Inside the Demonstrations in Venezuela
This protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations over the past several weeks, many of which have resulted in violence between protestors and the police. Opposition leader Leopoldo López, the former mayor of Caracas who the government has charged with stoking the violence, made a speech before the crowds in the plaza before turning himself in to the police.
The Switzerland House in the Olympic Park is open to the public, has a sweet restaurant and sports some pretty cool decorations.
A breakfast of pricing contrast. This latte with a double shot of espresso acquired inside the main media center cost almost four times as much as a hearty breakfast from a cafeteria-style Russian restaurant in a neighborhood well outside of the Olympic Park. #nprsochi http://ift.tt/McbRrA
Ken Tucker reviews Lake Street Dive's new album Bad Self Portraits:
When you look at YouTube videos of Lake Street performing covers such as the Mamas and the Papas’ version of “Dedicated to the One I Love,” what you get is not a fresh interpretation of a song initially made famous by the 5 Royales and the Shirelles, but rather a very nice Mamas and the Papas impersonation. But enough times on this album to make it worth your while, Lake Street Dive powers past nicety to connect with the passion that brings blood and sweat to the tears that heartache songs need in order to thrive.
World’s largest laser produces nuclear fusion!*
No, that’s not giant pencil. It’s the inside of a fusion reactor, where lasers are focused onto a tiny pellet of frozen hydrogen gas (image courtesy of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory). Those photos at the bottom show the capsule that contains this fuel. Here’s a video that explains how the giant laser system (housed at the National Ignition Facility) works:
*Have we harnessed the energy of the stars? Not quite. Strictly speaking, while more energy came from fusion than went into the hydrogen fuel, only about 1 percent of the laser’s energy ever reached the fuel. The process still used a lot more energy than it generated.
Read all the details, from NPR’s Geoff Brumfiel, here.
“Today, the world has gone crazy. Even simple short linear games are developed by hundreds of people and sometimes I really don’t have a clue what all these people are doing. You simply don’t need 300 people and 60 million dollars to make a 5 hour long corridor shooter with 5 types of weapons and 10 levels with established technology.”
— Dan Vavra, Creative Director, Warhorse
This is from a post from the creative director of a company who recently put their game, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, on Kickstarter. The promising looking game hit its goal within a few days and is poised to pull in a lot more money. Vavra’s view on the gaming industry is quite eye-opening and refreshing. He says what a lot of people, especially big, AAA studios, know but don’t want to admit: you can do more with less.
Check it out and share your thoughts.
This is the rarest NES game in existence. It doesn’t look like much, but just 116 copies were made. Why’s that? “Nintendo World Championships” was created as part of a competition built around the movie “The Wizard,” and contains scaled-back versions of Super Mario, Tetris and Rad Racer. Want it? It’ll set you back more than $5,500 on eBay.