While I often write about geeky things that are designed purely for entertainment (like Star Trek porn), sometimes, a science-related story comes along that’s just too good (and nerdy!) to pass up. That happened today, when I came across the news that a biologist has been developing an interspecies language that allows her to communicate with dolphins. That’s right – now we can actually speak (albeit in a rudimentary way) with gay sharks/the majestic creatures you may or may not have scrawled in your Lisa Frank notebook in grade school.
It’s pretty simple, actually – and at the moment, limited to the ability to identify and ask for specific objects (that is, we’re not asking them about their philosophies on life yet), but it’s an amazing start – a shared vocabulary, as Annalee Newitz puts it.
The geekiest part of the article has got to be the fact that Herzing apparently sees implications for using this method to communicate with extraterrestrials. Now, surely that’s more impressive than a computer who can kick human ass at Jeopardy (although, in fairness, that’s pretty cool too).
If you’ve had enough of the heady stuff, I have a couple of game-related links that are more than worth a click through. If you’ve ever tried to get a parent/loved one who has never picked up a controller before to play videogames, you will surely enjoy this collection of videos, wherein Game Informer editor Dan Rykert sat his (hilarious) father in front of a collection of recent games and recorded his reactions. It’s pure, sweet comedy gold.
Finally, games journalist (and fellow citizen of Cambridge!) Rob Zacny wrote a fantastic, endearing piece about the lesbian couple in The Last Express, a classic adventure game. Though written through the perspective of a presumably straight dude, with mostly (again, presumably) straight males commenting, it’s a truly well-written examination that’s coming from someone who totally “gets it” in regards to representation:
It’s powerful stuff, and well worth a read.