Pipwick Papers

A small but hopefully interesting Pipwick this week. I’m supposed to be playing Oxenfree and responding to my inbox but let’s just take a minute for some reading about things that aren’t game. I won’t tell if you don’t…

  • Here’s Matthew Hughes writing about why the Netflix crackdown on VPN usage will fail for Make Use Of. I’m not sure why he’s quoting his own tweets – visual variety, maybe? – but it seems to be a decent summation of the main points.
  • At a recent textile show Schlossberg showed off this bedspread which is studded with LEDs to form your own starry night. I’d sort of forgotten about the language of lifestyle and homeware press releases so it was odd to be immersed in it again – masterpieces and sensuality and luxury and so on. You don’t get a lot of that terminology in games press. When I saw WGSN saying it was machine washable I decided I wanted one. It’ll be available in stores from November, although I think it’s Switzerland and Liechtenstein only so I’m not sure how to get one. Maybe an esports trip will take me in that direction? Look, it’s a nice duvet alright?
  • I’ve been interested in simulated doctor visits for a while now. There was a feature in the Atlantic last year which talked about the practice – how these fake patients and real doctors act out scenarios. In the case of the article in the Atlantic the focus is on clinical empathy but the doctor/patient interactions can be useful in a number of different ways. Feature Shoot now has a piece about the photography of Corinne May Botz which takes these odd but wonderful interactions as their subject.
  • And finally, here’s Julia Belluz explaining for Vox just how hard it is to get accurate results from dietary studies but also why we persevere. It’s also a handy article to have to hand when you’re being told about the power of a juice cleanse. GET THEE HENCE, JUICE CLEANSE!

    1. Skabooga says:

      I know some agriculture-nutrition researchers who are studying the bioavailability of iron in different varieties of common beans. Some varieties have high levels of iron, but it is not clear how much of that is absorbed by digestion. To test this, they have a process where mashed, cooked beans are digested with a stomach acid analogue, and then placed in a dish in which intestinal cells have been grown, and it is the increase in iron in these intestinal cells that they measure. I thought it was a cool setup, and they don’t have to deal with any human participants in the study.

      Also, the link to the Schlossberg page has the most dramatic video I have seen about the making of a bedsheet. Just a regular bedsheet, not even the LED one you were talking about.

      • lazy8 says:

        I agree that the Schlossberg video is pretty amazing, for me it is however the first video I’ve ever seen about making a bedsheet and I am afraid to start looking for more. I might spend the rest of the evening looking at amazing bedsheet making videos (not to be confused with bedsheet mating videos, which is a great, but completely different kind of videos).

    2. Thirith says:

      Switzerland and Liechtenstein only? Hmm… Make you a deal: you order an Oculus Rift for me, I order a shiny duvet for you, and we do a clandestine exchange on some park bench, eh? ;-)