Machinarium is one of the current top pics for app games on itunes. Amanita has made some of the most beautifully designed and inventive computer games I’ve seen. Take a minute and check out a much earlier game called Samarost. I think you’ll find yourself instantly fascinated.
A video Bill says will bring you to tears of laughter. (I haven’t watched it yet, because I’m in public, and that would be embarrassing.)
From the LA Times, the secret elitism of eating organic in China.
“It is for officials only. They produce organic vegetables, peppers, onions, beans, cauliflowers, but they don’t sell to the public,” said Li Xiuqin, 68, a lifelong Shunyi village resident who lives directly across the street from the farm but has never been inside. “Ordinary people can’t go in there.”
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Laurence Sterne’s famously bizarre Tristram Shandy, FlavorWire has compiled a list of 10 of Literature’s Most Notoriously Incomprehensible Classics. So in case you thought you were alone in your confusion over Finnegan’s Wake… you never have been.
Over at the Guardian, the world’s greatest travel writers talk about their favourite travel books. Here’s Paul Theroux quoting Apsley Cherry-Garrard, documenter of Robert Scott’s infamous 1912 Antarctic expedition:
“If you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore. If you are a brave man you will do nothing; if you are fearful you may do much, for none but cowards have need to prove their bravery. Some will tell you that you are mad … And so you will sledge nearly alone, but those with whom you sledge will not be shopkeepers: that is worth a good deal. If you march your winter journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg.”
Dinosaur Feathers Discovered in Canadian Amber. And yes, they predicted your next question:
Villarica also did io9 readers a favor and asked McKellar whether this discovery could lead to a Jurassic Park scenario. McKellar said:
“Put simply, no. The specimens that we examined are extremely small and would not be expected to contain any DNA material. To put this into context, the only genetic material that has been recovered from amber is from lumps of mummified insect muscle tissue in much younger Dominican amber that are approximately 17 million years old and well after the age of dinosaurs.”
Love Edward Gorey? We do too. Brain Pickings has a feature on Gorey’s letters to Peter F. Neumeyer, friend and collaborator, who has just released a book of the letters and illustrated envelopes called Floating World.
“In light of his body of work, and because of the interest that his private person has aroused, I feel strongly that these letters should not be lost to posterity. I still read in them Ted’s wisdom, charm, and affection and a profound personal integrity that deserves to be in the record. As for my own letters to Ted, I had no idea that he had kept them until one day a couple of years ago when a co-trustee of his estate, Andras Brown, sent me a package of photocopies of my half of the correspondence. I am very grateful for that.”