Omnium Gatherum: June 7, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for June 7, 2019

  • YouTube Has Only One Rule” — Max Read, New York Intelligencer

    “This kind of inconsistency and lack of clarity makes it very difficult to treat YouTube’s intricate scaffold of policy — and its endless promises to “reexamine” that policy — as anything other than a cover for YouTube’s actual rule, which is: “Don’t do anything that attracts negative outside attention.”

    Platforms like YouTube act (and generally “feel”) like liberal democracies, with nods to “free speech” and a quasi-judicial moderation process. But they’re corporate dictatorships that can and do moderate however they please, regardless of what their rules say.”

  • Harry and the Potters – Hermione’s Army (Lyric Video)

    “A new song from Lumos, Harry and the Potters’ first full-length album in over a decade. Lumos is out 6/21/19.

    Who is that witch?”

  • Weather Factory Reveals New Game, Book of Hours and Announces Cultist Simulator: Anthology Edition. Meet the occult librarian simulation you never expected to want so badly.” — Joe Skrebels, IGN

    “Book of Hours began life as a speculative tweet …

    Book of Hours has you taking on the role of a librarian for a repository of the occult, and is being designed as a more contemplative, less punishing take on Cultist Simulator’s narrative card game approach. Players will be tasked with talking to visitors to the library, finding books to serve their needs and, in the process, altering the tales of those characters and the world outside your place of work.”

  • Akira Release Date: Taika Waititi-Directed Movie to Open in 2021” — IGN [HT ENDESGA]

    “Fans of Akira and dynamic Hollywood director Taika Waititi, rejoice! The release date for Waititi’s live-action Akira film has finally been announced.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the live-action adaptation of the iconic manga/anime is set to hit theaters on May 21, 2021.”

  • Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment. From now, house style guide recommends terms such as ‘climate crisis’ and ‘global heating’” — Damian Carrington, The Guardian UK; from the Global-Climate-Chaos dept. [HT Julie Carrie Wong]

    “The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world.

    Instead of ‘climate change’ the preferred terms are ‘climate emergency, crisis or breakdown’ and ‘global heating’ is favoured over ‘global warming’, although the original terms are not banned.

    ‘We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,’ said the editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. ‘The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.’

    ‘Increasingly, climate scientists and organisations from the UN to the Met Office are changing their terminology, and using stronger language to describe the situation we’re in,’ she said.”

  • Who Wins, Who Dies: Game of Thrones (2011 – 2019)” — Sady Doyle, Dangerous Characters [HT Lilith Saintcrow]

    “No matter what women told themselves, Game of Thrones was never our story.”

  • Adventuron. A Fun Way To Learn To Code. [HT Konstantinos Dimopoulos]

    “Designed for children (8 – 12) working with parents, Classroom’s colourful lessons demonstrate how to create an interactive story game playable on laptop, tablet, and mobile devices.”