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Sebastian Junger: Why veterans miss war. The Mystery of Bouvet Island | Exciting Earth! The freezing subantarctic Bouvet Island is literally in the middle of nowhere; located in the South Atlantic Ocean, it is known for being the most remote island in the entire world. A Norwegian dependency, it is a very small, uninhabited island, and is now classified as a nature reserve after a weather station operated on it for a few months during 1978 and 1979. Aside from its unfathomable isolation, there doesn’t seem to be anything all that special about this island at first glance.

In 1964, British Lieutenant Commander Allan Crawford and a team were sent to Bouvet Island by helicopter, to research a new piece of land that had popped up on the island due to volcanic activity. Here’s where it gets a bit weird. When they arrived, they found something very unusual. So, where did the boat come from? From here, the mystery deepens. The lifeboat did belong to a shipwreck victim who had simply happened to come across the island by pure chance.

Like this: Like Loading... The Most Secretive Book in History. Image Credit: The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Digital Studio A bizarre medieval manuscript written in a language no one can read has baffled the world’s best cryptologists, stumped the most powerful code-breaking computers, and been written off as a masterful hoax. Can the hive mind finally unlock its secrets? The breakthrough, when it finally came, happened in a most unremarkable way. Stephen Bax was in his home office late at night. It was April 2013, and he’d spent the previous 10 months poring over reproductions of a 15th-century manuscript bursting with bizarre drawings: female figures in green baths; astrological symbols; intricate geometric designs; plants that seemed familiar but also just slightly off. At his day job at the University of Bedfordshire’s Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment, Bax focuses on English language learning. There’s been plenty of speculation, both inside and outside academia.

Click to enlarge. Mark Twain's Fascinating Letter To Walt Whitman. The following is an excerpt from Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, compiled by Shaun Usher [Chronicle Books, $40.00]. Walt Whitman, “the father of free verse” and one of the great American poets, in 1855 published Leaves of Grass. A self-financed collection of his life’s poetry, it was denounced at the time by many critics due to its unconventional and “obscene” verse; but it slowly and steadily attracted praise and has since gone on to be immeasurably influential.

In May 1889, as Whitman was approaching his seventieth birthday, the great Mark Twain wrote this grand letter of congratulations to Whitman: a four-page love letter to human endeavor as witnessed during the poet’s lifetime. Read it below: Hartford, May 24/89 To Walt Whitman: You have lived just the seventy years which are greatest in the world’s history & richest in benefit & advancement to its peoples. What great births you have witnessed! Mark Twain. Untitled. American Icons: Superman. 1000 Books In 10 Years: Vol. 386: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Ramblings Literary Ramblings.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Matthew J. Bruccoli Greg Olear As to Carraway’s sexuality, the argument that Olear puts forward is compelling, but it is not one that I agree with entirely. I don’t doubt Olear’s assertion that Carraway was attracted to and had sex with men, but I do believe that he was likewise attracted to and had sex with women. Alternately, Olear suggests that Carraway’s description of men is overtly sexualized, and there seems to be a significant amount of textual evidence for this claim. Olear gleams over some other interesting elements of the novel that support his claim. The most compelling evidence is the liaison Olear argues occurs between Carraway and Mr. Carlyle Van Thompson The suggestion that Carraway’s sexual preferences are less than conventional is not an entirely new concept, Neal Broverman has made a similar argument, but the argument that Gatsby is ‘Black’ certainly seems to be, and like Olear’s argument, Thompson’s analysis is rooted in the text.

I’m leaving Mojang  I don’t see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it’s fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don’t try to change the world. Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it’s changed games. I never meant for it to do either. It’s certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting. A relatively long time ago, I decided to step down from Minecraft development. Jens was the perfect person to take over leading it, and I wanted to try to do new things. At first, I failed by trying to make something big again, but since I decided to just stick to small prototypes and interesting challenges, I’ve had so much fun with work.

