Tuesday the Twenty-Second of September, 2020

Broadband: Old TV caused village broadband outages for 18 months - BBC News
"It turned out that at 7am every morning the occupant would switch on their old TV which would, in-turn, knock out broadband for the entire village." (filed under: television technology internet mysteries)

Glanced at: Statistics, lies and the virus: five lessons from a pandemic | Tim HarfordTo Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight | Quanta MagazineRivals by Owl_Skip
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Wednesday the Sixteenth

microCOVID Project
"We reviewed published research about COVID, and used it to make rough estimates about the risk level of various activities in microCOVIDs. 1 microCOVID is a one-in-a-million chance of getting COVID." (filed under: viruses maths death)

Thursday the Third

Amazon Drivers Are Hanging Smartphones in Trees to Get More Work - Bloomberg
"[The] system can detect a smartphone’s location to within about 20 feet. [...] That means a phone in a tree outside Whole Foods’ door would get the delivery offer even before drivers sitting in their cars just a block away." (filed under: phones trees hacking work illusions)

Glanced at: Lexicon (game) - WikipediaCollusion: an original card gameLossless Compression of English Short Messages'Like sending bees to war': the deadly truth behind your almond milk obsession | Environment | The GuardianDesigner Diary: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars | BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek

Wednesday the Second

What digital trash dumped in games tells us about the players | New Scientist
"But after only a month they had reached the limit for the number of items allowed in one place, a technical restriction to keep Second Life running smoothly. One player offered to take away the rubbish in his rocket." (filed under: games litter)

Glanced at: Alan Partridge on his new podcast: 'This is the real, raw, be-cardiganed me' | Podcasts | The Guardian

Wednesday the Twenty-Sixth of August

The Context Stack: a new way to visualize game rules – North Star Games
"The longer an arrow is, the longer a reader must remember a rule before applying it to understand another rule." (filed under: games writing design)

Glanced at: Ennigaldi-Nanna's museum - WikipediaThe Eternal JukeboxSerial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm - BloombergDont criminalise trespass - PetitionsShock an aw: US teenager wrote huge slice of Scots Wikipedia | Scotland | The GuardianWikipedia: The Text Adventure - Glesga (from sco.wikipedia.org)Chomsky hierarchy - Wikipedia

Friday the Twenty-First

Ellery Queen - Author, Author
"Each week's show would begin with a dramatized version of some inexplicable event. [The] sketch would end and the moderator would challenge each of the week's four panelists [...] to devise on the spot a set of circumstances that would make sense of the scene." (filed under: radio puzzles)

Glanced at: Asmodee Sale: The Humble StoreSkyCircl.es DonationsInformation Please - WikipediaInformation Please podcast | Fourble

Thursday the Twentieth

Family by Owl_Skip
"Family is a puzzle game, based around a fictional, forgotten 80s indie music scene." (filed under: games music puzzles)

Glanced at: Bored ravens straying from Tower of London as tourist numbers fall | Environment | The GuardianPole of inaccessibility - Wikipedia

Wednesday the Twelfth

Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates - The Verge
"One study from 2016 examined genetic data shared alongside 3,597 published papers and found that roughly one-fifth had been affected by Excel errors." (filed under: genetics software mutation)

Glanced at: Greek Yogurt Banana Bread | Just a TasteNo More Jockeys house rules - BlogNomic WikiChef John's Watermelon Pizza Recipe - Allrecipes.comCamJamEarthquake detection and early alerts, now on your Android phone

Sunday the Second

What ARGs Can Teach Us About QAnon – mssv
"It’s fun to speculate and to join seemingly disparate ideas, especially when the creators encourage and reward this behaviour. It’s less helpful when conspiracy theorists “yes, and…” each other into shooting up a pizza parlour or burning down 5G cell towers." (filed under: args delusions)

Glanced at: Santorini New York | Board Game | BoardGameGeek

Friday the Twelfth of June

Classics in the History of Psychology -- On the Perception of Incongruity: A Paradigm, Bruner & Postman (1949)
"I can't make the suit out, whatever it is. It didn't even look like a card that time. I don't know what color it is now or whether it's a spade or heart. I'm not even sure now what a spade looks like! My God!" (filed under: cards mutation delusions psychology)

Thursday the Fourth

Turn MTG into Uno with One Simple 29-Card Trick! : BadMtgCombos
"With a hand full of blue cards and no 4s, they are forced to draw a card." (filed under: games mtg hacking cards)

Glanced at: What shall we do now? Five hundred games and pastimes: : Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet ArchivePygmalion's Spectacles by Stanley G. Weinbaum - Free EbookInnovation Strategy | Part of the Board Game Strategy network

Wednesday the Third

BirdNET – The easiest way to identify birds by sound
"This demo lets you record a file using the internal microphone of your Android device and an artificial neural network will tell you the most probable bird species present in your recording." (filed under: birds sound)
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