Archive for July, 2013

Indian Food In Britain A Chip Off The Ol’ Curry

It’s hard to miss the Indian restaurants flourishing on Britain’s high streets. There are about 8,000 of them with an annual turnover of a [pounds]1 1/2 billion pounds. This enthusiasm for Indian foods has been fostered by immigrants, especially Bangladeshis, who entice customers with the rich aromas of their spicy and often inexpensive meals. But while the number of Indian restaurants–and the range of Indian ingredients on the supermarket shelves–is a new phenomenon, the British love affair with the food of India began in 1608 when the East India Company set up in business near Bombay. In the following centuries the British who lived and worked in India adopted many dishes and cooking techniques, often weaving them into their own culinary tradition to create an array of dishes that are neither Indian nor English, but Anglo-Indian. Many remain as beloved… Read on here...

Arcade Style Game Programmers Are Thriving

What is more purely interactive than an arcade-style game? What else offers such a rapid feedback loop, or packs so much outcome into every move you make? Compared to Quake, where one jab of the joystick makes the difference between life and death, doesn’t even the most informative and artistic interactive multimedia feel… well, sleepy? In a telling moment, hundreds of conference attendees gave a standing ovation to a dance performance based on the video game Tomb Raider, in which the dancers responded to the action of the game as played live by a young boy. The high-minded “Play” attendees seemed ready at long last to learn from Tomb Raider heroine Lara Croft. lara-croft-newNot surprisingly, young designers who grew up with video games are leading the way. Taking the stage at “Play,” several of them demonstrated daring experiments in making… Read on here...