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  • Miss Universe Canada disqualifies transsexual contestant
    ‘“She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form,” stated a Miss Universe Canada release issued on Friday. “We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best,” it concludes, without specifying what requirements she did not meet.’
  • Researcher’s Findings in the Amazon Pit Him Against Noam Chomsky – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education
    ‘Along the way, the former missionary discovers that the language these people speak doesn’t follow one of the fundamental tenets of linguistics, a finding that would seem to turn the field on its head, undermine basic assumptions about how children learn to communicate, and dethrone the discipline’s long-reigning king, who also happens to be among the most well-known and influential intellectuals of the 20th century.’
  • Bytebeat — Kragen
    ‘The interesting thing is that Crowd, like bytebeat music in general, is a piece of rhythmic and somewhat melodic music with no score, no instruments, and no real oscillators. It’s simply a formula that defines a waveform as a function of time.’

Links for March 20, 2012

“Rolling in the Deep” played on a guzheng.

“Rolling in the Deep” played on a guzheng.

Links for March 19, 2012

  • Bloom: 28,000 Potted Flowers Installed at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center | Colossal
    ‘Nearly 28,000 potted flowers would fill almost every square foot of the MMHC including corridors, stairwells, offices and even a swimming pool, all of it brought to life with a sea of blooms. The public was then invited for a limited 4-day viewing as a time for needed reflection and rebirth.’
  • The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction –
    ‘The way the brain handles metaphors has also received extensive study; some scientists have contended that figures of speech like “a rough day” are so familiar that they are treated simply as words and no more…. Metaphors like “The singer had a velvet voice” and “He had leathery hands” roused the sensory cortex, while phrases matched for meaning, like “The singer had a pleasing voice” and “He had strong hands,” did not.’

Links for March 18, 2012

  • Eric Kandel’s Visions – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education
    ‘Kandel views the Expressionists’ art through the powerful multiple lenses of turn-of-the-century Vienna’s cultural mores and psychological insights. But then he refracts them further, through later discoveries in cognitive science. He seeks to reassure those who fear that the empirical and chemical will diminish the paintings’ poetic power.’

GDC 2012: Impressions.

In lieu of any deep and well-thought-out observations, here are some random impressions from the conference.

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