Manifesto Games

Manifesto Games has now launched. This is an attempt to sell computer games written by individuals or SMEs direct to us, and avoid the stranglehold of the major retail chains and the amrs race of the major games makers. They seem to be responding quickly to public comments – see comments by Cliffski and response…

Amazons Elastic Compute cloud

Maluke reports this new service from Amazon. It offers instant massive server capacity for short-term work – eg for simulations or render farms. In effect you set up andadminister the server using some Java tools you download and a key, wait for it to give you an IP address, the connect to that and off…

Is Second Life pointless?

A post on Web 2.0 Blog Network argues that “frankly, there is no end, no purpose in Second Life”. Second Life (SL) is based around consumerism, pointless and mechanical activity, and offers no real interaction. Ive never entered SL so I dont know: but surely this argument can be applied to most uses of simulation…

Zeppelins, the World Cup, and traffic simulation.

According to this press release, vehicle traffic during the recent World Cup series in Germany was monitored from a Zeppelin, and simulations used to smooth traffic flow “The fact that we had an up-to-date overview of free sections of road was amazingly effective,” says Chief Police Commissioner Peter Brunke, head of the Cologne polices traffic…

If London Were Like Venice

Marvellous reprint on Forgotten Futures of an article published in Harmsworths Magazine in 1899 by Somers L Summers, which imagines London partly sunk under the sea. There are some simulated photographs of what it would look like. My favourite is the Palazzo degli Horse Guards The story claims to have been inspired by a report…

The visual expression of emotion

Do we naturally show our emotions by facial expressions, or did we learn to? And if so, when did we learn, and did we learn through simulations (in this case, visual arts?) You know how it is: you read a book, half-remember a quotation, and then can’t find it again. Well, I half remember Gombrich…