"Public libraries now outnumber retail bookstores by two to one in the United States, and are fast becoming the only in-person book browsing option for the residents of many communities."
Library Vendors Make Business Case to Publishers | BEA 2014 - The Digital Shift (via kishizuka)
This is an interesting effect in the development around books, publishers, writers and readers. One consequence of this will be that publishers soon don’t have any physical outlets part from the libraries. If the publishers realize this predicament they can take two different paths
- boost their presence and build their market base around physical contact with customer together with libraries
- or, since libraries are not very responsible to commercial logic, increase their transition speed towards a completely digital model where physical outlets becomes irrelevant
The outcome of this choice will have a fundamental impact on the future of libraries.
Genetic Algorithm discovers winning Star Craft strategy via RPS
I don’t really understand StarCraft 2 but it clearly requires some strategic thinking as to how you would start the game (spawn your army), much like opening a game of chess. One player/ coder created ‘Evolution Chamber’, a system that processes random combinations of moves through a genetic algorithm to generate the best possible strategy. The algorithm found a particular sequence of moves that seem counter-intuitive yet produces a large army in little time, giving the player a strong advantage. Apparently the Star Craft community now widely adopts this strategy dubbed the 7-Roach Rush.
Actor Bryan Cranston tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about how his appearance is an asset:
I have a very fortunate look for an actor. You can’t really categorize me. My looks aren’t striking, so therefore I’m more capable of sliding into looking like other people, more chameleon-like, as opposed to let’s say, Jon Hamm, who is this handsome, striking, black-haired, chiseled-looking guy. That’s great for Jon, and he’s a friend and I love him, but I don’t know that you would buy him as Walter White. He would have to fight against his looks in order to do that. So there’s a larger range of roles that are available to me than are available to Jon Hamm, simply because of physicality. And I love that.
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Julius Caesar (II, ii, 32-37)
"Cowards die many times before their deaths,
The valiant never taste of death but once.”
Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia, has had dreams in which her husband was murdered. At Caesar’s request, the priests have sacrificed an animal which, upon being cut open, was discovered to have no heart. And so they sent word to Caesar that he should stay home on this fateful day, the ides of March, which the Soothsayer had already warned him about earlier in the play. Caesar muses, “”What can be avoided /Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods?” In other words, if the gods are predicting that he is going to die, then how will he get around it? He goes on to encourage his wife with the now-famous lines, finding it strange that men fear death so much, when death is inevitable in every man’s life. He has been a strong and brave man, and has not wasted precious hours of his life anticipating tragedy