Photos from last night’s launch of The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor, by NYU Professor and long-time development critic William Easterly, at Cooper Union.
And this morning, my latest article for Fast Company on the book.
New Subway Map-Themed Game in Development: Mini Metro!
This looks extremely promising, especially since development on Third Rail seems to have stalled (no updates on progress since mid-last year). It’s being developed by small New Zealand-based studio, Dinosaur Polo Club (great name and logo!). Here’s the preamble from their website:
Mini Metro is a minimalist subway simulation game about designing efficient subway networks. The player must constantly redesign their line layout to meet the needs of a rapidly-growing city.
The game, currently available as a rough and ready alpha version (that’s pre-beta, folks!), currently has four maps — London, New York, Paris and one other that I haven’t identified as yet. Each map in the game looks like that of its real life equivalent, right down to the colours used to represent routes: a neat touch! That’s London seen in the mesmerising GIF above.
In short, I want to play this right now. Hurry up and take my money.
Developer’s Project Site | Devblog
#drool #signmeup #allaboutit
Columns. #tyrannyofexperts #globaldev #humanrights (at Cooper Union Great Hall)
Where youse at, #novanation? (at Mason Jar)
#bagel (at Absolute Bagel)
“Don’t buy a hungry man a fish — or a news-starved community another article. Don’t just teach them to fish. Build the damned fishing boats.”
— Great essay
on philanthropy and news, from Jeff Jarvis.
“Then comes the motherfuckin’ Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart. There were brothers playing motherfuckin’ African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can’t do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-motherfuckin’-sixty-eight, and the motherfuckin’ people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He’s not — he doesn’t even play electric bass! It’s acoustic! We bought the motherfuckin’ house in nineteen-sixty-motherfuckin’-eight and now you call the cops? In 2013? Get the fuck outta here!”
— Spike Lee, on gentrification in New York City.
#playing around. #cities #nyc #cooperunion #manhattan (at Cooper Union Great Hall)