I spent my lunch break filling out my ballot. There are still a couple local measures I need to research more.

Woke up this morning and everyone in my family is sick, including me. Definitely taking a sick day.

Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs

Bicycle in a repair shop

The Swedish government is introducing tax breaks on repairs to everything from bicycles to washing machines so it will no longer make sense to throw out old or broken items and buy new ones.

Source: Article on The Guardian

This is such a great idea! It could be a challenge since some appliances are designed to be throw-a-way, but maybe incentives like this for repair could help some new manufacturers spring up and make some appliances designed to be repaired.

Immersion in Games

I was thinking about immersion in games, and I remembered about one of the first immersive titles I played: Myst.

Now, you can hate or love puzzles, and that’s fine. But you can’t deny the the library in Myst was one of the most amazing things ever.

myst_bookshelf

My older sister and I would sit there, and read these digital books while ‘in’ the library. Some of those books seemed very long, 20+ pages. So we’d be sitting there, and when you’re done reading it goes back on the shelf, then you’re back in the library.

There is something about reading books, or something similar while already IN a game, that makes that game area feel more real. You’ve been there. You’ve read books there.

It’s a really neat effect, and one I want to use in the future.