Interesting things I've bookmarked (old posts, page 19)

This Gaming Life, Full Book

This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities, a new book released this week, is writer Jim Rossignol's contribution to the timeless debate about the role videogames play in society at large.Equal parts primer for the uninitiated and call to arms for fans of our beleaguered hobby, the book moves beyond the well-worn tropes of corrupted youth and escapism to tackle larger issues concerning the form and function of videogames.

Brink Hands on Preview

Jumping into the game, movement immediately feels - for lack of a better expression - very solid. Much more grounded like Modern Warfare 2, as opposed to say Halo. The SMART movement system is well-executed and surprisingly intuitive. If you want to vault up onto higher terrain parkour style, you just hold the SMART button and look up as you approach the obstacle - the same goes for sliding under things. I'd even go so far to say that there's little doubt that we'll see this mechanic adopted by many other fast-paced shooters in the future.It's a bit of a diversion from the skill and practice required to perform some of the old Quake engine trick jumps, but it brings that same kind of map navigation down to the level of the average player in such a way that feels as natural as any other method of movement in a first-person shooter. Depending on level design, and of course the agility of your chosen character class, it seems like there're still going to be a few tricky leaps that will be tough to master.

best solar system pics

I've collected my favorite pictures of all the planets in our solar system and put them together here for your viewing awesomeness. I've also thrown in the Sun and Moon, as well as one bonus surprise at the end. Each picture has a brief description, a link to the original higher-res version, and also a link to a blog post I've written with more information. My picture choices may surprise you. I didn't just pick them for their beauty, but also for the story they tell, what happened behind the scenes, and simply because they're cool. "

best solar system pics

NASA sets date for shuttle finale

After some debate, NASA today said it has set the final two launch dates for its venerable space shuttles. Those dates are: * Nov. 1 for space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission. * Feb. 26, 2011, for the liftoff of shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission.NASA said the dates needed to be adjusted because critical payload hardware for STS-133 will not be ready in time to support the planned Sept. 16 launch. With STS-133 moving to November, STS-134 cannot fly as planned, NASA stated so the next available launch window is in February 2011.

Glastonbury Festival 2010

Last weekend in Glastonbury, England, on a site covering 1,000 acres, the 40th annual Glastonbury Festival was held at Worthy Farm. Started by a dairy farmer, Michael Evis in 1970 it has grown into the largest music festival in Europe. This year's headline acts on the main stage included Muse, Gorillaz and Stevie Wonder. Thousands of attendees were treated to a sunny weekend in the country with plenty to see, hear and experience. Collected here are 40 images from Glastonbury 2010 for its 40th anniversary.

Glastonbury Festival 2010

Glastonbury Festival 2010

Glastonbury Festival 2010

Glastonbury Festival 2010

Memory links to 40 winks

People who sleep after processing and storing a memory carry out their intentions much better than people who try to execute their plan before getting to sleep. The researchers have shown that sleep enhances our ability to remember to do something in the future, a skill known as prospective memory.Moreover, researchers studying the relationship between memory and sleep say that our ability to carry out our intentions is not so much a function of how firmly that intention has been embedded in our memories. Rather, the trigger that helps carry out our intentions is usually a place, situation or circumstance -- some context encountered the next day - that sparks the recall of an intended action.

Global Gravity Map

This colourful new map traces the subtle but all pervasive influence the pull of gravity has across the globe.Known as a geoid, it essentially defines where the level surface is on our planet; it tells us which way is "up" and which way is "down".It is drawn from delicate measurements made by Europe's Goce satellite, which flies so low it comes perilously close to falling out of the sky.

The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains

Brain activity of the experienced surfers was far more extensive than that of the newbies, particularly in areas of the prefrontal cortex associated with problem-solving and decisionmaking. Small then had his subjects read normal blocks of text projected onto their goggles; in this case, scans revealed no significant difference in areas of brain activation between the two groups. The evidence suggested, then, that the distinctive neural pathways of experienced Web users had developed because of their Internet use.

Power of Twitter? Coke gets 85 million ad views in 24 hours.

In case you wondered about the power of Twitter, Coke would like to tell you that it's "phenominal". After the company purchased the second ever "promoted tweet", it saw 85 million impressions the first 24 hours.According to articles on Yahoo Finance and the Financial Times, those 85 million impressions translated to a rate of 6% engagement, versus a typical .02% for any other type of online ad.

Lost Cat

Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I don't come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I am willing to overlook this faux pas due to you no doubt being preoccupied with thoughts of Missy attempting to make her way home across busy intersections or being trapped in a drain as it slowly fills with water. I spent three days down a well once but that was just for fun.I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.