Tuesday, 23 September 2008
'Entertaining several generations of British kids, it depicted a typical north London school with for the time a revolutionary level of gritty realism and later gaining controversy with violence, racism, teenage pregnancy, drug addiction and er nudity stories. Though oddly it was only this scene that was cut from all future broadcasts...'
A simple pen-and-paper strategy game for two players.
Florida Folklife Postcards.
The Classic Microgames Museum.
Old roleplaying games. I think I played 'Car Wars' once, it was quite good fun.
A Number a Day.
Take 23. '23 is the ninth prime number, the smallest odd prime that is not a twin prime... For 23 or more people in a room, the probability that two people have the same birthday is greater than 50% ... 23! is 23 digits long.' And the list goes on.
The Hmong in Minnesota.
'THE 150,000 HMONG PEOPLE living in the United States traveled thousands of difficult miles to get here. Many settled in St. Paul, Minnesota, giving it the largest urban Hmong population in the world. Today these Hmong are wrestling with issues of culture and identity, with maintaining ties to the past and seeking to thrive in modern urban America.'
Who are the Hmong? Some background here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hmong_people .
Islamic Calligraphy and Manuscript Collection.
Book of Short Stories.
Short stories written by fifth graders in 1931.
Fed by Birds.
'Fed by Birds is a South London haven for strange creatures, complicated clothes and forgotten books. And robots.'
Visualising the Bible.
'The bar graph that runs along the bottom represents all of the chapters in the Bible. Books alternate in color between white and light gray. The length of each bar denotes the number of verses in the chapter. Each of the 63,779 cross references found in the Bible is depicted by a single arc - the color corresponds to the distance between the two chapters, creating a rainbow-like effect. '
African Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1963-74.
Rich People Rooftops in NYC.
Querying the Hive Mind.
'How can I force myself to write?'
'How do I keep warm this winter in an unheated apartment?'