October 22nd, 2007

Gaming Worlds

The Games of Life


On the final day of the Web 2.0 Summit, game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal gave a fascinating presentation about how gaming life and real life are merging—and how that could possibly be a good thing.


McGonigal offered some research findings that suggest the average gamer spends 16 hours per week in videogames or virtual worlds, and up to an additional 10 hours per week thinking about about gaming. She explained that young people worldwide (and in Asia, especially) have revealed that they feel more comfortable and more successful in the structured environment of games—where rules, goals, and paths to success are clearly defined—than in the real world.


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Joke of the Day

The first ladies of Russia and France were having a meeting with Lady Hilary Clinton. The subject of discussion was the penis of their respective spouse. The first lady from Russia says, "It is like an army officer – you do not know where he will attack from – front or back...” The French lady says, "It is like the screen in the auditorium – once the act is performed, it drops down..." Then Hilary says, "It's like a rumor... it moves from one mouth to another..."

Planet Science

The Future of Science

This world map looks warped but gives a true reading of research around the globe. “When I compare our high schools to what I see when I’m traveling abroad, I am terrified for our workforce of tomorrow,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in a 2005 speech.

When countries are scaled according to their annual investment in research and development, as shown here, the world looks odd. Clearly, the
United States still dominates. We spent $343 billion on R&D in 2006, roughly a third of all such investment worldwide. More than half of the world’s most influential scientific research is conducted in the United States. But the raw numbers hide some disturbing trends.


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Women Cheat More than Men

A survey in
UK has postulated that women are more unfaithful than males.


Forty per cent of females cheat on lovers, compared with 34 per cent of males. And a third of women (34 per cent) fantasize about lesbian sex. But females spend less time thinking about fun between the sheets. About half of women fantasize once or twice a day about love-making ? for men the figure is ten times.


Seven out of ten Brits want more nookie, says the poll by condom makers Durex. Sixty-two per cent of women and 82 per cent of men claim they are sex-starved and desperate for more loving. A third of people have sex twice a week but just under a quarter make love less than once a month. However, a lucky one in ten gets it every day.

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Treasure Hunt

The Lost Treasure of Atahualpa


The Incas called themselves the Children of the Sun. They began as a small mountain tribe and then built an empire on conquest. 


In the fall of 1532, Francisco Pizarro and 200 Spanish soldiers climbed high into the Andes and conquered an empire of 3.5 million native people. The Spaniards were lured by their greed for gold. They invited Atahualpa, the Incan emperor, to a peace parley and then seized him in a surprise attack. Atahualpa promised to fill a room with GOLD if Pizarro set him free.


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Religious Beliefs

Why Do People Develop Religious Beliefs?


According to Senator Barack Obama:


Each day, it seems, thousands of Americans are going about their daily rounds – dropping off the kids at school, driving to office, shopping at the mall, trying to stay on their diets – and coming to the realization that something is missing. They are deciding that their work, their possessions, their diversions, their sheer busyness are not enough.


They want a sense of purpose, a narrative arc to their lives, something that will relieve a chronic loneliness or lift them above the exhausting, relentless toll of daily life. They need an assurance that somebody out there cares about them, is listening to them – that they are not just destined to travel down a long highway toward nothingness. - Barack Obama

This statement proves once again that Faith enables a person to fool himself into thinking that he is maintaining his standards of reasonableness, while forsaking them.


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Person of the Week

Marshall W. Nirenberg


In the 1960s Marshall W. Nirenberg deciphered the genetic code, the combination of the A, T, G and C nucleotides that specify amino acids. 

The breaking of the genetic code was one of the most important advances in molecular biology, secondary only to the discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA in 1953 by Crick and James D. Watson.


For this achievement, he shared the Nobel Prize with Robert W. Holley and Har Gobind Khorana in 1968.


Nirenberg has racked up 71 publications in neurobiology over the past 20 years. But for all that productivity, those studies will likely never eclipse his cracking of the language of A, T, G and C. That he is not well known for it does not seem to faze him. “Deciphering the genetic code was fantastic fun,” he says. “I mean, it was really thrilling.” Fame may be fleeting, but the genetic code will endure for as long as there is life.

MILF of the Week

Sophie Marceau!

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