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Mere addition paradox – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The mere addition paradox is a problem in ethics, identified by Derek Parfit, and appearing in his book, Reasons and Persons (1986). The paradox identifies apparent inconsistency between three seemingly true beliefs about population ethics. via Mere addition paradox – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

vector poem » Coelacanth: Lessons from Doom

In 1993, the message Doom sent to the videogame world was something like “use cutting edge technology to make something dark, edgy and violent”. The world has changed so much around Doom since then that very little of that original impact comes through to players today – though the industry has inarguably gone on to [...]

Twitter Data – A simple, open proposal for embedding data in Twitter messages – Home

Twitter Data is a simple, open, semi-structured format for embedding machine-readable, yet human-friendly, data in Twitter messages. This data can then be transmitted, received, and interpreted in real time by powerful new kinds of applications built on the Twitter platform via Twitter Data – A simple, open proposal for embedding data in Twitter messages – [...]


iProcessing is an open programming framework to help people develop native iPhone applications using the Processing language. via Luckybite.

Fractions of a Second: An Olympic Musical – Interactive Graphic – NYTimes.com

At the Olympics, the blink of an eye can be all that separates the gold medalist from the 10th-place finisher. In some events, this is obvious. But in others, with athletes racing one by one, the closeness of the race is harder to perceive. Listen to the differences below. via Fractions of a Second: An [...]

Syyn Labs: High Voltage Debauchery

When the rock band OK Go, famous for their viral videos including the spectacular and award winning “treadmills video”, wanted to feature a 4-minute long Rube Goldberg Machine in an upcoming video, they tapped Syyn Labs to build it.  The requirements were that it had to be interesting, not “overbuilt” or too technology-heavy, and easy [...]

NASA – Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

JPL research scientist Richard Gross computed how Earth's rotation should have changed as a result of the Feb. 27 quake. Using a complex model, he and fellow scientists came up with a preliminary calculation that the quake should have shortened the length of an Earth day by about 1.26 microseconds (a microsecond is one millionth [...]

vector poem » Arcadia Demade

Typically when you ship a big game you get some time off to relax, take a step back and enjoy life. Of course, I had to do something very silly with some of this time. So I did a remake of a BioShock level for… wait for it… Doom 2. via vector poem » Arcadia [...]

Flickr: Discussing Machine tags in Flickr API

No, machine tags are not RDF; they could play RDF on television, though. via Flickr: Discussing Machine tags in Flickr API.

The Philosophy of Punk Rock Mathematics – Technoccult interviews Tom Henderson | Technoccult

Therefore, if you are concerned with the empowerment of everyday people, and you believe that it’s probably a good idea to be skeptical of authority you could do worse than to develop your skills at being able to talk math in such a way that anyone can ask questions, can express curiosity, can imagine applying [...]