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"I’ve often written about how I would like to see more original games, games that move away from (what is to me) the tired genre of First-Person Shooters (FPSes). It’s not that I always dislike FPSes, but I do want more from a game than just running around and shooting. I seek out games that make me feel something: fear, joy, connection with a character, anything."

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I've often written about how I would like to see more original games, games that move away from (what is to me) the tired genre of First-Person Shooters (FPSes). It's not that I always dislike FPSes, but I do want more from a game than just running around and shooting. I seek out games that make ...
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By far the best analysis I've read yet of Sense8, a show I love so much I would marry it if I could, or perhaps even -- as this author puts it -- "die on a battlefield" for it. 

<quote> This is my third attempt at writing about Sense8, the new Netflix series created by the Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski, and likely not my last. The problem is that I feel too much, too intimately about this show to be anywhere near objective; and yet I want to be objective, because I love it with the fire of a thousand suns and am therefore desperate to explain, in glorious, technical detail, exactly why everyone else should love it, too...

Sense8 is an amazing, game-changing show, one whose many complexities defy easy categorisation. Which is why, to paraphrase another iconic Wachowski creation, no one can really be told what Sense8 is.

You have to see it for yourself. </quote> 

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This is my third attempt at writing about Sense8, the new Netflix series created by the Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski, and likely not my last. The problem is that I feel too much, t...
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It rewards repeated viewings, so there's always later for the bigger screen.
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Great Kickstarter project!

<quote> "We want to open up a conversation about race in video games," write Dr. Samantha Blackmon and Alisha Karabinus in a Kickstarter video for Invisibility Blues, a proposed video series exploring racial representation in the world of gaming. It's an issue that comes up often at Offworld, but as the video notes:

Writers, critics, academics, and journalists have been talking about race in video games for years, and yet the representation of people of color in gaming hardly seems to improve. When PoC are presented, many lack nuance. Sometimes, they are completely missing from game worlds, or, if present, are relegated to background roles. We want to create a video series exploring the best examples of diverse characterizations, the worst, and the whole spectrum between.
Blackmon, an Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, and Karabinus, Purdue PhD student, are also writers for Not Your Mama’s Gamer, a diversity-focused games website founded by Blackmon that features analysis from numerous female academics. Although they've created videos for the website before, they want to launch Invisibility Blue as a dedicated series, with five episodes in mind:

--Character Generation Engines and Representation 
--Reactions to Games Critics on Representation 
--Women of Color and Intersectionality 
--Indigenous Populations in North America 
--Race and Fantasy Games </quote> 

#diversity   #gaming   #Kickstarter  
A new video series hopes to explore role of people of color in games, from the best characterizations to the worst, and everything in between.
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Lonely bear, Sacramento river.

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There are a lot of interesting movies and TV shows that I want to check out on this list.
 
New and Updated Integral Movie and TV List Now on IMDb
The Integral Movie and TV List has been updated and moved over to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) at: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls074613980/ . On the list you will find all the currently tested movies and television series that have integrally-informed el...
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I imagined something like this a while ago, and someone actually made it real! I think this would be very cool combined with self-driving cars (or buses etc). Why travel through mundane street-level reality, when you can zoom around in the Multiverse?

<quote> I was trying out Honda’s Dream Drive, a prototype technology that pairs an Oculus Rift headset with data about the car’s movements to produce a virtual reality simulation.

The car (an Acura MDX from Honda's luxury line) was going to drive around the parking lot at Honda’s new R&D center here in Mountain View, California, and the headset would let me gaze into another world as we drove along...

My takeaway? Virtual reality can be cool by itself, but combine it with additional sensations, like the actual movement of real-world surroundings, and it enters a new dimension. This could be a new way to stay entertained on long journeys by car, bus, train or plane.

It’s not clear if the Dream Drive will become a real product, and if so who will sell it. But someone should do it, and fast. </quote>

I concur!

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VR synced to the motion of the car took me from race track to the space station in the time is takes to circle a parking lot.
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Beautiful rumination on his life as Oliver Sacks approaches death. 
 
The neuroscientist Dr Oliver Sacks approaches the end of his life with boundless grace and wisdom. His latest 'status update' is wistful but far from maudlin. What a beautiful human being.

A few weeks ago, in the country, far from the lights of the city, I saw the entire sky “powdered with stars” (in Milton’s words); such a sky, I imagined, could be seen only on high, dry plateaus like that of Atacama in Chile (where some of the world’s most powerful telescopes are). It was this celestial splendor that suddenly made me realize how little time, how little life, I had left. My sense of the heavens’ beauty, of eternity, was inseparably mixed for me with a sense of transience — and death.
As death nears, I am surrounding myself, as I did when I was a boy, with metals and minerals, little emblems of eternity.
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One Dreamer--a game that largely takes place in the lucid dreams of its protagonist--has only 41 hours left to make its Kickstarter goal, with about 5K left to raise
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Please consider supporting it to help make this dreamy concept a reality! 
With less then 57 hours to go and over 32% of our funding still needed, we have decided to offer an Exclusive Early Access reward to all pledges over $30 AUD. This will be included on top of any reward where the total is $30 AUD or more. So if you have already pledged on the LUCID DREAMER reward (or any reward above) you will automatically qualify for the early access release.The Early Access reward will be available 2 months before the public re...
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I don't often share press articles about our products – they rarely seem to say much of use – but this was just such a good case of a journalist Getting It Right that I had to share. Google+ is very much alive, and our recent changes are focused on making it be the best product it can be for what it's best at: helping people meet people and have great conversations about things they're passionate about. 

One particularly noteworthy thing in this article is its discussion of the "majority illusion:" people tend to assume that their friends are typical of the wider world, but almost by definition they aren't – for one thing, they all have one uncommon attribute in common, which is being your friend in the first place. And since people don't choose their friends randomly from the entire spectrum of humanity, one's friends are always a distorted sample. 

So yes, we have here a tech press article which (correctly) uses an important result in cognitive psychology to explain why lots of tech press articles are nonsense.
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Forest sprite in fetal position near Sacramento river. #SightsOfSacramento  
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Stillness and contemplation on the Sacramento River.

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