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Who is Lara Croft

Two words: Lara Croft. OK, stop there. What did you see? An image will undoubtedly have flashed into your mind. She is, after all, one of gaming's most widely-recognised characters, so you almost certainly have an idea of who 'Lara Croft' is. Yet her appearance and personality have changed so dramatically over the past 19 years, there is arguably no single Lara Croft.

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Oh thank you, dear Justin Towell - this is such an interesting topic. 

So, who is my personal Lara Croft? It is certainly not the innocent girl in the reboot - who needs to be nearly raped in order to become a mass murderer. Don't get me wrong: I think the "reboot" called Tomb Raider is a fabulous and fun game with an intense Tomb Raider-feeling - but it has little to do with "Lara Croft".

For ME, the most defining Lara Croft was the one from Tomb Raider comics I read in the early 2000s. Here, Lara is a mix between the women in Tomb Raider 1 to 3: Highly educated, rich, privileged - i.e. she does what she does but not for money nor fame - she is not corruptable, but so dawn curious and ambitious that she travels the world, risking everything for an object or story that just is interesting for her. Saving the world - if necessary .
Sometimes she has a bit of James Bond - but in general she is just an adventurer with the heart on the right spot.
And: sometimes she is more ruthless when it comes to enforcing the victory than the other famous adventurer and archeologist, Indiana Jones (who was not so innocent at all).
I think that was the heroine who was able to become worlds most known female computer game character, as she was different than any other. Beautiful and sometimes oversexed, yes, but there are a lot of beautiful and sexy women in gaming. It needs more to become Lara Croft.

Oldest song ever

In the early 1950s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E.. Found, WFMU tells us, “in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit,” these tablets “contained cuneiform signs in the hurrian language,” which turned out to be the oldest known piece of music ever discovered, a 3,400 year-old cult hymn.

Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago

Did language evolve out of bird songs?

Birdsong lacks a lexical structure. Instead, birds sing learned melodies with what Berwick calls a “holistic” structure; the entire song has one meaning, whether about mating, territory or other things. The Bengalese finch, as the authors note, can loop back to parts of previous melodies, allowing for greater variation and communication of more things; a nightingale may be able to recite from 100 to 200 different melodies.

MIT News: How human language could have evolved from birdsong

FAZ: Musik und Mathe, Politik und Internet

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Noch mal zum Beispiel aus dem Wohltemperierten Klavier. Wenn man es zusammenbringt mit Fouriers Entdeckung, wird einem klar, was für ein jeweils unfassbar komplexes Gebilde diese nur fünfstimmigen Akkorde sind. Und man versteht besser, warum sie zwar nicht mit Worten, aber mit Noten beschrieben werden können. Aber ist nicht auch das wunderbar oder wenigstens verwunderlich, dass wir diese Komplexität fühlen können?

FAZ Stoiber, Musik, Politik: On Drums

Mosh Pit Motion

However, it's not exactly ethical to start a riot for the sake of science, so we're limited to simulating evacuations either with volunteers or on computers. The problem with this is that panicked humans act according to very different social rules, adding a element of uncertainty to this research. To address this concern, we used the extreme social conditions found at heavy metal concerts as a proxy to explore the emergent behaviors humans can exhibit in atypical circumstances.

Collective Motion in Mosh Pits