The Great Pretender: Turing as a Philosopher of Imitation – Ian Bogost – The Atlantic

It’s hard to overestimate Alan Turing’s contributions to contemporary civilization. To mathematics, he contributed one of two nearly simultaneous proofs about the limits of first-order logic. In cryptography he devised an electromechanical device that decoded German Enigma machine’s signals during World War II, an accomplishment that should also be counted as a contribution to twentieth […]

How Urban Parks Enhance Your Brain

In sum, we have shown that simple and brief interactions with nature can produce marked increases in cognitive control. To consider the availability of nature as merely an amenity fails to recognize the vital importance of nature in effective cognitive functioning. via How Urban Parks Enhance Your Brain – Arts & Lifestyle – The Atlantic […]

13 lenses to use in looking at First Person Shooter games

Like all shooters games, shooters are just puzzles to be figured out, with competition, rules and strategies to make them winnable. This is a really brilliant piece of thinking. Tom Bissell reviews Spec Ops: The Line and explores the reasons why we play shooter games. – Grantland.

Is Open Access a Moral or a Business Issue? A Conversation with The Pennsylvania State University Press – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Is university research being held captive by morally suspect for-profit academic publishers charging exorbitant prices for journal subscriptions? Since the start of 2012, this caricature of academic publishing has captured headlines within higher education news. In February, academics boycotted publishing giant Elsevier in protest of its support of the Research Works Act, which would have […]

The iPad becomes the evening newspaper | JIMROMENESKO.COM

Compared to a printed newspaper, 60% of large media tablet users and 50% of smartphone owners consider their experience consuming news on their mobile device to be better. Compared to watching news on TV, 63% of large media tablet owners and 46% of smartphone users favored watching on their mobile devices. Compared to listening to […]

Moby’s Drum Machine & Synth Collection

Moby cuts all his own music out of his New York Apartment. Here’s a look at his home studio, and a special look at his collection of vintage and analog drum machines. I love how he says all electronic musicians can’t be cool, because they are all computer nerds at heart. Moby’s collection of vintage […]

Forensic journalism is a model to consider

Here’s a big story from CNN today: Getting served with foreclosure papers made Lynn Szymoniak rich. While she couldn’t have known it at the time, that day in 2008 led to her uncovering widespread fraud on the part of some of the country’s biggest banks, and ultimately taking home $18 million as a result of […]