one with the Touch ID and it's just designed all wrong. MY FINGER CONSTANTLY HITS THE ESCAPE BUTTON AND OMG I'm mad just thinking about it.
setup  macbook  imac  iphone  ipad  sonos  amazon  google  productivity  chrome  games  twitter  dropbox 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Ian MacLarty
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm an independent game designer, artist and programmer from Melbourne. I make a lot of small experimental games often with a visual focus. You can find my portfolio here: http://ianmaclarty.com. I'm currently working on an abstract puzzle game.
What hardware do you use?
I mainly use a MacBook Pro (2017, 13", no touch bar). I don't use any external keyboards, mice or monitors. I dislike having to plug and unplug things and I like working in the kitchen where there's plenty of natural light. I also have an older desktop (Intel i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, GTX660 GPU, 1TB mechanical HDD, 23" monitor) with Linux and Windows 7 that I use less often, mainly for testing or playing games.
macbook  iphone  ipad  android  games  terminal  developer  audio  quicktime  handbrake  video 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Games Using Phone Microphones to Track What You're Watching on TV
Sapna Maheshwari, reporting for The New York Times:
The apps use software from Alphonso, a start-up that collects TV-viewing data for advertisers. Using a smartphone’s microphone, Alphonso’s software can detail what people watch by identifying audio signals in TV ads and shows, sometimes even matching that information with the places people visit and the movies they see. The information can then be used to target ads more precisely and to try to analyze things like which ads prompted a person to go to a car dealership.
More than 250 games that use Alphonso software are available in the Google Play store; some are also available in Apple’s app store.
Some of the tracking is taking place through gaming apps that do not otherwise involve a smartphone’s microphone, including some apps that are geared toward children. The software can also detect sounds even when a phone is in a pocket if the apps are running in the background.
The Times provides the above link to the games in the Google Play store with this code, but no such link for affected games in the iOS App Store. Would be nice to see a list of the games on iOS. The good news is you have to approve microphone access for these games, on both platforms, but who knows how many people approve it without thinking about it? I don’t care what these apps disclose in the privacy policies — everyone knows nobody reads privacy policies. This is malware.
audio  games  ios  privacy  security  tv  daring_fireball 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Ashley Baxter
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Ashley, founder of With Jack. I'm building a platform that makes insurance more affordable and accessible for freelancers. With Jack is laser-focused on freelancers, so the idea is that you're never asked questions that aren't relevant to the work you do and you get the exact insurance you need. Instead of filling out a traditional proposal form, you'll have a chat with Jack. I'm building this from an office in Glasgow, Scotland which is a converted shipyard.
When I'm not building With Jack, I'm playing video games (currently Horizon Zero Dawn), taking photos and sharing them on Instagram. A lot of my hobbies are screen-based, so I make sure I take plenty of walks with my dog, Indie, in the Scottish landscape.
setup  macbook  imac  iphone  instagram  games 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Home Screens - Daman Rangoola — MacSparky
One of the great things about living in Southern California is all the local nerds I get to hang out with. One such new friend I made this year is Daman Rangoola (Twitter). Daman is a clever guy and put a lot of time into his home screen. So Daman, let’s see it.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE APPS?
I find almost everything on my home screen to be invaluable on a day to day basis, but the two that stand out are Downcast and Tweetbot. I also have Overcast, which I find to be a great app in it’s own right, but after spending so much time tweaking my settings in Downcast and having the app work great for me - I haven’t felt the need to totally make the switch. 
homescreen  podcast  twitter  games  slack  workflow  whatsapp  ecosystem  watch  ipad_pro  iphoneX  basketball 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Report: Some iOS games using microphone to track users’ TV habits | iLounge News
Games like Pool 3D, Beer Pong:Trickshot, and Real Bowling Strike:10 Pin found on the App Store could be tracking users’ TV viewing habits even when they’re not being played, The New York Times reports. The apps are all built using software from Alphonso, a start-up that specializes in collecting data on TV viewing for advertisers. Even when the apps aren’t in use, Alphonso’s software can potentially use a smartphone’s microphone to pick up on the TV shows and ads playing around the device, then use that information to target ads to the user, although the microphone is less likely to continue being used outside of the app on iOS devices due to Apple’s built-in limitations on background apps.
