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at the very least, if you don't try to clean away the accumulated societal dead wood, you will end up with not just one bread winner and one care giver, but with women almost exclusively being pushed into the caregiver role and men almost exclusively being pushed into the breadwinner role.

Which is ideal, as men and women are both ideally biologically and psychologically equipped for their respective traditional role. This generation is strongly committed to spitting in the face of biology, evolution, and common sense, but they'll find out these realities are quite stubborn, for better or worse. The only question is how much of the generational consequences they'll live to see.

excellent project. as a scrabble player, i'm very interested - it would be a great way to run a blitz tournament, for instance.

but the focus of the article wasn't really on the experience of an uber driver, it was on the demographics of uber users. that was a pretty valuable insight he got into how "sharing economy" taxis are filling in the gaps in the public transport infrastructure.

the source code link seems to be down :( i remember being pretty impressed by how clean and readable the c code was.

This link from the Siag.nu homepage was up:


thanks! the code still looks pretty nice to me; i'd have no complaints if this were legacy code i'd inherited on a job, e.g.

sexism is not something individual men perpetrate against individual women, it is a systemic set of biases built into the fabric of society. women are part of that fabric just as much as men are.

fun to read this alongside landis's "the melancholy of infinite space": http://www.geoffreylandis.com/infinite.htp

because you're presumably being paid as well or better as you would be to do the same job for another company? if that were the case, i wouldn't really care what the person paying my salary was doing with his or her life.

yeah, the title was practically a setup for that :)


I mean, it's BBC, for cryin' out loud.


clojurescript has lovely html syntax; it's probably my favourite to write. i generally prefer mlish to lispish syntax, but s-expressions fit the problem of representing a tree structure perfectly.


this is a really lovely game, and i encourage everyone to get a few interested friends together and give it a try. 4-5 people is the optimal number (one game master and 3-4 contestants in each round).

also while you can play a game with a variety of tokens, there is something very satisfying about using the icehouse pyramids, due to (1) their sheer aesthetic appeal (2) the fact that there's a tradition of using them, so you feel like you're playing the game the 'proper' as opposed to makeshift way and (3) the community has already worked out the optimal way to use them to play zendo (i.e. which properties are relevant and which are not, what makes a good koan, where the balance between too simple and too complicated lies, etc.)


I think there's something to be said for just trying it out first with whatever is on hand. Lego blocks are a good and very easily available substitute. Use 3 size of blocks (e.g. 1x2, 2x2 and 3x2) in 4 colors, more options than that will just muddy things up without adding anything interesting. The set of possible relationships between pieces is different than if using pyramids, but it's roughly as rich a vocabulary.

Though with Lego you do need to make it clear up front that rules like "a koan has the Buddha nature iff it looks like a dog" are too subjective :) Doesn't happen with the more abstract pyramids.


agreed - lego is probably the best easily-available substitute for pyramids; the difficultly is that you have to be a lot more precise up front about which features and combinations are and are not acceptable for use in koans. it does have the easily-relatable trio of colour, size and pip-count, which is nice.


Where is the best place to get it? It's not sold as a boxed game anymore, is it?


sadly, no. i built myself a set from

1. five rainbow stash boxes [http://store.looneylabs.com/Looney-Pyramids-Rainbow]

2. chessex glass stones in black, white and green (the "glass gems" sold for aquaria and decorative bowls also work nicely)

3. a small plastic storage box from daiso shaped like a trunk with a handle; i tried finding a box that would let the pieces be placed neatly within but finally gave up and just toss them all into the trunk.

it ended up being pretty expensive (~$70 for the lot; i believe the boxed game went for ~$40) but well worth it for the amount of enjoyment i've gotten out of it.

edit: there is also a guide to making your own pyramids (lots of different ideas): http://icehousegames.org/wiki/?title=Making_pieces


When people start trading tips about how to make an out-of-print game, it sounds like there ought to be a market for it.


i think most of the issue is that looney labs want to be in the business of selling pieces, rather than selling games. they envision the icehouse set as a general-purpose set of game-playing pyramids, with an accompanying rulebook for tons of games you can play with them. they also sell a few more specialised auxiliary items like ice dice and a volcano board, that are only useful for a couple of games, but their core business of making and selling pyramids is probably profitable and high-margin enough that they don't need to get back into boxed games.



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