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Political Situation in Mario's Mushroomland

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It is precisely this self-contained, quasi-military structure that has allowed Bowser to remain a thorn in Princess Peach's side for this long, culminating in his kidnap of her, in an attempt to force her to marry him and therefore achieve "legitimate" control over the kingdom. Only the intervention of the independent oligarch (or "war-chief," depending on your point of view) known as "Mario"—see below—prevented this from occurring.

What Is the Political Situation in the Mario Universe?

Smaugs macro economic impact

Smaug the dragon is typically viewed as a fiscal phenomenon, depressing economic activity by burning woods and fields, killing warriors, eating young maidens, and creating general waste and destruction. Yet peoples - whether elvish, dwarvish, or human - have considerable capacity to rebuild. Why did the coming of Smaug lead to a prolonged downturn in economic activity, rather than a short downturn followed by a period of rebuilding and growth?

Worthwhile Canadian Initiative: The Macroeconomics of Middle Earth

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

Spacetime Curvature in the work of H.P. Lovecraft

In 1928, the late Francis Wayland Thurston published a scandalous manuscript in purport of warning the world of a global conspiracy of occultists. Among the documents he gathered to support his thesis was the personal account of a sailor by the name of Gustaf Johansen, describing an encounter with an extraordinary island. Johansen`s descriptions of his adventures upon the island are fantastic, and are often considered the most enigmatic (and therefore the highlight) of Thurston`s collection of documents.
We contend that all of the credible phenomena which Johansen described may be explained as being the observable consequences of a localized bubble of spacetime curvature. Many of his most incomprehensible statements (involving the geometry of the architecture, and variability of the location of the horizon) can therefore be said to have a unified underlying cause.

Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific

RFID in Tabletop Games

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology already plays a major role in many areas. In business applications, for example, the idea of smart shelves or tables equipped with RFID technology has been around for some time now, especially for retailing. Current solutions, however, are designed to only identify objects in range, which is sufficient for most of the envisioned shop applications. For other uses, however, not only the identification, but also the exact position and orientation of objects would be interesting, if not necessary. A good example are miniature war games, where the current game state usually depends on what objects are located where, and, in some cases, how these objects are oriented.

An RFID-based Infrastructure for Automatically Determining the Position and Orientation of Game Objects in Tabletop Games
by Steve Hinske and Marc Langheinrich

Life Size HAL 9000 for Sale

But wait, there's so much more. Of course the HAL 9000 Life-Size Replica has a red LED eye. And of course he talks (one of 15 movie quotes, randomly cycled through). But get this: HAL 9000 also responds to your voice. That's right, say something to HAL longer than 1.2 seconds, and it'll activate a sound clip. OR, point almost any IR remote at him and press a button for a sound clip.

Think Geek: HAL 9000 Life-Size Replica

How W. Gibson would describe the 2013 internet

Vektor extracted the Corsair 32 gigabyte thumb drive from the inside pocket of his pea coat and slotted the stick into his Dell Inspiron's port. The solid state memory activated instantly, a small LED washing green as the operating system recognized the device.

How would the William Gibson of 1984 have described the Internet of 2013?
William Gibson Correctly Predicts the Internet of 2013
William Gibson Books

Star Wars™ for Wookiees

From their subtle roar of sadness to the pleasant yelp of excitement, Wookiees are a role model for companionship, loyalty and respect, and we at BioWare and LucasArts want to show our appreciation. Therefore, all text in the game will be translated into Shyriiwook, and all voice-overs will be re-recorded by authentic, native Wookiee speakers.

Shyriiwook Localization

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