What the Heck are Surprise Mechanics? | The Psychology of Video Games
Electronic Arts (EA), the publisher of hugely popular game series like FIFA, Battlefield, and Battlefront, has taken some lumps over its use of loot boxes as a revenue stream. via Pocket
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29 days ago
Could War Games Bring World Peace? Buckminster Fuller Thought So.
Could war games replace the real thing? In the spring of 1964, as fighting escalated in Vietnam, several dozen Americans gathered to play a game. via Pocket
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july 2019
Fidgeting Toys - Mechforce
Mechforce is an American designer and manufacturer of top quality military defense and consumer products, including firearm accessories, everyday carry tools and metal fidgeting toys.
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may 2019
Why I Gave up Radical Feminism | nicolemoly
Content Warning: This article contains references to TERF/SWERF, trans and sex worker exclusion, cis language, female anatomy and pussy hats.Do you remember wh
radical  radfem  feminism  essay  blog  post  intersectionality  trans  lgbtiq 
april 2019
The Attachment Project
A clinical training program designed to help patients heal attachment disturbances and for the general public to understand The Three Pillars approach to earning secure attachment.
psychology  attachments  attachment  relationships  tutorial  online  lecture  course 
april 2019
Why it is better not to aim at being morally perfect | Aeon Essays
‘I am glad,’ wrote the acclaimed American philosopher Susan Wolf, ‘that neither I nor those about whom I care most’ are ‘moral saints’. This declaration is one of the opening remarks of a landmark essay in which Wolf imagines what it would be like to be morally perfect. via Pocket
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december 2018
Nautilus | Science Connected
Every physician remembers their first bad case. Mine went like this. One morning, a man came into our emergency department with back pain. via Pocket
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december 2018
How to recognize fake AI-generated images – Kyle McDonald – Medium
In 2014 machine learning researcher Ian Goodfellow introduced the idea of generative adversarial networks or GANs. via Pocket
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december 2018
‘Nancy’ Comic Artist Olivia Jaimes Gives Extended Interview
Rarely in the history of comics has there been a turnaround as abrupt and pronounced as that of “Nancy.” As of just a few months ago, no discerning critic paid the long-running comic strip any mind. via Pocket
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december 2018
Why Simone Weil is the patron saint of anomalous persons | Aeon Essays
Simone Weil (1909-43) belonged to a species so rare, it had only one member. via Pocket
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november 2018
turtle.audio
turtle.audio is a music sequencer inspired by turtle graphics programming
turtle  audio  music  design  programming  computer  online 
november 2018
Language Log » I pressed the "correct" button three times and the ATM ate my card
« previous post | That's what happened to Paul Midler when confronted with this display on an ATM in China: "Correct" is meant to be a verb, not an adjective.  You push the "correct" button when you want to change something that is incorrect. via Pocket
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november 2018
Science Is Full of Mavericks Like My Grandfather. But Was His Physics Theory Right? - The Atlantic
His career as an eminent physicist was derailed by an obsession. Was he a genius or a crackpot? Updated at 10:42 a.m. ET on November 2, 2018 via Pocket
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november 2018
Language Log » Complex nominal of the year
« previous post | I recently got a note from the Philadelphia chapter of the Acoustical Society of America, informing me that the November meeting will held at a location identified as the "Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division Machinery Silencing Complex". via Pocket
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november 2018
Why Are the Scientists Who Classify Life So Mean to Their Dead?
To enjoy a story behind the story podcast of this article, just press the play button below. Constantine Rafinesque had only been dead a few months when Asa Gray sat down to eulogize him for the American Journal of Science. via Pocket
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november 2018
I, holobiont. Are you and your microbes a community or a single entity? | Aeon Ideas
Cicadas might be a pest, but they’re special in a few respects. For one, these droning insects have a habit of emerging after a prime number of years (7, 13, or 17). They also feed exclusively on plant sap, which is strikingly low in nutrients. via Pocket
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september 2018
The Reductive Seduction of Other People’s Problems – BRIGHT Magazine
Let’s pretend, for a moment, that you are a 22-year-old college student in Kampala, Uganda. You’re sitting in class and discreetly scrolling through Facebook on your phone. You see that there has…
development  charity  signalling  usa  virtue  essay 
september 2018
The Book of the Dead
Writing and art from or about the South. Published Quarterly.
writing  thebookofthedead  south  southern  us  america  american  longform  longread  essays  essay  tragedy  mine  virginia  disaster  appalachia  tunnel  hawksnest 
september 2018
Adult victim/survivors of childhood sexual assault | Australian Institute of Family Studies
ACSSA Wrap is the new approach taken by the ACSSA to keeping those who work in the field of sexual assault prevention informed on the latest practice.
