links for 2009-03-14

  • "The status of special relativity, just more than a century after it was presented to the world, is suddenly a radically open and rapidly developing question. This situation has come about because physicists and philosophers have finally followed through on the loose ends of Einstein's long- neglected argument with quantum mechanics—an irony-laden further proof of Einstein's genius. The diminished guru may very well have been wrong just where we thought he was right and right just where we thought he was wrong. We may, in fact, see the universe through a glass not quite so darkly as has too long been insisted."
  • "It was not so long ago that conservatives were equating liberalism with fascism; today, they have executed a 180-degree swing in order to argue that liberalism is actually synonymous with socialism."

    "Socialism, in the Republican imagination, is only something Democrats do, never something they themselves do."

  • "When a 14 year old kid can blow up your business in his spare time, not because he hates you but because he loves you, then you got a problem."
  • "The magical land of Oz, as written by L. Frank Baum, is put through the gritty filter of 1940s film noir. Harsh city streets, grey rainy skies, femmes fatales, tough guys, trenchcoats, fedoras and plot twists. It's Oz, seen through the eyes of Raymond Chandler."
    (tags: games indie oz)
  • "JS Bin is a webapp specifically designed to help JavaScript and CSS folk test snippets of code, within some context, and debug the code collaboratively.

    JS Bin allows you to edit and test JavaScript and HTML (reloading the URL also maintains the state of your code – new tabs doesn't). Once you're happy you can save, and send the URL to a peer for review or help. They can then make further changes saving anew if required."

  • "The paper rejects prevailing notions of viral media, memes, and stickiness for ignoring key aspects of the participatory culture in which ideas spread among individuals and become part of contemporary cultural knowledge. The authors then introduce the notion of spreadability as a more useful and productive way of thinking about these phenomena.

    The following series of posts will appropriate these ideas for education in general, and particularly for research about educational policies and practices."

  • "history on the web, in the museum, and beyond"
  • "Threeminds is Organic’s blog, where we cover the latest trends and happenings in and around the interactive industry. Why the name “Threeminds”? Great advertising was often created in “pairs”—a copywriter and an art director. In the digital world, the creation process is more complex. Strategists, designers, information architects, media specialists, and technologists must come together to create great experiences. Quite simply, it takes ThreeMinds."
  • "A community dedicated to protecting the Earth's sacred places through education and advocacy."
  • "For that is what Universalis is all about, real time, on-the-spot creation of a story.

    The more you play Universalis, the more it becomes the game you need it to be. This is one of the game's strongest features. Many games don't grow with you as you play them. You'll discover things that you don't like, or can't do, and eventually the task of modifying the game with house rules becomes too much trouble. Universalis, over time, actually becomes more the game you want it to be to fit your style of play.

    Interestingly, the hardest thing for a lot of players to get is the fact that they really do have control. The hardest thing for players who are usually GMs to get is the fact that they really do have to share that control."

  • "… the Institute for the Future invites you to play Superstruct, the world’s first massively multiplayer forecasting game. It’s not just about envisioning the future—it’s about inventing the future."
  • "An organization to experience lives as they may be in various futures."