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Fantastic and rather good look at what +Elon Musk is doing these days.
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I went to Norwegian Game Awards finals today, a game competition for students mostly, together with my son. There were several cool concepts and demos there, but the winner of NOK 30K were these guys. 

It looked really great.
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Certainly looks cool, but twin stick and rl friends cuts me out completely :P
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SHODAN joins Underworld Ascendant

In an update yesterday, the Underworld Ascendant team announced that Terri Brosius would join them.

"Terri Brosius was part of the team at LookingGlass, doing both design and voice acting on the Thief games and System Shock II. She is the voice of Shodan and Delacroix in the System Shock series, and the voice of Viktoria in the Thief series. She has also worked with Ion Storm, Electronic Arts, Tiger Style, and Arkane. Terri has writing credits on the Thief games, Dishonored, Waking Mars, and more."

In case you haven't met SHODAN before, here are some samples. And even being "little more" than an AI, she is considered among the best and most scary computer game bad guys ever. Personally I think the best. Both System Shock 1 and 2 had moments that I found incredibly creepy and/or scary.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/othersidegames/underworld-ascendant

#kickstarter   #underworld   #underworldascendant  
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Shodan is definitely the best antagonist ever in a computer game.

The way she talks, the way she responds to what the player does. that is exactly what made the System shock series so great. Shodan ranks as a solid number 1 on my most psychotic adversary list of all times.
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Underworld Ascendant

Their kickstarter is closing in on $400k, but they need more to be funded and deserves much more so they can fullfill their stretch goals making this into a truly legendary game - much like the original Ultima Underworlds.

#kickstarter   #underworldascendant   #ultimaunderworld   #otherside
 
Kickstarting my early teenage years

So like 2 and a half years ago, Chris Roberts kickstarted and crowdfunded Star Citizen, the spiritual followup to Wing Commander and Privateer, major favorites of mine back when I 16-17-18. And I checked them out and knew they had to be awesome because they were made by Origin Systems, a company I had already become well acquainted with.

Some time after Star Citizen there was another kickstarter, this time by +Richard Garriott de Cayeux for the Shroud of the Avatar, the spiritual followup to the Ultima series, both the single player games and Ultima Online. Most of the year I was 15 I dedicated to the two parts of Ultima VII, and this was when I started to see the pattern.

However, I bought my first PC in mid-1992, just as I turned 14. Around the same time, I bought PC Review (UK magazine), issue 8, and the review of Ultima Underworld was its main feature. At that point, pre-Internet and everything, I knew next to nothing about PC games, and so this was the first I heard about Ultima and Origin systems. I eventually saved up to buy it, and spent countless hours playing it. This was the first game that truly affected me. I remember walking down a corridor when the background music suddenly got stressed, and soon I was attacked. I totally got scared, so I figured I should continue playing without music. Well, that didn't help - I could now hear the steps of the damn, huge rats padding around, getting closer ... and closer and aaaaaargh! Back on with the background music!

Of course, Ultima Underworld II were not any less awesome, and later things progressed onto awesome stuff like System Shock, but I always missed another Underworld.

Well, I won't need to wait much longer - the final piece of my teenage gaming history is now kickstarted.

#underworldascendant   #kickstarter   #underworld  
OtherSide Entertainment is raising funds for Underworld Ascendant on Kickstarter! Join the original team behind Ultima Underworld on a quest to rekindle this legendary fantasy RPG series.
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New Underworld music, and it takes me right back to those originals. Incredible!
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Another winter photo taken in Trondheim down town. Parallel by Hessam M. Nik on 500px
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Scandinavian cities are so beautifully colorful.
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Interesting look at the news

Nótt is a low volume online news magazine that feels interesting to me. I noticed it through their very good article on the possible IMSI catcher scandal - http://nottmagazine.com/2015/04/05/a-norwegian-watergate/

I don't actually know if the writers are Norwegian, but they certainly are aware of what happens here, and the name of the magazine has norse origins.

