1. killscreen:

    HOW ONE BRAVE AUDIO-ONLY GAME IS HARNESSING THE POWER OF SOUND

    Three Monkeys is changing the tune of audio gaming.

    The vast majority of audio games—games which rely solely on sound to create their environments—belong to the survival horror genre, and thus tend to associate the player’s lack of sight with fear. In many respects, this design choice serves to disempower players, often forcing them to be constantly running or constantly hiding from or constantly evading an ever-encroaching danger. London-based Incus Games hopes to reverse this trend by instead empowering its players with its forthcoming audio open-world adventure Three Monkeys.”

     
  2. skunkbear:

    The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests.

    Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg.  Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and nurture, and he devised a fascinating (and questionably ethical) experiment to study it:

    Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father.

    First, Kellogg had to convince his pregnant wife he wasn’t crazy:

     …the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.

    She apparently gave in, because Donald and Gua were raised, for nine months, as brother and sister. Much like Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Gua developed faster than her “brother,” and often outperformed him in tasks. But she soon hit a cognitive wall, and the experiment came to an end. (Probably for the best, as Donald had begun to speak chimpanzee.)

    You can read more about Kellogg’s experiment, its legacy, and public reaction to it here.

    Those tickles, tho…

    (via npr)

     
  3. theparisreview:

    In 2002, radio producers interviewed “New Yorkers who were among the last—and in some cases, the very last—to hold jobs in industries that were dying … They came up with seven people—a Brooklyn fisherman, a water-tower builder, a cowbell maker, a knife-and-scissor grinder, a lighthouse keeper, an old-fashioned bra fitter, and a seltzer man.” The interviews are now online.

    For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

    The seltzer man! His interview is great.

     
  4. Pianophase.com is a performance and visualization of the first section from Steve Reich’s 1967 piece Piano Phase. Two pianists repeat the same twelve note sequence, but one gradually speeds up. The musical patterns are visualized by drawing two lines, one following each pianist. The sound is performed live in the browser with the Web Audio API, and drawn with HTML5 Canvas.

    created by Alexander Chen

    (Source: ilovecharts)

     
     
  5. nbcsnl:

    Amy Poehler as Kaitlin

    RICK! RICK! RICK!

    One of the all time best characters on SNL.

    (Source: dreambigandbeyourownhero)

     
  6. spookychan:

    jillthompson:

    vincentfuckingprice:

    Vincent Price rides some rolly-coasters.

    This makes me smile!!

    I love him.

    (via twostriptechnicolor)

     
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  9. barbarastanwyck:

    Grey Gardens (1976)

     
  10. existentialcrisisfactory:

    Kamala Khan has enraptured the world as many times as she’s saved it. Now, the plucky Pakistani-American teen who made history as the new Ms Marvel, comics’ first ever lead Muslim superhero, is getting a rare sixth printing—and heralding a new era of diversity in comics.

    Although the world of comics occupies an increasingly large part of the pop cultural domain—last year the industry did about $800 million in sales—the number of people who actually buy comics is relatively small. Most comics only average about 3,000 copies per printing; with Kamala now on her sixth printing, she’s headed towards a whopping 20,000 print copies sold.

    Still, to put things in perspective, sixth printings are major milestones in the world of comics. Spider-Man Issue #583, the one with President Obama on the cover, only made it to a fifth printing despite making international headlines. Kamala now joins an elite lineup of bestselling comics that have performed beyond all expectations.

    What Ms. Marvel’s rare 6th printing means for diversity in comics

    (via kmgrace)