Do the “Gamesters of Triskelion” comment on blogs?

“The Gamesters of Triskelion” is an old “Star Trek” episode that features three brains that chatter quite a bit considering they don’t have bodies.

I enjoy reading technical journals and blogs online, and sometimes the comment section is quite entertaining or even informative.  Since the comments sometimes seem to come from thin air — e.g. no body — and can be argumentative in nature, there are times when I can’t help thinking that “The Gamesters of Triskelion” are adding to the comments.

How do game designers think?

Okay, if you’re wondering what makes a game designer’s mind whirl, here’s one example.  I saw this article at theatlantic.com on “Why is Pennsylvania So Haunted?“, and I couldn’t help thinking that somewhere in this visual is a game.  Granted, many of these kinds of ideas are fleeting and don’t amount to anything, but these are the creative inspirations that sometimes lead to a new game design.

 

It’s different in the Silicon Valley

Having worked in the Silicon Valley twice in my life, I do think it’s different there.  It’s a special place that most engineers might enjoy trying at least once.  For high tech types, think of it as a kind of Disneyworld for computer scientists.  The perks may have changed since I lived in the Silicon Valley, but not so much the attempts to keep you working long hours and the high pay that seems less so after you pay the rent or mortgage.  Computerworld recently published this slideshow on “10 Silicon Valley tech job trends.”

College hoops meets math

I always enjoy reading about, and sometimes trying, math or programming contests.  Kaggle specializes in big data contests where researchers and enthusiasts develop algorithms to improve predictions.  Kaggle even had a contest to Predict the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament winners.

150 Intellivision Rocks CDs found

“Intellivision Rocks” for Windows PC — including my games “Microsurgeon” and “Truckin'” and several other Imagic Intellivision games — has been discontinued, but Intellivision Productions reports that a box of CDs has been discovered with 150 left.  Visit Intellivision Productions’ store if you are interested in this product.  Note that the website says that it does not run on Windows Vista.

Don’t underestimate algorithms

Automobile insurance companies have offered discounts to customers who allow them to collect data on speed and braking.  Until now, the thinking has been that customers are protected from anyone knowing where they’ve been, since speed data alone does not indicate direction.  Now, MIT Technology Review blog reports that researchers at Rutgers University have developed an algorithm — elastic pathing — which can determine where the car has gone based on a number of speed data collections over a period of days or weeks.

An idea for a game design or a good science fiction story?