Amazon lets students rent digital textbooks | Education | News | PC Pro

It’s good to see some activity in this area. I liked holding onto my college textbooks, in part for the notes. (A few weeks ago, I passed two of my college physics textbooks to my science-geek son.)  It’s nice that Amazon stores your notes for you in the cloud, but it appears you have to re-rent the textbook in order to view those notes. Of course, that would make sense…

PC AI sucks at Civilization, reads manual, starts kicking ass | PC Gamer

Then the researchers handed over the instructions and taught the PCs a “machine-learning system so it could use a player’s manual to guide the development of a game-playing strategy.” They didn’t teach the PC how to play Civ, but they taught them how to read about it. The system had no pre-programmed notion of turn-based strategy or even what the objects in the world represented. The system was a noob.…

Google+ has made Twitter boring, here’s what Twitter should do about that « Scobleizer

Google+ has beautiful photos and videos. Twitter? Just page after page of mind-numbing 140 character items. Now, Flipboard demonstrated to all of us that photos and videos CAN be added into the display, and the new Twitter UI does do some of that, but it just isn’t enough. Google+ is blowing Twitter away here. —Google+ has made Twitter boring, here’s what Twitter should do about that « Scobleizer.

James Goodwin Clonney: Mother’s Watch

This painting, of two impish children taking advantage of a moment of unsupervised freedom as their mother naps, is one of my favorites from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, here in Greensburg. The pun in the title intrigues me, as does the amazing complexity of the children’s clothing. The painting was not there when I took the kids to the museum yesterday. I poked around online, and learned that…

[2.5] FPS MouseLook Script

Yay, me. I got the MouseLook script to work in my Blender Game Engine work-in-progress.  Thanks to [2.5] FPS MouseLook Script. Based on models I had already created for one reason or another, the game currently involves donuts, paneled walls, tables, and iPad projectiles. Oh, and you’re a little bot. You may have guessed that I’m not really sure where this is going, in terms of narrative or gameplay. It’s just an…