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A Writer’s Guide to Interactive Fiction

Interactive fiction — text adventures — was the most advanced computer game technology of the early PC era. These games were the best-selling and most highly-rated games of the early 80s. Then they were overtaken and crushed by games with graphics, and that was the last anyone heard of them.

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Posted: August 28th, 2010
at 6:53pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: weaponry,"ninja",development,internets

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Academic Mumblespeak

This phenomenon is related to my recent post about why digital printing won’t save academic publishing. In that post I discussed the low costs of printing, and I suggested that instead of trying to reduce costs by marginal amounts, academic presses would be better off planning better catalogs and investing in editing and promotion to realize the sales potential of key titles.

Academic mumblespeak is a silent enemy that is destroying scholarly publishing from within. (Note that I didn’t say, "I want to suggest that academic mumblespeak is a silent enemy that is destroying scholarly publishing in many ways.")

Mumblespeak makes potentially interesting works unreadable, contributing to their esotericism. Good editing does not involve cutting material, but cutting chaff. I’d wager that the average scholarly book’s length could be reduced by 1/3 to 1/2 without removing any actual content. Such effort would do two things: first, it would reduce the size of books, making them more approachable, affordable, and legible to a broader readership. Second, it would incrementally reduce the costs of printing, since fewer pages costs less on a digital or an offset press.

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Posted: August 28th, 2010
at 5:14pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: games,et cetera,education

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Hermanos Inglesos feat. MeMe - Wanderland

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Posted: August 28th, 2010
at 4:56pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: music,art

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The Most Impactful 60 Word Guide To Life

"Smile, breath, and go slowly."

less TV, more reading

less shopping, more outdoors

less clutter, more space

less rush, more slowness

less consuming, more creating

less junk, more real food

less busywork, more impact

less driving, more walking

less noise, more solitude

less focus on the future, more on the present

less work, more play

less worry, more smiles

breathe

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Posted: August 28th, 2010
at 4:40pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: life,development

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A Universe From Nothing by Lawrence Krauss

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Posted: August 28th, 2010
at 4:34pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: science

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Travel: Back to the Bricks

I am a regular user of sites like Wotif, Expedia and Rates to Go, typically believing that they deliver decent savings over turning up on the spot.

In recent years, when I have checked what the "walk-in" rate was, I have found that buying online has typically delivered savings of $10 to $20 and sometimes even more.

However, recent experience is giving me second thoughts.

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Posted: August 28th, 2010
at 4:32pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: travel

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Tickers for Private Companies?

When you want to look up information on publicly traded companies, it helps to know the ticker symbol. Microsft’s ticker isAMSFT, Google’s ticker isAGOOG, Apple’s ticker isAAPL. Every publicly traded company has a ticker.

But private companies don’t have tickers. And as more and more private companies are attaining status and drawing the attention of mainstream media and the investment community, it is time for that to change.

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Posted: August 28th, 2010
at 4:20pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: development,trade,entrepreneurship

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Chile First on Net Neutrality

Chile has become the first nation to officially put net neutrality principles into law. In a vote by the Chilean legislature, the new law won a near unanimous vote, according to local media.

The new law forces ISPs to "ensure access to all types of content, services orAapplicationsAavailable on the network and offer a service that does not distinguish content, applications or services, based on the source of it or their property".

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Posted: August 28th, 2010
at 3:15pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: web,"ninja",internets,law,ethics

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Tomokazu Matsuyama

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Posted: August 27th, 2010
at 11:44pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: contemporary

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