Agent Palmer

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Cloaking Device from University of Rochester is Groundbreaking and Simple

With the news of researchers at the University of Rochester developing a “three-dimensional, transmitting, continuously multidirectional cloaking” device, it’s time to dream big.

This cloaking device is being related to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak but, in truth, cloaking or invisibility has been a part of Dungeons & Dragons, science fiction, comics, gaming, and literature well before J.K. Rowling put pen to paper.

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I Suggest You Read I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real & Imagined) by Chuck Klosterman

I Wear the Black Hat Grappling with Villains Real and Imagined by Chuck Klosterman

He’s written fiction, non-fiction, and essays about music, death, history and pop culture, but now Chuck Klosterman has turned his attention to villains with I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined), a book published on July 9th, 2013 and reprinted in paperback on July 1st, 2014.

Before we get into the book, let’s first look at the definition of the word villain, a noun. According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, Villain is “a character in a story, movie, etc., who does bad things,” “a person who does bad things,” and “someone or something that is blamed for a particular problem or difficulty.”

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Digging into the Battle Tested PC Gaming Classic of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

Warcraft II Tides of Darkness

Almost a decade before Warcraft became synonymous with World of Warcraft (WOW), the juggernaut of massively mutliplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG), and a year before Blizzard would dazzle the world with Diablo, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness ruled the gaming industry.

Released in 1995, as the follow up to Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, was a real-time fantasy strategy that game won almost every award there was to win in 1996 and sold over 2 million copies.

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Cheval’s Ideal Palace a Lesson in Patience in an Era of Instant Gratification

Joseph Ferdinand Cheval Joseph Ferdinand Cheval built Le Palais ideal

Joseph Ferdinand Cheval was a French postman who spent 33 years building Le Palais idéal (the “Ideal Palace”) in Hauterives, France.

The building began in earnest in April 1879, at first with stones from his pocket. It gradually moved to stones in a basket and eventually included a wheelbarrow to move larger stones. It took him 33 years to build the palace, 20 of which were spent on the outer walls alone. From one stone to another along his postal route, he collected them while thinking to himself, “Since Nature is willing to do the sculpture, I will do the masonry and the architecture.”

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