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This feels like it might end up with players starting off competing to sandbag the most... which makes it feel a bit like competitive cycling sprints where the first laps are all about getting position behind the other rider http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprint_(cycling)
Sometimes a game idea just lingers in your head for a while until one little spark finally brings it to life. In this case, I was mulling over A La Kart, the food-themed racing game inspired by the Sugar Rush arcade game from Wreck-It Ralph. Originally, I planned on it being a simple numerical ...
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That would certainly invoke Mario Kart and the like :P

I was mentioning more because I wondered if there was a way to embrace the position jockeying and make that an "intended" part of the game, than as a something cautionary. 
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This looks like its in the wheelhouse of many of y'all in plus land.

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My big fear is that, during the Internet blackout of so many sites tomorrow, companies are going to discover that their workers' productivity has skyrocketed by something like 145%...

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everyone take extra coffee breaks! .. also I'm having beers at lunch! .. disaster averted =)
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Man..... I so miss what he brought to our city :(
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What's interesting is the commentary about the language of public discourse .... how as citizens we have become simply and solely taxpayers, rather than residents, neighbors, taxpayers, renters, homeowners, citizens, and all the other descriptors that could be applied
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Some of the mechanical/statistical properties of RPGs can be interesting, but IMHO the social side of the game would make for better material.

Somebody mentioned a paper about character optimisation in D&D, which makes me twitch, but perhaps you could get a paper out of the gulf between the different approaches to gaming that players exhibit (constraint optimisation, storytelling, simulationism, and of course old-fashioned murderhoboing).
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The nature of academic and research librarianship changed today. Today, all Harvard librarians were essentially given pink slips, asked to participate in a website that has tips on rewriting your resume and changing your career, and also asked to basically re-apply for their jobs. You can read updates on twitter at #hlth

Harvard has the second largest endowment in the world, second only to the funds held by the Vatican. If Harvard is unwilling to fund research librarians, you can bet most US libraries will quickly ditch their staff as well. This will impact your health, because it impacts medical research. This will impact the economy, because it will impact engineers needing information access. This will impact all areas of R&D in the United States, because much of the in-depth research assistance to those working on DARPA, NIH, and other government grants is - surprise!! - conducted on behalf of researchers by academic and research librarians.

Full disclosure: I have worked both for Harvard Medical Library and Harvard University Library. In that second position, I helped consolidate the foreign language libraries into the main university library. I'm obviously not against consolidation of information. But my time in the medical library underscored for me how very important librarians are to the research process.

Information neither curates nor organizes itself. I hope that Harvard plans to hire back the majority - if not all - of its librarians, and retrains them for DAM or remote research assistance. Another good idea would be to embed research librarians in individual research projects - effectively assigning a knowledge worker to important projects.

My worst fear is that the finest research library system in the world is being gutted, and that we're all going to suffer for a lack of reference. Harvard needs to issue a press statement NOW about what their master plan might be regarding #hlth . We all deserve to know what's going on - especially those librarians and archivists who have devoted their lives to helping make all of ours better.

UPDATE:@mpeachy8 is live tweeting info given to librarians.
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It's just a blue line that moves. Simple.
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A specially minted 50 pence coin by the Royal Mint for the 2012 Olympic Games in London explains the offside rule. More info: http://bit.ly/sjanhb
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It took me a second, but I think that's it, yes.
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48 Hours to go, and just over $500 to meet their next funding goal.
The Play's The Thing is a storytelling game about actors who want to rewrite the Shakespearean roles they've been given.
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