There is plenty to see. Spread out over the entire third floor of its Mission Street building, the space is a playground for creative makers. There’s a woodshop stocked with tools that smells sweetly of sawdust, a mini recording studio complete with guitars and keyboards, 3D printers, a laser cutter and a ceramic kiln. All of it is open to the public and available to use — by anyone, free of charge. … [Read more...] about Iconic hackerspace Noisebridge is saved by donation of $150K bitcoin
Within this conceit, there are some elementary but nicely executed platforming gambits to reckon with. You'll search for door keys, throw switches to raise elevators, and haul checkbox crates around so you can jump to ledges. Puzzles are often grouped around hubs, where you venture into peripheral signs to gather objects you need to progress in the middle. Some signs are dangerous - there are spinning sawblades, and laser beams you'll need to either block or deactivate - but this is an extremely laidback game, with no lives, timers or combat elements and thus, infinite time to savour the light, shadow and picturesque detritus of the urban backdrop. It helps that there are so few actual people around - you'll spy vehicles, but I only recall encountering one 3D human being. There are more damning conclusions to draw, perhaps, about the act of stripping a city of citizens in order to play games with signs, but I didn't find the emptiness eerie: it made me feel like I'd wandered into town … [Read more...] about The Pedestrian review – a short, summery 2D platformer that turns signs into playgrounds
The minting of bullion around the world is a competitive game, with each organization striving to be the very best when it comes to producing gold. Each mint releases the product of their labors in the form of bullion coins stamped with their own personalized theme—the Philharmonic for Austria, the American Eagle in the U.S., and the Australian Kangaroo for Perth. … [Read more...] about Who Stole ‘The Big Maple Leaf,’ the Biggest Coin in the World?
Jalali, the former Afghan interior minister, describes himself as “cautiously hopeful.” But he considers the disunity between the U.S. and its Afghan clients to be ominous. “If there is a withdrawal of U.S. forces, if it’s not benchmarked with other elements of peacemaking—Afghan talks, a reduction in violence, the closing of Taliban bases in Pakistan—then the Taliban will just wait out the withdrawal of international forces and try to make separate deals with separate Afghan political groups,” he said. … [Read more...] about The Taliban Peace Deal Might Have Been Had Many Years and Thousands of Lives Ago
Forbes magazine estimates Guriev is worth more than $4bn (£2.7bn) and he shares ownership of PhosAgro, Europe’s largest producer of phosphate fertiliser, with Vladimir Litvinenko, a campaign manager for Russia’s president. Guriev appears to have bought the property through a British Virgin Islands company, Arabella Properties. His ownership of the penthouse has been kept such a closely guarded secret that even the building’s managers did not know who owned it. The BVI company that formally owns Guriev’s penthouse gives as its address the Jersey office of Opus Private, a firm of advisers promising a service that “exploits every legitimate opportunity to protect and preserve family wealth”. … [Read more...] about The London skyscraper that is a stark symbol of the housing crisis