July 21, 2015
July 20, 2015
July 19, 2015

Having an insanely good time with Rocket League. I just love it when a really great title comes out out of nowhere. It reminds me of the sense of discovery when I was a little kid trading games at the local thrift store.

July 13, 2015

What It’s Like to Be Profoundly Face-Blind

While the condition has been reported in medical literature since the 19th century, it wasn’t until the mid-1930s that researchers suggested facial recognition involves processes that differ from other forms of visual recognition. For most of the time it’s been recognized by modern medicine, the majority of documented cases occurred following head trauma or stroke. But over the last decade or so, as more academics have begun studying face-blindness and as public awareness of it has spread, those with so-called developmental prosopagnosia — that is, those who were born with it — have grown more likely to come forward to seek diagnoses. Nevertheless, while this condition affects about 2 percent of the population, many who have it may still be totally unaware they do.

A great piece. Interestingly, the interviewee sees face-blindness as an advantage in some situations.

Satoru Iwata has passed away

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

Truly a great man. In an industry of rife with cynicism, he always came of as a sincere person who genuinely loved games and the joy they bring. Rest in peace.

July 11, 2015

I crossed an item off my bucket list today. I should have done it a very long time ago, but I finally got around to watching The Shawshank Redemption.

I had extremely high hopes and, fortunately, it didn’t disappoint.

July 10, 2015

Wraith

Wraith uses either PhantomJS, CasperJS or SlimerJS to create screen-shots of webpages on different environments and then creates a diff of the two images, the affected areas are highlighted in blue.

Made by the BBC News dev team.

July 9, 2015

IBM Announces Computer Chips More Powerful Than Any in Existence

The company said on Thursday that it had working samples of chips with seven-nanometer transistors. It made the research advance by using silicon-germanium instead of pure silicon in key regions of the molecular-size switches.

Moore’s Law still applies, apparently.

What makes an on-screen keyboard fun?

The default iOS on-screen keyboard needs a lot of screen real estate for things we don’t care about: language settings, microphone input, a space bar and word suggestions. Most modern on-screen keyboards are predictive in that they try to figure out what it is you want to write. This works okay-ish for writing a quick SMS, but quickly becomes obstructive for a typing game. It was clear that if we wanted to bring ZType to mobile devices and make it fun to play, we’d have to come up with a custom keyboard solution.

Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner Anthony Batts

As of Wednesday, police said there had been 155 homicides this year, a 48% increase from the comparable period last year. May’s 42 homicides were the most in a month in 25 years. Nonfatal shootings were up 86%, with 303 so far this year.

I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know it was this bad.