Home-Brewed Heroin – The New Yorker

Found this article in the New Yorker magazine that puts a crazy twist in the path of any war on drugs, and which gives some nuance to any story about poppies: For as long as humans have been farmers, we have been drinkers. Wild yeast was the first microorganism that we domesticated, more than ten millennia ago. But archaeologists believe… Read more →

Landscape and Gamespace in Latin American Videogame Design | Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

our early videogames, Crosser & La Migra, are included in the scholarship of Phillip Penix-Tadsen in his forthcoming book: Cultural Code: Video Games and Latin America (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2016). His article: Landscape and Gamespace in Latin American Videogame Design, is now up on the website of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and offers a glimpse of his… Read more →

Interview: Sony Announces End of CCD Sensor Production – Allied Vision Technologies

We have been looking at a variety of industrial IR cameras as potential replacements for the Kinect 1.0 in Sow/Reap. The consumer technologies have become so unstable as to make them reliable only for short projects. Longer term projects, those with years long development times, or those that aspire to be enduring once complete, will need material resources that are… Read more →

How Afghanistan Vets Are Trying To Cultivate Peace Through Saffron : The Salt : NPR

National Public Radio shares a story of a newly formed company hoping to create a fair-trade export market for saffron in Afghanistan, as an alternative to poppies. It will be worthwhile keeping an eye on their efforts. Below is an excerpt from NPR’s blog: The idea for the fledgling company came about in March 2013, when Army veteran Kimberly Jung… Read more →

Bruce Sterling and Crossy Road

  Bruce Sterling asks of Crossy Road “Why is a Frogger knock off a big hit in 2014?” This is an interesting question. My son Diego and I have been playing Crossy Road for a couple of weeks now, and I hadn’t made the — now obvious — connection that Sterling has. I now have to think about Crossy Road… Read more →