Lots of links for you this week. I’m overfeeding you guys.
- Voice actor Jason Stephens plays Titanfall while impersonating President Obama. The results are hilarious. (Courtesy of Tina Amini of Kotaku.)
- Ernesto Van Der Sar of TorrentFreak reports about a ruling from Judge Ursula Ungaro in Florida. She ruled that IP addresses can’t be used to identify downloaders in cases of piracy, since at best all they can give is geographic information, and they cannot confirm who actually downloaded the files. This is welcome news.
- Nathan Grayson of Rock Paper Shotgun has an interview with Manveer Heir of BioWare as a follow-up to Heir’s GDC talk about diversity in games.
- Fourteen-year-old Suvir Mirchandani has gained national attention in the United States for showing that the federal government could save upwards of $130 million annually if it switched from using Times New Roman in its documents to Garamond, which uses thinner strokes and therefore less ink. That seems like a great way to save money. (Courtesy of Madeleine Six of CNN.)
- Joseph Brean of The National Post writes about the gluten-free fad and why it’s based on dietary pseudoscience. The problem of marketing cannot be ignored either: food companies have managed to create a mental association between “gluten-free” and “healthy” in people’s minds. They prey off our fear of made-up conditions like “wheat belly” and then charge a premium for foods that never had gluten in the first place, like rice cakes.
- Writing for Kotaku’s Talk Amongst Yourselves blog, DisturbedShadow takes a look at disabled characters in video games. Joker from Mass Effect and Lester from Grand Theft Auto V are listed as particularly positive portrayals.
- Wait Wow has a look at how to make spherical planetary cakes with concentric layers, courtesy of Rhiannon of CakeCrumbs.
- Real estate prices are incredibly high in New York City. For the sake of illustration, The Meta Picture has compiled a list of European mansions that have a similar price to regular New York homes.
- An oldie but a goodie: Eyder Peralta of NPR reports on a weird reading comprehension passage on the New York state English exam for eighth graders.
- Finally, Andrew Solomon of The New Yorker has a lengthy, heartbreaking interview with Peter Lanza, the father of the Sandy Hook killer, Adam Lanza.
That does it for this week. See you next week, readers!