Posts tagged with nytimes

After nine years of development, Dwarf Fortress is, from the perspective of game play, perhaps the most complex video game ever made. And yet it is still only in “alpha” — the most recent release is version 0.31. By version 1.0, Tarn says, the game will include military campaigns and magic, along with scores of other additions. He showed me a four-inch stack of index cards, color-coded and arranged into umbrella categories, to keep track of his goals. “I like being able to hold the game in my hands,” he says.

New York Times on the brilliance of Dwarf Fortress

So Halladay is the Goblin, Then?

Correction: May 8, 2011

An item in the Extra Bases baseball notebook last Sunday misidentified, in some editions, the origin of the name Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver, which Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey gave one of his bats. Orcrist was not, as Dickey had said, the name of the sword used by Bilbo Baggins in the Misty Mountains in “The Hobbit”; Orcrist was the sword used by the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield in the book. (Bilbo Baggins’s sword was called Sting.)

Researchers say this paragraph from a New York Times blog post approaches the theoretical maximum nerdiness-per-character density, known colloquially as “The LARP Limit”.

What, no Glamdring ref, NYT?

Also, it’s not “Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver.” Orcrist translates to Goblin Cleaver just as Glamdring translates to Foe Hammer.

another contender for the crown:

If The X-Files were a Lord of the Rings-length novel, then “Jose Chung’s” would be its first appendix, a source that is at once in love with the main text and critical of it, a place where real human concerns creep around the edges of the show’s chilly implausibilities.



Sarah Charlesworth, Verbs, 1978 (released 2003)
1 black and white print, 15”x 22 3/4”

Death’s Head Sphinx Moth

Death's Head Sphinx Moth

Sometimes, I think the best thing about is that it gives you higher-fidelity versions of the paper’s awesome illustrations. (Also a pretty cool story.)

( via NYT)

I’m Willing to Give The Benefit of the Doubt to That Double-click Dictionary Experiment

I'm Willing to Give The Benefit of the Doubt to That Double-click Dictionary Experiment

This is a news story in the New York Times. Of the six links in this screenshot, the first five go to other, non-NYT sites that provide more information about the linked text. The Project Excelsior link goes to the national Museum of the US Air Force’s ‘Fact Sheet’ on the project. The last link goes to a special topic-specific page (that looks partially hand-edited) about NASA. Given that NASA is insanely familiar to everyone and sources of information about it are widely available and well-known, I think there are a strong editorial and usability arguments for linking to this NYT page.

Not a single one of these links is something like or They are giving up cheap-ass Gawker Media pageviews for increased journalistic quality.

I feel like I rag on the New York Times a lot, and everyone else on the internet rags on them too about other stuff (personally, I think the idea of selling the news is a totally reasonable thing to try), but a lot of the web end of the paper is really top-notch, and this is an example. This story looks like it was in the paper edition as well, so some online editor probably had to go back and supply all those links (unless the journos do that in their copy now?).

In summary, good job New York Times!

Not Known For Being Socially Progressive

Not Known For Being Socially Progressive

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that this anonymous NY Times 1920s boxing reporter is let’s say ‘a wee bit racist,’ but…still. If I taught middle school I’d have “Friday ‘Full of Shit’ Hour” and pass this kind of stuff out to the kids.

NYTimes Visualizations: Hope & Crisis

NYTimes Visualizations: Hope & Crisis

Interesting radial visualization contrasting the word counts of “hope” and “desire” in news articles using the New York Times Article Search API. More visualizations from the API can be found here.



Enjoying this simple NYTimes visualization of current moods surrounding the election, colorized based on candidate affiliation.

Can’t wait till the frustration and cursing creeps in though.

The Key to People Havens

The New York Times barks up the people haven tree this weekend with the arrival of the Fall edition of Key, their seasonal real estate/home magazine.

Cave living in southern Spain:

“People thought I was mad,” says Jim Butler, a retired English chauffeur, who has lived in his three-bedroom, one-bath cave in the Spanish province of Granada for around 18 months. “But I tell them, try a cave. It’s fantastic.”

Adult treehouses:

“Although it’s a luxurious kind of nature. It isn’t camping.”

Remote controlled houses:

Will West, the C.E.O. of Control4 and the father of six children, uses his own home-automation system for everything from monitoring the comings and goings of his 18-year-old son (he can program the security system to e-mail or text him with the time his son enters the house at night) to listening to three kinds of music in his bathroom at once (he has 3 zones of audio in his bathroom and 21 zones in other parts of the house).

And an artist collective inhabiting a beach house.

Plus a lovely front cover by Andy Gilmore.

Skeptical? Well, these aren’t your dank, caveman-movie grottoes. They’re dry and whitewashed clean, and they have windows and all the modern conveniences: electricity, running water, telephone, cable and parking.


In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

andy gilmore’s page reminds me of jahmad’s friend tauba (remember from that one swimming hole trip where I was driving? she kept freaking out that i was going to kill us all?)

we should implement autolinking for comments, eh?

cf jennifer daniel. (and check that awesome domain name.)

“Glamour queen Katie Price brought Chester city center to a standstill as hundreds turned out to see her,” reported The Chester Chronicle. “Staff were forced to shut the whole store as hundreds of people, mostly teenage girls, crowded around the entrance while queues stretched as far as Tesco on Frodsham Street.”

nytimes mag

You should be ashamed! Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!

Ivy Frye, assistant to Gov. Palin

What lessons can we derive from the western today? First of all: Everyone is potentially an outlaw, and everyone who takes action is effectively an outlaw. Second: Success will probably lead to ruin. Third: It’s a jungle or perhaps a desert out there, and barring a horse your only friend is your shadow. Fourth: You can parley with a major villain, but beware of spear carriers. Fifth: Violence is continuous, and the absence of gunfire can only mean that an even greater explosion is due in a few minutes. Do these insights reflect the world in which we live? Sadly, they probably do. We have all by now earned our moral ambiguity. The essential American soul may not be hard, isolate, stoic or a killer, but more than ever, it wishes it were.

—Luc Sante

For a long time Pierce had stopped taking that immense wad of newsprint; he had become convinced that what gave Sunday the particular character it had for him–a character it retained in all seasons and every kind of weather, a headachy, dreary, dissipated quality–was not Jehovah claiming his own day and poisoning it even for unbelievers, not that at all but a sort of gas leaking out from that very Sunday Times, a gas with the acrid smell of printer’s ink, a narcotizing, sickening gas. And in fact the symptoms seemed to have been at least partly relieved when he began refusing to buy it. But out here its effect might be neutralized. How anyway were Sundays spent here? Maybe he’d have to start going to church.

—John Crowley, Solitudes

I know he’s not the best crime writer ever, even though he’s the only crime writer I’ve ever read. However, I know he’s the best interview answer-giver ever.

ps maybe we should rename this ‘blog’