child  abuse  childabuse  aifs  victims  crime  research  neglect  sexualabuse  sexabuse  outcomes 
september 2018
Who abuses children? | Child Family Community Australia
An overview of the current evidence on who is likely to be a perpetrator of child abuse and neglect
child  abuse  childabuse  aifs  perpetrators  crime  research  neglect 
september 2018
Book Review: The Black Swan | Slate Star Codex
Writing a review of The Black Swan is a nerve-wracking experience. First, because it forces me to reveal I am about ten years behind the times in my reading habits. via Pocket
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september 2018
Why fake miniatures depicting Islamic science are everywhere | Aeon Essays
As I prepared to teach my class ‘Science and Islam’ last spring, I noticed something peculiar about the book I was about to assign to my students. It wasn’t the text – a wonderful translation of a medieval Arabic encyclopaedia – but the cover. via Pocket
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september 2018
Language Log » "Gweilo" as a racially charged term
« previous post | Article by the Tibetan writer, Yonden Lhatoo, in the South China Morning Post (9/8/18): "Is ‘gweilo’ really a racist word? Hong Kong just can’t decide:  Yonden Lhatoo shakes his head at the on-again, off-again debate over the use of the word that is obviously racist in its via Pocket
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september 2018
Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found | Quanta Magazine
If you were opening a coffee shop, there’s a question you’d want answered: Where’s the next closest cafe? This information would help you understand your competition. This scenario is an example of a type of problem widely studied in computer science called “nearest neighbor” search. via Pocket
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august 2018
Hooktheory
Hooktheory develops innovative music theory books, songwriting software, and TheoryTabs - tabs that show the theory behind songs.
hook  song  songwriting  musictheory  music  how-to  tutorial  software  buy  onlinelearning  online 
august 2018
Songs with the same chords - Theorytab
Fins songs with the same chords. See the most popular chord progressions. See the next “most likely” chord in a progression.
chord  song  music  songwriting  musictheory  how_to  reference  find  finder  search  hook  similar 
august 2018
Hand Tool Rescue Wrench — Hand Tool Rescue
The finest in antique wrenchery, this wrench is based off an 1879 Patent by
Charles Billings.  Each one is made from 1/2in solid steel and
case-hardened, just like it was made back then.  Left-handed wrenches have
the open slot and markings milled on the other side than in the photos.

Compared to modern adjustable wrenches, the finer threads on the adjuster
of this wrench allow for a tighter grip on fasteners. The jaws, being
perpendicular to the handle, allow for more potentia...
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august 2018
Cancer Progress: Much More Than You Wanted To Know | Slate Star Codex
Official statistics say we are winning the War on Cancer. Cancer incidence rates, mortality rates, and five-year-survival rates have generally been moving in the right direction over the past few decades. More skeptical people offer an alternate narrative. via Pocket
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august 2018
The Mathematics of Our Search for Meaning
Was it a chance encounter when you met that special someone or was there some deeper reason for it? What about that strange dream last night—was that just the random ramblings of the synapses of your brain or did it reveal something deep about your unconscious? Perhaps the dream was trying to tel via Pocket
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august 2018
Is neuroscience getting closer to explaining evil behaviour? | Aeon Essays
In 1941, en route from a ghetto to a concentration camp in Ukraine, a Nazi soldier beat my grandfather to death. My father witnessed this murder. via Pocket
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july 2018
What Parents Can Do to Help Keep Their Children Safe From Assault - The New York Times
They are public officials, celebrities, coaches, doctors, teachers: adults in positions of authority who are accused of sexually assaulting minors. In many of the cases, the perpetrators were men the kids knew well and the children frequently felt unable to report it. via Pocket
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july 2018
A Math Puzzle Worthy of Freeman Dyson | Quanta Magazine
Freeman Dyson — the world-renowned mathematical physicist who helped found quantum electrodynamics with the bongo-playing, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman and others, devised numerous mathematical techniques, led the team that designed a low-power nuclear reactor that produces me via Pocket
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july 2018
Inside the Radical, Uncomfortable Movement to Reform White Supremacists – Mother Jones
one of Shane Johnson’s pals pushed through the front door of his trailer and announced that “a bunch of black guys” had just “said some shit to him. via Pocket
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july 2018
Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People
In 1945, as American physicists were preparing to test the atomic bomb, it occurred to someone to ask if such a test could set the atmosphere on fire. This was a legitimate concern. Nitrogen, which makes up most of the atmosphere, is not energetically stable. via Pocket
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july 2018
D’Lo | Artist : Writer : Director : Comedian : Music Producer : Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American
queer transgender Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer
queer  transgender  Tamil  political  theatre  artist  writer  director  comedian  music  sri  lankan  american  subcontinental 
august 2016
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