Bruce Sterling ruminates on Pokemon in an MP3 interview on Wired News.
But, you know, I'm quite the fan of Pokemon. I'd love to do some writingfor them. ButI think they're probably a harbinger of even more sophisiticated kinds ofthings. [...] These programs, I think, really are preparing them for apost-human future. I mean, you look at Pokemons--they're all obviouslygenetically altered shit. They're straight out of the WTOG (sic) splicingnightmare. They're animals that are cute, cuddly, can sort of talk, and arelike, you know, they glow in the dark, and have extra sets of chickenwings, I mean, they're all biological violations. And cuddly!LinkDiscuss
David Robinson used the data from the 28,657 people who self-selected to take the Stack Overflow survey to investigate the relationship between programmer pay and the conventions of using either tabs or spaces to mark indents, and found a persistent, significant correlation between using spaces and bringing home higher pay.
It’s the end of an era, sort of: Fraunhofer IIS, the developers of the MP3 audio compression format, announced that they are ceasing their licensing program. In a blog post, spokesman Matthias Rose says that it’s had a good 20-year run and is obsolete. But it’s also true that the decoding patents expired last year, […]
Freddy deBoer writes that he’s been telling the same joke for years about Silicon Valley’s only product, which might be universalized as “At last, a way to verb with nouns on the internet!” But the social-media techopoly is stable, now, and so the venture capitalists have moved on to the three terrible trends that will […]
As the old saying goes, “You should sit in meditation for 30 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy, in which case you should meditate for an hour.” Since most of us have an endless list of things to do and people to see, carving out quiet time can feel impossible, especially when most […]
The Bragi Dash Truly Wireless Smart Earphones are far more than your run of the mill Bluetooth earbuds. While the earpiece design makes these earbuds ideal for exercise and activity, and passive noise cancelling is conducive to a more serene listening experience, these buds go well beyond just playing music.First of all, they can actually […]