The Times claims, “More than 250 games that use Alphonso software are available in the Google Play store,” but is less certain about how many of the titles appear on the App Store. Alphonso claims its use of the devices is clearly stated in its privacy policy, but given how little users pay attention to those — and the fact that many of these games are geared toward children — it’s likely many users are being tracked without knowing it. Since users have to allow an app to use the microphone, it’s best to be wary of apps that ask for that permission when the game itself doesn’t appear to have any legitimate reason to use the microphone.
ios  games  tv  privacy  security  audio 
january 2018 by rgl7194
After “swatting” death in Kansas, 25-year old arrested in Los Angeles | Ars Technica
Arrest made after man dies in Kansas “swatting.”
The alleged "swatter" behind Thursday's police killing of a Wichita, Kansas, man has been arrested.
Tyler Barriss, a 25-year old from South Los Angeles, was taken into custody Friday night, according to the local ABC News affiliate. (ABC also notes that "Glendale police arrested a 22-year-old man with the same name for making bomb threats to KABC-TV" back in 2015.) NBC News, speaking to unnamed local "sources" in LA, says that Barriss "had been living at a transitional recovery center."
crime  games  police  swatting 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Kansas Man Killed In ‘SWATting’ Attack — Krebs on Security
A 28-year-old Kansas man was shot and killed by police officers on the evening of Dec. 28 after someone fraudulently reported a hostage situation ongoing at his home. The false report was the latest in a dangerous hoax known as “swatting,” wherein the perpetrator falsely reports a dangerous situation at an address with the goal of prompting authorities to respond to that address with deadly force. This particular swatting reportedly originated over a $1.50 wagered match in the online game Call of Duty. Compounding the tragedy is that the man killed was an innocent party who had no part in the dispute.
The following is an analysis of what is known so far about the incident, as well as a brief interview with the alleged and self-professed perpetrator of this crime.
It appears that the dispute and subsequent taunting originated on Twitter. One of the parties to that dispute — allegedly using the Twitter handle “SWauTistic” — threatened to swat another user who goes by the nickname “7aLeNT“. @7aLeNT dared someone to swat him, but then tweeted an address that was not his own.
Swautistic responded by falsely reporting to the Kansas police a domestic dispute at the address 7aLenT posted, telling the authorities that one person had already been murdered there and that several family members were being held hostage.
games  police  crime  swatting 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Innocent Man Dies in Swatting Incident Triggered by Two Call of Duty Players
An innocent man was shot dead yesterday, December 28, in a swatting incident that allegedly took place after two Call of Duty players got into an argument online.
The two players —identified by the gaming community as M1ruhcle and Baperizer— are teammates in the same Call of Duty: WW2 team.
It all started because of a $1.50 bet
The two got into a fight after their team lost a game against an opposing clan. The reason things heated up was because the team also lost a $1.50 bet.
The argument degenerated when M1ruhcle allegedly doxxed Baperizer by posting his personal details online. Baperizer reacted by hiring a known swatter to discover M1ruhcle's home address and swat his home. [Swatting is an Internet prank when one person sends police with false pretenses at another's home.]
The gaming community claims that M1ruhcle acted tough and contacted the swatter, giving him a false home address and daring the swatter to send police to his home.
games  police  swatting  crime 
december 2017 by rgl7194
“They call it swatting,” says grieving Wichita mother after son killed by police | Ars Technica
The man wasn't a gamer, but he apparently became the victim of a deadly "prank."
A 28-year-old Wichita, Kansas man was killed last night by police who were responding to a tip falsely reporting a hostage situation at the man's house. And rumors are swirling in the Call of Duty community that the death was the result of a "swatting" attack gone horribly wrong.
"I heard my son scream, I got up, and then I heard a shot," said Lisa Finch, the mother of shooting victim Andrew Finch, in a video interview with the Wichita Eagle. Police then took Lisa Finch outside, along with "my roommate and my granddaughter, who witnessed the shooting and had to step over her dying uncle’s body," handcuffed them all, placed everyone into separate police cars, and took them downtown for interviews.
