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The seedy academic underbelly of video games

Video game studies? Yes, please. And I don’t just mean in gaming schools. Critical perspectives have been developing as well. Metafilter is already wise to ludology,but what about its mother discipline, ergotics? Don’t forget narrative and storytelling. Of course, if cultural studies, or education is your thing, that’s covered too. Other programs focus on application and aesthetics. Perhaps MeFites are catching on? –The seedy academic underbelly of video games (Metafilter)

Reading Poetry — from Sleeping on the Wing

You can like a poem before you understand it, and be moved by it, and in fact, that is a sign that you’re starting to understand it, that you’re reading the poem in a good way. Being moved by a poem — laughing or feeling sad or full of longing — or being excited by it, or feeling (maybe you don’t know why) the “rightness” of the poem is a…

The Science Detectives

CHERYL: Wait a minute! Did you see that? An apple fell out of that tree! [dramatic music; slow motion shot of falling apple] This means there must be some sort of FORCE! DARREN: A force — a gravitational force! CHERYL: Yes — and wait a minute — suppose the force stretched all the way to the moon! Could that solve the problem? VOICEOVER: To check on her theory, Cheryl must…

Face Reader Bridges Autism Gap

The system’s software goes beyond tracking simple emotions like sadness and anger to estimate complex mental states like agreeing, disagreeing, thinking, confused, concentrating and interested. The goal is to put this mental state inference engine on a wearable platform and use it to augment or enhance social interactions, said Rana el Kaliouby, a postdoctoral researcher at the Media Lab. “This is only possible now because of the progress made in…