Looking Back: Photos From the First 12 Winter Olympics
With the world’s attention focused on Sochi, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at some of the earliest Winter Olympics. At the first Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix, France, 16 countries sent 250 athletes to compete…
Cool vintage photos of early Olympics
At 40 Years Old, Dungeons & Dragons Still Matters -
Ethan Gilsdorf looks back on four decades of pen-and-paper role-playing tradition:
The tools of D&D gave me permission to imagine a better me, and a better story for myself. They gave me the courage to imagine a different future. And taught me how to change myself. Not happy with lowly Level 1 Ethan, I worked hard to level up to my better, stronger, faster level 17 version today.
The period of playing role playing games in the 1980’s and up until the early 1990’s (when I met my wife) was really a fantastic time and I agree that we all learned a lot by playing RPGs. Before and during the university years I was heavily involved in both playing and writing RPG scenarios for our local gaming event Gothcon. I even met Gary Gygax once at Games Fair in Reading, UK in the mid 1980’s.
For me I think one of the key learnings was how to think hypothetically about the society and it’s mechanisms, a way of thinking that together with a fair amount of science fiction novels and studies in philosophy has brought me into the futures field,
A 5-step guide to writing a perfectly satirical Onion article from co-founder Tim Keck - GeekWire -
I saw this talk at the Seattle Interactive Conference last week and it brought me back to being an editor on the high school newspaper in the late 80s. It was a great talk, but he totally lost the audience when he got to Step #5.
Here’s what Obamacare looks like when it works -
Washington state leading the way in implementing ACA.
For Jim Henson's birthday today, the iconic Muppeteer's never-before-seen sketches and journals.
What Austerity Looks Like in Lisbon
Mark Byrnes, theatlanticcities.com
Most countries wouldn’t celebrate a 1.1 percent GDP increase. But for Portugal, where the economy hasn’t expanded since 2010, even modest growth is a good sign. In the second quarter, the country’s GDP grew and its unemployment rate…
Best photojournalism I’ve seen on how economic crisis has changed a familiar European streetscape .
Karwendelblick by Harald52 on Flickr.
last rays of light (by traumlichtfabrik)