Lisa Finch said her son was unarmed and that no guns were found in the house.
"They call it swatting," she added. "I didn't even know it was a thing."
"Swatting" is a sometimes deadly form of harassment where someone calls police in a target's home town and describes a fake emergency situation at the target's home. The situation described by police in Wichita is consistent with a swatting incident.
games  police  swatting  crime 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Set | Cool Tools
Pattern recognition competition
Set is a simple game in a class by itself. You get a deck of cards with colored symbols. These are laid out, face up. To play the game you need to organize the symbols into sets of three “un-alikes” — but they can be grouped in more ways than one. Many more ways. Everyone else is trying to group them into sets faster than you. This game exercises a unique part of your brain that few other activities do. Half math, half intuition, all concentration. It’s fun, loud, fast moving, and very challenging to do well, yet easy enough for small kids to join in meaningfully (that is, do better than you). After several years of playing the game, here is what I’ve observed:
1) It can’t be explained; it has to be shown.
2) Some folks are more gifted than others at finding patterns fast.
3) But *everyone* improves, often within the span of a game.
I hear that many schools use this game to teach sets and logic in math class, and that’s great. We use it as a raucous parlor game. Like the game Go, Set possess the kind of simplicity which keeps expanding, never growing old. And as far as games go these days, it’s cheap.
-- KK
12/9/17
(This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2005 — editors)
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Set ($9)
online game here https://www.setgame.com/set/puzzle
games  cards 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens - Dan Catlin — MacSparky
Dan Catlin (Twitter)(Website) is an interesting guy. He had a fancy pants job that required him to do lots of traveling but one day realized his kids were growing up and he was never around. So he gave up the fancy job and opened his own business making candles so he could have more time to be "dad". MiddleDavids is a sometimes sponsor of this blog and over the years I’ve come to know and respect Dan as a friend and fellow nerd. So Dan, show us your home screen.
iphone  homescreen  GTD  bicycling  health  audiobooks  podcast  music  games  productivity  journal  watch 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Mac Power Users #407: Workflows with Shahid Kamal Ahmad - Relay FM
Game developer and former Sony executive Shahid Kama Ahmad shares his Apple hardware, software, and workflows for getting work done.
Guest Starring: Shahid Kamal Ahmad
LINKS AND SHOW NOTES
Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Shahid Kamal
Shahid Kamal Ahmad (@shahidkamal) | Twitter
shahidkamal.com
Remaster - Relay FM
Amazon.com: Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
Metal 2 - Apple Developer
TOM BIHN - Travel Bags - Laptop Bags - Backpacks - Totes
Creative England - Wikipedia
Ulysses
Get focused. Get started. – iA
Scrivener | Literature & Latte
★reeder
In Search Of The Perfect Writing Font – iA
Amazon.com: USA Filco Ninja Majestouch-2 Keyboard
Filco Keyboards
Keyboardio: heirloom-grade keyboards for serious typists
CHERRY: Innovation at Your Fingertips
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - Cal Newport
iThoughts
Day One
Home - MindNode
Bear - Notes for iPhone, iPad and Mac
Where work happens | Slack
Trello
The all-new Things. Your to-do list for Mac & iOS
Airmail - Lightning Fast Mail Client for Mac and iPhone
Get secure, reliable email hosting – FastMail
Unity - Game Engine
GameMaker | YoYo Games
Nando's – The official worldwide home of Nando's
Sublime Text - A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose
Jim Rohn - Wikipedia
MPU  podcast  interview  games  developer  workflow 
december 2017 by rgl7194
It happens: Niantic to release Pokemon Go-like Harry Potter game - AfterDawn
Niantic, company behind the mega-successful Pokemon Go augmented reality mobile game, just announced that they will release a Harry Potter mobile game.
