Links for 3rd April 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. What’s The Difference Between Story And Plot? – Writing

    "maybe a good plot is something that takes you from A to B to C without wrecking your suspension of disbelief, and keeps you guessing about what's going to happen next. And maybe a good story is something that delivers you at a destination, and in the end you understand how the journey all led up to this point. The best works, of course, do both. And the worst works do neither. But I guess I tend to think of it as more of a continuum, with most works falling somewhere in the middle."

    Tagged with: writingfictionstoryplotcriticism

  2. Argentine Economics And Maker Culture

    "The result is something that would make Etsy devotees very happy, a whole youth culture based around the idea that handmade is cool. What’s fascinating me is the idea that this may have been less about cultural trends – the rise of “maker culture”, the desire to hack and understand the means of production – and more to do with simple economics.

    It also suggests we might see an expansion of maker culture in the US if – as some economists predict – we see our currency weaken after the markets start to recover and it’s clear that we’ve flooded the economy with new dollars as part of various recovery plans. Stagflation isn’t a pleasant economic trend to live through, but if it means we’ll see wallets made from old Wonder Woman comic strips on the streets of Boston, well, that would be a partial consolation."

    Tagged with: economicshandmademakerculturefashionDIYArgentina

  3. Robot Makes Scientific Discovery All by Itself

    "The demonstration of autonomous science breaks major ground. Researchers have been automating portions of the scientific process for decades, using robotic laboratory instruments to screen for drugs and sequence genomes, but humans are usually responsible for forming the hypotheses and designing the experiments themselves. After the experiments are complete, the humans must exert themselves again to draw conclusions.

    Meanwhile, some software programs can analyze data to generate hypotheses or conclusions, but they don't interact with the physical realm. Adam is the first automated system to complete the cycle from hypothesis, to experiment, to reformulated hypothesis without human intervention."

    Tagged with: scienceresearchartificial-intelligencerobotautomationhypothesisexperimentation

  4. Tarzan: A fast, powerful PHP toolkit for building web applications with Amazon Web Services.

    Tagged with: webdevsoftwaretarzanamazons3toolkitphpopen-source

  5. Widget Context Plugin

    Tagged with: wordpresspluginwidgetspagesconditionallogicwebdev

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