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I work for a central IT organization at a university, and am wondering about potential disruptive technology. What if...

A market place exists for intelligent adaptive processing where software at my university requests the processing of a transaction--with associated requirements as meta-data--and receives micro-second bids (like automated stock market transactions) to process the transaction.

Since this would operate on small batches--or even individual transactions--the system would automatically load balance between providers.

To participate in the market place a service provider must adhere to rigorous standards for security and reliability. This is enforced through a reputation system. Information on bad transactions is shared among customers so that providers have a major market driven interest in accuracy and resiliency. Worst case, a bad actor will only cause problems for the limited set of transactions it processed instead of the whole run.

What decade might this become a reality? The 2020s? I doubt very seriously much farther out than that.
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From the mergers and acquisitions desk here in role-playing game land... Glorantha is back at Chaosium, along with the whole crew.
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A solution to the problem of repeated plugins degrading the USB port? I am sold! My charging pad isn't exactly setting my world on fire - although my phone might be a different story...
ZNAPS is a specially designed magnetic connection adapter for your mobile devices. Connection is just a snap away.
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As the partner of someone with frequent migraines I couldn't help but support this project. I can't wait to play it with her!
 
14 Days is one of those games that needs more attention. There is a solid niche of games that focus on the personal challenges and very real human concerns. This specific game addresses how chronic pain steals time from you, and how people try to cope.

Games like this are artistically meaningful, but bloody hard to implement. They tend to have a limited audience, due to the fact that gaming time is so sparse. Ironically, those who would benefit the most from these games are those least able to support them for socio-economic reasons. 

Do you want to support fantastic designers?
Do you want to encourage more experimentation with novel games? 
Do you want to enable more stories that focus on the human issues?

Support +Hannah Shaffer with her kickstarter for 14 days. Time is always limited, but community can help. 
A 2-player tabletop game about balancing day-to-day responsibilities around life with migraines.
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The current US Supreme Court case against the Affordable Care Act reminds me of my favorite quote from Dr. Strangelove:

"Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world, EH?"
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Oh, I agree. I was just commenting on the argument of the prosecution:  that the line in the law saying that subsidies are available for state exchanges was an intentional attempt to strong-arm states into setting up their own exchanges - because the federal exchanges wouldn't have subsidies. It doesn't work as a lever if you don't tell the states about it. :)
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Wow! The new HQ book is going to have some unexpectedly cool art and subject matter. It is apparently much more than the simple clarification and consolidation of rules that I had expected...
 
So among the many things HQG has is Illumination rules. And lots and lots of Illumination information, since that is important for any post 1627 campaign. This picture is perhaps my absolute favorite depiction of the Gloranthan gods to date (excepting of course for the Gods Wall, which is  a different sort of things). The depiction of the gods are very canonical btw. And this is the first time you see several of them painted.
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Funded after the first week of the campaign? This has gone very differently from their failed first campaign. What a difference a few design changes make!

Edit: To be fair, the first campaign had a goal of almost twice what this one does. That said, they are gaining pledges at something like twice the "clip" of the first campaign. Milestones: 109k is the total raised in the first campaign; 150k was the goal of the first campaign.
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Sideclick's second attempt at a Kickstarter campaign is up and running. If you are interested, they have early-bird discounts available.
True Bloom LLC is raising funds for Sideclick: Streamline Your Streaming Experience on Kickstarter! Snap Sideclick onto your streaming remote and control your TV, sound, and streaming device all-in-one. Ditch the other remotes!
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Nabbed and printed! My son is a bit old for this book, otherwise I would definitely buy a physical copy.
 
Grandmother Fish is at the printer, and we can now share with you a PDF of the book with the final art. Karen has done a wonderful job with the art, putting more time into it than either of us had expected. We’re very excited to share the final version of the book with you. The image below is a page that you’ve never seen in color before.

And here is the URL to the entire PDF.

http://bit.ly/fishdraft

The physical books will be back from the printer in early August. Now that we have the final art, we can also create the sticker sheets, bookmarks and limited edition prints that many backers are receiving. It’s going to be an exciting summer for Grandmother Fish!

We are looking for education-oriented nonprofits to which we can donate over 100 copies of Grandmother Fish. We have 35 designated for Camp Quest, and we are looking for other organizations, too. If you know of an organization that could use copies of the first book to teach evolution to preschoolers, let us know!

When the physical book is back from the printer and available on Amazon, we hope you will help us get the word out about Grandmother Fish. In the meantime, there's still time to preorder Grandmother Fish. Here’s the URL for you to use and share.

http://bit.ly/gf-store

Thanks again for your interest in teaching evolution to little kids!

-Jonathan

#science #evolution
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I showed this to my wife--a biologist--last night and it got her thumbs up. No small achievement, believe me! :)
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Very cool idea! I hope they fund...
True Bloom LLC is raising funds for Sideclick: Streamline Your Streaming Experience on Kickstarter! Snap Sideclick onto your streaming remote and control your TV, sound, and streaming device with one hand. Ditch the other remotes.
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Wow. Um... wow.
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Staggeringly beautiful. Actual footage of the sun. Not SFX. Breathtaking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSVv40M2aks
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