The game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be an augmented reality mobile game, just like Pokemon Go and Niantic's previous game, Ingress, are. Basically thus means that the game will be set in real world and players must walk around the cities and towns to play the game.
games  pokémon  harry_potter  AR/VR 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Harry Potter augmented-reality game arriving in 2018 from Pokemon Go creators | Consequence of Sound
Your kids are about to develop a new obsession
A new augmented-reality mobile game taking place in the Harry Potter universe will soon be available from the company behind Pokemon Go. In other words, you’ll soon have another massive app on your phone to obsess over for two weeks before never touching it again.
Niantic Labs will release Harry Potter: Wizards Unite in 2018, though an exact timeframe for the release hasn’t been nailed down. The game was developed in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s newly created Portkey Games division, reports TechCrunch.
games  pokémon  harry_potter  AR/VR 
november 2017 by rgl7194
The developer of Pokemon GO is working on a Harry Potter AR game | iMore
Niantic Labs, the developer behind Pokémon GO, has officially confirmed that its next foray into AR entertainment will be Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Game developer Niantic Labs has once again reached into our collective childhood to make our dreams an augmented reality. In a blog post today, the company announced that its follow-up to the super popular Pokémon GO will allow users to use their smartphone to become wizards, practicing magic and exploring the world of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.
In Wizards Unite, players will be able to learn spells, meet up with other wizards to defeat "powerful enemies" (looking at you, He Who Must Not Be Named), and discover and fight legendary magical beasts, all within their own neighborhoods. Though there isn't much info about the actual gameplay yet, due to the mention of it in the announcement many are speculating that it will share similar dynamics with sci-fi mystery game Ingress, the company's first AR venture that featured exploring your environment to find power-ups and teaming up with other players to defend locations.
games  pokémon  harry_potter  AR/VR 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens – Kent Sutherland — MacSparky
This week’s home screen features Kent Sutherland (website)(Twitter). Kent is part of the Flexibits team and a pretty busy guy. Now that Kent has shipped the latest update to Fantastical and a brand new contact app, Cardhop, I asked Ken to share his home screen. So Ken, show us your home screen.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE APPS?
Reeder is one of my favorite apps that also gets used all the time. I'm one of those weird people that still loves RSS feeds and uses them all the time. I also enjoy Words With Friends because it lets me distract myself occasionally and keep in touch with friends that I wouldn't otherwise talk to as often. Pinner is used frequently so I can pull up saved recipies when I'm at the grocery store or when I'm cooking. For built-in apps, the Podcasts app gets used a lot although I'm not a fan of what happened to it with iOS 11 (it might be time to explore alternatives). Finally, it's not on my home screen, but I don't know how I'd type on my phone without Gboard.
homescreen  iphone  RSS  games  pinterest  podcast  keyboard  slack  messaging  instapaper  calendar  weather  3D_touch  watch 
october 2017 by rgl7194
New neural network teaches itself Go, spanks the pros | Ars Technica
This time, the Go-playing algorithm didn’t need any human players to help it.
While artificial intelligence software has made huge strides recently, in many cases, it has only been automating things that humans already do well. If you want an AI to identify the Higgs boson in a spray of particles, for example, you have to train it on collisions that humans have already identified as containing a Higgs. If you want it to identify pictures of cats, you have to train it on a database of photos in which the cats have already been identified.
(If you want AI to name a paint color, well, we haven't quite figured that one out.)
AI/ML  games  learning  algorithm 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Nissan modified this GT-R to be driven with a PS4 controller | Ars Technica
Remote-controlled by helicopter, it hit 131 mph at Silverstone in the UK.
A few years back, I wrote a feature titled "Why you’ll never drive your car with a joystick." Today, I learned I spoke too soon (and that Ars' Creative Director Aurich Lawson is prophetic).
