Apparently someone has made headway deciphering the Voynich manuscript!
No link, but let me just rant that the Southwest Airlines App is terrible. I will make the assumption that the developers are having to work with the crappy airline system that’s older than I am, but still. These are baby mistakes. An example. I try to check in. “Which flight?” Uh, how about the only flight I have that occurs within the next 24 hours? Or maybe the only flight I have, since it’s a return trip? Or even just list me flights and let me pick? No, the app wants me to pick from every flight southwest has. To Check In. But no, I enter my flight number. That isn’t good enough. “Error — Please specify the cities.” Are you shitting me? Southwest knows who I am and which flight I want to check in, and you can’t figure out which cities are involved? You can’t even offer me the “Well, that flight goes from A to B to C, so is this A->B, A->C or B->C, so please pick” but I have to scroll through every destination. Southwest is no longer a scrappy underdog from my youth. Now they are just amateurs.
The list of games that Buddha would not play [H/T Slatestarcodex]
Design a game based on Caro’s bio of Robert Moses and win cash prizes!
Many years ago I had the thought that Cultural Evolution was Lamarkian, which pleased me (more for the ability to pack a lot of information into four words, I doubt the idea is original). But how important are societal norms? The consensus appears to be growing that the answer is: very.
I was reading the latest news from GMT and wondered, why isn’t 1846 on the schedule? Probably very different to print than their normal games, I imagine.
A TED talk a bit too close to home — inside the mind of a master procrastinator.
It was pointed out to me that the problem with BGG Rankings is yet another example of Goodhart’s Law (“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure”) although there are other problems with BGG.
I’ve been following the replicability issue in psychology (a little), but in case you haven’t: Everything you think you know may be wrong.