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Comment: Re:an intriguing line (Score 1) 37

by questhe (#38879253) Attached to: Ian Bogost Replies: Deep Thoughts On Gaming

Thanks for clarifying this point. It bring into focus two of my trends.

I am going through the Star Trek series. I am currently watching TNG, about an episode a night. Most nights I find myself saying "wow, this is real science fiction" by the end of the episode. Usually some major social issue caused by a twist in technology is explored.

The only video game that gave me this reaction was UFO: Enemy Unknown. Although I enjoyed many, I don't play them through once I see the graphics/plot line.

Entertainment, for me, includes some deeper philosophical stimulation.


Brain Surgery Linked To Sensation of Spirituality 380

Posted by timothy
from the applied-psychology dept.
the3stars writes "'Removing part of the brain can induce inner peace, according to researchers from Italy. Their study provides the strongest evidence to date that spiritual thinking arises in, or is limited by, specific brain areas. This raises a number of interesting issues about spirituality, among them whether or not people can be born with a strong propensity towards spirituality and also whether it can be acquired through head trauma." One critic's quoted response: "It's important to recognize that the whole study is based on changes in one self-report measure, which is a coarse measure that includes some strange items."

Simulation of Close Asteroid Fly-By 148

Posted by Soulskill
from the close-enough-to-feel-the-vacuum-breeze dept.
c0mpliant writes "NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released a simulation of the path of an asteroid, named Apophis, that will come very close to Earth in 2029 — the closest predicted approach since humans have monitored for such heavenly bodies. The asteroid caused a bit of a scare when astronomers first announced that it would enter Earth's neighborhood some time in the future. However, since that announcement in 2004, more recent calculations have put the odds of collision at 1 in 250,000."

Comment: I got one over here - Look! (Score 1) 604

by questhe (#27766919) Attached to: When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

I have a flu that matches the symptoms, swollen tonsils and expectorating bloody pus.
Not too bad.
I am 50, in great shape, healthy. I should have my immune system conditioned in a few days.

I think I got it from my stay at Anaheim disney land Marriott convention center last week. Anyone else there?


When Teachers Are Obstacles To Linux In Education 1589

Posted by kdawson
from the height-of-ignorance dept.
jamie found this blog post up on the HeliOS Project, which brings Linux to school kids in Austin, TX. It makes very clear some of the obstacles that free software faces in the classroom. It seems a teacher came upon a student demonstrating Linux to other kids and handing out LiveCDs. The teacher confiscated the CDs and wrote an angry email to HeliOS's founder, Ken Starks: "Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. ... This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older version of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them..." Starks pens an eloquent reply, which contains a factoid I have not seen mentioned before: "The fact that you seem to believe that Microsoft is the end all and be-all is actually funny in a sad sort of way. Then again, being a good NEA member, you would spout the Union line. Microsoft has pumped tens of millions of dollars into your union. Of course you are going to 'recommend' Microsoft Windows."

The solution of problems is the most characteristic and peculiar sort of voluntary thinking. -- William James