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Very good article on the perils of research papers, especially if the topic is considered controversial (in terms of science) in the first place, using a specific article on acupuncture and inflammation as an example.

#science   #acupuncture   #inflammation  
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+Runar Bell That too :)
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A nice interview with Paul Neurath over Underworld Ascendant that shows why their Kickstarter is very much worth a look. Not only did his team make all the best games of the 90's (Ultima Underworld, System Shock and Thief), they pretty much laid the foundations for many of the games that are considered the best today (BioShock, etc).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/othersidegames/underworld-ascendant

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Why nature is rebounding (Jesse Ausubel talk)

I waited to post my summary of this talk until the video was up at the link below, because Ausubel’s charts are a compelling part of his report. People have trouble believing his data (much as they do with Hans Rosling) because so much good news goes so strongly against current dominant narratives.

Ausubel himself has been a major player in global environmental research for decades, working out of Rockefeller University in New York.  Mostly recently he was one of the organizers of the Census of Marine Life, and so his remarks on our severe over-fishing of the ocean are particularly current.  Here’s my summary...

Over the last 40 years, in nearly every field, human productivity has decoupled from resource use, Ausubel began. Even though our prosperity and population continue to increase, the trends show decreasing use of energy, water, land, material resources, and impact on natural systems (except the ocean). As a result we are seeing the beginnings of a global restoration of nature.

America tends to be the leader in such trends, and the “American use of almost everything except information seems to be peaking, not because the resources are exhausted but because consumers changed consumption and producers changed production.“

Start with agriculture, which “has always been the greatest raper of nature.” Since 01940 yield has decoupled from acreage, and yet the rising yields have not required increasing inputs such as fertilizer, pesticides, or water. The yield from corn has become spectacular, and it is overwhelmingly our leading crop, but most of it is fed to cars and livestock rather than people. Corn acreage the size of Iowa is wasted on biofuels. An even greater proportion goes to cows and pigs for conversion to meat.

The animals vary hugely in their efficiency at producing meat. If they were vehicles, we would say that “a steer gets about 12 miles per gallon, a pig 40, and a chicken 60.“ (In that scale a farmed fish gets 80 miles per gallon.) Since 01975 beef and pork consumption have leveled off while chicken consumption has soared. “The USA and the world are at peak farmland, “ Ausubel declared, “not because of exhaustion of arable land, but because farmers are wildly successful in producing protein and calories.” Much more can be done. Ausubel pointed out that just reducing the one-third of the world’s food that is wasted, rolling out the highest-yield techniques worldwide, and abandoning biofuels would free up an area the size of India (1.2 million square miles) to return to nature.

As for forests, nation after nation is going through the “forest transition” from decreasing forest area to increasing. France was the first in 01830. Since then their forests have doubled while their population also doubled. The US transitioned around 01950. A great boon is tree plantations, which have a yield five to ten times greater than logging wild forest. “In recent times,” Ausubel said, “about a third of wood production comes from plantations. If that were to increase to 75 percent, the logged area of natural forests could drop in half.” Meanwhile the consumption of all wood has leveled off---for fuel, buildings, and, finally, paper. We are at peak timber.

One byproduct of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the longer temperate-zone growing seasons accompanying global warming is greater plant growth. “Global Greening,“ Ausubel said, “is the most important ecological trend on Earth today. The biosphere on land is getting bigger, year by year, by two billion tons or even more.”

Other trendlines show that world population is at peak children, and in the US we are peak car travel and may even be at peak car. The most efficient form of travel, which Ausubel promotes, is maglev trains such as the “Hyperloop“ proposed by Elon Musk. Statistically, horses, trains, cars, and jets all require about one ton of vehicle per passenger. A maglev system would require only one-third of that.

