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The paradox of procedurally generated video games.
"Algorithmically designed video game worlds are more personal because they lack personality."
games  game-studies  algorithms  design  freedom  exploration 
october 2016 by tsuomela
The American Scholar: Boldly Going No More - Nathalie Lagerfeld
"Leaving Orbit: Notes From the Last Days of American Spaceflight, by Margaret Lazarus Dean, Graywolf Press"
book  review  space  exploration  nasa 
june 2015 by tsuomela
BLDGBLOG: Spacesuit: An Interview with Nicholas de Monchaux
"Nicholas de Monchaux is an architect, historian, and educator based in Berkeley, California. His work spans a huge range of topics and scales, as his new and utterly fascinating book, Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, makes clear.

From the fashionable worlds of Christian Dior and Playtex to the military-industrial complex working overtime on efforts to create a protective suit for U.S. exploration of the moon, and from early computerized analyses of urban management to an "android" history of the French court, all by way of long chapters on the experimental high-flyers and military theorists who collaborated to push human beings further and further above the weather—and eventually off the planet itself—de Monchaux's book shows the often shocking juxtapositions that give such rich texture and detail to the invention of the spacesuit: pressurized clothing for human survival in space."
book  interview  space  history  sts  science  architecture  design  fashion  1960s  apollo-program  exploration  technology  technology-effects 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Academics vs. Explorers « Time to Eat the Dogs
"..some of the tensions that exist between explorers and university professors on issues related to exploration. "
academic  exploration  professor  history 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Thierry Legault - Partial solar eclipse and transit of the Space Station from Oman
"Image of the solar transit of the International Space Station (ISS), taken from the area of Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman on January 4th 2011 at 9:09 UT, during the partial solar eclipse. "
space  satellite  exploration  photos  eclipse  photography  solar 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Yavin IV: Exploring space on the cheap with an iPhone, Droid, and Flip
Many a nerd has dreamed of exploring space—the final frontier—as a child. Despite visions in books, comics, TV, and film of a future where space travel is commonplace, that dream is still far from reality. But a handful of "self-admitted nerds" from the interactive design firm Sevnthsin are taking to the skies with a weather balloon, a hacked cooler, and the latest in mobile technology.

Calling their project Yavin IV (after a rebel base in the Star Wars universe), the small group from Minneapolis, Minnesota completed their first full launch on Friday. Ars was on the scene to capture the event, and we spoke with project leader Jamey Erickson to understand what the project is trying to accomplish, and what's in store for its future.
amateur  engineering  space  exploration  hacking  citizen-science 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Space exploration: To infinity and beyond | The Economist
Mr Pyne seeks to identify the necessary conditions for successful exploration. Technology is vital but it does not, in itself, drive discovery. An insatiable curiosity is needed, but this, in itself, will not guide success either. One of the reasons why the Voyager missions were reinstated was that the alignment of the planets offered a rare opportunity for travel that would not be repeated for almost two centuries. Still, that was not enough. In the wider world exploration is in hock to politics, where it exists to promote national glory. Moreover such flag waving is born of rivalry between nations. The exploration of the solar system would not have happened, Mr Pyne argues, without the cold war on Earth. What looks today like the scientific mapping of the features of the outermost reaches of the solar system began life as having little to do with the discipline.
book  review  space  exploration  science  politics  cold-war  history  planetary  astronomy 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Exploring the Land of Frigor | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
But exploration … and the obsession that sometimes accompanies, or at least often enables, that kind of successful quest … isn’t limited to geographical challenges. For exploration is a matter of going beyond what is known; stepping out into the void beyond that in the hopes of bringing back new knowledge about what lies there.
exploration  motivation  science  geography  eccentric  goals  psychology  obsession  emotion  creativity  innovation  discovery 
september 2009 by tsuomela
On Orbit | Social Space News and Networking
On Orbit is a space social networking site create by SpaceRef Interactive Inc.. This web site was created for you the user so that you can contribute in a community environment furthering the cause of human and robotic exploration of space.
space  astronomy  news  community  geology  geophysics  social-networking  exploration  human 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Letting Go of Heroes | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
Despite all the teams who’ve gone in search of them, perhaps many of those who have invested their own dreams of success and escape into figures like Amelia Earhart and Everett Ruess really don’t want them found. Why? Because the dreams are so much better than any real story, and represent the happiness of possibility, instead of the very real risk of failure that any heroic or adventurous quest entails.
fame  heroism  exploration  story-telling  myth  mythology  1930s  mystery  truth 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Why Neil Armstrong remains an elusive hero - Telegraph
When Neil Alden Armstrong placed his boot on the lunar surface on July 20 1969 he took one small step into immortality, the first human being to touch another world. It was a mythic and insuperable moment, propelling him to global fame, and he has spent the rest of his life dealing with its consequences.
space  exploration  biography  history  personality  profile  moon  lunar  1969  fame 
july 2009 by tsuomela

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