As promised, here is your smorgasbord of things to think about…
Medieval ‘Vampire’ Skull found! Don’t get excited, it’s not nearly as cool as the headline would lead you to believe but it’s still worth a read.
Monster Mummies of Japan: This IS as exciting as it sounds. I’d recommend just looking at the pictures if you don’t want to be disabused of the idea that demons really do roam the land of the rising sun.
Zoo chimp ‘planned’ stone attacks: In Sweden (of course) a chimp is accused of stockpiling rocks in order to attack the gawking public. Now, I was planning on writing about how this is an indication of how the notoriously violent Swedish society has even filtered down to the zoo animals or how this must be another fiendish plot by King Gustav but the real story here is that this is evidence that animals have the ability to plan future actions. It becomes much more morally problamatic to treat animals like Cartesian automatons if we can prove they actually think.
Wall Street on the Tundra: A little bit of everything, hubris, economics, cod and elves.
Welcome to the New Gold Mines: Interesting article on gold farming where people pay others (usually in the third world) to do the mundane tasks in their computer games in order to advance and gather wealth. It seems to me that if you have players who’d prefer to pay people to play for them rather than play themselves it’s probably:
- not a very good game,
- people don’t understand the concept of ‘play’, and
- the end is near