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Archive for June 2013

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Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe

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Essentially: a normal Tic-Tac-Toe grid, where each space holds a separate game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Win three of the inner games in a row to win the outer game. The trick to it is that you have to play on the inner-game indicated by the opponent's move (i.e., I go in the middle, your next move is on the centre board).

Michael Pollan's Favourite Food Rules

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Pithy food advice. My favourite, that I have now been quoting for years: "If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple then you are not hungry."

One Book, Many Readings


Discussion, analysis and visualizations of Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Milton Glaser - Ten Things I Have Learned [PDF]


On avoiding toxic people:

Perls proposed that in all relationships people could be either toxic or nourishing towards one another. It is not necessarily true that the same person will be toxic or nourishing in every relationship, but the combination of any two people in a relationship produces toxic or nourishing consequences. And the important thing that I can tell you is that there is a test to determine whether someone is toxic or nourishing in your relationship with them. Here is the test: You have spent some time with this person, either you have a drink or go for dinner or you go to a ball game. It doesn’t matter very much but at the end of that time you observe whether you are more energized or less energized. Whether you are tired or whether you are exhilarated. If you are more tired then you have been poisoned. If you have more energy you have been nourished.

Stargate Studios Virtual Backlot Reel


Fascinating to see the use of greenscreens even for commonplace scenes. The Ugly Betty example is amazing: easier/cheaper to film street and add an actor to it later than actually film them on location! Also interesting that the 2012 reel has fewer screens. Background replacement must be getting easier.

Space Oddity in space


The David Bowie song, covered by Commander Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station. I'm pretty jaded this days but this is one of the most wonderful things I have ever seen.

If Your Childhood Board Games Were German


Place of Candy

Sweet, smooth and tempting... are all of the attributes you must try not to think about when you are tasked with running a productive and profitable candy factory.

Small things, links and miscellany, sparkling with light. Sam's tumblelog.