Press "Enter" to skip to content

CX Works Posts

“Turning CO2 to Stone”

It won’t help us reverse the effects of global warming fast enough, but there is a way to lock CO2 into a more permanent form. At Iceland’s Hellisheidi Power Plant, Lamont hydrologist Martin Stute, Adjunct Senior Research Scientist Juerg Matter, and colleagues tried something different. They used CO2 captured at the power plant, and mixed it with water and hydrogen sulfide, creating soda-like carbonation, then injected the mixture into porous basalt rocks 400 to 800 meters underground. Basalt, which is created as lava cools, contains calcium, iron, and magnesium, which react naturally with CO2 to form solid carbonate minerals. Within…

Good Omens Series Will Come in 2018

In 2017 we can use all the good omens we can get… “Almost 30 years ago Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an 11 year-old Antichrist, witch-finders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse. It became many people’s favourite book. Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry was alive to see it.” Source: Good Omens Series Will Come to…

The Sun’s space weather

In case melting poles and intensifying weather within the confines of our own planet wasn’t worrying enough, we also need to keep track of the Sun. Because it might just fire off some harsh “space weather”. A solar storm, though, could be responsible for an off-the-charts economic disaster. Global Positioning Systems, satellite services and electronic communication systems are all at risk from the solar flares known as coronal mass ejections. But it’s national power grids that are seen as the most vulnerable earthbound assets, with a risk that power surges will overload transformers which are both expensive and difficult to…

“Satanism” in Dungeons & Dragons

It’s still insane to realise that there was a time that some people thought that a form of improvisation theatre combined with some game rules, dice, pens and paper made for effective Satanic rituals with dramatic results. But the cartoonist Jack Chick saw only evil in Dungeons & Dragons. Chick, a publisher of evangelical Christian comics, penned a tract called “Dark Dungeons” that portrayed D&D as a game of Satanism and witchcraft. In Chick’s story, a witchy (and pretty sexy) Dungeon Master brainwashes her innocent younger players, recruiting them into a coven and teaching them to cast spells on their…

moz://a logo

I really like the new Mozilla logo (especially when considering the other options suggested in the crowd-sourced decision), but I can’t help being reminded of the old Medium logo. Brand New: Opinions on corporate and brand identity work. A division of UnderConsideration. Source: Brand New: New Logo for Mozilla by johnson banks Then again, a white ‘m’ in a black box tends to be pretty similar regardless of who uses it. 😛 The new logo also seems to “conform” to potential brutalism uses. Hopefully that doesn’t mean it’ll look horribly dated in a year. Maybe this rebranding will also positively…

The loyalty behind hazing

I’m going for a bit of a running theme here, but as I mentioned in this article, the roleplay between native and foreign inhabitants is under constant pressure due to normalcy. The article below from Aeon may actually highlight why the cultural differences are so hard to overcome. Drawing on such research, Cimino’s automatic accrual theory suggests that hazing provides an important solution to a recurring adaptive problem faced by our species during our evolutionary history: how to accurately assess the intentions and quality of new group members. Source: People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why? | Aeon…

“Amsterdam attempts to stem its tourist flood and regain its soul”

To add to the previous link about Airbnb and – to some extent – Amsterdam: In addition to a recent agreement with Airbnb to restrict the length of time that people can rent out their homes to 60 days, city officials also want to cut back on opening hours and reduce the number of shops that cater explicitly to tourists, such as those selling cheese, Nutella and waffles. Another plan is to prevent tour buses having access to the city center and move the cruise ship terminal to another part of town. Source: Amsterdam attempts to stem its tourist flood and…

Foreign roleplay and Airbnb

With Airbnb making a dent in travel-accommodations worldwide, you’d think their main goal was to provide cheap shelter. But no, Joe Hewitt thinks it’s something else: And this, fundamentally, is what Airbnb is about. Belong Anywhere — it is aiming to not be an escape from the real world, but one of the few times you actually experience it. It has never really been a travel company. It sells roleplay — a form of entertainment that has more in common immersive theatre, gaming, books, and movies. Source: Airbnb: a real-life Westworld? Being able to “live among locals” was part of the draw of Airbnb.…

“The Problem with Video Game Luck”

Luck, RNG (“random number generator”), or chance is now an incredible force within games. As a child, chance is fascinating and somehow rolling dice seems to still convey control. Games like Ludo and Game of the Goose lose their shine as children become more experience and discover the true amount of control in rolling dice. Of course, in video games the equivalent of dice rolling is done behind the scenes and things become a lot more stressful. Somehow not being able to throw the dice yourself makes humans incredibly suspicious of the process, often crying wolf without reason: “When I was…

Become a Type Snob

Ah, this is fun. Everything you didn’t want to know about fonts. Or rather, typefaces. Or typogra-… you know what, just read the article. 😉 The Type Snob – And how to turn into one Source: The Type Snob