Monday, September 16, 2019

When the card reader is too sleek for its own good (technology roundup)

Now HBO is asking people to generate free content to promote Watchmen

Ten funny tweets

*More funny tweets.

Fanciful patches from the Southern California 2019 Pink Patch Project

Pins, coins, patches available here.

The Dance of a Thousand Hands (art roundup)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sister defends sister when someone rushed them at the Sparks game

USA Today says, "This was the same fan who was spotted doing pushups courtside earlier in the game."

Maybe it was a missile attack, not drones


the question arose whether drones had been used at all, or whether the attack might in fact have been a missile strike. Previous Houthi drone strikes against oil facilities tended to result in quite limited damage which could be an indication that a different weapons system was used this time. Indeed, Aramco came to the conclusion that its facilities were attacked by missiles. Even more curious, several pictures began to emerge on social media purportedly showing the wreckage of a missile in the Saudi desert.
Here's the WSJ's current headline:
Iran Rejects U.S. Accusations Over Saudi Oil-Facility Attacks

"Website of Japan's new 78-year-old IT minister offline for months, raising questions over his tech acumen"

Japan Times:

In a news conference a day earlier, Takemoto said online administrative procedures and the country’s practice of using hanko (personal seals) should coexist.

The Diet in May enacted legislation that simplified procedures related to events such as changes of address, death certificates and property inheritance through online administrative procedures, rather than forcing citizens to go to government offices, fill out forms and stamp paperwork using hanko.

Takemoto, who heads a group of lawmakers working to protect the nation’s hanko culture

Pyrotechnics disaster at the Titans game

"Meet the young women making games for millions of fans"

Cass Marshall for Polygon:

Sixteen-year-old Rachel wakes up every morning and checks her Instagram and Twitter. She’s not interested in memes or selfies, but her business analytics and records. Rachel, who is having her last name withheld at the request of her mother, is a small-time content creator on the gaming platform Episode. She’s seen her peers rack up thousands of followers on social media, and that’s a level of success she desperately wants.

There are millions of young women between 13 and 25 on Episode. The app, which is dedicated to reading and creating stories, has quietly created a new generation of game developers. While some rise through word of mouth and enjoy the thrill of feedback, acclaim, and readers, others get featured on the front page of the app and earn money through their creations. But there’s an air of politics to the world of Episode that sometimes boils over into backlash and bullying.

Even as a small-time creator, Rachel has ambitions surrounding the stories she writes on the app. She works a part-time job in fast food, and she puts a portion of her paycheck toward commissioning art for her games. When she gets home from work, she organizes campaigns with other writers to plug each others’ work, or read drafts in progress. Rachel has passed the threshold from hobbyist to developer, and she’s not alone. Episode is slowly becoming a platform where young women pursue their own game development dreams, and build their own empires.


These tales use in-game social pressure to encourage players to pay for microtransactions. Sure, you can turn down that paid tailored dress ... but your crush won’t praise you, and your friends will feel awkward. In one story, I am given a paid option to meet my crush at the train station before he leaves ... or take the free option of dodging through traffic, hitting red lights, and seeing his train leave without me.
*Previously: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery forces you to pay - or wait - to save a kid from being strangled

Ten funny tweets

*More funny tweets.

The quick and the dead