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Yesterday, Google’s philanthropic arm,, gave 5,000 high school students across the country a chance to see the smash hit Hamilton: An American Musical. All of this was possible thanks to an $800,000 grant from the company, which worked in collaboration with The Gilder Lehrman Institute to cap off the students’ six-week unit on the founding of America with a matinée of the oft-praised hip hop historical.


Much in the way that the immersive qualities of Hamilton and the familiar style of the play’s hip hop soundtrack have made people empathize with centuries-old historical figures, Google is hoping that its virtual reality Expeditions program can cause students to more easily identify with historical events by taking on different viewpoints.

Alongside yesterday’s field trip, Gilder Lehrman is launching six new virtual reality tours on Google’s Expedition VR platform that brings students closer to the real life of the ten-dollar founding father.

The tours look at hallmark historical moments in America’s history, like the ratification of the Constitution, the Revolutionary War and the presidency of George Washington. The institute is also making a number of rare artifacts and documents available for online viewing on the Google Arts and Culture portal. […]

The original Tamagotchi is officially making a comeback

It’s official — 20 years after it first made waves on the playground, Japanese toy maker Bandai is bringing back the Tamagotchi.

Bandai just re-released the popular 90s virtual pet in its six original colours, causing an outpouring of nostalgia via Twitter.

The toy is currently available to buy in stores in Japan, or online via Amazon Japan for 1,900 yen (£14 or $17).

According to Mashable, while Bandai has stayed true to the original aesthetic, the new edition of the handheld eggs are about half the size of the original version.

See the Japanese ad for the new toy below:

Since the toys’ arrival in 1996, over 76 million of the cult-like digital pets are thought to have been sold worldwide.

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Virtual reality theme park brings Norse legends to life

Source: Fortune 

Norse Theme Parks is blending traditional attractions with virtual reality and augmented reality experiences at its new Copenhagen park.

Theme parks around the world are beginning to incorporate virtual reality into their attractions, in addition to using it to design rides. There’s a VR theme park being built in China. And now a startup is building a Norse mythology virtual and augmented reality theme park in Copenhagen, Denmark.

According to Peter Franklin Wurtz, co-founder of startup Norse Theme Parks, The Legendary World of Norse Mythology: Yggdrasil will blend traditional rides and attractions with virtual reality and augmented reality experiences when it opens in 2019.

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anonymous asked:

Is it fair to feel Will's behavior in season 2 was extremely objectionable without any relation to his place in the show or the focus? I actually really enjoy him as a main character and think that his place in the spotlight is completely deserved (I even roleplay as him) but I have a lot of issues with the things he did and feel really strongly about not glossing over that just because he's not Hannibal Lecter or Mason Verger. I still think he's a compelling protagonist, (cont.)

(previous anon) Hugh’s a fantastic actor, and that Will should keep his place in the spotlight (and I am a Hannigram shipper, so that helps) but it seems like it’s impossible to talk about that outside of my own circle of friends without either ending up being used as a springboard for the people who DO use those arguments as cover for not liking the focus on Will in the show or getting hate from people who immediately assume I AM one of those people.

Yeah, if there’s any voice that’s been silenced in this debacle, it’s yours, for the exact reasons that you said. That’s why I said I felt a little sorry for people trying to have an actual discussion in the midst of this din, because it can’t really happen in the current atmosphere. And the reality is, it probably can’t come back for a while, until people get healed enough to want to engage in it again.

I suppose my perspective on this flows a little from the sheer amount of time I spend on this website and the nature of my blog: for me, I’ve been over and over and over this subject in some form or another virtually nonstop for basically six months now. So it’s become a little tiresome, I’m sorry to say. But I’ll try to dig up something new for the sake of you taking the time to come to my inbox.

I honestly don’t think this issue of Will’s morality is resolvable, or that you’re ever going to get away from a feeling that others are “glossing over” what Will did. This discussion can’t meet on this point: “[Will’s] not Hannibal Lecter or Mason Verger,” meaning he ought to be held to a higher moral standard, I would suppose because he’s supposed to be the good guy. 

And speaking for myself, at least, I sort of have several reactions to this (the emphasized parts are the parts I feel the most strongly about at the moment):

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