The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

The rise of video game economies: http://youtu.be/cxf0aoDQDWs 

The rise of video game economies: http://youtu.be/cxf0aoDQDWs 

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Weird suburbia: How atomic bombs and UFOs created modern America

Levittown’s original inspiration is the planned community created in secret at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to house the technicians and scientists of the “Manhattan Project” busily engaged in developing the first atomic weapon. For ease of orientation, the identical housing units that make up Oak Ridge are arranged along a series of precise grids and identified by numbers and colors. Levitt developed the basic models and techniques for preparing low-cost suburban homesteads out of prefabricated units while fulfilling military housing contracts during the closing years of World War II when storage facilities, dormitories, and administrative buildings had to be built quickly, cheaply, and in vast numbers.

The impact that the nuclear bomb had on Gen X is further reaching than we thought. 

Weird suburbia: How atomic bombs and UFOs created modern America

Levittown’s original inspiration is the planned community created in secret at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to house the technicians and scientists of the “Manhattan Project” busily engaged in developing the first atomic weapon. For ease of orientation, the identical housing units that make up Oak Ridge are arranged along a series of precise grids and identified by numbers and colors. Levitt developed the basic models and techniques for preparing low-cost suburban homesteads out of prefabricated units while fulfilling military housing contracts during the closing years of World War II when storage facilities, dormitories, and administrative buildings had to be built quickly, cheaply, and in vast numbers.

The impact that the nuclear bomb had on Gen X is further reaching than we thought. 

Crimea Through a Game-Theory Lens

NUCLEAR DETERRENCE: From the standpoint of game theory as developed by Thomas C. Schelling, a 2005 Nobel laureate in economic science, the conflict can be seen as a case study in nuclear deterrence. That’s because, after the Soviet Union split into many pieces in the 1990s, a newly independent Ukraine gave up its portion of the old Soviet nuclear arsenal. In part, it did so in exchange for a memorandum supporting its territorial integrity, signed by both Russia and the United States.
Eliminating its nuclear weapons may have seemed a good deal for Ukraine at the time, and it can be argued that the world became a safer place. Yet if Ukraine were a nuclear power today, it would surely have a far greater ability to deter Russian military action.

Everyone who lived through the Cold War has to be a little bit 1980s-paranoid, right? 

Crimea Through a Game-Theory Lens

NUCLEAR DETERRENCE: From the standpoint of game theory as developed by Thomas C. Schelling, a 2005 Nobel laureate in economic science, the conflict can be seen as a case study in nuclear deterrence. That’s because, after the Soviet Union split into many pieces in the 1990s, a newly independent Ukraine gave up its portion of the old Soviet nuclear arsenal. In part, it did so in exchange for a memorandum supporting its territorial integrity, signed by both Russia and the United States.

Eliminating its nuclear weapons may have seemed a good deal for Ukraine at the time, and it can be argued that the world became a safer place. Yet if Ukraine were a nuclear power today, it would surely have a far greater ability to deter Russian military action.

Everyone who lived through the Cold War has to be a little bit 1980s-paranoid, right? 

If you weren’t on the robotics team in high school or don’t have a younger sibling into robots, you probably haven’t been to a FIRST Robotics Competition (FIRST is an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”). These events, which team up high school students with professional engineers as mentors, are designed to combine the thrill of sport with the excitement of robotics. But, really, they’re more like a rave mixed with a science fair. There were team mascots in costumes, obnoxiously loud music and group dances, and lots of cheering.

The Intense and Beautiful Future of Robotics, via a Bunch of High-Schoolers

If you weren’t on the robotics team in high school or don’t have a younger sibling into robots, you probably haven’t been to a FIRST Robotics Competition (FIRST is an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”). These events, which team up high school students with professional engineers as mentors, are designed to combine the thrill of sport with the excitement of robotics. But, really, they’re more like a rave mixed with a science fair. There were team mascots in costumes, obnoxiously loud music and group dances, and lots of cheering.  

We need more robot wargaming. Purely for sport of course…. 

I am Iron Man

I noticed that my daughter had the picture on her phone contact for me set to something that wasn’t me, but I couldn’t see what it was. I asked her about it and she told me it was Iron Man. I was pretty proud because I thought maybe she chose him because I was her hero, or because I’m brave, or smart, or maybe even because it’s a movie we both enjoy so much. Then she told me, “It’s because you’re snarky.” Apparently the trait I have in common with the super hero, Iron Man, is the snarky sense sense of humor I share with Tony Stark. 

