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Riding on Square Wheels

Stan Wagon, a mathematician at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., has a bicycle with square wheels. It’s a weird contraption, but he can ride it perfectly smoothly. His secret is the shape of the road over which the wheels roll. Stan Wagon rides his square-wheeled trike over a special roadway.Courtesy of Stan –Riding on Square Wheels (Science News) For those of you who might feel this blog neglects geometry, and…

Flushed With Pride – The Story of Thomas Crapper

I am sanitaryware enthusiast (I have no idea why) and have been restoring and supplying antique bathroom fittings for the past fourteen years. I also collect trade catalogues, salesmen‘ssamples and even full size W.C.‘sand washbasins. –Simon Kirby –Flushed With Pride – The Story of Thomas Crapper (JLDR) Oh, those eccentric Brits. Much more colorful, and far less likely to commit homicide, than the eccentrics we grow on this side of the…

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'Click Cancel to Proceed': Pop-Up Dialog Rhetoric

‘Click Cancel to Proceed': Pop-Up Dialog Rhetoric A little while ago, I got an e-mail from a Ph.D. student working on a research project. Would I mind filling out an online form that asked questions about leadership and religion? The form says I can leave certain questions blank. So I do. After I’ve filled out about 20 items, I realize there’s one multiple choice question that doesn’t apply to me.…

Whither Game Research

To cut to the chase: The game industry currently doesn’t believe in “game research”. You’re either working on a shippable product, or you’re bullshitting around. Shippability implies minimizing risk; minimizing risk implies minimizing innovation. There are regions of design space that cannot be reached incrementally. That is, there exist new game genres that can’t be invented through a sequence of incremental, shippable products. Academia currently has no funding mechanism (and…

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Origin of BSOD ['Blue Screen of Death']

Do you know the origin of term BSOD aka ?Blue Screen of Death?? Well, the term ?Blue Screen of Death? was not the original acronym for BSOD. The original term meant the ?Black Screen of Death? and was seen when running under Windows 3.0. A user would attempt to run a DOS application and instead of the DOS application running, the entire screen would turn black with a blinking cursor…

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The Muse of the Video Game

The only way to get the industry to take risks on games that explore the missing themes of human experience – heartbreak, betrayal, anticipation, jealousy, despair, eternal hope, grief, and so many others – is to nurture students who are inspired and who are capable of inspiring others with their vision…. If academics can help instill inspiration, then the industry will find itself compelled by its undeniable humanity to take…