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I am a university researcher interested in games, play and philosophy. I design, analyse and write about games for fun and for a living.

You can find me from the University of Jyväskylä, The Finnish Society for Game Research and games co-operative Expa. I currently work for the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies.

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"Facebook isn’t a mind-control ray. It’s a tool for finding people who possess uncommon, hard-to-locate traits, whether that’s 'person thinking of buying a new refrigerator,' 'person with the same rare disease as you,' or 'person who might participate in a genocidal pogrom,' and then pitching them on a nice side-by-side or some tiki torches, while showing them social proof of the desirability of their course of action, in the form of other people (or bots) that are doing the same thing, so they feel like they’re part of a crowd."


A short list of good resources for online safety

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EFF's Surveillance Self-Defense:

A DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity:

Speak Up & Stay Safe(r) from Feminist Frequency:

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked:


Mozilla has a great guide of how good different potential gifts are with privacy:

The short version: if you don't need internet for some purpose, buy one without it.


I think this is one of my favourite genres of literature: the lives of groundbreaking researchers told as tragedies.


This exploration of a fork in the history of computing is fascinating. What would computers look like if all the central metaphors weren't based on Jobs attempt to emulate earlier work on GUIs?


“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use" -


I think what happened today was practically a miracle: I replaced our modem and connected the new one to the router and everything just worked.


I see no downsides to this suggestion.


This seemed like a great thought-experiment on how science works:

"The Omnigenic Model As Metaphor For Life" -


Latest in bad-faith academic hoaxes:

Three PhD's can deceive some journals some of the time if they spend 10 months hate-writing and lie in the papers. That's not impressive, that's sad.