Roundup of Unusual Size: So much space. Gotta see it all.

Heck yeah, Seth Green dressed as Joker. Marry me.

A bit spare on the gaming articles tonight. However! A really strong selection of science articles should keep you entertained. There’s even a musical number. Also, a dude dressed as Captain America.

Videogames

Tadhg Kelly of What Games Are delivers what I consider to be the most elegantly simple and coherent explanation of why gamification is a morbidly awful idea: games work because they are closed, simple systems in which we can expect fairness. Life, obviously, is not.

It’s the Nyan Cat – Robot Unicorn Attack Singularity!

Animation

I’ve been concerned about Pixar’s Brave after reports started filtering in about its directorial problems, but I gotta admit it’s looking pretty good. Oh man, that hair.

Television

Hey, what’s going on in this new J.J. Abrams television sh– wait, Hurley?

SCIENCE!

Here’s a different sort of symphony of science: a sonata of supernovae.

More from io9, Tim Barribeau reports that infants actually exhibit complex common sense. Yeah, well, you still can’t start a car with a breadstick, okay? Meanwhile, Annalee Newitz reports that those bastard lunarians made off with half our water! And over in their regular Ask a Physicist corner, Dr. Goldberg explains what a teaspoon of neutron star is capable of. I seem to remember a bit of this punching through the floor on Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.

And it’s data like this that I keep wanting to show to my old creationist Astronomy professor (yes… I know). If this were a designed universe, why wouldn’t electrons be absolutely, mathematically perfect spheres? Talk about a sloppy watchmaker.

Curios

Over on Skepchick, Rebecca Watson tackles “Women’s Intuition and Other Fairytales”. Glad I’m not the only one who failed to see “women’s intuition” as a positive myth.

This, my friends, is how John McCain could have won in 2008.

Finally, a bit of a twofer from Cory Doctorow about Twitter: a book rec for Tweets from Tahrir, the legacy of the #Jan26 Egyptian revolution and a crowdsourced Bloomsday project translating Ulysses to Twitter shortform.

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