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Costa Rica Goes Locavore – NYTimes.com September 26, 2012

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The locavore trend has official support. The country’s Club de la Gastronomía Epicúrea recently proposed a national plan to promote local ingredients and more healthful eating. Its president, Alfredo Echeverría, said that Costa Rica’s restaurant scene has exploded in recent years thanks to a growing class of young professionals who eat out more often. He said the plan is a response to a “globalization of taste.”

“The problem is when you have franchises duplicating, repeating,” he said. “It’s not a problem if you want to use the same recipe all over the world. But use local ingredients.”

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Video game historian archiving features on gamers | PRLog September 26, 2012

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Veteran gamer and gaming industry historian Patrick Scott Patterson has written about the people in video game culture for many years.  Now he has started to archive the works in an effort to ensure they are saved for the long run.

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Historical wargame Alea Jacta Est out now – PC Games – Game – News – Atomic MPC September 26, 2012

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Alea Jacta Est is out now from French developer AGEOD, and features five turn-based campaigns from Rome’s tumultuous history. You can get the game now direct from the publisher’s website, or go vote for the game on Steam’s Project Greenlight.

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Gaming in the classroom (infographic) – Irish Innovation News – Siliconrepublic.com September 26, 2012

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An infographic created for OnlineSchools.com takes research findings to illustrate educational gaming in the classroom by breaking down areas such as reasons to bring electronic games into the classroom, how games help kids learn, games used in classrooms, and mobile edu-apps.

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freeper predictions for the day AFTER election day 2012 – Democratic Underground September 24, 2012

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freeper predictions for the day AFTER election day 2012

REVISIT AFTER ELECTION

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David Harvey « la dialectique casse des briques September 22, 2012

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Picture from Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s famous Learning from Las Vegas (1972-77),

considered a seminal analysis of the postmodern Dystopia

Junkspace: The Death (and Life) of the (Post)Modern City

via David Harvey « la dialectique casse des briques.

David Harvey « la dialectique casse des briques September 22, 2012

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If space-junk is the human debris that litters the universe, Junk-Space is the residue mankind leaves on the planet. The built more about that later product of modernization is not modern architecture but Junkspace. Junkspace is what remains after modernization has run its course, or, more precisely, what coagulates while modernization is in progress, its fallout. Modernization had a rational program: to share the blessings of science, universally. Junkspace is its apotheosis, or meltdown . . . Although its individual parts are the outcome of brilliant inven- tions, lucidly planned by human intelligence, boosted by infinite computation, their sum spells the end of Enlightenment, its resurrection as farce, a low-grade purgatory . . . Junkspace is the sum total of our current achievement; we have built more than did all previous generations put together, but somehow we do not reg- ister on the same scales. We do not leave pyramids. According to a new gospel of ugliness, there is already more Junkspace under construction in the twenty-first century than has survived from the twentieth . . . It was a mistake to invent modern architecture for the twentieth century. Architecture disappeared in the twentieth century; we have been reading a footnote under a microscope hoping it would turn into a novel; our concern for the masses has blinded us to People’s Architecture. Junkspace seems an aberration, but it is the essence, the main thing. . . the product of an encounter between escalator and air-conditioning, conceived in an incubator of Sheetrock all three missing from the history books. Continuity is the essence of Junkspace; it exploits any invention that enables expansion, deploys the infrastructure of seamlessness: escalator, air-conditioning, sprinkler, fire shutter, hot-air curtain . . . It is always interior, so extensive that you rarely perceive limits; it promotes disorientation by any means mirror, polish, echo . . . Junkspace is  sealed, held together not by structure but by skin, like a bubble.”Rem Koolhaas, “Junkspace” 2002, p. 175-6

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About ISB | Institute for Systems Biology September 18, 2012

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About ISB | Institute for Systems Biology.

Kindle Fire HD, Google Nexus 7 or Apple iPad? | Sci-Tech Today September 17, 2012

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With Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD at a “$200 price point or even the $300 price point, it’s really tough to compete with a hardware-maker who is not trying to make money. If you are selling Android tablets or Microsoft Windows RT tablets, you have to offer a value proposition so consumers are willing to pay more for it,” said analyst Avi Greengart.

via Kindle Fire HD, Google Nexus 7 or Apple iPad? | Sci-Tech Today.

世界华文科幻研究坊 » Will Liu Cixin become the next popular SF author in the English speaking world? September 17, 2012

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It was not by chance for us to be the first publisher of translating Liu Cixin’s works into English, but a continus pursue of the company to bring the best Chinese fictions. I guess most of the members in this forum already read his novels in Chinese. Discussions about if the author can be as popular as in China around the English speaking world were many among the team, when we considered who is the right person to be translated. And the process from getting to know this writer to finally publishing his novellas on amazon was like a Marathon race.

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