Circuit Maze Logic Game

When I was a child my favorite game was Mousetrap because the experience wasn't simply about rolling dice and moving around a board.  Rather, it was an invitation to construct environments with the reward of something special happening. I still enjoy games where you build but I especially love it when they offer clever, valuable…

Moebius’s photo reference

In an unsourced interview reposted at Ragged Claws, Jean "Moebius" Giraud discusses his use of photo reference (more) — a popular topic of late among amateur numpties who think it's "cheating." Update: Disney! https://twitter.com/sylvainsarrailh/status/941589595531153408 https://twitter.com/ronniedelcarmen/status/829613374690332672 Source: Boing Boing (published under a Creative Commons license)

Twitter Japan is Not a Safe Space for Minority Users

“Stop hate speech!” Poster created by the Japanese Ministry of Justice to address hate speech. The absence of measures to control online hate speech discourages freedom of expression among ethnic minorities in Japan, especially resident Koreans, according to a series of reports published by Kanagawa Shimbun, a regional newspaper. The report details how online hate speech…

Make your own unicorn kit

You can make six things with the I Love Unicorns Kit (Amazon), though only one of them is, technically, a complete unicorn. The other items, however, when worn together, entitle the wearer to be recognized as an actual unicorn under the German Standards Institute DIN 41439 specification for Cryptozoological Entities. So there's that. A RAINBOW…

Racist lady removed from Starbucks

A woman was escorted by police out of the Walnut Creek, Cali., Starbucks after berating a Korean student there for speaking her own language. the woman told her "This is America. Use English only" and "Your language is disgusting."In the footage, an elderly woman working on a laptop can be heard telling An, "If you…

Alarming lawyer ad

The best personal injury lawyer ad in human history is the chroma key apocalypse of Berger & Green, but this fellow Barry Glazer gives Pittsburgh's finest a run for their money: "I'm in it for vengeance" Here's an interview with Barry, shot by Alexander Rubin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0kcPp5hnb0 Barry Glazer is a Baltimore-based attorney whose provocative, uninhibited…

Just before the FCC’s cowardly vote to kill Net Neutrality, they had to evacuate due to “security advice”

"On advice of security, we need to take a brief recess," said Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, just as the he was about to call a vote to kill Net Neutrality after ignoring tens of millions of comments from everyday Americans and expert interventions from the internet's inventors and the world's leading technical experts. (more…)…

What is bias in machine learning, when does it matter, and what can we do about it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMym_BKWQzk "The Trouble with Bias," Kate Crawford's (previously) keynote at the 2017 Neural Information Processing Systems is a brilliant tour through different ways of thinking about what bias is, and when we should worry about it, specifically in the context of machine learning systems and algorithmic decision making -- the best part is at the…