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The Rise And Fall Off The Playstation Supercomputers ?The Verge
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of the PlayStation line of gaming consoles, which is remarkable in of itself, but one of my favorite bits of weird trivia about the PlayStation 3 is how it was so revolutionary at the time that science researchers were building supercomputers out of them. The IBM Cell Processor inside of them was so good at parallel computation that it was a cost-effective alternative to big expensive traditional supercomputers, especially when multiple PlayStation 3's were linked together into a computing cluster. I remember installing Linux on my PlayStation 3 back in the day at marveling at the fact that it was even possible. A fun bit of nostalgia for your weekend enjoyment.
?Ryan LeFevre, Senior Software Engineer
Air New Zealand Is Testing Edible Coffee Cups On Board ?CNN Travel
Air New Zealand has decided to push eco-friendly even further, so now your in-flight coffee comes in an edible cup. It's a very interesting move for the airline and I'm wondering how long this will last. It's said the cup tastes good and is able to withstand the heat from the coffee, functioning both as a reliable cup and also as a snack. Next up? Air New Zealand has proposed edible plates. Though this is a fully functional edible cup, I'm wondering about people with specific food allergies and how this could affect them. I guess a good old fashion (non-edible) cup is the answer. If not, just sit back, relax, and eat your coffee cup.
?Tiffany Wade, Photographer
Why I'm Possessive About Apostrophes ?Financial Times
Perhaps you heard the news of the demise this week of the UK-based Apostrophe Protection Society. It was a bitter pill for those of us who are lovers of the English language and sticklers for proper grammar and punctuation. For 18 years, APS has fought the good fight for the proper use, and against the rampant abuse, of the beleaguered punctuation mark. But, alas, the founder of APS has thrown in the towel. In this article from the Financial Times' (apostrophe intended) Magazine, FT columnist Robert Shrimsley offers a witty take on this latest sign of end times for accepted standards in English punctuation.
?Joe Thompson, Executive Editor
'Knives Out' Director Rian Johnson Asks His Cousin Nathan How To Score A Movie ?Interview Magazine
Having recently watched and then re-watched episodes of Mr. Robot and The End of the Fucking World, I couldn't help but be awed at the intelligent and thoughtful scores behind both shows. While acting and cinematography rightly take the plaudits when it comes to film and television, the score is sometimes overlooked and yet is the piece of the filmmaking puzzle that helps take a scene to the next level and subconsciously dictates the audience's emotions. In this piece by Interview, filmmaker Rian Johnson interviews composer Nathan Johnson, who also happens to be his cousin, about his process and inspiration working on the film Knives Out. They get into the nitty-gritty details of how a song is written and composed, from creating mockups to hiring a fixer. Nathan also shares his creative solutions for working on small budget films. For those interested, Interview also did a one-on-one interview between Rami Malick and composer Mac Quayle back in October.
?Shahed Khaddash, Video Editor
Chaos At The Top Of The World ?GQ
While some of this year's images from Mount Everest would suggest the top looks more like the line outside of Supreme than one of mountaineering's top honors, negotiating the world's highest peak remains an incredibly dangerous endeavor. In this engrossing report from GQ, follow several teams of climbers as they attempt to top out on Everest and get back down alive. As a Krakauer devotee, this form of writing is fascinating to me and helps to provide context to casual audiences that cannot fathom the task or the environment in which these climbers risk their lives ?nor why some spend huge sums of money to wait in line as they die. Experience is a drug, and if you have the call of mountaineering in your blood, Everest remains the (increasingly problematic) gold standard of the form.
?James Stacey, Senior Writer
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