German Astronaut Ulrich Walter Thinks Everyone Should Go to Space
I totally agree! I want to go to space. 

German Astronaut Ulrich Walter Thinks Everyone Should Go to Space

I totally agree! I want to go to space. 

(Source: motherboardtv)

Rejection might be just the thing your creativity needs to thrive. Research has also shown that rejection can enhance creativity in individuals who embrace it.

It’s Not An Innovative Idea Until It Gets Rejected (via fastcompany)

(via fastcompany)


What You Get Wrong about the Internet We confuse what people have clicked on for what they’ve read. We mistake sharing for reading.

What You Get Wrong about the Internet
We confuse what people have clicked on for what they’ve read. We mistake sharing for reading.

The Terrifying Future Where Everything Is A Video Game
Ready Player One anyone? 

via: motherboardtv

In another dimension there’s a version of me that takes notes with a green steno pad and a blue Bic pen.

Federal judge clears commercial drones for take off

Drones might soon be coming to a neighborhood near you. A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has not explicitly outlawed the unmanned aerial vehicles. Though the FAA could issue an emergency rule to ban commercial drones or appeal the ruling, the case will allow drone operators to fly their vehicles below 400 feet, at least for now.

Queue the Ride of the Valkryies 

Federal judge clears commercial drones for take off

Drones might soon be coming to a neighborhood near you. A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has not explicitly outlawed the unmanned aerial vehicles. Though the FAA could issue an emergency rule to ban commercial drones or appeal the ruling, the case will allow drone operators to fly their vehicles below 400 feet, at least for now.

Queue the Ride of the Valkryies 

emergentfutures:

Is Start-Up Culture Derailing the MBA?

“I don’t think any of my CEOs have MBAs.”
That’s what I said at first, about all the teams we had brought in under the Science umbrella. When we ran the numbers, I was surprised to find that I was wrong.”

Full Story: Recode

It’s about connections and experience. That’s always been one of the selling points of good Business Schools. 

emergentfutures:

Is Start-Up Culture Derailing the MBA?

“I don’t think any of my CEOs have MBAs.”

That’s what I said at first, about all the teams we had brought in under the Science umbrella. When we ran the numbers, I was surprised to find that I was wrong.”

Full Story: Recode

It’s about connections and experience. That’s always been one of the selling points of good Business Schools. 

Tears Of Steel - Full Length Animated Action Movie 2013 / 2014 Full Movie in English Multi-Subtitle (by English Full Movies)

The short science fiction film is about a group of warriors and scientists who gather at the “Oude Kerk” in a future Amsterdam to stage a crucial event from the past in a desperate attempt to rescue the world from destructive robots.

The “video short story” has come so far in recent years as video software and cameras continue to become more accessible. 

This Industry Is Completely Ridiculous. Let’s Hope It Stays That Way.

I think that instead of the tech industry being co-opted by bureaucrats, and politicans, and I-bankers, and other Serious People … it will co-opt them, and skew the whole world into its giddy circus of nonstop fast-forward ever-accelerating crazy unpredictable ridiculousness, and its surprisingly subversive results. I have a smug little suspicion that every would-be king and kingmaker who tries to take a bite out of the tech industry will instead find themselves unexpectedly devoured by us. Again, this is not always necessarily a good thing. But if nothing else, it promises to be awfully entertaining.

A really good write up, that puts things in a different perspective. Plus the author gets points for the Hackers picture. 

This Industry Is Completely Ridiculous. Let’s Hope It Stays That Way.

I think that instead of the tech industry being co-opted by bureaucrats, and politicans, and I-bankers, and other Serious People … it will co-opt them, and skew the whole world into its giddy circus of nonstop fast-forward ever-accelerating crazy unpredictable ridiculousness, and its surprisingly subversive results. I have a smug little suspicion that every would-be king and kingmaker who tries to take a bite out of the tech industry will instead find themselves unexpectedly devoured by us. Again, this is not always necessarily a good thing. But if nothing else, it promises to be awfully entertaining.

A really good write up, that puts things in a different perspective. Plus the author gets points for the Hackers picture. 

Sewable electronics.

Maker meets hacker. Love this trend.

via threadbanger