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October 3, 2015
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September 28, 2015
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  • The Environmental Legacy of the Volkswagen Scandal
    There will also be class-action lawsuits, and the possibility that Volkswagen might have to compensate owners for the full value of their cars. Whatever patch Volkswagen offers, after all, won’t make the cars run just the way they did—in fact, it’s likely to make them run worse in terms of performance and fuel economy. That means, in effect, that the cars Volkswagen said it was selling were not the cars it actually sold. It would be very surprising if this doesn’t end up costing the company many billions of dollars.
  • What Happens One Hour After Eating A Big Mac?

    • 10 mins – Triggers brain’s reward system
    • 20 mins – High fructose corn syrup and sodium cause cravings for more
    • 30 mins – Sodium triggers dehydration, confused with hunger
    • 40 mins – Insulin spikes causes even greater hunger pangs
    • 60 mins – Greasy Big Mac takes three days to digest, longer for the trans fat (51 days)

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September 25, 2015
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  • What the British are really laughing about – The Leveller
    Burning money in front of a homeless person isn’t just intended to be a nasty prank, it serves to train a Bullingdon boy’s senses, to make other humans seem somehow less. That David Cameron and his allies George Osborne and Boris Johnson have all done this, and that they have all presided over a sharp spike in homelessness in London and throughout the UK, are not coincidental. The MP who provided Lord Ashcroft with the details of the pig story attended one meeting of the expensive club but left in disgust because ‘it was all about despising poor people’.

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September 24, 2015
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  • Gamasutra: Jord Farrell's Blog – Work on the fundamentals

    steal like an artist (steallikeanartist.com)

    steal like an artist (steallikeanartist.com)

    Okay. So this isn’t a fundamental really. It’s more of an opinion on this already opinionated topic but fuck it. Basically, learn shit about everything. Game design is so inextricably mixed with so many other disciplines that your skill in them will feed back into your game design. And start stealing from other shit. Take stuff from film, poetry, dance, photography, animation, radio, etc. Games can use anything and everything.

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September 19, 2015
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Kevin Smith on: the public reaction to Fantastic Four

I like this:


“The internet is like a hurricane, like it’s gonna hit hard, it’s gonna hit fast, and it’s gonna hit like for 82hrs. And then it’s done. And then like the skies clear and you just go on about your business.” – CurbYourEnHUGHEZYasm


September 18, 2015
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  • Cognitive biases that affect decisions
    Pro-innovation bias

    Pro-innovation bias

    From what you’ll eat throughout the day to whether you should make a big career move, research suggests that there are a number of cognitive stumbling blocks that affect your behavior, and they can prevent you from acting in your own best interests.

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September 17, 2015
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  • With Virtual Machines, Getting Hacked Doesn’t Have To Be That Bad
    [A] simple primer on virtual machines, including how to install the Ubuntu distribution of Linux in one of them … a handful of ways you can use virtual machines to reduce your risk of getting hacked, and … some security caveats. Whonix, an operating system you can run in a virtual machine to maximize your online anonymity; it’s ideal for maintaining a secret identity … a brief overview of Qubes, an operating system that’s more secure than most anything currently available, and takes isolation security to its logical limits.

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