Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Link roundup

1. The latest Hitman game was inspired by The Rich Kids of Instagram.

2. "The Skylanders series has existed for less than three years, but in its 27 months is has made over $2 billion at retail."

3.  Charlie Stross says we should encourage wealthy corporations to fund airship settlements on Venus:

A balloon or Zeppelin full of human-breathable air would actually float as well in the troposphere of Venus as a hydrogen balloon does on Earth. "At cloud-top level, Venus is the paradise planet," as Geoffrey Landis puts it. More here, with links to papers in the footnotes: let's just say that my money would be on a million people living in the clouds of Venus being both cheaper and faster to achieve than getting a million people living on or below the surface of Mars.