Reader's Corner for September 2012

September 30, 2012

Renga is about finding a way home. Attacked and left for dead, our hero must carefully marshal their resources to build a new ship, confront their nemesis and finally…

That awkward moment when you get to see the future of live entertainment (see the video, folks) and spot your freshman bio professor right outside as you leave the theater.

September 28, 2012

A method of swing on a swing is disclosed, in which a user positioned on a standard swing suspended by two chains from a substantially horizontal tree branch induces side to side motion by pulling alternately on one chain and then the other.

Someone managed to patent a method of swinging on a swing. Kudos, USPTO.

September 27, 2012

This couldn't have launched at a better time. I needed this.

Silicon Valley

"How the Internet ruined San Francisco"

We are the introverts.

A Buddhist statue brought to Germany from Tibet by a Nazi-backed expedition has been confirmed as having an extraterrestrial origin. Read more

I think this is definitely in the running for the most attention grabbing headline of the month.

September 23, 2012

"Here's the other side of Newsweek's Muslim Rage photo. Something the mainstream media wouldn't be too keen to show you in highlighted characters and red strips.…

It's good to see a positive response in the midst of all that insanity.

Dashrath Manjhi(1934[1]-August 17, 2007[2]) was born into a poor labourer family in Gahlour village nearGayainBihar,India.[1]He is also known as Mountain Man.[3][4]Dashrath Majhi's wife, Falguni Devi died due to lack of medical treatment because the nearest town with a Doctor was 70 km away from the...

Real life Minecraft:

"Dashrath did not want anyone else to suffer the same fate as his wife, so he single-handedly carved a 360-foot-long (110 m), 25-foot-high (7.6 m) and 30-foot-wide (9.1 m) road by cutting through a mountain in the Gehlour hills, working day and night for 22 years from 1960 to 1982."

September 22, 2012

For those with trouble sleeping.

September 21, 2012

An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world's best accurate maps.

This is a good read.

September 20, 2012

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[Alice], I remember you telling me to get this done. The pain would kill me, but the inner memon can't turn down free stuff. Hard choice.

September 18, 2012

Pay whatever you want to get Dustforce, Rochard, Shatter, S.P.A.Z., Torchlight, Vessel, and five breathtaking soundtracks -- all while supporting vital charities! All the games are DRM-free and run great on Windows, Mac, and Linux!

New one out. Yay.

'Trillions of carats' lie below a 35-million-year-old, 62-mile diameter asteroid crater in eastern Siberia known as Popigai Astroblem. The Russians have known about the site since the 1970s.

For those wondering where the impetus to read the 30 year old article came from.

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There are many productive things that I *should* be doing right now. But I decided to read a 30 year old article on diamonds instead.

September 14, 2012

In a memorable scene from the 1998 film Pleasantville (in which two 1998 teen-agers are transported into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV show), the father of the TV-perfect Parker family re...

This is definitely worth reading.