Extra Life 2015

This year, on November 7th and 8th, I’m planning on participating in the Extra Life fundraising campaign. For those unfamiliar with Extra Life, it is a program created in 2008 by the blog and podcast, Sarcastic Gamer. Extra Life raises funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in order to support kids who need medical care.

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Witness: 18 October 2015

Simulating mouse brains one href at a time…

Has the The Blue Brain Project actually recreated a sliver of a rat brain, or “an automobile whose engine noise is beautifully realistic but never moves?

Given this last week’s notable bullshit holiday, the OED gives an update on columbusing. A word we should definitely use more.

We’re as calm as the weather. Just let go.

Taking a minute to think about the future could have even greater consequences than just creative pursuits. I wholly recommend we all try doing this more often and see what happens.

Everything is a Remix Remastered. A good way to spend forty minutes of your life.

Witness: 11 October 2015

A little more directed randomness by exercising the big electronic brain…

Steven Pinker talks about his writing style guide and the superstitions behind many of the usage rules we follow today.

Endeavor to set aside preconceptions, try to understand and even appreciate things outside of your comfort zone, delight in your enjoyment of the unpopular. Read the work, not the author.

“We tell ourselves a narrative about our life, and this account is always subjective.” The stories we tell, searching for truth, as explored by J.M. Coetzee and psychologist Arabella Kurtz.

A friend once referred to playing Civilization as, “Using my brain differently for a while.”

For laughs, bodybuilders visit a tiny town.

Flow and meaning, the paths to finding your true calling in life. Even if it means lifting weights and hanging out in tiny towns.

Witness: 4 October 2015

“[Lucy:] It used to be that a person could live isolated from the world’s problems.
Then it got to be that we all knew everything that was going on.
The problem now is that we know everything about everything except what’s going on.
That’s why you feel nervous… Five cents, please!
[Snoopy thinks:] I’m short a nickel, I’m still nervous, and I still don’t know what’s going on!”
The psychology of The Peanuts.

So here are some more links so that we can know more about everything except what’s going on…

A glimpse inside the Yakuza.

In the end, they were still just animals.

With my previous mentions of language appropriation, why not the rest of their cultures as well. NYTimes ponders.

“Evolution did not end with us growing opposable thumbs. You do know that, right?” -Bill Hicks.
So is the thumb a finger?

With books making really popular movies these days—I’m talking to you, The Martian. Rock, Paper, Shotgun considers games based on books.