Giant Sand Worm Experiment Xx01

Maybe I am fated to always be alone, Tsukuru found himself thinking. People came to him, but in the end they always left.  They came, seeking something, but either they couldn’t find it, or were unhappy with what they found (or else they were disappointed or angry), and then they left. One day, without warning, they vanished, with no explanation, no word of farewell.  Like a silent hatchet had sliced the ties between them, ties through which warm blood still flowed, along with a quiet pulse.

In China’s urban centers, many players feel “market-driven consumption individualism” separates the people from what the players feel are deep cultural values.  Rather than associating the game with capitalist notions—gaining more, spending more—WoW became celebrated among Chinese players as a powerful communal structure resonating with the country’s traditional roots.

Yet his young friend’s casual return made Tsukuru feel as if he were somehow able to spit out a hard lump of air that had been stuck in his chest.  As if the pressure weighing on his chest were relieved.  He hadn’t been abandoned after all.

Many experience a contradictory stew of moral norms and great confusion about what it means to be a good person.  With the click of a button, they can enter this game and intuitively experience moral sentiment.

World of Warcraft has given me a spiritual feast… unconditional loyalty and friendship just like in the Chinese traditions;”  “…you see their souls set free and you will in turn feel warmed up by them;”  “…playing a character in the game is playing the soul of a person;”  “Here it is my spiritual homeland…  I think I will stay here forever to see the end of the world.”

He closed his eyes and, as if floating in water, drifted in that world of pain. Still, being able to feel pain was good, he thought.

In the end, the most important thing I want to say is what we are playing is not merely a game… In this world we find a feeling of existence we cannot find in the real world.  This does not mean we are escaping, nor that we can only play games.  People who say this are not real players…  Do not think playing games is a waste of time, because the game makes up for something we’ve lost.

It’s not hard to think about what you don’t want to do or have done to you.  It informs what the group decides to standardize.  These it’s best to leave alone.  Don’t fool with them.  Every system needs elite people like them.  If things go well, they’ll eventually be in leadership positions.

All sorts of sounds mixed together into a sharp, terrible static deep within his ears, the kind of noise that could only be perceived in the deepest possible silence.  Not something you can hear from without, but a silence generated from your own internal organs.  Everyone has their own special sound they live with, though they seldom have the chance to actually hear it.  Many Chinese youths view the sound as a promised land of sorts.

Recommended citation:  howLAB, “Giant Sand Worm Experiment xx01,” Vol., Issue, No, September 5, 2014.

Murakami, Haruki (2014-08-12). Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel (p. 252). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Kill Screen Daily. “Is World of Warcraft a religion?” Accessed Fri, Sept 5, 2014.


For a while now I’ve been kind of meaning to write a long, in-depth post about 4chan. With the recent controversy between them and some significant feminist figures in the gaming industry, I think it’s important that I finally go ahead and do this. Since, let’s be honest: any time there’s a big…


The BioEnergy Team, led by Ioannis Ieropoulos of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) in Britain, are hoping to profit from working with [um, urine].

They have developed a new technique to turn urine into electrical power—or “urine-tricity” as they call it. People around the world produce an estimated 6.4 trillion litres of urine every year.

BRL, a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, want to make the most of this abundant resource. At the core of urine-tricity are microbial fuel cells (MFCs), which contain live microbes. When urine flows through an MFC the microbes consume it as part of their normal metabolic process. This, in turn, frees electrons. Electrodes within the cell gather these electrons and when they are connected to an external circuit a current is generated.

Renewable energy: Pee power | The Economist


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Jason Dorrier, Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry

I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago. Or rather, I was in proximity to the future of work, but happened to be looking the other direction. At the time, I was visiting a space startup building satellites behind a carport. But just behind them—a robot was cooking up burgers. The inventors of the burger device? Momentum Machines, and they’re serious about fast food productivity. “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas has said. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.” The Momentum burger-bot isn’t remotely humanoid. You can forget visions of Futurama’s Bender. It’s more of a burger assembly line. Ingredients are stored in automated containers along the line. Instead of pre-prepared veggies, cheese, and ground beef—the bot chars, slices, dices, and assembles it all fresh. Why would talented engineers schooled at Berkeley, Stanford, UCSB, and USC with experience at Tesla and NASA bother with burger-bots? Robots are increasingly capable of jobs once thought the sole domain of humans—and that’s a huge opportunity. Burger robots may improve consistency and sanitation, and they can knock out a rush like nobody’s business. Momentum’s robot can make a burger in 10 seconds (360/hr). Fast yes, but also superior quality. Because the restaurant is free to spend its savings on better ingredients, it can make gourmet burgers at fast food prices. Or at least, that’s the idea.

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Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean

The world’s oceans are vast and deep, yet rapidly advancing technology and the quest for extracting resources from previously unreachable depths is beginning to put the deep seas on the cusp of peril, an international team of scientists warned this week.

In an analysis in Biogeosciences, which is published by the European Geosciences Union, the researchers outline “services” or benefits provided by the deep ocean to society. Yet using these services, now and in the future, is likely to make a significant impact on that habitat and what it ultimately does for society, they point out in their analysis.

"The deep sea is the largest habitat on Earth, it is incredibly important to humans and it is facing a variety of stressors from increased human exploitation to impacts from climate change," said Andrew Thurber, an Oregon State University marine scientist and lead author on the study. "As we embark upon greater exploitation of this vast environment and start thinking about conserving its resources, it is imperative to know what this habitat already does for us."