Shaka, When the Walls Fell - Ian Bogost In one fascinating episode, Star Trek: The Next Generation traced the limits of human communication as we know it—and suggested a new, truer way of talking about the universe. The opening scene of “Darmok,” the second episode of the fifth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Paramount) On stardate 45047.2, Jean-Luc Picard leads the crew of the Enterprise in pursuit of a transmission beacon from the El-Adrel system, where a Tamarian vessel has been broadcasting a mathematical signal for weeks. The aliens, also known as the Children of Tama, are an apparently peaceable and technologically advanced race with which the Federation nevertheless has failed to forge diplomatic relations. The obstacle, as Commander Data puts it: “communication was not possible.”
Google Launches Mobile Game You Play in Real Life Google's smartphone app team Niantic Labs has released a new multi-player gaming platform that turns your real-world location into a virtual world. Called Ingress — which is available for free download on Android via Google Play — the app is based around the premise that a strange energy has been discovered by European scientists, and it must be controlled before it controls you. But the app isn't one you play while sitting on your couch at night. It requires actual movement and encourages you to get outside to unlock new features, weapons and adventures. For example, to control and capture things called "portals" — which spew matter from creative places such as museums and libraries — you have to go there. Once you connect three portals, you form a region and claim a territory.
The Mobility Drill That Gives You a Tough Cardio Challenge Related: Try the Anarchy Workout—One Guy Lost 18 Pounds of Fat in Just 6 Weeks! But the human body is built to move in every direction. And not just move, but also stabilize movement. From the smaller ligaments in your feet and ankles to the bigger muscles that power your knees and hips to the core muscles that protect your spine, it all needs to work in coordinated action to keep your joints safe and your body nimble. Player used on the /video page of Zeus version of menshealth.com This new three-step lateral-movement drill by Men’s Health Fitness Director B.J. Operation Ajax: For The iPhone & iPad “One of the coolest media experiences I’ve seen on the iPad.” New York Times “You can just see the story. You can dig down deeper and see the actual CIA documents. You can identify with people in it. And you can learn about a fledgeling democracy.”
SteamOS We've been hard at work to deliver on our promise of a new kind of living room entertainment environment - one that is accessible, powerful and open. In making SteamOS available to you, we're excited to take the next major step towards that goal. But before you dive in, please take a few minutes to understand what SteamOS is and what it is not. Grasping the Ineffable: From Patterns to Sequences Grasping the Ineffable: From Patterns to Sequences Jenny Quillien Quillien teaches in the Laboratory of Anthropology, New Mexico University at Highlands, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She worked for six years with Christopher Alexander on his four-volume The Nature of Order and on the Pattern Language website (www.patternlanguage.com). An earlier version of this essay was presented as a paper for a special session on Alexander’s work held in October, 2006, at the annual meetings of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy in Philadelphia.
Niantic Labs Bears More Fruit: Location-Based Massively Multiplayer Game Ingress Hits Google Play We’ve seen startups tackle location-based multiplayer gaming, with title’s like Massive Damage’s Please Stay Calm and Shadow Cities out of Grey Area, but now a heavyweight player has entered the ring with Ingress, an app created by Google’s Niantic Labs. The Niantic project got a lot of buzz last week thanks to a mysterious teaser, and previously the group was responsible for Google’s location-based discovery app Field Trip. Now, Ingress is launching on Google Play, offering a way for players with invites to join in unravelling a global mystery. The game is like other map-based ones we’ve seen before, plotting in-game elements to real-world locations, so that users can interact with the locales on their Android devices to unlock clues about what’s going on, gather objects, work together and against other human players in a two-sided battle to determine the future of humanity.
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Cube World I'm Wollay, the creator of Cube World. I started this game in June 2011. My inspirations were Minecraft, Zelda, Secret of Mana, Monster Hunter, Diablo, World of Warcraft and many more. My aim was to create an infinite, colorful, procedurally generated world, full of adventures, monsters, and mysteries.
21 Card Decks for Creative Problem Solving, Effective Communication & Strategic Foresight What are some useful playdecks for sparking creativity and innovation? That was this week’s question that went out on twitter, and below are some of your responses. The number of decks out there is large, so I decided to curate this list based on whether there’s a full free version available online, or at the least a nice sample deck to get you started. So below are 21 tools, ranging from general design process principles to cards on game dynamics, facilitation methods, and long-range futures thinking. Under the descriptions, which are excerpted from the playdeck websites, are links to their free downloads.
Fringe (TV series) Early critical reception of the first season was lukewarm but became more favorable in subsequent seasons, when the series began to explore its mythology, including parallel universes and alternate timelines. The show, as well as the cast and crew, has been nominated for many major awards. Despite its move to the "Friday night death slot" and low ratings, the series has received a cult following.