Skyrim has a ton of content and the lore of the game is so rich because it builds from the preceding Elder Scrolls games. With so much to work with, the creators were able to do more than just make a game – they wrote an obscene number of stories to flesh out their world. Reddit user OccupyTamriel made a gallery of the fictional authors of these books (images above) from in-game shots.
GeoGuesser is a great way to kill a couple minutes and see a little more of the world. The basic challenge is to figure out where in the world you are looking at. The site uses Google Maps to create this nice short game.
Sometimes you get randomly placed in a easy to figure out area and other times it’s as if you’ve been dropped in the middle of the desert. I found just looking at the architecture was enough of a clue, sometimes it took a guess of geology.
I averaged around 12000 – how about you?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the most basic level TCP/IP on everything. If that still doesn’t help don’t worry – basically, IoT is the idea that common objects which don’t already have a connection to the web will have one soon. This is already being seen in shoes that track runners to the (currently a gimmick) fridges connected to the web.
In the past couple of years the IoT has really taken off and more companies are getting into the space. Over at TechCrunch (which popularized a lot of web2.0 stuff) has a great image and article on the current IoT space.
The concept of the Internet of Things is not new (the term itself was coined in 1999), but it is now in the process of becoming a reality thanks to the confluence of several key factors.
First, while still challenging, it is easier and cheaper than ever to produce hardware – some components are open sourced (e.g. Arduino microcontrollers); 3D printing helps with rapid prototyping; specialized providers like Dragon Innovation and PCH can handle key parts of the production process, and emerging marketplaces such as Grand St. help with distribution. Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo considerably de-risk the early phase of creating hardware by establishing market demand and providing financing.