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Mon, Mar 16, 2015 The Brain-Cloud Edition

The Disturbing Puzzle Game That Nobody Can Solve

Patricia Hernandez, Kotaku:

On July 10th, 2014, a small, mysterious game called "Do Not Believe His Lies" was uploaded to the iOS app store. Since then, over 40,000 people have downloaded the app. Nobody has beaten it. Hell, nobody quite knows what it is, either.

Tech's next Step: Devices That Touch You Back

Edward C. Baig, USA Today:

All of us have been twisting knobs and pushing buttons to make stuff happen almost from the day we were born. But with advances in the field of haptics many more of the devices that we engage with are learning how to push back, promising to creatively impact digital entertainment, health care, cars, wearable computers, advertising, even sex.

Abort, Retry, Fail?


Why I'm Optimistic about Gender Equality in Tech

Jean Macdonald, iMore:

Discrimination still exists in this field and likely will exist for some time. But I don't get discouraged by the terrible stories circulating in the news on harassment and workplace discrimination. I don't get frustrated with well-meaning but clueless commenters who think the status quo reflects innate gender differences. Instead, I'm spurred on to redouble my own efforts to make the future better.



The number of volunteer contributors -- those who submit code for periodic updates, examine bug reports, and write fixes -- has shrunk over its long lifespan, even as its importance has increased.

I Love You Too... But the Timing Stinks

Are you in a mood for a romantic comedy, a movie about life, magic, love, and happily ever after... for "less than six months"? A movie that Mr Roger Ebert called "new and fresh", with "magnificient goofiness"?

May I recommend "Joe Versus the Volcanao"?

Like anything with this much ambition, Joe Versus the Volanco stumbles plenty of times, and there's a lot of messiness to go along with the comic inspiration. So of course it's not surprising that the film even now remains forgotten and unloved. But it's a different, special little blast of oddness, and on this its 25th birthday, it pleases me to encourage any and all of you to take a peek at this oddest little relic of the late 1980s.

"I was going to cast one woman to play three different roles, and when you decide to do that, you’re in a stylized place."

But I can see the film's storybook loveliness and bittersweet, child-like whimsy being a huge influence on Wes Anderson, especially The Life Aquatic, while the workplace absurdism and Bridges' sprightly oddball turn anticipate Being John Malkovich and Orson Bean's similarly twinkly performance as a genially warped old buzzard. But the loopy, child-like romanticism and winsome optimism at the heart of Joe belongs wholly and irrevocably to Shanley, who establishes himself as a true auteur here even as he draws extensively on the films of David Lynch, Tim Burton, and Spielberg.

Parting Words

Thanks for reading.