Over in the UK, Nissan and a company called JLB Design have finally done it. Courtesy of Carbuyer, I learned of a tie-in with the soon-to-be-released Gran Turismo Sport, wherein JLB converted a Nissan GT-R to be controlled by a DualShock 4 controller rather than the normal steering wheel and pedals. What's more, it's a completely remote-controlled GT-R—renamed the GT-R/C—as demonstrated by Nissan racing driver Jann Mardenborough, who drove the car around the Silverstone racing circuit from the passenger seat of a helicopter circling above.
cars  GT-R  racing  games  radio 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Radio-Controlled Full-Size Nissan GT-R Laps Silverstone! | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Radio-controlled full-size automobiles are nothing new—just ask J.J. Lynch—but as far as we know, nobody’s yet done an RC track day using a full-size R35 Nissan GT-R. Until now, that is. Nissan GT Academy winner and Super GT racer Jann Mardenborough has lapped Silverstone’s National Circuit using a PlayStation controller to command Godzilla’s every move. The car was outfitted with a suite of servos to control throttle, brake, steering, and shifting, while Mardenborough’s control interface was a bone-stock Sony DualShock 4 controller. Translating the controller’s signals to the servos was a custom-programmed microcomputer. Button-mashing becomes real-world motion! Perched on high in a helicopter above the track, Mardenborough monitored speed courtesy of a display connected wirelessly to a Racelogic VBOX mounted in the car. For safety’s sake, two additional operators were stationed on the course, both with the ability to apply full ABS braking and cut the engine should the situation warrant it.
cars  GT-R  racing  games  radio 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Uses This / Leah Finnegan
Who are you, and what do you do?
I am Leah Finnegan. I am the features editor at The Outline and I write a semi-regular newsletter called Leah Letter about how the media is bad.
What hardware do you use?
I use an 11-in MacBook Air, a 23-in Dell monitor, an Apple Magic Keyboard, the cheapest Logitech wireless mouse Staples had in stock which is very small and I love it, a mouse pad with wrist support, an iPhone 6s which I can't wait to get rid of because the battery life is one minute, and a 6-ft iPhone charging cord.
setup  macbook  iphone  google  RSS  productivity  slack  twitter  reading  games  itunes 
october 2017 by rgl7194
McLaren builds a virtual hypercar for the next Gran Turismo game | Ars Technica
We thought the Vision GT idea was dead, but it's been dusted off for the new PS4 game.
Way back in the mists of time—OK, it was 2013—Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi challenged the automotive world to think outside the box for Gran Turismo 6. Kaz wanted some unique concept cars for the game, and a bunch of car companies (as well as a few design studios and even Nike) signed on to the project, called Vision GT.
I must confess, I thought the idea dead and buried what with GT6 being four years old and yesterday's news. The Vision GT website hasn't been updated since 2015, and there are plenty of placeholders for concepts that never materialized (including one from Tesla that I'd love to see). But it seems the project is still alive, and in the lead-up to the next installment of the franchise—allegedly due this October—McLaren has created the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo.
cars  mclaren  racing  games 
september 2017 by rgl7194
McLaren's Gran Turismo Car Uses Central Seating Position—with a Twist | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Practice your plank, work that core, and pray that in the next 13 years you’ll be fit and rich enough to race a McLaren. By 2030, fat billionaires who lap their P1 GTRs won’t be able to squeeze inside the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo. Available to “drive” in the latest Gran Turismo Sport video game, the Vision GT is today a virtual model created by McLaren designers for anyone—yes, even those with beer guts—to thrash on their PlayStation 4. While the Vision GT uses a central driving position as in the iconic F1, here the (in shape) driver is in more of a motorcycle-riding stance, rather than sitting upright, with only his or her head and arms covered by the canopy. The driver’s torso and legs extend toward the back of the car, with the pedals mounted in the engine bay. Or maybe they’re modulated by mind control. Either way, the idea was to maximize the driver’s view of the track surface to “shave vital milliseconds off each lap,” as design chief Rob Melville put it.
cars  mclaren  games  racing 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Bungie explains how white supremacist symbol ended up in Destiny 2 | Ars Technica
"We know there was no degree of malicious intent from anyone on our team."
Earlier this week, when it became clear that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 resembled a "Kekistan" flag design that has been repurposed by neo-Nazis, developer Bungie was quick to apologize and work to remove the item from the game. Now, the developer is using a public blog post to try to explain how the symbol ended up in the game in the first place.
