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Jay is Games: Casual, Flash and Puzzle game reviews

December 5, 2007

It was just a while ago when I mentioned how there are many signs that logic puzzles are making their way to mainstream media. It was just until about three years ago that language independent logic puzzles where still an offstream hobby of a few westerns but today they seem to be a legitimate segment […]

Assessing Scientific, Reading and Mathematical Literacy: Finland leads. Israel has a serious problem.

November 30, 2007

Yes, Finland once again took the lead in OECD’s three-yearly PISA test of 15-year old secondary-school students, followed by Hong Kong (China) and Canada in second and third place. The tests we focused on science but also examined math and reading orientation. I happen to know one of the great teachers they have there and […]

2007 International Robot Exhibition: seeing the light in the practical use of robots

November 30, 2007

We all got used to the vast difference between the kind of future Hollywood has been promising us for years and what this future looks like today. Can any of us have a fun ride on one of those cool personal flying vehicles we seen so many times? Has any of us beamed himself from […]

Japanese Puzzles by Hands-On Mobile: are Paint-by-Number puzzles going mainstream?

November 27, 2007

Seven years ago when I started collaborating with Dave Green and Conceptis, the company had just this one picture logic puzzle type they called Pic-a-Pix and it only came with black and white pictures. It was year 2000 but in the west no one had a clue what we were talking about when we showed […]

Shendoku: Shen Kua style sociable Sudoku project

November 21, 2007

Shendoku is a “Sociable Sudoku” multi player game of “skills, bluffing and cunning”. The concept for the game originated with an educational project researching the Chinese mathematician, astronomer and inventor Shen Kua and the play reminds the famous Battleships game. According to shendoku.com “the development team decided to put themselves in the shoes of Shen […]

Kids Logic puzzles: Brain-training the next generation

November 13, 2007

As I promised last Thursday in my article about Sharpbrains.com and braintraining getting a hotter trend in the west I would like to follow-up on what I said about how sometimes things just tend to “sort out on their own” and what this post from Sharpbrains was just perfect for me for, so her it […]

Sharpbrains.com: braintraining is here, and is hot.

November 9, 2007

The amazing popularity of Nintendo’s Brain Age and its sequel which has been a genuine phenomenon in Japan helped Nintendo DS to “revitalize the Japanese game market.”selling roughly 5.7 million copies in Japan in just over a year. Yet, today, everybody knows already that the recent Japanese braintraining trend already migrated from Japan to the […]

Southern California wildfires: of the worst fire disasters in Californian history

October 29, 2007

If any of us needed another proof for how real global worming impact is I am sure, as sad as it is, the recent events in southern California might “help” on that. According to france24, a French international news channel broadcasting on a 24/7 basis, it seems that the Californian Firefighters are getting the upper […]

Thomas Snyder is the first Sudoku National Champion in USA

October 23, 2007

The the first U.S. Sudoku National Championship was won by Sudoku’s reigning world champion, Thomas Snyder, who completed the “advanced” section in seven minutes, eight seconds – about three minutes ahead of his nearest rival – took home the first prize of $10,000 and granted a spot on the U.S. team at the World Sudoku […]

Hashi: innovative number-logic brainbreaker also known as Hashiwokakero

October 13, 2007

It’s not every day that leading logic puzzle supplier Conceptis announces a new brainbreaker on their portfolio. This happened just this Friday as the company announced Hashi, its eleventh family of language independent logic puzzles. Hashi is an innovative bridge-connecting number-logic puzzle also known as Hashiwokakero (橋をかけろ Hashi o kakero; English: “build bridges!”) and Bridges, […]