howtonotsuckatgamedesign:

weeaboo-chan:

baptisms:

rottentomatoes:

The Wolf of Wall Street leading lady Margot Robbie to star in live action Ghost in the Shell and more movie news you missed this week —-> http://tmto.es/B9UHF

how long do we have to keep saying “stop whitewashing” until hollywood actually pays attention??? never apparently

nuke hollywood

I also think that it’s time we stop calling these adaptations “live action versions”.Try this: The Wolf of Wall Street leading lady Margot Robbie to star in american Ghost in the Shell.See how different that feels? How this is no longer something to be excited about for fans of the original? How it screams commercial whitewashing for culturally narrow-minded western audiences?…because that is what happens. 
This is the same that happened with Old Boy, but there everyone was instantly talking about the shift of cultural perspective. But when we allow the “live action” aspect of this adaptation to drown put the cultural shift, we are fooling ourselves.…and writers who talk live-action are fooling us as well.

I’m not sure replacing “live-action” with “American” works either since our population is so varied. Though it is also true that one of the problems of Hollywood adaptations is that they often “Americanize” the story.Perhaps just start calling them Caucasian adaptations?

howtonotsuckatgamedesign:

weeaboo-chan:

baptisms:

rottentomatoes:

The Wolf of Wall Street leading lady Margot Robbie to star in live action Ghost in the Shell and more movie news you missed this week —-> http://tmto.es/B9UHF

how long do we have to keep saying “stop whitewashing” until hollywood actually pays attention??? never apparently

nuke hollywood

I also think that it’s time we stop calling these adaptations “live action versions”.

Try this: The Wolf of Wall Street leading lady Margot Robbie to star in american Ghost in the Shell.

See how different that feels? How this is no longer something to be excited about for fans of the original? How it screams commercial whitewashing for culturally narrow-minded western audiences?

…because that is what happens. 

This is the same that happened with Old Boy, but there everyone was instantly talking about the shift of cultural perspective. But when we allow the “live action” aspect of this adaptation to drown put the cultural shift, we are fooling ourselves.

…and writers who talk live-action are fooling us as well.


I’m not sure replacing “live-action” with “American” works either since our population is so varied. Though it is also true that one of the problems of Hollywood adaptations is that they often “Americanize” the story.

Perhaps just start calling them Caucasian adaptations?

8bitfuture:

New satellite can see through smoke.
The WorldView-3 satellite is able to use it’s shortwave infrared sensor to see through smoke and find exactly where a forest fire is burning, according to operator DigitalGlobe. The image below is a false color composite made from three of the shortwave infrared bands, which coincidentally give an orange color to the fire.
Before photo above/After photo below

By combining all eight bands available from the sensor, the company is also able to identify the areas of fire which are burning hottest, giving crews on the ground the best chance of stopping a large wildfire.
DigitalGlobe also claim the satellite to have the highest resolution in the industry, able to image down to 30cm, although due to legal restrictions they’re only able to publish photos resampled to 40cm online.

I’m passing this along because I think my fellow Montanans may find this to be extremely cool as it could relate to making our smoke jumpers even better.
Also:  I’m glad we have this before the Yellowstone super volcano erupts, because now we can get a clear bird’s-eye-view of our devastation when it happens.

8bitfuture:

New satellite can see through smoke.

The WorldView-3 satellite is able to use it’s shortwave infrared sensor to see through smoke and find exactly where a forest fire is burning, according to operator DigitalGlobe. The image below is a false color composite made from three of the shortwave infrared bands, which coincidentally give an orange color to the fire.

Before photo above/After photo below

By combining all eight bands available from the sensor, the company is also able to identify the areas of fire which are burning hottest, giving crews on the ground the best chance of stopping a large wildfire.

DigitalGlobe also claim the satellite to have the highest resolution in the industry, able to image down to 30cm, although due to legal restrictions they’re only able to publish photos resampled to 40cm online.

I’m passing this along because I think my fellow Montanans may find this to be extremely cool as it could relate to making our smoke jumpers even better.

Also:  I’m glad we have this before the Yellowstone super volcano erupts, because now we can get a clear bird’s-eye-view of our devastation when it happens.

Altruism Training

To help continue the message of community-building I want to build a list of games which promote/train cooperation (and optimally altruism as well) through their play mechanics.  Please contribute any titles which you think are fitting and/or reblog if you think someone you know may know of something to contribute.

Below is my list so far.

Video Games:
Journey
Guild Wars 2

Boardgames:
Space Alert

Opportunities for Greatness

Within the last hour or so I witnessed Zoe Quinn’s Tumblr blog get broken into and used to spam harmful messages as well as personal information for the purpose of causing further harm.  Before that I was discussing issues of race and inequality in the US. 

In fact, this whole week I have spent a fair amount of time either reading about or talking about race inequality in the US, and specifically the tragedy of Ferguson.  Prior to this week I was discussing the awful implications of the loss of Net Neutrality.

Recent events have given us an opportunity to show our true colors.  To show how truly great or terrible we are.  In these times it is important for us to step up rather than shy away.

This doesn’t just mean yelling about atrocities on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or what-have-you.  Before I saw the attack on Zoe Quinn I was attending an Andrew W.K. concert in which he sang about being positive, having fun, and partying.  What he is doing is actually important as he moves to promote happiness.  Similarly during the attack on Ms. Quinn there were a few supporters who managed to break through with positive messages.

Right now we need to help each other.  We need to let each other know how much we care.  We need to come to the defense of our fellow man when we witness abuse.  This is a time to help both friends and strangers.

Very little is obvious in the research on human decision-making and happiness. Very few things are proven. One thing that is proven is this: the only regrets octogenarians have are for the risks not taken. Here’s why: If the risk taken does pan out, it is good. But if it doesn’t — and here’s the key thing — we find a way to justify the risk taken as learning. The Risk Not Taken (via metacog)

(via metacog)

fortune-cracker:

softboycollective:

iwriteaboutfeminism:

12:01 AM in Ferguson. Curfew broken.

INDICT HIM AND WE LEAVE

This is incredible. I hope the people win.

I’m keeping this going because this is some of the more recent news, and because I’ve noticed a drop in posting about Ferguson.  We need to not let this fall through the cracks like we have with so many other instances of inequality.  We also need to make sure we don’t become complacent if the cop gets charged with murder, because the issue is much bigger than him.  The outrage needs to last until a more sweeping change occurs.

(via off-brand-girl-gamer)

howtonotsuckatgamedesign:

mirrepp:

Some harsh but very very true words

When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble."this is an old image…"
"I’m not happy with that one…""this is just a sketch…"
"I did this really quickly…""there is better stuff on later pages…"It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time. Be proud.

I think this is good advice for any pursuit.  Being humble is good, but you can do so quietly instead of negatively priming someone else’ first impressions.

howtonotsuckatgamedesign:

mirrepp:

Some harsh but very very true words

When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble.

"this is an old image…"

"I’m not happy with that one…"

"this is just a sketch…"

"I did this really quickly…"

"there is better stuff on later pages…"

It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.

But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”

You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.

This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time. 

Be proud.




I think this is good advice for any pursuit.  Being humble is good, but you can do so quietly instead of negatively priming someone else’ first impressions.