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Feature Story (3 pages) Here's how we geeked out in the era before the World Wide Web came to be. by Lee Hutchinson - Jan 23, 3:00am CET Feature Story (2 pages) Government didn't provide adequate IP structure, so Ecuador movie fans did it themselves. by Evelin Heidel, Ezequiel Martin Acuña, and Joe Karaganis Jan 21, 3:00am CET Feature Story (3 pages) 30 years ago today, a landmark ruling set technology free. by Joe Mullin - Jan 17, 6:19pm CET Feature Story (3 pages) We look at the amazing features in ZFS and btrfs—and why you need them. by Jim Salter Jan 15, 2:00pm CET

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Museum as Game Board – Natron Baxter Applied Gaming This post is cross-posted on Mathias Crawford’s personal blog. A couple weeks back I was invited to participate in a fantastic discussion at SFMOMA entitled Museums as Game Board. Held in conjunction with the museum’s inspiring ArtGameLab, I was joined on the panel by GlichLab’s Sarah Brin, Ian Kizu-Blair and Sam Levigne from Situate, Tom Russotti, an experimental art/game designer who was Skyped in from somewhere in Eastern Europe, and SFMOMA’s superlative Erica Gangsei, who also served as the moderator of the panel. Before an hour-long discussion (which will hopefully be available as a podcast at some point in the near future), panelists were invited to talk briefly about their work, and what they see as the intersections between games and museums. Ever since my cover piece for Kill Screen last summer, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about play in the context of a museum space, and so I was thrilled to get the chance to articulate some of my ideas. (Image via)

Engineering mosquitos to reject malaria One of the easiest and often most effective means of controlling the spread of malaria is to control the mosquitos that carry it to humans. Unfortunately, that has proven to be just as much of an evolutionary arms race as targeting malaria itself; mosquitos evolve resistance to pesticides almost as quickly as malaria has evolved resistance to drugs. Recent efforts have focused on forms of control that don't impose a huge fitness burden on the mosquito population. This general approach has been tested in the wild on the mosquitos that carry Dengue fever, which scientists infected with bacteria that block the spread of the virus. Now, researchers are reporting that they've developed genetically modified mosquitos that turn mosquitos into a dead-end for the malarial parasite.

Sequences A sequence is a series of multiple posts on Less Wrong on the same topic, to coherently and fully explore a particular thesis. Reading the sequences is the most systematic way to approach the Less Wrong archives. If you'd like an abridged index of the sequences, try XiXiDu's guide, or Academian's guide targeted at people who already have a science background. Benito's Guide aims to systematically fill the reader in on the most important ideas discussed on LessWrong (not just in the sequences). It also begins with a series of videos, which are a friendly introduction, and useful if you enjoy talks and interviews. If you prefer books over blog posts, Thinking and Deciding by Jonathan Baron and Good and Real by Gary Drescher have been mentioned as books that overlap significantly with the sequences.

4 Ways Your Business Can Avoid Being a Menace on Twitter Curt Finch is the founder and CEO of Journyx, a company that offers time-tracking and resource management software. Connect with him and Journyx on Facebook and Twitter. Highbeam Research just updated its quarterly social media index, and according to the latest data, Twitter received 55.17% of total media attention in the first quarter of 2012, widening the gap between second-placed Facebook, which fell to 41.18%.

Skype calls to feature ads big enough to interrupt any conversation Skype has provided a great service for years, keeping us connected with friends and family. But there's always been one thing missing—marketers interrupting calls with giant display ads. Skype is finally fixing that problem, with today's launch of so-called "Conversation Ads" that will appear within the calling window during audio calls. Why are they called Conversation Ads? Because Skype is actually hoping users will discuss the content of the ads during phone calls. In other words, Skype (now owned by Microsoft) is hoping to interrupt the normal flow of human conversation, with advertisements targeted at users based on their location, gender, and age.

Levoltz - The Social Media Guide may be available for purchase. Inquire today! Inquiry Form Inquire with your Facebook or LinkedIn profile, or complete this form to receive a free quote. Every big dream that became a reality had one thing in common: A solid foundation.

Our 50 Favorite Web Developers Resources and Tools from 2011 As a developer, anything that can save you just a little bit of time is well worth its weight in gold. If you agree with that statement, you will love this. What we have for you is our selection of the best, the most useful and the most innovative web designer and web developer resources and tools from 2011.

Insurers Are Plugging Into ‘Gamification,’ But Are Only Beginning to See Its Potential Published in Health Plan Week, April 23 issue, copyright © 2012 by Atlantic Information Services, Inc. Reprinted with permission from Atlantic Information Services, Inc. If UnitedHealth Group had its way, all of its members would own a Microsoft Xbox video game system and would use it every day. While promoting video games might sound like a way to grow couch potatoes, UnitedHealth and several other major insurers are using concepts behind popular video games to promote wellness, encourage exercise and boost social interactions between people -- and ultimately improve health outcomes and lower costs. But health insurers have yet to harness the full potential of gaming for their members, says Kris Duggan, CEO of Menlo Park, Calif.-based Badgeville, which consults with companies and helps develop products for "gamification" efforts.

Kentucky's Unprecedented Success In School Funding Is On The Line : NPR Ed A social studies class at Campton Elementary School in Wolfe County, Ky. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption toggle caption Elissa Nadworny/NPR A social studies class at Campton Elementary School in Wolfe County, Ky. Nerd, Dork, Geek, Dweeb: What’s the Difference? Great White Snark provides a totally necessary and welcome diagram (h/t Rebecca Hersh). Since I prefer intelligence overall, think obsession has good, secondary value and find little to be recommended in social ineptitude but will accept it if required to support the first two, here’s the preference hierarchy, as I see it: Geek,Nerd,Dweeb,Dork. Zombie Apocalypse, the Board Game BRAINS! Zombies want them and Jeff Gracia has them. By day, Gracia is a software test automation engineer for Bose. By night, he uses his (tasty) gray matter to deal with the unruly undead, along with the more pedestrian horrors of designing a board game, like production deadlines and shipping costs.

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