In the ocean, though, trends remain troubling. Unlike on land, we have not yet replaced hunting wild animals with farming. Once refrigeration came along, “the democratization of sushi changed everything for sea life. Fish biomass in intensively exploited fisheries appears to be about one‐tenth the level of the fish in those seas a few decades or hundred years ago.“ One fifth of the meat we eat comes from fish, and about 40 percent of that fifth is now grown in fish farms, but too many of the farmed fish are fed with small fish caught at sea. Ausubel recommends vegetarian fish such as tilapia and “persuading salmon and other carnivores to eat tofu,” which has already been done with the Caribbean kingfish. “With smart aquaculture,“ Ausubel said, “life in the oceans can rebound while feeding humanity.”

When nature rebounds, the wild animals return. Traversing through abandoned farmlands in Europe, wolves, lynx, and brown bears are repopulating lands that haven’t seen them for centuries, and they are being welcomed. Ten thousand foxes roam London. Salmon are back in the Thames, the Seine, and the Rhine. Whales have recovered and returned even to the waters off New York. Ausubel concluded with a photo showing a humpback whale breaching, right in line with the Empire State Building in the background.
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+Kim L Johnson No problem :) Have you read +Stewart Brand's book Whole Earth Discipline?
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Kickstarting my early teenage years

So like 2 and a half years ago, Chris Roberts kickstarted and crowdfunded Star Citizen, the spiritual followup to Wing Commander and Privateer, major favorites of mine back when I 16-17-18. And I checked them out and knew they had to be awesome because they were made by Origin Systems, a company I had already become well acquainted with.

Some time after Star Citizen there was another kickstarter, this time by +Richard Garriott de Cayeux for the Shroud of the Avatar, the spiritual followup to the Ultima series, both the single player games and Ultima Online. Most of the year I was 15 I dedicated to the two parts of Ultima VII, and this was when I started to see the pattern.

However, I bought my first PC in mid-1992, just as I turned 14. Around the same time, I bought PC Review (UK magazine), issue 8, and the review of Ultima Underworld was its main feature. At that point, pre-Internet and everything, I knew next to nothing about PC games, and so this was the first I heard about Ultima and Origin systems. I eventually saved up to buy it, and spent countless hours playing it. This was the first game that truly affected me. I remember walking down a corridor when the background music suddenly got stressed, and soon I was attacked. I totally got scared, so I figured I should continue playing without music. Well, that didn't help - I could now hear the steps of the damn, huge rats padding around, getting closer ... and closer and aaaaaargh! Back on with the background music!

Of course, Ultima Underworld II were not any less awesome, and later things progressed onto awesome stuff like System Shock, but I always missed another Underworld.

Well, I won't need to wait much longer - the final piece of my teenage gaming history is now kickstarted.

#underworldascendant   #kickstarter   #underworld  
OtherSide Entertainment is raising funds for Underworld Ascendant on Kickstarter! Join the original team behind Ultima Underworld on a quest to rekindle this legendary fantasy RPG series.
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+mirko pilger Yes, I believe that is what Hexen was, but when it came that wasn't necessarily that obvious to a naive youth as me without any notable Internets :)
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Trondheim night in winter (2nd edition)
I have received a valuable comment on the first edition of this photo and so I applied it to get this 2nd edition which looks better.
#Trondheim   #Norway   #500px   #travel   #tourist   #winter   #river   #longexposurephotography   #night  
At night in Trondheim. It was snowing a lot and the sky was reddish. (2nd edition: photo is fixed based on a great comment.)
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A youth spent by the ocean in rough weather, teenage years by the computer dreaming about a career as a games programmer/artist/producer.

Studies then taught me that computing in general can have at least as exciting challenges, not the least when combined with technologies of the analog kind (radio, satellite, sensors, etc).

I am a fan of Liverpool FC.

Research is boring to do, but I love the results, no matter the field.

Politics are damn interesting, just so sad that most politicians are proffesionals at politics, and not at the actual topics at hand.

Space is the final frontier, and maybe I can visit (safely) at some point in the far future.

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