Community Manager David "DeeJ" Dague writes that the gauntlet in question, which features a "kek" symbol that resembles the "Kekistan flag" popularized by 4chan, was originally created by the game's developers back in June of 2015. Dague says the gauntlet was one of many items in the game that "reference real world art, iconography, typeface, and other design elements" and that "some of the reference imagery featured the simple mirrored chevron shapes found in the finished piece."
games  KKK  racism  meme 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Thord D. Hedengren's Mac, iOS, and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Thord D. Hedengren, and I’m first and foremost a writer. I write books — mostly fiction these days, but also technical literature about web development. WordPress lovers who speak, or at least read, Swedish might know me from my WPSE weekly newsletter. If you’re a Swedish business person, you might’ve read my tech columns in the Swedish tech daily Di Digital. Back in the day, I edited sites like The Blog Herald and Devlounge.
When I’m not writing, I build things. Some of those things are for clients. I’m the founder and CEO at the digital agency Odd Alice, which is in talks for some funky things that might or might not be official when this is published.
I also work with startups. I’m on the Tech Troopers (crowdsourced tech support) board, the author in residence at BlankPage (online writing app), co-founder at Damn Fine Novels, among other things. I like to keep busy.
setup  macbook  writing  adobe  photo  editing  productivity  music  itunes  slack  email  dropbox  backup  icloud  1password  iphone7  messaging  RSS  calendar  notes_app  instapaper  photos_app  camera  journal  twitter  games  ipad_pro  comics  safari  watch  weather 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA 2K18 All-Time Roster revealed – Lakers Outsiders
With the inclusion of all-time teams in NBA 2K18, the likelihood of the Lakers having a great team was a near foregone conclusion.
NBA 2K18 started by releasing Kobe Bryant’s rating as part of the all-time team on the Black Mamba’s birthday on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the entire team was released and, to no one’s surprise, it’s stacked.
Seriously, that lineup is stacked. Every starter is 96-rated or above. Five people on the bench are 90-rated or above.
basketball  games  history  KAJ  kobe  lakers  magic  shaq 
august 2017 by rgl7194
NBA 2K released the Lakers All-Time roster and it is STACKED - Silver Screen and Roll
Los Angeles’ illustrious history of hoops is on full display.
Attempting to imagine how good a basketball team featuring Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal would be is almost enough to break someone’s brain. NBA 2K decided to go even further than that and give such a dream a shot, releasing the Los Angeles Lakers’ All-Time roster for it’s upcoming 2K18 videogame.
The Lakers’ All-Time roster features the names listed above and several more, with Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rounding out the Lakers’ starting lineup.
basketball  lakers  history  games  magic  kobe  shaq  KAJ 
august 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens - Sal Soghoian — MacSparky
This week I’ll be up in San Jose speaking at the CMD-D: Masters of Automation conference. The reason this remarkable conference is happening at all is because of the hard work of Sal Soghoian (website), former head of automation at Apple. The conference is all about automating the Mac and iOS and tickets are still available. Now that Sal is no longer with the giant fruit company, I asked him to share his home screen and he agreed. So Sal, show us your home screen.
homescreen  iphone  privacy  vpn  signal  workflow  games  news 
august 2017 by rgl7194
The Setup / John Romero
Who are you, and what do you do?
Hello, I'm John Romero and I'm a game designer, programmer, level design, and audio engineer all rolled into one person. I work at my game company Romero Games Ltd. based in Galway, Ireland. I just finished a game called Gunman Taco Truck (desktop & mobile) and a game jam release named July 4, 1976. I'm currently working on a big multi-year game. I've been making games since 1979 and love what I do every day. It's the best job in the world. I work with my wife, Brenda, who has been in this industry since 1981.
What hardware do you use?
I've been using the same Mac Pro since it was released three years ago and it's still incredible. It's a 2013 Mac Pro (the black trashcan) with 8-core 3.0Ghz CPUs, 64GB 1866Mhz RAM, two FirePro D500 (3GB each), 1TB ePCI SSD, with two Thunderbolt monitors and one 4K monitor. I have 12TB RAID for huge storage, and Bose speakers.
setup  mac  games  developer  messaging  dropbox  slack  email  google  itunes  music  match  twitter  facebook 
june 2017 by rgl7194
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Revealed Along With Forza Motorsport 7 - The Drive
The most powerful road-going Porsche 911 ever made is here.
