After 20 years, Space Paranoids finally became a reality. In 1982, when TRON came out, such 3D graphics — as seen in the fictional game — were impossible to create on the computers of the day. For TRON: Legacy Flynn’s Arcade was re-created in the California Adventure Theme Park and put alongside many vintage arcade machines. From what I could tell Space Paranoids was recreated by housing a more modern computer within an arcade shell using an LCD monitor for the display. It now resides in Starcade located in Tomorrowland at the Disneyland Theme Park.
Space Paranoids can be played online. I’ve played both and it’s practically the exact same game. Not sure that the arcade version has the easter eggs that were part of the Flynn Lives alternate reality game.
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Scientists at Princeton University used 3-D printing to create a functional ear that can “hear” radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capability.
“The design and implementation of bionic organs and devices that enhance human capabilities, known as cybernetics, has been an area of increasing scientific interest,” the researchers wrote in the article which appears in the scholarly journal Nano Letters. “This field has the potential to generate customized replacement parts for the human body, or even create organs containing capabilities beyond what human biology ordinarily provides.”
The finished ear consists of a coiled antenna inside a cartilage structure. Two wires lead from the base of the ear and wind around a helical “cochlea” — the part of the ear that senses sound — which can connect to electrodes. The ear in principle could be used to restore or enhance human hearing. Electrical signals produced by the ear could be connected to a patient’s nerve endings, similar to a hearing aid.
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God we fuck up teenagers’ heads. We tell them that biological conditions are moral punishments and then we get all shocked when they don’t practice rational risk management of biological conditions. We teach them “sex is super desirable and all the cool kids do it, and it’s hideously shameful and will destroy your life” and we wonder why they act an eensy bit neurotic about it. If you tried to design a system for making sexually active kids confused and unsafe, you couldn’t do much better than the American media and school system.
And for once, the answer is relatively simple. Just talk about sex like it’s a part of life. Some people have sex and some people don’t, because people are different. STIs aren’t bad because they’re Dirty Crotch Rot; they’re bad because they’re contagious illnesses like strep throat or whooping cough, and you can ask a doctor to check for and treat them just like you would with strep throat. Unwanted pregnancy isn’t a scarlet A; it’s a mostly-preventable accident that sometimes occurs when people are going about their normal business of having sex. You can ask the school counselor about a variety of topics, including career planning, problems at home, questions about sex, or conflicts with teachers.
If we could just get the goddamn stick out of our collective ass and accept that sex is a human activity and teenagers are humans, maybe there wouldn’t be quite so many plaintive “I don’t understand my body and I’m confused and scared and I don’t know anyone I can ask in person” messages flying out into the world. — The Pervocracy - “Teenage Panic.” (via klonazepam)
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“Without Women, Computing as We Know It Would Not Exist.”
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Jony Ive reveals the inspiration behind iOS7.