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David Carlton's link blog; my main blog is at Malvasia Bianca.

Aug 24
“Games are not politically neutral. Neither are mainstream romantic comedies, or action films, or any novel I’ve ever read. They may sometimes appear politically neutral if the values they reinforce mesh with the value systems of the larger culture, but our culture is not politically neutral, either, and it is not outside of the role of a critic to comment on or raise questions about the political meanings embedded in the works one evaluates. In fact, it is often impossible to review something apolitically, because to not comment on or challenge the political meanings in a work in your review is to give them your tacit endorsement.”

A Game of Me - Why political engagement is critical to games journalism

(via @patriciaxh)

Aug 23
“WHEREFORE, Captain Justice, Guardian of the Realm and Leader of the Resistance, primarily asks that the Court deny the State’s motion, as lacking legal basis. Alternatively, theCitizen Accused moves for an order in limine modifying the speech code as aforementioned, and requiring any other euphemisms and feel-good terms as the Court finds appropriate.”

Response to Government Moving to Ban the Word “Government.”

(via Dubious Quality)

Aug 22

Would we accept “if you don’t want to get shot, just do what the EPA regulator tells you”? Would we yield to “if you don’t want your kid tased, do what the Deputy Superintendent of Education tells you”? Would we accept “if you don’t want to get tear gassed, just do what your Congressman tells you?” No. Our culture of individualism and liberty would not permit it. Yet somehow, through generations of law-and-order rhetoric and near-deification of law enforcement, we have convinced ourselves that cops are different, and that it is perfectly acceptable for them to be able to order us about, at their discretion, on pain of violence.

It’s not acceptable. It is servile and grotesque.

Sunil Dutta Tells It Like It Is About American Policing | Popehat

(via @williampietri)

See also

“sft minecraft hdd v2.0
this is our 4kb read/write head HDD with a seeking controller. it’s attached to the cpu, and sends interrupts when the requested action is finished. address and data are passed to the hdd over a data bus from the cpu.”

sft minecraft hdd v2.0 - Imgur

(via @raganwald)

Bridges from the roots of living rubber trees.

Meghalaya: The Wettest Place on Earth - In Focus - The Atlantic

Bridges from the roots of living rubber trees.

Meghalaya: The Wettest Place on Earth - In Focus - The Atlantic

“the full storify of his tweets is here. the most striking thing to me, beyond the bizarre level of arbitrary detail their relationship is documented in Gjoni’s post (e.g. “I had my first panic attack Apr. 29th”), is that he uses the language of games and rules sets to intensely analyze the potential outcomes of situations he felt he was put in in their relationship. as John Brindle observed, the talk of puzzle pieces and investigation seem like some perverted version of the protagonist in the popular game Braid. they also recall the kind of universal strategies and “truths” about the opposite sex developed and disseminated by pick-up artists, but in a way they originate in game language - and game culture, in how games disembody and dehumanize subjects.” \………..//: On Right-Wing Videogame Extremism

Aug 21

“Reported assets, for example, totaled $890 billion at the end of June—that’s $178,000 for every Norwegian. And the fund holds around 1% of all the stocks and bonds in the world.”

Norway’s gargantuan sovereign wealth fund, by the numbers - Quartz


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