Death to Videogames

“They aren’t videogames, after all; except for the occasional cut scene, we almost never use video. We use images rendered on the fly–and the images are the surface of the game, the interface, the cotton candy. The meat of the game, the heart of it, is in the underlying code. These are games that run on processors, not on magnetic tape; algorithm and interactivity is what they are….Indeed, given the…

Psychologist Helps Victims of Data Loss

“When the company receives a call from someone who’s clearly lost it — which can happen several times an hour — [psychologist]Chessin comes on the line to help the caller rediscover their happy place. Then the engineer returns to discuss the technical problem in detail.” –Psychologist Helps Victims of Data LossSFGate) At first I thought this article was a hoax, especialy when it mentioned that Chessin used to work for…

Analysis Hints at Shuttle's Last Seconds

The article is worth reading, but I’m quoting from the “Procedures for Shuttle Bailout” box at the bottom: “Although no formal requirements or plans exist for crewmembers to bail out of the orbiter during uncontrolled flight, they may be able to do so under certain circumstances. The hatch jettison pyrotechnics do not require orbiter power to function and can be activated even if orbiter power is lost. Each crewmember is…