Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Zinio: Boldly Go, PC Gamer (US Edition) | July 201...

Boldly Go

I like to believe that for most of us, PC gaming isn’t simply a way to escape from life or “blow off steam.” Part of the reason we put Civilization: Beyond Earth on the front of your magazine this month is that it’s an expression of games’ capacity to get us thinking about greater issues and aspirations: humanity’s place in the universe; science; Earth itself. There’s a quote from the math-and-stickfigures webcomic XKCD that perfectly encapsulates the sequel’s premise: “The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there’s no good reason to go into space—each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision.”

As you read (and, if you’re a space enthusiast like me, get very excited) about Civ: Beyond Earth this month, I encourage you to think about what games you’re playing that inspire you rather than simply operating as recreational downtime between life’s requirements. If you’ve got a particular gaming experience to share along those lines, we’d love to hear about it at


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Friday, May 9, 2014

Randall Munroe: Comics that ask "what if?" XKCD

Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions ("what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?") using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader's question about Google's data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Eyes on Earth / The High Definition Earth Viewing

Le acaban de poner cuatro cámaras (sólo HD ...bu) a la estación internacional y podemos ver el feed (mientras no este en el lado oscuro, o haciendo el switch  entre los distintos aparatos) con sólo unos segundos de diferencia.

The High Definition Earth Viewing

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The experiment is being run in conjunction with High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program that serves as outreach for students 9-12. Students participating in this program also helped design some aspects of the camera.

The cameras point down at Earth at all times, which makes for some breathtaking images. The feed will sometimes go down as the signal switches between the cameras, and it is hard to see when the ISS is on the dark side of the planet. If the cameras are down, the screen will be grey.


Y si no te puedes molestar en perder dos segundos de tiempo en lo que la imagen está gris, aquí tienes metraje del "best of"

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