Last seen pounding its way around the Nurburgring, most would've pegged the Porsche 911 GT2 RS to make its official debut at one of the big auto shows such as Frankfurt or Detroit. The Electronic Entertainment Expo video game trade show (better known as E3) in Los Angeles is not an auto show. At least not yet, anyway.
At Microsoft's big E3 press briefing today, Forza developers Turn 10 have unveiled the next installment of their flagship circuit racer/car encyclopedia, Forza Motorsport 7. Oh, and they also finally took the wraps off of the most powerful road-going Porsche 911 ever made, the GT2 RS. This makes it the first car ever to publicly show its face not at an auto show or in a manufacturer press release, but on stage at a gaming convention. Times are a changin'.
cars  video  games  porsche  the_drive 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Wojtek Pietrusiewicz's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Wojtek Pietrusiewicz, and I am a publisher, writer, photographer, and sometimes a human. Two of my friends and I co-founded iMagazine a little over 6 years ago — a digital lifestyle magazine that focuses on Apple products. While we’re laser-focused on iMagazine, we have had a few side projects over the years.
What is your current setup?
My Mac history: 17″ MacBook Pro (2008), 11.6″ MacBook Air (2013), and 13″ MacBook Pro (2014).
Currently, I have the new late-2016 MacBook Pro 13″. It has the base Core i5 2.0 GHz, 16 GB of RAM, and a US layout keyboard (instead of the English International default that we get). I upgraded to this machine shortly after returning my 13″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Yes, upgraded. I am unfortunately not a Touch Bar fan — I need my mechanical keyboard.
setup  macbook  airpods  headphones  watch  writing  video  editing  photography  sync  1password  utilities  journal  dictionary  RSS  slack  twitter  iphone7  health  podcast  travel  workflow  games  ipad  instapaper  netflix  youtube  notes_app 
april 2017 by rgl7194
They say you should never meet your idols | DRIVETRIBE
The saying is that you should never meet your idols. In my case, that idol is Colin McRae's 1997 WRC Subaru Impreza.
This very car is what ignited a life long interest into the automotive world, giving life and meaning to a young six year old kid with a bowl cut plastered to his head. I first discovered my love for this car after being bought a Playstation 1 that came with a couple of (Clearly second hand) racing games, for my sixth birthday. One of which was Colin McRae Rally.
cars  subaru  racing  games 
march 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Parental Control Software of 2017 | PCMag.com
Parenting styles run the gamut, and so do the features available in parental control and monitoring utilities. We'll help you pick the service that's right for your style.
Modern kids have never known a time when they couldn't connect to the entire world using the Internet. They're probably more at home online than you are. The problem is, there are things on the Internet that you'd rather they didn't encounter. Sites promoting violence. Sites full of hate. Pornographic sites that promote a skewed notion of human sexuality. You can't supervise every moment that they're surfing the Web on a PC, much less on a smartphone or tablet. That's where parental control software comes in, with the ability to filter out unwanted content, limit screen time, and in some cases monitor social media interactions.
Note that these applications can't substitute for good communication. If you don't want your kids to visit certain kinds of sites, talk to them about your concerns. And do take time to convince older kids that you'll respect their privacy while monitoring their online actions. Otherwise, you can be sure they'll find ways to evade even the most sophisticated system.
parental_controls  privacy  security  internet  games  comparo  social_media 
march 2017 by rgl7194
Brianna Wu Wants to Play a New Game
An inside look at game developer and Gamergate critic Brianna Wu’s unconventional approach to running for Congress. She has a plan for cybersecurity, and she has a few envelope-pushing ideas about taxes.