I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with. I love you. It’s not about the money. Gamer proposes with a Skyrim enchanted item. A video gamer introduced to The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim by his girlfriend proposed to her in the most appropriately Skyrim way possible: with a real-world representation of the item that enables marriage within the game. Sarah Briody received the "Amulet of Mara" from her fiancé. In the game, the amulet unlocks special dialogue options, including the ability to marry other characters. Briody told Kotaku that her fiancé gave her the amulet and it didn't register at first what it meant. When she put it on he said, "Is that an Amulet of Mara? I'm surprised someone like you isn't spoken for. " For those wondering, he gave her an engagement ring, too.

What's a first book? You'll know it when you've written it. The Chicago Reader Browse News & Politics Browse Music Browse Film Browse Arts & Culture Browse Food & Drink Browse The Bleader Browse Classifieds Archives | RSS More Sharing ServicesShare « Gig poster of the week: Daniel MacA… | Did you read about the deaths of No… » Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Books / Arts / Media / News What's a first book? Posted By Michael Miner on 03.06.13 at 10:28 AM The Essence of Beeing As a result of fundamentally different creative processes, two former Reader colleagues have just published books about sports.

To the satisfaction of both writers, their books will occupy shelf space in libraries. I asked Lenehan some questions about Ramblers for this week's column, and he discussed it in the familiar terms of a personal sea change. In 1984 Bob McCamant, a Reader founder and architect (its original art director), established Sherwin Beach Press, whose purpose was to not simply print nonfiction prose but exquisitely display it. Sherwin Beach has a small list of titles. Comments. 24 Things We Learned from the ‘Lego Movie’ Commentary. Warner Bros. With the release of The LEGO Movie on DVD and Blu-ray this week, we’re taking a look behind the scenes of the movie with the cast and crew. Christopher Miller and Phil Lord lead the commentary, joined by many of the actors in the studio, as well as Elizabeth Banks who phones in her contributions from an undisclosed location.

Miller and Lord are riding a wave of cinematic goodwill with two of the biggest openings of 2014 (is a 23 LEGO Jump Street far of?) , but they managed to tear themselves away from counting their cash and diving into piles of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck to devote an hour and forty minutes to the cause of pulling the curtain back from the magical world of LEGOLAND. The LEGO Movie (2014) Commentators: Chris Miller (co-director), Phil Lord (co-director), Allison Brie (actor), Chris Pratt (actor), Will Arnett (actor), Charlie Day (actor), Elizabeth Banks (actor) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Gamescom 2014: The Sun Will Burn Out Before You See All of No Man’s Sky.

2k Seeing everything in No Man's Sky will take over five billion years. By Tal BlevinsWhile showing off No Man’s Sky at Gamescom this week, Hello Games co-founder Sean Murray took some time to explain the vastness of the procedurally-generated universe in the game. In the early days of development, the team was using a 32-bit number to generate all the planets in the universe. It seemed like plenty at the time, and as Sean told us, “with that 32-bit number it would take you four or five thousand years to see every planet if you spent only a second on each one.”

However, the team wasn’t satisfied with that level of cosmic scale and wanted to go even further, partially in response to message board threads saying there’s no way No Man’s Sky universe can be truly infinite because all technology has a limitation. That’s two to the power of 64 planets, which Sean tells us would take about five billion years to explore if you spent one second on each; and that's with no bathroom breaks. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft Have You in the Palms of their Hands. [This is a guest post from one of our senior forum moderators, Matt Costello. Get to know him in person on the forums. (Mattavelle1)]+ I have a theory. Just a theory, but bear with me. This theory of mine is more about control, money, and manipulation than anything else (but I’ll run the gauntlet, as this involves many interrelated topics).+ About 6 months ago, I went to visit my in-laws, wife and child in tow. So I’m sitting in the living room with FIL, and we were talking and watching the ticker on the TV (still not something that excites me), when something on the screen catches my eye.

And now, down the rabbit hole. “So, Mr. “Well, my big money is on Gamestop, who should really haul it in during the holidays. (Cunning analysis, Michael. I’m so conflicted right now that I’m not sure what to say or do. The console wars? Let’s take a step back through history, shall we? Just look across the web at what they have done to a hobby.

