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Todd Simmons
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Designer/wrangler of digital products, experiences, teams, and sounds.
Designer/wrangler of digital products, experiences, teams, and sounds.

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If you need music to stay awake while working at 3am and prefer something without lyrics, this is an excellent choice.
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So, this happened last night. Another driver lost control (due to slick streets from rain) and collided with the side of our car. I was driving, so it hit on my side. Thankfully we're both fine -- just slightly sore. Also, kudos to Ford's car computer system, which automatically turned on the hazard lights and dialed 911 via the Bluetooth-connected phone.
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Thursday is the next ATX Mobile/Web GameDev Meetup! This one will feature Shay Pierce on game design and prototyping. He'll give a postmortem of his difficult multi-year prototyping process on a spare time experimental game project called "Uncanny Alchemist Battle 1934". Shay will discuss how this experience has forced him to re-evaluate his approach to developing games, his attitude toward creative work, and his definitions of success and of game design itself.
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Amazing and very moving. This just reinforces everything I love about both of their art/music.
I learned something from Laurie Anderson's profound and heart-moving farewell to Lou Reed. Among many other things she said, "I believe that the purpose of death is the release of love."

It's worth reading the whole short thing. Good lessons on how to live. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/laurie-andersons-farewell-to-lou-reed-a-rolling-stone-exclusive-20131106#ixzz2kIBQ0dpc 
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Looks like Google's security engineers are now encrypting the data that the NSA had tapped into without their knowledge.
The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2013/02/an-update-on-our-war-against-account.html

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

https://plus.google.com/108799184931623330498/posts/SfYy8xbDWGG

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.
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Behold the results of a pumpkin carving contest at work. I didn't participate, but some are quite clever.
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Looks like Intel finally has a low power chip that's competitive with the latest ARM processors (except maybe the GPU). Don't believe me? Check out AnandTech's typically comprehensive benchmarks.

Now, they just need to get some Android tablet makers to actually use these, rather than being relegated strictly to Windows 8 tablets. Also, shame on Intel for their ridiculous naming scheme (with one chip architecture being branded as Atom, Celeron, or Pentium depending on the context).
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Well, that didn't take long! Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune announced his new project on Kickstarter just a couple of days ago and it's already exceeded its funding goal. I think it's well-deserved, too. The concept art looks amazing, and the tech and mechanics sound like a nice update to the classic Mega Man formula.
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I know it's been out for a few weeks now, but I just want to say how much I love the new NIN video and song. First, I'm thrilled that Trent Reznor has returned to his synth-pop roots for this track. Second, David Lynch did a fantastic job with the video. The low-budget props and analog effects are just perfect and very unexpected.
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The ATX Mobile & Web Game Dev Meetup just announced our next event featuring George Royer of White Whale Games. George will provide tips on approaching game design from a fresh perspective and insights on his creative process. Come check it out next Tuesday, June 25th at Capital Factory!
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