Storytelling Through Obfuscation - Kotaku has an excerpt from an interview with a designer from Phantasy Star IV, and deliberate choices to withhold information from players. Forcing them to experiment and explore rather than giving them every bit of information was a design decision.
Power Hour - How a law forcing pubs to close . . .
Okay so there isn't more links, but there is another essay tomorrow.
Is it Kosher To Automate? - This article is interesting, another cool find via 99PI, but it leads me to wonder if you precoded everything on Thursday night for your Sabbath could you just carry on with your normal routine? Your past self-automated everything the day before, so you aren’t technically doing any work.
How We Poison Our Own Discourse
No news today, I really didn't have much time to dig into the feeds so you will end up with more links for tomorrow. I did want to think about the continued fervor over the Facebook data schemes at Cambridge Analytica, and the idea that this swung the election. Turns out that the story may have been overblown.
It makes a pleasing . . .
This daily-ish feature is comprised entirely of my RSS finds.
Machine Driven Drug Development - Can machines be trained to synthesize drugs just as efficiently as they were taught to play chess? That question is more complicated than it seems.
Get Yourself An RSS Reader - The best thing about RSS is that you choose what you read. No algorithmic surfacing of stuff you might care about. You just . . .
No Entry Yesterday, I had One Story From Wednesday.
Don’t Launch, Patch - US Gamer has an article on how No Man’s sky typifies the way that game snow launch in shambles and through patches are evolved to be better.
Old Timey Buzz - Cassina was the morning buzz of choice for the Americas before Coffee and Tea. Atlas Obscura investigates why it hasn't survived.
A bit heavy on debunking today
Traditional Fake News - Proliferation of our and out fake news is rare, more often it plays out like this story from Motherboard. Something is taken out of context, most often because someone wants to advance an agenda. Hand-wringing over Russian bots misses the fact they exploit our own tendency to believe before we verify. I think the best . . .
by John Hodegeman
If only know John Hodgeman from his appearances on The Daily Show, or as the PC in the old Apple ads you are missing out. He had a run of fake trivia books. He also has a podcast where he settles your petty social disputes.
Vacationland moves away from Hodgeman’s adopted personas and instead is a straightforward memoir. We start out . . .