In Debugging the Sims, Fiction is Stranger than Truth

The Sims 2 now has a patch that fixes a few bugs. If only real life was debuggable like this. Here’s a few highlights: Fixes a problem with Sims’ jobs not functioning properly when 3 or more Sims go to work in a helicopter. Visitors will no longer kidnap a baby or toddler by leaving the lot while carrying them. An adopted baby no longer snaps to the ground when…

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Lights Out: Can contact sports lower your intelligence?

They reported that the more someone heads a soccer ball, the lower that player will score on tests measuring attention, concentration, and general intellectual functioning. Lezak is unsurprised. “I know what happens when you bat on the brain,” she says. “Given what we know about boxing, it would have been surprising if we hadn’t found anything. In soccer, people are punishing themselves in much the same way boxers do.” –Barry…

Tragedy of Addiction

Minorities who complain of underrepresentation might want to consider this still rather arcane problem. Television doesn’t just represent you; it usurps you. In this respect, to be underrepresented might be seen as a kind of privilege. It means that those bright and literate tv people haven’t really discovered you yet and set you going like a windup doll on the screen. You – as an individual, a family, a community…

A Career in Adaceme

In August of 2003, I spent $280 on X-rays and $400 on laptop repairs. I was in between fellowships and had no health insurance. I had slid down the steps of my charming two-floor walkup, resulting in an injury to my arm and, more painfully, damage to computer files containing my dissertation-research notes. Those charges reflect a moment I have tried hard to forget: sitting in my apartment, immobilized by…