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March 21, 2011
… like Finland’s gaming industry has suddenly struck it lucky. Helsinki-based studios produced Alan Wake and Angry Birds, both topping Time magazine’s top 10 list of videogames for 2010. Rovio ’s Peter Vesterbacka was swamped by people wanting photos, and a chance to find out how he managed to sell 100 million game apps featuring birds, slingshots and green space pigs.
But this success is actually a reflection on the vibrancy of the game development scene in Finland. In the …
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December 5, 2009
… smart, provide chocolate biscuits at afternoon tea.
This question is the focus of David Alan Grier’s book When Computers Were Human which outlines the pre-information age story of “human computers” doing calculations by hand – not just the straightforward office-worker’s calculation of how many days left until Friday; but complicated, multifaceted problems such as those required for astronomy, cartography, navigation, and (unsurprisingly) warfare. This required teams of …
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October 25, 2010
… the windscreen froze and I had to drive with my head out the window. Although it is a good way to wake up, it makes for a mean ice-cream headache. (On the upside, if he ever decides that the entrepreneurial lifestyle is not for him, he has a future with those other highly intelligent Finns, the Dudesons.)
Start me up: Silicon Valley of the north?
But the main reason why Microtask, Nokia and Microsoft are sponsoring this adventure is because of who Kristoffer is going to meet, and what …
October 14, 2010
… threat is thinly veiled: if you ignore their advice, one day, when you least expect it, you will wake up a very disappointed corpse. These people are annoying.
The first time I visited Iceland, a tour guide told me that eating rotten shark flesh was just such an unmissable experience. Given that the mere smell had literally made me projectile vomit moments earlier, I was less than convinced. Would my life really be any richer if I risked it in this way? (In the end I flushed a small piece …
September 16, 2010
… are hundreds of dolphins! ”
While hurrying to get her bikini on, my friend felt obliged to wake up a Canadian girl, who was still dozing in her dorm room. After all, this was the sort of thing they had travelled to the ends of the earth to experience.
“ Oh wow, thanks ” the Canadian said, as she rolled out of bed, took her laptop out and flicked it on. “ Do you want me to wait for you? ” my friend said with growing impatience, as she watched the Canadian log into Facebook and …
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