[Gerd Kempermann and his colleagues at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden in Germany] found an additive effect: exercise alone was good for the hippocampus, but combining physical activity with cognitive demands in a stimulating environment was even better, leading to even more new neurons.
Link: Why Your Brain Needs Exercise
I wonder how games like Beat Saber fare for helping neuron-formation. It seems like it would be right in the intersection of cardio and thinking.
The whole arrangement seemed so straightforward. We bloggers simply shared what we thought was interesting or helpful, and whoever agreed would congregate around, and we’d have a good talk about it, or maybe just think about it at work that day. The blog was just a microphone, and the internet only an aid to sharing our thoughts, like we had always done, in cars, in pubs, in school.
From: Let’s Talk Like We Used To on Raptitude
This is one of my favorite parts of being on an IndieWeb: that posts don’t have to be life-changing to be worth posting. It makes me a bit sad when people decry the rise of selfies food photos, because those posts are just small bids for discussion. A tiny bit of a life shared.
Now that’s what I’m talking about: AR phone games have marketing down. Show us the fun! Show us the dream! Don’t show us people awkwardly pawing at the air.
Interesting how much this sounds like Micro.blog in a nutshell: no follower count, no disembodied likes, just posting and responding as a conversation. I didn’t realize how much I would like until I tried it.
Earlier that month, during an interview at a TED conference, the Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey shared a big idea of his own. “If I had to start the service again, I would not emphasize the follower count as much,” he said. “I would not emphasize the ‘like’ count as much. I don’t think I would even create ‘like’ in the first place.”NYT Link: What if Instagram Got Rid of Likes?
Interesting to think about D & D themselves being subject to the pressures of American culture, prizing the psychological storytelling over sociological. Most of the critiques of the writing (mine included) have focused on their limitations as storytellers, thereby ignoring the systemic issues in Hollywood that encourage that kind of storytelling.
Link: The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones