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Jul 30 '14

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Jul 29 '14
花の名前を知っている人と、
魚の名前を知っている人は、
それだけで好感度が高くなるように思います。

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花の名前を知っている人と、
魚の名前を知っている人は、
それだけで好感度が高くなるように思います。

(Those who know the names of the flowers, and
those who know the names of fishes:
Just by that, they seem to become more likeable.)

– Shigesato Itoi, Chiisai Kotoba wo utau Basho

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Jul 29 '14

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Jul 29 '14

But by comparing Love Is Blind Day to a normal Tuesday, we learned some very interesting things. In those 7 hours without photos:

people responded to first messages 44% more often; conversations went deeper; contact details (phone numbers, emails) were exchanged more quickly; in short, OkCupid worked better

And it wasn’t that “looks weren’t important” to the users who’d chosen to stick around. When the photos were restored at 4PM, 2,200 people were in the middle of conversations that had started “blind”. Those conversations melted away. The goodness was gone, in fact worse than gone. It was like we’d turned on the bright lights at the bar at midnight.

ed on the bright lights at the bar at midnight.

Much more of interest in the report.

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Jul 28 '14

– What do you feel an RPG should be like?

Miyamoto: Let’s say you tie someone completely up – even their individual fingers – and then wait a while. Then, if you start to untie the ropes one by one, they’ll of course be happy. Anyone would. The method of sticking someone in an incredibly tight situation then untightening it little by little and then saying, “There! Aren’t you happy now?” becomes very boring as soon as it becomes evident. So, instead of that, my personal theme when making RPG-like games is, “What can I do?” I don’t think creating happiness comes from starting from a negative and returning to zero. It’s starting from zero and ending at one hundred, and I try to think of ways to allow that.

— – 1994 Famicon Tsūshin interview about Mother 2, translated by earthboundcentral

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Jul 28 '14

Shigesato Itoi’s ephemeral essaylike things

Shigesato Itoi is known in the West as the author of the cult videogame series, Earthbound (in Japan, Mother 2 – the sequel Mother 3 wasn’t released overseas, but there’s a pro-level fan translation available). Itoi is know in Japan for a whole lot of things, a small sample of which include being a renowed…

Shigesato Itoi’s ephemeral essaylike things was originally published on The Nanbanjin Nikki

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Jul 25 '14

it’s deadline week post some despair


it’s deadline week post some despair

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Jul 25 '14

If one reads even more attentively, one cannot help noting a curious stylistic feature not entirely dissociated from Treebeard. What Malory actually wrote was:

‘And now I dare say,’ sayd syr Ector, ‘thou sir Launcelot, there thou lyest, that thou were never matched of erthely knyghtes hande. And thou were the curtest [i.e. most courteous] knyght that ever bare shelde! And thou were the truest frende to thy lovar that ever bestrade hors, and thou were the trewest lover of a synful man that ever loved woman, and thou were the kyndest man that ever strake with swerde.

(The Works of Sir Thomas Malory, ed. Vinaver, vol. III, p. 1259.)

The kindest man that ever struck with sword?, modern readers reflect. The truest lover that ever bestrode a horse? In modern contexts phrases like this could only be funny. Strong belief in the virtues of stylistic and semantic consistency urge us to keep kindness and sword-strokes, loved women and bestridden horses, in separate mental compartments. But clearly Malory did not feel this urge towards exactness at all. Did Tolkien? Tolkien furthermore no doubt noted that Malory’s insensitivity in this respect (a common thing in medieval writers) had not led necessarily to failure. His emulation of ‘loose semantic fit’ does however puzzle many modern readers – those especially who have been sophisticated by modern literary practice.

—Tom Shippey, The Road to Middle-Earth

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Jul 24 '14
L’œuvre d’art, l’œuvre littéraire étaient à ses yeux une fin absolue; elle portait en soi sa raison d’être, celle de son créateur, et peut-être même—il ne le disait pas, mais je le soupçonnais d’en être persuadé—celle de l’univers entier.

(The work of art, the work of literature was, to his eyes, an absolute end [in itself]; it carried in itself its own reason of being, [and also] that of its creator, and perhaps indeed – never did he say this, but I suspect that he was convinced of it – that of the entire universe.)

—Simone de Beauvoir, Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée

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Jul 24 '14

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Jul 24 '14
creativity in videogames happens in the margins

creativity in videogames happens in the margins

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Jul 23 '14

Argument by kanji components: 静かさ、閑かさ

Bashō: 閑さや岩にしみ入蝉の声 shizukasa ya iwa ni shimi-iru semi no koe stillness: the cry of cicadas seep into the rocks Is there any meaning to the fact that Bashō wrote shizukasa “tranquility, quietude, repose” with the character 閑 rather than the (possibly) more common 静 ? Let’s look at a typical “argument by kanji components” explanation.…

Argument by kanji components: 静かさ、閑かさ was originally published on The Nanbanjin Nikki

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Jul 22 '14
When cell suspensions we have fluorochromed are analyzed,
We find the variance of fluorescence minimized,
And mean fluorescence maximized, at equilibrium,
Though heterogeneous populations have confused us some.

tion”>Fluorescent dyes for differential counts by flow cytometry: does histochemistry tell us much more than cell geometry? A bonafide, serious cytometry/histochemistry paper written in proper rhyme & meter, and sung by the author at the Symposium on Automation and Cytochemistry in 1977. More sample verses:

When cell suspensions we have fluorochromed are analyzed,
We find the variance of fluorescence minimized,
And mean fluorescence maximized, at equilibrium,
Though heterogeneous populations have confused us some.

or:

They soon found on red acridine fluorescence served to tell
If cytoplasmic granules could be found within a cell,
And Adams and Kamentsky, using stronger laser light,
Were able to identify three kinds of leukocyte. (1)

The entire thing is like this :))

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Jul 22 '14
Il bâilla : il avait fini sa journée, il en avait fini avec sa jeunesse. Déjà des morales éprouvée lui proposaient discrètement leurs services : il y avait l’épicurisme désabusé, l’indulgence souriante, la résignation, l’esprit de sérieux, le stoïcisme, tout ce qui permet de déguster minute par minute, en connaisseur, une vie ratée.

(He yawned: He had finished the day, and he had also finished with his youth. Various tried-and-true moralities had already discreetly offered him their services: disillusioned epicureanism, smiling tolerance, resignation, the spirit of sobriety, stoicism, anything which would permit him to savor, one minute at a time, like a connoisseur, a life of failure.)

—Sartre, L’âge de raison

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Jul 21 '14
It’s easy to identify an ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) because no other northeastern damselfly has all-black wings. This is a male, and he’s guarding a territory and looking for mates. If a female comes by, she’ll signal her opinion of him using her wings: spread wings mean “Nope” and a wing flip means “Hey, hot stuff”

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