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No Man’s Sky: A Vast Game Crafted by Algorithms.

Procedural generation, whereby a game’s landscape is generated not by an artist’s pen but an algorithm, is increasingly prevalent in video games. Most famously Minecraft creates a unique world for each of its players, randomly arranging rocks and lakes from a limited palette of bricks whenever someone begins a new game (see “The Secret to a Video Game Phenomenon”). But No Man’s Sky is far more complex and sophisticated. The tens of millions of planets that comprise the universe are all unique. Each is generated when a player discovers it, and is subject to the laws of its respective solar systems and vulnerable to natural erosion. The multitude of creatures that inhabit the universe dynamically breed and genetically mutate as time progresses. This is virtual world building on an unprecedented scale (see video).

This is exactly how I feel right now.

This is exactly how I feel right now.

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The EcoSphere’s main visual appeal is provided by tiny red-pink shrimp, Halocaridina rubra, between 1/4 and 3/8 inch (or approximately a centimeter) in length. The shrimp swim energetically around the aquarium, eat the brown bacterial and algal scum on the glass, consume the filamentous green algae which sometimes forms a globular pillow in the water, and perch on a fragment of soft coral.

The main conceptual interest of these objects lies in the fact that they are materially closed ecological systems which are self-sustaining over a period of years. At room temperature, and with only low inputs of light, the algae produce oxygen which supports the shrimp and bacteria. Bacteria break down the shrimps’ wastes. The breakdown products provide nutrients to the algae and bacteria upon which the shrimp feed. The manufacturer states that shrimp live in the EcoSphere for an average of 2 to 3 years, and are known to live over 10 years.

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The Gömböc is the first known homogeneous object with only two equilibrium points (one stable and one unstable) altogether. It was V. I. Arnold, one of the most important mathematicians of the 20th century, who, back in 1995, first proposed that a body like the Gömböc might exist. The Gömböc however is not only the physical realisation of an abstract mathematical idea but a symbol, a form in its own right.

Read more about the Gömböc here.

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How to be a Google power user:

Google Search operators: If you are looking for an exact phrase/word, use quotation marks, for example: "top social media sites".

If you want to get results from certain domains use site: command, e.g recipes site:pinterest.com.

If you want to find pages whose title contains all words in the search, use allintitle: operator, e.g allintitle: best Google infographic.

Aside from the examples above, Google doesn’t usually recognize punctuation and grammar. however, punctuation and symbols that do work in Google search include:
+ when searching for things such as blood type.
@ when searching for social tags.
# when searching for trending topics that use hashtags.

Google also has a few special search features that will help you find what you’re looking for , faster.

Like: weather USA.
Calculator: 91*4

And besides using search terms, Google also offers you a host of other ways to search. Like Google images lets you to search for images related to a particular phrase or keyword. You can also upload or link to an image to find more about it, or similar images.

And for those who just want to have a bit of fun, try some of these search terms in Google:
do a barrel roll
Google in 1998

For most the world largest search engine Google is already an incredibly useful resource, but by following these tricks and tips, you can transform it into your most valuable research tool.

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El Piano de Ina Lou”. Ilustration series by Ian Pierce.

Some more of Ian Pierce’s work.

I just though it was time for me to introduce you to my brothers work. He is a muralist, painter, illustrator, and all around complete artist.

He is also a really nice guy. :-)

You can check out more of his work at his home page or facebook.