Things I read while I drank coffee this morning (7.29)

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Waves and Slurp Juice edition.

The Fornite world cup final was a hit at our house on Sunday. I only really knew 2 of the players in the final, but it was fun to see the clash of different playstyles. It sounded like a lot of what the commentators alluded to was that the playstyles are regional which confused me at first. I thought that this is a global game why would playstyles be regional? Then it hit me that North America (East) is a different set of servers than North America (West) and organically strategies that people on one set of servers see - may have grown completly differently than strategy from the other set of servers. As players on each server set to play each other over and over - those strategies mutate slightly, but still, you see the same playstyle overall. “Playstyle sameness” would be mitigated a bit with Twitch as people may watch streamers from other server sets (cross pollination), but generally, I am sure they tend to watch people who speak their language which keeps the viewership regional. Amazing that server partitioning could have such an effect on gameplay at the global level.

U.S. adults are spending big on video games, playing mostly on smartphones

The company is now quietly exploring an ambitious new chain, probably separate from Whole Foods, that is not far removed from the one outlined in the old memo. It would be built for in-store shopping as well as pickup and delivery.

The grocery industry moves at a glacial pace because of the sizes of stores needed, interested to see if Amazon can do more with less space.

Amazon Wants to Rule the Grocery Aisles, and Not Just at Whole Foods

Kanagawa oki nami ura

Honyo nakama (bookshop guilds) were created in Edo, Kyoto and Osaka during the 18th century, with nakami ginmi (guild examiners) capable of police and prosecuting unauthorised reproductions of printed works. Their aim was to regulate works’ manufacture and dissemination – not to safeguard creators’ rights.

Intersting read on one of my favorite pieces of art and copyright.

The Great Wave: what Hokusai’s masterpiece tells us about museums, copyright and online collections today