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Through the Rabbithole: ARG Lecture

November 21st, 2005 · No Comments

The proper title of this talk was ‘Through the Rabbithole: The history and potential of Alternate Reality Games’. It was presented at the 2005 Montreal International Games Summit and is an introduction to the alternate reality gaming genre.
Below is an essay based on notes that I prepared for the talk. It is not a transcript [...]

Tags: arg · conference · lecture

Montreal International Games Summit

November 14th, 2005 · No Comments

NB: I’ll be putting up my presentation notes in the next few days.
As a game developer at the conference told me, “When people hear that I’m from Montreal, they think of two things. One, that we speak French, and two, that we almost separated.” They certainly don’t think that Montreal is a place where computer [...]

Tags: arg · conference · games · lecture

All Games will be Alternate Reality Games

October 24th, 2005 · No Comments

This is the extended abstract of a talk I wanted to give at the next GDC but didn’t end up happening. Them’s the breaks, I suppose – and I’m going to the Montreal Game Summit next month, so all’s well.
Despite the success of The Beast and I Love Bees (winner of the 2005 GDC Innovation [...]

Tags: arg · lecture

Introspection

November 25th, 2003 · 7 Comments

Lately, I’ve been thinking about why I go to sleep in lectures so often. It isn’t because I’m tired, or because I’m bored; there are plenty of times when I am both tired and bored and fail to fall asleep with the kind of dependability that I do in lectures. Nor is it because I’m [...]

Tags: adrian · bio · lecture · oxford · spec

PowerPointSleeping

August 20th, 2003 · No Comments

While reading a thread about PowerPoint on MetaFilter, I remembered something a friend said about me last weekend. She was a fellow student in my neuroscience course this year, and she said, “You could always tell whether a lecture or workshop was going to be any good by watching whether Adrian fell asleep in the [...]

Tags: adrian · lecture · silly

Pinker on the Stand

April 8th, 2003 · No Comments

Pinker on the stand – a transcript of talk and discussion given by Steve Pinker on ‘Human Nature and Its Future’.
I can’t say I learned anything particularly new from the talk itself, but Pinker receives a real roasting in the discussion about the concepts of criminal justice and what implications our new understanding of human [...]

Tags: bio · lecture · politics · science

Stirring

March 20th, 2003 · No Comments

We will not fly our flags in their country – a stirring speech given by a British army commander to his troops on the eve of war.

Tags: lecture · politics

Multiverse

March 10th, 2003 · No Comments

Just been to a very interesting talk by Prof. Hugh Mellor on the subject of the Multiverse. The idea* behind the Multiverse is that there are uncountable numbers of other universes out there that have slightly different properties to ours, owing to different initial conditions. We can never see any of the other universes in [...]

Tags: lecture · philosophy · physics · science · spec

Reith

March 8th, 2003 · 3 Comments

Once again, it’s the wonderful time of year when the BBC’s Reith Lectures are being presented. I’ve followed the Reith Lectures on my weblog for quite a few years now, so when I discovered that this year’s lecturer is none other than my old San Diego research supervisor, Prof. Vilanyanur Ramachandran, I was pretty damn [...]

Tags: adrian · bbc · lecture · neuro · psych

The Drugs Don’t Work

February 21st, 2003 · No Comments

Over the past two days I’ve had an excellent two-part workshop in my neuroscience course on addiction, covering what we know about the causes of drug addiction at a molecular, cellular and cognitive level, reward pathways in the brain and possible treatments, vaccines and cures for drug addiction. Definitely one of the most thought provoking [...]

Tags: cambridge · future · lecture · neuro · science · spec