It took less than two minutes to step off the Amtrak in Boston before I saw a man hoist his Patriots hoodie past his nipples and slap his bare belly. His friends laughed approvingly and swigged Gatorade that I suspected was spiked with vodka. It was Tom Brady jerseys and high fives as far as the eye could see. The scene was such a Boston-sports-fan cliché that it seemed like a parody.
gov2.0  politics  games  developer  women 
march 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens - Bob "Dr. Mac" Levitus — MacSparky
This week’s home screen features Bob “Dr. Mac” Levitus. (Twitter) (Website) Bob is a prolific technology writer and one of my favorite members of the old Macworld Allstar Band. Bob has recently written his very first self published book, Working Smarter for Mac Users. I'm so pleased to see Bob doing his own thing. So Bob, show us your home screen.
homescreen  iphone  writing  video  editing  games  photo  weather  workflow  siri  watch 
march 2017 by rgl7194
Seterra Geography - Free Map Quiz Games
Seterra is a challenging educational geography game with more than 100 different exercises. Learn about countries, capitals, oceans, flags and cities in Africa, Europe, South America, North America, Asia and Australia, using outline map exercises! Seterra has been around since 1998, is translated into 30 different languages and has been loved by people all around the world.
Seterra for Android, iPhone and iPad is here! Click the banners to go to Google Play or the Apple App Store and get it! The Seterra app offers high score lists to keep track of your progress!
maps  geography  games  learning 
february 2017 by rgl7194
The Fabulous Miss Fisher: Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze - Ep 1 Review
Warning contains plot spoilers!
Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze game was released on Wednesday and now that I have had a chance to play it I thought I would post my review.
The game sees you on the hunt for Murdock Foyle after he fakes his own hanging with help from a prison guard and escapes.
In the first chapter Phryne is attending an opera with Jack and Aunt Prudence when one of the performers is murdered on stage (... of Ruddygore methinks!) You must talk to suspects and witnesses, collect clue and make deductions. Along the way there are also costume pieces hidden for Phryne to find.
20s  australia  cozy_mystery  detectives  fashion  games  ios  phryne  tv  review  MFMM 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze: Episode 1 - Walkthrough Part 1 (iOS / Android) - YouTube
Published on Feb 9, 2017
Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze: Episode 1 - Walkthrough Part 1 (iOS / Android)
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Episode 1 of an epic murder mystery, visual novel adventure in which you become the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, the glamorous and stylish super-sleuth!
From Tin Man Games, the award winning studio that has released over 30 digital gamebooks and interactive fiction apps on the App Store. These include the critically acclaimed Choices: And The Sun Went Out and Ryan North's To Be or Not To Be, one of TIME Magazine's Top 10 Games of 2015.
ios  games  phryne  tv  australia  detectives  20s  fashion  cozy_mystery  youtube  review  MFMM 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze - Episode 1 - Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 (iOS Android) - YouTube
Published on Feb 8, 2017
Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze - Episode 1 - Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 (iOS Android)
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Episode 1 of an epic murder mystery, visual novel adventure in which you become the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, the glamorous and stylish super-sleuth!
From Tin Man Games, the award winning studio that has released over 30 digital gamebooks and interactive fiction apps on the App Store. These include the critically acclaimed Choices: And The Sun Went Out and Ryan North's To Be or Not To Be, one of TIME Magazine's Top 10 Games of 2015.
ios  games  phryne  tv  australia  detectives  20s  fashion  cozy_mystery  youtube  review  MFMM 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze iOS - Coming Feb 8th 2017! - YouTube
Published on Feb 5, 2017
Episode 1 of an epic murder mystery, visual novel adventure in which you become the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, the glamorous and stylish super-sleuth!
+ Interactive adventure story set in 1920s Melbourne, based on hit show, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
+ Beautiful character and background illustrations bring the Miss Fisher world to life
+ Uncover clues, interrogate suspects and solve a key murder
+ Choose where to investigate and how to talk to people
+ Search environments for hidden clues that could be important
+ Find costume pieces and unlock new outfits for Phryne to wear
+ Featuring music from the TV show, composed by Greg J Walker
+ Includes iMessage stickers!
ios  games  phryne  tv  australia  detectives  20s  fashion  cozy_mystery  youtube  trailer  MFMM 
february 2017 by rgl7194
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