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    The roughly contemporary architecture at Jericho is devoid of artistic merit or large-scale sculpture, and Çatalhöyük, perhaps the most famous Anatolian Neolithic village, is 2,000 years later.

    At present Göbekli Tepe raises more questions for archaeology and prehistory than it answers. It remains unknown how a force large enough to construct, augment, and maintain such a substantial complex was mobilized and compensated or fed in the conditions of pre-sedentary society.

Puffin beaks are fluorescent

    Unlike humans, birds have always known about the extra colours in the puffin bill. That's because they can see a whole other dimension of hues, said Dunning.

    Humans see colours that are a mix of red, blue and green light, he notes, while birds have a fourth colour in the mix — a property called tetrachromatic vision.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 18, 2018

Last call for players in Hubski Game III of Diplomacy. Two slots remain open and the game starts tomorrow night.

Join code: hubski

My favorite part is when mk accidentally sends private dispatches to the public channel.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 11, 2018

The intro is a good place to start:

I figured things out as I went along during the first game. Jump in and learn!

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 11, 2018

Hubski plays Diplomacy!

Game 3 is open for anyone to join using the code "hubski", all are welcome and no experience is required.

There is space for five more players. Gameplay is easy to learn and requires a few minutes to submit orders once a day.

    But, alas, this color space has some unhelpful properties. For one, not all triplet values (also called tristimulus values) are physically possible. Consider the LMS coordinates (0, 1, 0). To physically achieve this coordinate, we would need to find some way of stimulating the M cones without stimulating the L or S cones at all. Because the M cone’s sensitivity curve significantly overlaps at least one of L or S at all wavelengths, this is impossible!

Impossible color!

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Diplomacy: Game Three (or Four)

mk, spencerflem, the game has been recreated on the original server:

Join code is 'hubski'.

The pace is "slow," one turn every 36 hours, plenty of time to scheme and ponder. WebDiplomacy will advance the turn when everyone is ready; we found that the other site rolls unused minutes over so turns could take quite a while when England neglected to check in.

We need seven players to have a good game; let's do some promotion in the next Pubski.

The idea of a virtual machine doing my bidding in a server farm somewhere intrigued me as well, though it took me a while to think of something to do with it. I used to host a web site on a headless server that lived behind the living room sofa, until one day I realized that I was paying more for electricity than I would for a web hosting service.

Yeah, that's ridiculous that they didn't provide anything in the first 13.

Still, you finished a marathon before 9 a.m. That's fantastic!

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 4, 2018

March 14 is some kind of party day in elementary school math class. The kid came home talking about it and was not terribly impressed that I was able to rattle off 15 digits from memory. He repeated a half-dozen back to me then added a few more while I watched. He still had them the next day and had soon caught up with me, so I looked up my old practice tool and we have been working on it over breakfast.

I changed my phone lock screen to an image of the first 100 digits and have gotten up to 60 pretty reliably, but I think he's ahead. I said I would match him up to 100, then I'm going to change the image to some poetry or something useful.

The year MDCLXVI was crazy. People were expecting the end of the world in 1666, and the world delivered.

London burned, the Messiah converted to Islam, and the plague ragaved Europe; "citizens walked on the street with a mask shaped as a bird beak, filled with spices and aromatic herbs to alleviate the stench."

Meanwhile Newton invented the calculus. Annus horribilis, annus mirabilis.

Great report, thanks!

I didn’t write up my last marathon because it started at a normal time, the train got me there in an hour, it didn’t rain, was only a little warm, aid stations were as expected, and I was slow because I’m slow.

I see a big can of Pocari Sweat right there at the start. How did you miss it?

Heh, at 7:00 he caught Gary's reaction to the book Six Seconds.

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