Posts Tagged "oldies"

Homo Ludens or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Game

Homo Ludens or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Game

A Dutch historian called Johan Huizinga wrote about the “Playing Human” (Homo Ludens) in a 1931 book, among the first to discuss the important part games have played in shaping our culture and civilisation. He even goes as far as to say that playing is a necessary condition for culture to develop. In my case, I’ve been fascinated by games of all shapes and sizes since I was a child. While running around in the sun or sitting...

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A Billion Seconds Old

A Billion Seconds Old

Sometime one of these days, I will become 1,000,000,000 (one billion) seconds old. Of course, being born tends to be a messy affair, it’s not an exact science, and then there’s all those pesky leap seconds to contend with — so the exact moment will just come… and go… in a heartbeat; I won’t even notice. I remember being a bit apprehensive about the change of “prefix” when I turned 30 years old,...

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Hello world!

Hello world!

The last day of some old calendar is slowly drifting away, but the world remains in one piece — unsurprisingly enough. If the Mayans didn’t do it, then what I am about to do next sure will: opening up my web presence again, this time in the shape of this “digital abode” as I like to call it. It’s been many years, and I used to joke that if I finally did this it would be a sign of the end of times… But here it...

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  • It is precisely because it is fashionable for Americans to know no science, even though they may be well educated otherwise, that they so easily fall prey to nonsense. They thus become part of the armies of the night, the purveyors of nitwittery, the retailers of intellectual junk food, the feeders on mental cardboard, for their ignorance keeps them from distinguishing nectar from sewage. Isaac Asimov
    The Armies of the Night