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The New York Public Library Hopes You’ll Make Video Games

If all your software needs is a 1910 photo of Brooklyn then here is some fantastic news.<p>Mauricio Giraldo, a designer in the New York Public Library Labs, made a video game using some of the library's own collections of public domain materials, and the institution is hoping you'll follow.<p>In …

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These Books Will Make You Nostalgic For the Early Days of Computer Programming

Robots and ‘Space Invader’ aliens help you learn coding fundamentals.<p>Want to take a nostalgic look back at coding in the pre-Web era? Now you can, because educational publisher Usborne has released several books on computer programming from the 80s for free on its website.<p>You might remember Usborne …

Libraries

Why Living Together Without Marriage Can Increase Your Mental Health

I've written previously that we're living through a steady, growing shift in our society, as men and women re-think what kinds of relationships they seek and prefer - whether straight or gay. For example, I've written here that part of this shift is towards increasing acceptance of a variety of …

Mental Health

Gardens: grow a mini grove

Only got room for one fruit tree? Try this clever trick and you’ll be spoilt for choice…<p>As an urban gardener with a tiny plot to play with, poring over the fruit tree sections of the gardening catalogues can verge on heartbreaking. But if you long to fit more in than the textbooks recommend, a …

Gardening

Super Mario sisters: Women now outnumber men in top video game design program

In video games, an arena of pop-culture that's long been characterized as a boys' club, the news that women now outnumber men in the University of Southern California's graduate video game design program feels revolutionary. It may well be.<p>The women in the USC program, ranked by Princeton Review as …