Koe (声) - A JRPG with Japanese at the core of gameplay -
I like this idea. Shall we try to get it funded?
Definitely doing this, but not sure at what level …
How to Stop Giving a F*ck What People Think -
F*@*! the (perceived) haters, Lifehacker contributor Sean Kim says:
Believe it or not, we’re not that special. We go through our days thinking about how other people might be judging us. But the truth is—those people are thinking the exact same thing. No one in today’s “smartphone-crazed” society has time in their schedule to think more than a brief second about us. The fact of the matter is, when we do have time get our thoughts straight, we’re too busy thinking about ourselves and our own shortcomings—not others.
A study done by the National Science Foundation claims that people have, on average, 50,000 plus thoughts a day. This means that even if someone thought about us ten times in one day, it’s only 0.02%of their overall daily thoughts. It is a sad but simple truth that the average person filters their world through their ego, meaning that they think of most things relating to “me” or “my.” This means that unless you have done something that directly affects another person or their life, they are not going to spend much time thinking about you at all.
This isn’t just good advice. This is how you survive Tumblr without going insane.
Even in old age, Japan’s ‘Station Master Cat’ continues to attract visitors -
I think i have yet another place to visit in Japan now.
It would be funny were it not so terrifying. http://ift.tt/1bwVEn9
Why Designers Leave -
A great analogy describing the balance between the creative side—and the service side—of being a designer.
A must read
In a very real way, the role of technology, even simple technology, is to unstick menial tasks from the user’s experience of linear causality. Rather than start a fire to keep myself warm, I turn up the thermostat and warm air rushes through the heating vent – who knows how? When my car breaks down, I take it to a mechanic. I couldn’t tell you how to fix it any more than I could perform open-heart surgery. Bowing to the authority of auto mechanics isn’t superstitious, but it has elements in common with a belief in magic.
Sir James Frazier, author of the classic work on religion and mythology “The Golden Bough,” describes belief in magic in terms of a dissociation of cause and effect, something like that between my need for warmth and the turning of a thermostat. Frazier organizes this belief into two groups: the principle of Similarity and the principle of Contagion. “Similarity” involves the belief that if certain rituals are performed, a desired outcome will be achieved regardless of the line of causality between the two — like, say, performing a rite to a fertility god to have a good harvest. “Contagion” has to do with belief in the effect of magical objects.
In a way, both the “Similarity” and “Contagion” dynamics are relevant to the modern person’s relationship to technology. If a person can’t draw a line between “how something works,” his belief that it will work approximates “Similarity.” Likewise, a person’s belief that a given product will go on working, regardless of his ignorance as to how, gets into the realm of “Contagion.” —
Magical thinking in Silicon Valley | PandoDaily
This is just a small taste of this fantastic article.
NSA Warns of Rogue System Administrators 1991 -
A recently declassified document reveals that the NSA knew 23 years ago that a “Snowden”-type incident could occur (and did happen, on a much smaller scale, in 1994):
"In their quest to benefit from the great advantages of networked computer systems, the U.S, military and intelligence communities have put almost all of their classified information "eggs" into one very precarious basket: computer system administrators. A relatively small number of system administrators are able to read, copy, move, alter, and destroy almost every piece of classified information handled by a given agency or organization. An insider-gone-bad with enough hacking skills to gain root privileges might acquire similar capabilities. It seems amazing that so few are allowed to control so much - apparently with little or no supervision or security audits. The system administrators might audit users, but who audits them?"
The behaviours that make us human are not professional. — Allen Pike, Unprofessionalism (via 9-bits)