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Month: September 2016

Arcades in Japan

Arcades in Japan

This summed up my experience with Japanese arcades very well. He even includes the ‘Fear of Heights’ experience by Bandai-Namco that I’ve posted about before. But I can’t believe I missed the real cars in Odaiba. Guess I’ll need to make another trip.

Roman battle tactics

Roman battle tactics

YouTuber Historia Civilis aptly showcases the evolution of Roman battle tactics. And while the content treads a simplistic (though nifty) overview, we can get the core idea behind the Roman military system and how its adaptability set it apart from most of the ‘stagnant’ armies of the ancient world. Definitely worth the watch.


1D Dungeon Adventure Game

1D Dungeon Adventure Game

The game is called Line Wobbler. It runs on an Arduino, a 5 meter long LED strip, and a self-made spring joystick. The game itself is fairly simple, you control a green pixel, and you want to reach the other end of the strip, fighting 1D enemies and avoiding 1D lava on the way. There’s 10 levels and even a boss fight at the end.


Autumn Short-story Literary Countdown!

Autumn Short-story Literary Countdown!

Autumn is without a doubt my favorite season of the year. The trees turn, pumpkin patches open, corn mazes draw crowds, hoodies, jackets, scarves appear, and fall decorations of leaves are made by children everywhere. As the nights grow+ colder and days shorter, who couldn’t also love a good spooky story told around a campfire while cooking smores and drinking hot cider?

Dana Mele created a list of amazing short spooky stories from solid literary sources. These aren’t your blood and gore stories, gimmicky kiddie tales, or cheap jump scares. Many come from the golden ages of the 1800’s when proper authors would often write short, scary tales. I approve of her entire list. Best yet, each is short enough to read before falling asleep. So pour a warm drink, toss a few logs on the fireplace, and settle in under a warm blacket before bed and read a good story!

(The link to her countdown is here, but I’m always afraid of such beautiful resources getting lost/shut down. So I make a copy here.)
Do you have any spooky stories you would add? Please share!

31. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Stetson, PDF – Free Audiobook version

30. The Tapestried Chamber by Sir Walter Scott – Free Audiobook version

29. The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards, PDF – Free audiobook version

28. Squire Toby’s Will by J.S. Le Fanu

27. The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford – Free audiobook version

26. The Judge’s House by Bram Stoker, PDF – Free audiobook version

25. Man-Size in Marble by Edith Nesbit – Free audiobook version

24. The Roll-Call of the Reef by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch – Free audiobook version

23. The Friends of the Friends by Henry James

22. The Red Room by H.G. Wells – Free audiobook here

21. The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs, PDF – Free audiobook here

20. The Lost Ghost by Mary E. Wilkins – Free audiobook here

19. ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ by M.R. James – Free Audiobook version (2 parts)

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18. The Empty House by Algernon Blackwood, PDF – Free audiobook version

17. Widdershins by Oliver Onions (6 ghost stories) – Free audiobook version

16.  Rose Rose by Barry Pain

15. The Confession of Charles Linkworth by E.F. Benson

14.  On the Brighton Road by Richard Middleton – Free Audiobook version

13. Bone to His Bone by E.G. Swain, PDF version

12. The Taipan by W. Somerset Maugham

11. A Visitor From Down Under by L.P. Hartley

10. Fullcircle by John Buchan

9. The Clock by W.F. Harvey

8. Mr. Jones by Edith Wharton

7. Smee by A.M. Burrage – Free audiobook version

6. The Little Ghost by Hugh Walpole

5. The Hollow Man by Thomas Burke (small print- view in fullscreen and adjust)

4. Et in Sempiternum Pereant by Charles Williams

3. An Encounter in the Mist by A.N.L. Munby, PDF version

2. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe – Free audiobook version

  1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving – Free audiobook version

List of Honorable Mentions:

How Old is the Universe – EU’s Gaia probe

How Old is the Universe – EU’s Gaia probe

According to most scientific sources, even those written by such notables as Stephen (corrected) Hawking, the universe is about 13.88 billion years old. But the dirty secret is that recently possible measurements weren’t jiving.

Gaia is the EU’s new space-based telescope and has logged the distances between almost a billion nearby stars with unprecedented accuracy. In releasing the distances to the first 2 million objects, it’s numbers are causing a stir because if the Gaia speed observations are correct, it would mean having to reduce the estimated 13.88 billion-year-old universe by perhaps a few hundred million years.

Kudos to the BBC for not dumbing it down:

The Machine Learning Revolution and You

The Machine Learning Revolution and You

Remember studying about that “Industrial Revolution” or “Internet” thing and how it changed society and demographics? This is a really good write-up on how the next revolution of machine learning is about, and already, changing everything again. Get ready for it.