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–and The Sims–in particular? Take a look at this in-depth review on the somethingawful.com website. You’ll find one of the best reviews around including attitude, explanations, history, and wonderful, wonderful screen shots.What makes this review particularly interesting is that the…

–and The Sims–in particular? Take a look at this in-depth review on the somethingawful.com website. You’ll find one of the best reviews around including attitude, explanations, history, and wonderful, wonderful screen shots.

What makes this review particularly interesting is that the author isn’t just a normal player — he’s a griefer. That is, a person who makes it their mission in life to play hard (and nasty) on the other players. Companies that are running these games try hard to keep griefers out of the action, but this one seems to have gotten through their defenses…

This guy knows how to cheat, exploiting bugs in the game for his own purposes. For example: “I knew that the meager resources allotted a starting family would be insufficient so I called upon the shadowy powers of the dark gods to give Marduk the venture capital to establish himself adequately. Then I plunged head-first into the house builder….“

Marduk’s world is taken from the pages of Shakespear’s Romeo and Julliet. But the way this fellow plays, it could just as easily be Sweeney Todd.

It’s truly frightening to think that some people are spending dozens of hours a week and thousands of dollars a year on this madness. Well, I guess it’s better than having them watch television … or is it?

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Five poems about the mind

DREAM VENDING MACHINE I feed it coins and watch the spring coil back,the clunk of a vacuum-packed, foil-wrappeddream dropping into the tray. It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.Hardboiled caramel dreams to tuck in your cheek,a bag of orange dreams…

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As organizations navigate a new world of hybrid work, tech innovation will be crucial for employee connection and collaboration.

lucid dreaming concept
lucid dreaming concept

I taught myself to lucid dream. You can too.

We still don’t know much about the experience of being aware that you’re dreaming—but a few researchers think it could help us find out more about how the brain works.

panpsychism concept
panpsychism concept

Is everything in the world a little bit conscious?

The idea that consciousness is widespread is attractive to many for intellectual and, perhaps, also emotional
reasons. But can it be tested? Surprisingly, perhaps it can.

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