AV club has some background: https://news.avclub.com/nickelodeon-s-long-forgotten-prometheus-and-bob-deserve-1833973730
A beautiful metaphor for life
The OpenAI project has a new API, called GPT-3 that is in the news now because of its ability to mimic human-style communication. The funniest implementation is their choose-your-own adventure engine. Unlike other text-based adventures like Zork or those Infocom games, this one allows you to write in full sentences and is not limited to… Continue reading AI Dungeon
A thorough explanation a description of Hnefatafl and other ancient games at Smithsonian Magazine
Laser League Puzzlescript game by Tim Knauf Unravel the Fortress of Inscrutability Robber Baron has stolen the town jewels, but never fear! Mighty Bridget won’t be pushed around. She does the pushing! Teenaged Sophie is unsurpassed in laser-leaping skill! No cranny is too tiny for child prodigy Zelda! Evildoers are no match for THE LASER… Continue reading Laser League
US-Grown Tea Is Incredibly Rare. This Small Farm Is Blazing a Trail. – “A look at why tea has never really been an American crop—and what a tiny tea operation in rural Mississippi can teach us about how that might change.” When we lived in Hawaii we met someone who grew his own coffee, his… Continue reading Growing Tea in the U.S.
We have gone through so many can openers in the last few years. Each time we buy one, it stops working after just a few cans. Either the gears stop meshing or the handle disconnects from the axle that turns the gear. We kept trying different, ever-more- expensive brands until we finally found a winner.… Continue reading Swing-A-Way Can Opener
Jedediah Smith, VFX supervisor for Method Studios, describes the painstaking process visual effects artists used to create the moon and lunar rover sequence in Ad Astra. From their innovative use of infrared cameras to their deep archival research to their extensive use of rotoscoping, the effects team employed an array of techniques to balance realism… Continue reading How the Lunar Scene from Ad Astra was Made