is a turn-based fighting game where, during a turn, you set-up, articulate, and execute fighting moves with rag-doll characters. Looks like a pretty cool idea
. Windows based executable, Linux based server software. I've been doing this for hours, and hours now. I... I... can't stop.
Via (and description courtesy of )Negatendo
posted by boo_radley
on Aug 22, 2006 -
The Klondike Gold Rush
, the last great gold rush of the 19th century.
On August 16, 1896 huge quantities of gold was found in the remote Yukon region of Canada
. Word spread slowly, until eleven months later, the steamship Portland arrived in Seattle
from Dawson with "more than a ton of gold". Within six months, approximately 100,000 gold-seekers set off on the perilous journey north
to the Yukon. Only 30,000 completed the trip.
Resources: Eric A. Hegg's photograph's
of the gold rush, stories
from the gold rush, women
of the gold rush, Klondike Gold Rush Historical Database
, info and teaching resources
(warning: annoying frames), links
, Librarians' Internet Index
posted by MetaMonkey
on Jun 27, 2006 -
The most expensive $20 you’ll never see.
(Unless you happen to be kickin’ it in Long Beach
next month...) The 1933 “double eagle”, a one oz. gold coin minted by the United States just prior to dropping the gold standard, is now worth approximately $10,000,000 and is the stuff of coin collection legend. A collector by the name of Israel “Izzy” Switt acquired and held on to 10 of them—just after the last “double eagle” had officially been melted down by the government in 1937. (Timeline
.) Now, decades later, the coins are the subject of an intense legal battle
between the US government and Switt’s descendants. “It’s a hell of a story.”
posted by voltairemodern
on Aug 29, 2005 -
In Gold We Trust by Julian Dibbell
"You want to be radical? You don't need to blow up the bank, just burn your bank account. And for that you are going to need an alternative. What is the alternative? E-dinar." I think economic warfare is pretty fascinating, like in the tungsten/wolframite markets of Portugal and Spain during WWII. Although the article acknowledges e-gold is pretty far from wresting away control of the money system from central banks, technology is certainly supplementing traditional (and arguably archaic) currency institutions. An interesting counterpoint is the rising popularity of decentralized money creation.
posted by kliuless
on Jan 16, 2002 -
An ancient 3,200-year-old papyrus map
has led to the discovery of pharoanic gold mines in Egypt's eastern desert that will give Egypt one of the top 10 gold reserves in the world. The original pharaonic map, which is the world’s earliest surviving geological survey, was discovered in Luxor in 1820 and has since been on display in a Turin museum.
posted by stbalbach
on Dec 30, 2001 -
D-Day was 57 years ago yesterday. It was 16 years before an article in the Atlantic
finally provided Americans an unvarnished account of the carnage that was Omaha Beach that day. I'm in awe of what these 19-year-olds went through.
posted by luser
on Jun 7, 2001 -