It all comes back to one thing: control. 1. No girls allowed. First-person shooters, action games and sports games have been popular among boys ever since the early '90s. In 2012, the three categories combined were responsible for 58.8 percent of video game sales in North America. They're easily some of the most visible kinds of games, lining the shelves at retailers and appearing on television screens any time a story about video games makes the news. But not everyone buys the idea that games have become the realm of males. "I've always known there were some games and genres that attracted a heavier male audience than others, like shooters for instance," says Brenda Romero, a developer who has worked in the game industry since the early '80s and has been credited on titles such as Wizardry, Jagged Alliance and Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes.

But Romero points out that if we go back to fall 1993, two significant things happened in gaming. In fact, the 1990s is filled with exceptions. The FBI files on being and nothingness. From 1945 onwards, J Edgar Hoover’s FBI spied on Camus and Sartre. The investigation soon turned into a philosophical inquiry… I was leafing through some FBI files on French philosophers when a new candidate for occupancy of the populous Grassy Knoll in Dallas leapt out at me. To the massed ranks of the CIA, the Mafia, the KGB, Castro, Hoover, and LBJ, we can now add: Jean-Paul Sartre. FBI and State Department reports of the 1960s had drawn attention to Sartre’s membership of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, of which Lee Harvey Oswald was also a member.

The FBI had been keeping an eye on Sartre from as early as 1945. The irony that emerges from the FBI files on Camus and Sartre, spanning several decades (and which, still partly redacted, I accessed thanks to the open-sesame of the Freedom of Information Act) is that the G-men, initially so anti-philosophical, find themselves reluctantly philosophizing. Sartre expected to be spied on.

So where was Sartre on 22nd November, 1963? Has David Birnbaum solved the mystery of existence? In the summer of 2012, a number of philosophers at British and American universities received a bulky, unmarked package in the post. It contained a 560-page book, written in English but with the Latin title Summa Metaphysica, by an amateur whose name they didn't recognise: David Birnbaum.

It isn't unusual for philosophy departments to get mail from cranks, convinced they have solved the riddle of existence, but they usually send stapled print-outs, or handwritten letters; Summa Metaphysica stood out "for its size and its glossiness", says Tim Crane, a professor of philosophy at Cambridge. The book was professionally typeset. It even included endorsements from Claude Lévi-Strauss, the legendary French anthropologist, who described it as "remarkable and profound", and from the Princeton physicist John Wheeler, who once collaborated with Einstein.

It would later transpire that 40,000 copies were in circulation, a print run any academic philosopher might kill for. Gaming Company Fined $1M for Turning Customers Into Secret Bitcoin Army | Wired Enterprise. Image: Valve A gaming software company has been slapped with a $1 million fine after secretly adding bitcoin mining software to a product update earlier this year.

E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) — which lets serious CounterStrike players face each other down in anti-cheat modes — infected about 14,000 of its customers with the code, which ended up mining about 30 bitcoins over two weeks last spring. The company blamed a rogue employee, who has since been terminated. It’s still facing a class action over the matter in California. The settlement was announced today by the New Jersey Attorney General, which says that ESEA will pay $325,000 of the fine upfront, and will only be hit with the rest of the penalty if it’s caught misbehaving over the next decade. In a press release, the Attorney General’s office called the software a “botnet” that could monitor customers even when they weren’t using the ESEA software. Thunberg is still with the company. The history and future of cool: What does the term mean in 2013? Left three photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Right photo byMerrick Morton/Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc.

Part 1 of a monthlong series on the history and future of cool. Last month the electro-psychedelic band MGMT released a video for its “Cool Song No. 2.” It features Michael K. Williams of The Wire as a killer-dealer-lover-healer figure stalking a landscape of vegetation, narcotics labs, rituals, and Caucasians. The very question is cruel, of course, and competitive. If that sounds cynical, cynicism is difficult to avoid when the subject of cool arises now. The standard bearers, however, have changed. Cool has come a long way, literally. Stearns argues that cool’s imperatives of flexibility and fluidity helped Americans escape rigid Victorian morality into modernity and developed along with mass production and mass media as a new individualist ethos. That’s the trouble with trying to point to cool’s center today. Yeah, man, that’d be coolsville. How Many of Your Memories Are Fake? - Erika Hayasaki.

The Longest Joke in the World. The Present - Universal Truth - The Ultimate Truth. Cortana digital assistant reportedly launching with Windows Phone 8.1... in the U.S. The Egg.