We will never forget them…

We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and “slipped the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God.” –We will never forget them… (MetaFilter) A thread devoted to the 20th anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

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Thumbs Up for Movie-Making Game

So The Movies — set in an unnamed city where they make movies, decorate with palm trees and assign sycophants to celebrities — is a fictionalized simulation of a real place that simulates fiction while fictionalizing the real world. [...] Activision and its partner Lionhead Films encourages the uploading and sharing of your creations, so this could be your big chance to show the real-life movie studios what you could…

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Hacker

Like any red-blooded hacker, Mozart adored mathematics as a child (and gambling as an adult), found word-play irresistible (email would have been perfect for him) and loved setting himself puzzles. His Musical dice game uses dice throws and pre-composed short fragments of music to form compositions created by random numbers; the challenge was writing fragments that would fit together whatever the throws. At one point in his opera Don Giovanni,…