Gaming is not just mindless entertainment

One of my set work books in English at high school was Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The class, myself included, weren’t interested, although now I expect I would have a greater appreciation of the novel. So what made me read one of the same author’s short stories; There Will Come Soft Rains? Was it a new appreciation of classic literature that came with maturity? Partly. Mostly it was that I learned that the story was referenced in Fallout 3, a game I enjoyed.

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Three physical illusions

I’m quite fond of optical illusions, where your brain is tricked into seeing something that isn’t there or can’t exist. You also get physical illusions, where your body creates sensations of things that don’t or can’t happen. I want to share three illusions, although only one would strictly fit those criteria. For all but one you will need a partner, otherwise there are no special requirements. Continue reading

Videos: Something serious and something fun

I’m really having trouble getting back into writing. In the meanwhile I’ll share two short clips to keep people entertained.

The first one is educational, but with cute animations, and explains what evolution is.

For second one we shoot way off the obscure side of entertainment for the fourth episode of Charlie the Unicorn. It’s not my favourite Charlie but it’s still entertaining.

Enjoy.

Don’t limit inadvertent learning

Last month, UCT made an announcement about Emeritus Professor Richard Whitaker’s new version of the Illiad which made use of many South African terms. I am not in a position to judge whether this is a good idea or not, although the announcement includes the endorsement, “As for the South African vocabulary and idiom, words like inkosi, indaba, induna and impi actually take us much closer to what Homer was singing about than their English equivalents,” but I want to address this issue of reworking literature or other creative outputs to suit a specific culture. Continue reading