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Raspberry Pi

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Today a nifty little computer called Raspberry Pi is finally on the market. It is made by people who wanted to create a cheap computer that invites children to learn to program at home. It is so cheap they could buy it after saving a bit of pocket money: $35. It is the size of […]

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Tags: Input devices · Opinion

On Foldit and Joynet Solutions

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Check out this story about one of the inspirations for the Joynet website that I am building on msnbc. It features Foldit, software that lets gamers try to solve chemistry problems using molecular folding techniques translated to a 3D puzzle. I am convinced this is a valuable way to use “crowd-sourcing” to do more than […]

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Tags: Biology · Me · Opinion · Other games · Science

Viral Posts

August 29th, 2011 · No Comments

If you are interested in how news flows over the modern networks you will undoubtedly have heard of things going ‘viral’. This interesting piece by Sharad Goel explains why that post (and this one) will not.

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Tags: Me · Opinion

Solar Hydrogen

April 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Renewable energy is the future, which can’t come soon enough for me. I am a big, big fan of solar, but hydrogen was never much my cup of tea. Why? Well, because I see it more as a good way to store energy rather than a sustainable source in itself. When you split water using […]

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Tags: Opinion · Science

C&C pack review

December 12th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Still in doubt whether or not to buy the creepy and cute parts pack? Here are some thoughts Jamie Lee Dunston of Moving Pixels.
[…] this parts pack in particular feels more like a greedy grab for green than a bona fide attempt to refresh the gameplay.

After installing and playing with the Spore C&C for a […]

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Tags: Opinion · Spore

Spore on Consoles?

September 26th, 2008 · No Comments

It is often said by Will Wright that Spore will extend “horizontally”, meaning we’ll be seeing Spore on other platforms than PCs, DS-es and phones. The easiest to imagine would be a version of Spore for the current-gen consoles: PS3, Xbox360 and Wii. Ever since February there are rumors that these are already in the […]

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Tags: Opinion · Spore

On reviews

September 12th, 2008 · 12 Comments

The mixed reception that Spore is getting is subject of some high profile game bloggers. Leigh Alexander of “Sexy Videogameland” takes on the “Spore lacks depth” line, wondering whether depth is perhaps equalized to complexity. Micheal Abbott of “The Brainy Gamer” feels that it is much too soon to know what a game like Spore […]

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Tags: Opinion · Spore

On Spore Creations and Copyrights

August 19th, 2008 · 11 Comments

There’s a charming story about an engineer who becomes an artist, after suffering from a mild stroke, in the Mail Online.
Fine, you say, but what is the link to Spore? Well, he struck a deal with Electronic Arts to create Creatures for Spore. To quote the article:
EA games were so impressed with a gallery of […]

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Tags: Opinion · Spore

Now that Spore’s release is near…

August 4th, 2008 · 7 Comments

… the question again is being posed in the media: is Spore going to have the same success as the Sims? Led by C|Net, that asks itself “Can ‘Spore’ meet its lofty expectations?” and “What are EA’s chances for a big score with ‘Spore’?”, speculations on the ‘net are flying once again. “Will Spore live […]

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Tags: Opinion · Spore

Water on the Moon

July 10th, 2008 · 4 Comments

National Geographic reports that scientists have announced that water particles were found in the volcanic glass that was brought back by the Apollo missions. Isn’t it wonderful that we are still learning facts about the moon by examining stuff that was excavated decades ago? A strong case for continuing to “waste money” on space exploration, […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Opinion