Monday, May 21, 2007

Nice review of Bone Wars

Here's a nice review of our game, Bone Wars: The Game of Ruthless Paleontology.

"Bone Wars is a wonderful game whether you just like cards are or interested in paleontology, and probably would make a great gift for kids over 10/11 years old."


British backbone

We in the United States are such PANSIES and WIMPS that we're afraid to let gays openly serve in the military!

Two quotes from an NYT article on how smoothly it has been for Britain to allow gays to openly serve.
Since the British military began allowing homosexuals to serve in the armed forces in 2000, none of its fears — about harassment, discord, blackmail, bullying or an erosion of unit cohesion or military effectiveness — have come to pass, according to the Ministry of Defense, current and former members of the services and academics specializing in the military. The biggest news about the policy, they say, is that there is no news. It has for the most part become a nonissue.

“I find it strange, coming from the land of the free and freedom of speech and democracy, given the changes in the world attitude,” said the [British] gay squadron leader, who recently returned from Afghanistan. “It’s just not the issue it used to be.”

Monday, May 14, 2007

A remarkable visual representation of consumption

This is a remarkable series of visual representations of the quantity of items like plastic bottles, paper bags, and SUVs, among other items, that American consumes.

LINK via Boing Boing

Friday, May 04, 2007

Vancouver to Vancouver

Greener Apple

This is amazing to me, from a letter from Steve Jobs posted on the Apple site:
Many of the dangerous chemicals we all want to eliminate from electronic products are found in very small amounts, but there’s one toxic substance that some companies still ship by the pound, and that’s the lead contained in their cathode-ray tube (CRT) displays. A typical CRT contains approximately 3 pounds (1.36 kg) of lead. In mid-2006, Apple became the first company in the computer industry to completely eliminate CRTs. The effect has been stunning — our first CRT-based iMac contained 484 grams of lead; our current third-generation LCD-based iMac contains less than 1 gram of lead.
A typical CRT display contains 3 pounds of lead? Can that really be? If so, what an incredible statistic.


Thursday, May 03, 2007

A life without left turns

A simply wonderful piece about the writer's father. Not about bikes but goes to the heart of the matter. Thanks to Kent's Bike Blog. LINK

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Unstoppable: Fixed Gears in NYTimes

Very good piece on fixed gear bikes and fixed gear bike culture in the NYTimes. (Yes, I know the Surly to the left has brakes and such bikes profiled in the article don't!)