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Monday, 12 April 2021

Adding is favoured over subtracting in problem solving

quote [ There are many real-world consequences of failing to consider that situations can often be improved by removing rather than adding. ]

So what's your takeaway on this?
[SFW] [people] [+1 Underrated]
[by Paracetamol@6:18pmGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 11 April 2021

The rice of the sea

quote [ In southern Spain, however, the team’s first marine garden suggests potential average harvests could be about 3.5 tonnes a hectare. While the yield is about a third of what one could achieve with rice, León points to the potential for low-cost and environmentally friendly cultivation. “If nature gifts you with 3,500kg without doing anything – no antibiotics, no fertiliser, just seawater and movement – then we have a project that suggests one can cultivate marine grain.” ]

… octopus's garden … humm-humm.
[SFW] [food & drink] [+9 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@7:27pmGMT] [3 comments]

A booming industry based entirely on missed calls helped bring India online — and vanished overnight

quote [ “The beauty of the missed-call behavior was that it was already pervasive,” said Wagoner, who became the company’s CEO. It had become so commonplace as to vex the country’s telecom operators: missed calls clogged up over 30% of phone lines but generated no revenue. ]

Ping-ringing for profit.
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by Paracetamol@11:37amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 9 April 2021

Be a VR giant and swat at PC players like pests in Davigo

quote [ Davigo begs the question: why didn't this exist already? It's an asymmetric multiplayer game in which one player in a VR headset attempts to swipe and slam up to four tiny, nimble players on desktop computers, who each wield rocket launchers. It plays with scale in ways that look like glorious fun. ]

For Steele. Also, if you have no VR tech, you can still play blinking games with your webcam.
[SFW] [games] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@7:44amGMT] [6 comments]

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Growing the Apocalypse » Glitch Logs

quote [ In Apocalypse World, when a player doesn’t know what to do they look at their character sheet to see what moves are available to them. In this teaching toolkit system, tutors who didn’t know how to proceed looked at the list of moves and picked one.
For example, one of the Agendas the tutors were given was “Build a learning environment”. Some of the associated moves were “Limit a distraction”, “Set an expectation”, and “Give specific praise”. Another Agenda was “Help students achieve learning goals” and some of the associated moves were “Teach a hard skill”, “Teach a soft skill”, “Design and play a game”, and “Model work”. ]

An interesting perspective on loose boundaries for teaching. Note that this is explicitly not some form of gamified motivation.
[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@5:57pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

The Chiba Lotte Marines’ mysterious fish mascot, Nazo No Sakana, has evolved several times. He is set to reveal his final form tonight.

quote [ The mysterious fish first rose to prominence by vomiting out its own skeleton. ]

via Mondo Mascots Twitter. Yeah…
[SFW] [art]
[by Paracetamol@7:03pmGMT] [0 comments]

30-year-old Soviet TV adaptation of The Lord of the Rings surfaces on YouTube

quote [ Originally broadcast on TV in 1991 (and then never aired again), the film was thought lost to time by those who had seen it. But as reported in The Guardian, Leningrad Television successor Channel 5 uploaded the film to its YouTube page with little fanfare, surprising fans who had given up on seeing the production again. It is believed to be the only adaptation of these books produced in the Soviet Union. ]

You might find this interesting.
[SFW] [tv & movies] [+3 laz0r]
[by Paracetamol@5:04pmGMT] [4 comments]

Saturday, 3 April 2021

When the Mob Comes

quote [ People want to attribute the hate to one thing, one moment, one time I messed up, one story I filed. I think people do that because they want to feel safe. They want to think it will never happen to them. If you can blame me somehow, then you can distance yourself from it all. ]

Some insightfully crass anecdotes. Thumb via New Old Stock
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@1:56pmGMT] [2 comments]

Friday, 2 April 2021

Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

quote [ When we compared the life cycle of each travel mode, taking into account the carbon generated by making the vehicle, fuelling it and disposing of it, we found that emissions from cycling can be more than 30 times lower for each trip than driving a fossil fuel car, and about ten times lower than driving an electric one. ]

Keep on riding! Hopefully, you got some options there.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2 Underrated]
[by Paracetamol@9:02pmGMT] [6 comments]

How French Electro Duo Justice Turned the Cross Symbol Into a Third Band Member

quote [ It’s strange to think that the most recognizable symbol of the last 2,000 years, an object built upon a foundational myth, could be borrowed and re-appropriated so successfully in the 21st century by a banging electro house duo based in Paris. ]

Good music, good artwork. Check extended for their drastic 2007 hit video. Their recent songs were more French disco funk and less electro bangers.

[SFW] [music]
[by Paracetamol@6:11amGMT] [0 comments]

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