FedEx won’t ship milling machine that makes untraceable guns

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Defense Distributed sells a $1500 digital mill called the Ghost Gunner. Among other things, it can carve an aluminum AR-15 rifle body
without a serial number. FedEx refuses to ship it.

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February 26, 2015

Notes from “The Information” by James Gleick

February 25, 2015 Chapter 4. To Throw the Powers of Thought into Wheel-Work
The complexities she [Ada Lovelace] encountered for the first time became familiar to programmers of the next century:

How multifarious and how mutually complicated are the considerations which the working of such an engine involve. There are frequently several distinct sets of effects going on simultaneously; all in a manner independent of each other, and yet to a greater or less degree exercising a mutual influence. To adjust each to every other, and indeed even to perceive and trace them out with perfect correctness and success, entails difficulties whose nature partakes to a certain extent of those involved in every question where conditions are very numerous and inter-complicated.♦

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Gleick, James. “The Information.” Pantheon, 2011-02-28T15:00:00+00:00. iBooks.
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ludo ergo sum


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February 25, 2015

Notes from “The Information” by James Gleick

February 25, 2015
Chapter 4. To Throw the Powers of Thought into Wheel-Work

Her exposition took the form of notes lettered A through G, extending to nearly three times the length of Menabrea’s essay. They offered a vision of the future more general and more prescient than any expressed by Babbage himself. How general? The engine did not just calculate; it performed operations, she said, defining an operation as “any process which alters the mutual relation of two or more things,” and declaring: “This is the most general definition, and would include all subjects in the universe.”

All Excerpts From

Gleick, James. “The Information.” Pantheon, 2011-02-28T15:00:00+00:00. iBooks.
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ludo ergo sum


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February 25, 2015

Notes from “The Information” by James Gleick

February 25, 2015 Chapter 4. To Throw the Powers of Thought into Wheel-Work
…ne winter she grew obsessed with a fashionable puzzle known as Solitaire, the Rubik’s Cube of its day. Thirty-two pegs were arranged on a board with thirty-three holes, and the rules were simple: Any peg may jump over another immediately adjacent, and the peg jumped over is removed, until no more jumps are possible. The object is to finish with only one peg remaining. “People may try thousands of times, and not succeed in this,” she wrote Babbage excitedly.

I have done it by trying & observation & can now do it at any time, but I want to know if the problem admits of being put into a mathematical Formula, & solved in this manner.… There must be a definite principle, a compound I imagine of numerical & geometrical properties, on which the solution depends, & which can be put into symbolic language.♦

A formal solution to a game—the very idea of such a thing was original. The desire to create a language of symbols, in which the solution could be encoded—this way of thinking was Babbage’s, as she well knew.

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Gleick, James. “The Information.” Pantheon, 2011-02-28T15:00:00+00:00. iBooks.
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ludo ergo sum


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February 25, 2015

reckon:

A Humument” (4th ed.) by Tom Phillips is downloadable (PDF): http://t.co/JxylwNuUpe


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February 25, 2015

Tenth anniversary edition of A Theory of Fun for Game Design

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Hard to believe it’s been ten years since the initial release of Raph Koster’s indispensable A Theory of Fun for Game Design, a book that does for game-design what Understanding Comics did for sequential art.

Koster and O’Reilly have produced a tenth anniversary edition,
which updates all the interior art (all-color, now!), and takes account
of the past decade’s developments in psychology and games. The new
edition comes out on December 5. Here’s details on the updated text from a Wired Gamelife piece:

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February 25, 2015

Liberation theology, instead of legitimating the status quo, tries to read reality, history, and the Bible not from the side of the powerful, but from the side of the pain. Its beginning point is not sin management, but “Where is the suffering?” This makes all the difference in how we read the Bible. God sees all the many kinds of suffering in the world. The world tends to define poverty and riches simply in terms of economics. But poverty has many faces—weakness, dependence, or humiliation. Essentially, poverty is a lack of means to accomplish what one desires, be it lack of money, relationships, influence, power, intellectual ability, physical strength, freedom, or dignity. Scriptures promise that God will take care of such people, because they know they have to rely on God.


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February 25, 2015

mondaymorningcenterback:

Pele takes on Italy’s Giovanni Trapattoni in 1963.


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February 25, 2015

iandeleonarts:

browntourage:

SISTER MANTOS: “FIN DEL MUNDO” MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE

Sister Mantos is a psychedelic funk-punk electronic band based in LA by way of El Salvador. Today we premiere their new video for their song “Fin Del Mundo,” off of their California Peace Album– an intergalactic sci-fi fueled journey through the end of the Earth. This self-proclaimed “Brown Futurism” is filmed by and starring an all POC cast. Now THAT’S an apocalypse I can get down with.

—> Watch the video!

Que se acabe con el racismo

Que se acabe con el sexismo

Que se acabe con la homophobia

Que se acabe con las bombas

Que se acabe con los Estados Unidos

Que se acabe con el Capitalismo

¡¡  cybertropix ^^^^^  !!


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February 25, 2015