Monday the Thirtieth of November, 2020

The Cruxwick File / Any Day In 2020 - Issue #20 - NaNoGenMo/2020
My NaNoGenMo entry for 2020: "It's felt like a very recursive and randomly ordered year for me, with any given day from earlier in the year being completely repeatable now, even including things which shouldn't make any sense in late November, like "hoping that the US election ends well" and "not knowing if there'll be a no-deal Brexit in January"." (filed under: creations random time illusions)
Recently listened to:
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Monday the Twenty-Third

The Girl Chewing Gum | John Smith
"As the instructions become more absurd and fantasised, we realise that the supposed director (not the shot) is fictional; he only describes – not prescribes – the events that take place before him." (filed under: art illusions london)

Glanced at: Humans and the perils of Covid-Zero - Plugging the GapFive Minutes of Pink Oyster Mushroom Playing Modular Synthesizer - YouTube

Wednesday the Eighteenth

Underwater museum: how 'Paolo the fisherman' made the Med's strangest sight | Fishing | The Guardian
"In 2006, a desperate Tuscan government dropped concrete blocks into the sea in an effort to disrupt the trawlers. [...] He began to wonder: what if, instead of dropping concrete blocks into the water, he dropped art?" (filed under: art fish stone crime)

Glanced at: EngineGolay Code | Visual InsightCashew - Wikipedia

Monday the Sixteenth

Keyword |
"Keyword is a game where a player has to communicate a word to the rest of their team, describing it in terms of a secret "keyword" which only that team knows. A second team eavesdrops on the conversation, trying to work out what they're talking about." (filed under: games words secrets creations)

Glanced at: Random Noun ServerPhotophone | kevan.orgRobotic 'Monster Wolf' Protects Japanese Town from Bears | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

Friday the Sixth

Need a lockdown project? Try the 100-year-old puzzle that only three men have solved
"It’s a whodunit that, due to an error at the printer’s (the “author’s note” regretted), had been accidentally bound in “an entirely haphazard and incorrect order” The reader was invited to reorder the pages correctly, thus solving the mysteries and revealing the identity of six murderers." (filed under: books puzzles mysteries secrets death crosswords random)

Glanced at: Cains Jawbone A Novel Problem by Edward Powys Mathers: UnboundThe Strong National Museum of PlayOptim @ Things Of Interest

Tuesday the Thirteenth of October

Insane in the Chromatophores - Backyard Brains
"When the iPod sends bass frequencies (<100Hz) the axons in the nerves have enough charge to fire an action potential. This will in turn cause the muscles in the chromatophores to contract." (filed under: squid music colour)

Glanced at: 'Jet fighter' godwit breaks world record for non-stop bird flight | Birds | The GuardianHomescapes and Gardenscapes ads banned as misleading - BBC NewsEuropean Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group - spreadsheet risk management and solutions conferenceFish eggs can hatch after being eaten and pooped out by ducks | Science NewsFace (sociological concept) - WikipediaAmazon Offers New Blank Box Upcharge For Progressive Members To Discreetly Receive Prime Orders

Tuesday the Sixth

BirdLife: Exuding Abundance
"In a major overview article, ‘Ecology of Australia’, Gordon Orians and Antoni Milewski portray sap and other sweet liquids as something cheap and superfluous that eucalypts can afford to waste, because nutrient-poor soils constrain their use of the sugars they produce." (filed under: plants food birds australia)

Glanced at: The Power of Music: Brian Eno and David Mitchell in conversation - The British LibraryThe Problem with the Inconsequential Quest Hot Pod NewsWingspan Oceania Expansion Stonemaier GamesCan You Imagine That? podcast | Fourble

Friday the Second

Ludii Portal
"Games are described as structured sets of ludemes (units of game-related information). This allows the full range of traditional strategy games from around the world to be modelled in a single playable database for the first time." (filed under: games design history)

Tuesday the Twenty-Second of September

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

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 -
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