From an algorithmic perspective, the idea that style and substance are separate is appealing. It allows us to code markup and stylesheets independently, and fits the logical mindset shared by so many techies. But it’s a falsehood. Style and substance are irretrievably linked. Like space and time, they are neither separable nor the same thing – there exists no hierarchy between them, no primacy. One informs the other. The other informs the one.
It’s impossible to perceive content and presentation separately. The two combine to create something more valuable: meaning.
[Argentine President Cristina] Fernandez is only the latest South American leader to be diagnosed with cancer. Presidents Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil all have undergone treatments recently.
In a small corner of social news site Reddit, an interesting game-making experiment is about to take place. Dozens of volunteers have been gathering for a little over a month with a single purpose: to provide 27-year-old Singaporean Munir Hussin with the tools and help he needs to program 52 video games—in 52 weeks.
If he succeeds, Munir (who we’re referring to by his given name, as Malays have a patrynomic naming custom) will have padded his portfolio with more than 50 games—and made his mark on one of the Web’s biggest gaming forums.
“My passion is making video games and my dream is to start a game studio,” Munir wrote on Reddit in November.
The problem? He couldn’t find a team to make the games with him and, as an unknown developer, he certainly couldn’t find any investors. Munir had seen threads on Reddit where artists drew whatever redditors requested. He wanted to take the same approach to games. They’d post ideas, and he’d program the games. A recent university graduate, Munir is unemployed and living with his parents. It’s not like he’s lacking free time.
Police in Colombia say they have found a half-built submarine in a warehouse in a suburb of the capital Bogota. (via BBC News | AMERICAS | Drug submarine found in Colombia) From September of 2000.
In the UK we recently saw empty commercial properties offered to charities for free while permanent tenants are found. Similarly, an Australian social enterprise — Renew Australia — is connecting artists and community projects with workspaces in vacant city-center buildings until they are needed again for commercial use. READ MORE…