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The Real Story Of Risk by Glenn Croston (book review).

January 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Real Story Of Risk by Glenn Croston (book review).

Firstly, this book, ‘The Real Story Of Risk’ has nothing to do with the game of Risk but how we cope with the odds of survival in the world about us. Author Glenn Croston points out from the start that we have a greater chance of being attacked and killed by pet dogs than we […]

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Kill the Death Stars, orders Barack Obama.

January 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Kill the Death Stars, orders Barack Obama.

Barack Obama was served with an online petition asking the US Government to go ahead and build the Death Star- ain’t online democracy a mighty fine thing? What next – a request to invade Canada? Here’s the official White House response from Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House. […]

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World of Warcraft players better hires than MBAs from Harvard!

January 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
World of Warcraft players better hires than MBAs from Harvard!

Who should you be hiring in this downturn? Harvard MBAs or World of Warcraft players? One top expert reckons it’s the latter every time! John Seely Brown says, “I would rather hire a high-level World of Warcraft player than a MBA from Harvard. Why is a game, a massive multiplayer game that has maybe 12 […]

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Editorial – January 2013 (editorial).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Editorial – January 2013 (editorial).

Thinking is a sign of responsibility. Considered action comes better from thinking before acting.  Hello everyone A problem with western society today is that it is very much an action first, apologise if wrong later, mostly because the consequences haven’t been thought through far enough. What tends to be forgotten is to think through the […]

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Always remember: the universe doesn’t care (Editorial – December 2012).

November 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Always remember: the universe doesn’t care (Editorial – December 2012).

Always remember: the universe doesn’t care. Hello everyone No, you’re not mistaken. The position of the Zen line hasn’t moved. For those who follow the Mayan calendar, there are expectations that December is the end of the world. It’s even happening before Yuletide, which was very considerate of them after so many seem to be […]

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Novacon 42 – 9th-11th November 2012 (con report).

November 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Novacon 42 – 9th-11th November 2012 (con report).

Novacon 42 – 9th– 11th November 2012 A science fiction convention report by Pauline Morgan.  Long, long ago (1971) in a city far, far away – well Birmingham, actually – a group of Aston University students and Vernon Brown reassembled after the Easter break and bemoaned the fact that there would not be another SF […]

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Enterprise Games: Using Games Mechanics To Build A Better Business by Michael Hugos (book review).

November 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Enterprise Games: Using Games Mechanics To Build A Better Business by Michael Hugos (book review).

I had to put the full title, ‘Enterprise Games’, in or you would think there was a ‘Star Trek’ connection, when actually it has more in common with multi-player video games. Author Michael Hugos sees the metaphor of how we play computer games used in a business manner and along with other people, now use […]

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The first 1-billion view YouTube video? Gangnam Style!

November 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
The first 1-billion view YouTube video? Gangnam Style!

Gangnam Style by Psy had just passed the 850 million download mark on YouTube making it the most popular video on the planet… like, ever. It’s predicted to be the first one billion views video by Christmas 2012. Thanks, Santa. Now, here’s the real question. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? Are there that many people who love Korean pop […]

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The Last Myth by Mathew Barrett Gross and Mel Gilles (book review).

November 23, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Last Myth by Mathew Barrett Gross and Mel Gilles	(book review).

As usual with many of Prometheus Book titles, ‘The Last Myth’s sub-title gives more about the product than the main title which doesn’t really isolate the subject matter. In this case it’s ‘What The Rise Of Apocalyptic Thinking Tells Us About America’. Initially, this sounds like an odd quandary in that it is the old […]

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Santa? No! Singing Sulu.

November 16, 2012 | By | Reply More
Santa? No! Singing Sulu.

Star Trek actor George Takei is in this rather amusing Old Navy commercial for the USA’s Black Friday sale… pleading with viewers for some peace and harmony, Federation style. When there’s a cheap sweater to be had, George, you can fire that concept out of the ship like a spent photon torpedo. I’m all elbows […]

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