The below video of a time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998 is an interesting video but not a surprising one.  It’s been around the links share before but today I re-found the video from an article that remarks on the speedup during the Cold War and while I admit my entry into adulthood came rather late in the Cold War (mid/tale 80′s), I remember one of the feelings I had at College was that nuclear war was a very real and likely possibility.

I remember the Doomsday clock on the back of the Watchmen comics as they came out and how that resonated with me.  I also remember Tetris coming out and its significance was as much political as its game play was addictive.  I remember how exciting it was to have something come out of the _Soviet Union_ and that we could play and connect and bond over games.  I remember as the networks coalesced into what is now the Internet- Bitnet, Fido Net, DARPA net, etc. and the knowledge that the distributed nature of DNS which makes it fairly resistant to failure (in spite of its limitations) was initially developed with the thought of how to make the network survive in case of a nuclear attack, so one targeted attack would not take out the whole internet.

Nuclear power and nuclear weapons are as much a threat as before, but perhaps I’ve become jaded or have more trust in the survival of the world but it doesn’t seem nearly as scary now as it did then.

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Memory Touchstones

by Goldie on May 20, 2013

in quick thoughts

Right now I’m unpacking (and sorting) some stuff that was packed away for a bit of construction.  I’ve been slowly going through the process and reached a point I had to stop because of the intensity of memory.  There are many things that provoke memories.  Scents can call up a scene as can certain tastes.  Souvenirs are designed to have some memory of a place, although how well they capture that probably depends on a lot of factors.  I’ve been doing a ton of sorting this past year and interestingly the objects I have the hardest sorting through seem to be books.  Not just books for their contents.  I’m fine with digital books.  They travel well and take little space (if a chunk of data).  I mean the physical books that I sat in learned with others, or books that have notes in them, or books that were well used by my husband, obm.   There is a sensation from holding them, not every book but certain many.  Reloading bookshelves of books that are mostly ones that were “his” is a challenge.  Admittedly some of them I am thinking of sending on, and some I’ve been learning from or have had the “Oh cool! We have this?” experience from them.  But the paper and ink well bound seems to have the strongest pull of memory for me.

What holds memory for you and draws it forth when you encounter it?

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Writer’s Block

May 13, 2013

A silly poem for all the unwritten posts of the past weeks:   Bloggy bloggy let me write Know the way unto the light Past the turn style past the wall Let the ink flow, stop the stall. Bloggy bloggy written now Let me see the when, the how. Words to flow and patterns found. […]

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Trust, Inspiration and Tribes

April 12, 2013

I was on the #joiito channel when Stephanie Booth pointed to her post about her blogging tribe experiment.  I immediately said I was interested…and then in spite of many idaes they never made it from my brain to my fingertips.  After watching (a second time) Amanda Palmer’s amazing TED talk on the Art of Asking […]

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Journey – The Game

March 17, 2013

If you’ve read my blog much or know me at all you know I am interested in the nature of games:  how they work, how they impact people and how different elements of a game impact the player & develop the overall experience.  Because of this the game Journey has been recommended to me more […]

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Moon Rise

November 28, 2012

The full moon rises And the two worlds join The sidhe dancing in the meadows Where the students laugh. The fool moon rises And the jester plays Dancing on the edge Where the weaving fades The full moon rises Shining light and shadow Dark rustles in edges Of the moonbeam’s shine. The fool moon rises […]

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

November 1, 2012

This was going to be a Facebook post, but then I realized I had more than a little to say on the subject and that this blog has been languishing in disrepair…or at least lack of new content so I thought I’d write my thoughts here. Strangely this post starts when I was talking with […]

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Bugs and Patches and WoW

September 24, 2012

The other day I was hanging out in Mumble talking with some guildies (in iToons) and we were talking about bugs in WoW and how easy/hard it could be to find or fix a bug.  Most particularly we were talking about the “no xp from turning in dailies” that occurred at the start of Cataclysm […]

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New York City Visit

June 15, 2012

Hey all! Next week is my birthday aaand  the Games for Change Festival.  Since I thought sitting around at home all alone wouldn’t be the best plan for this year’s birthday I signed up for the Games for Change Festival and will be heading out to New York City on Sunday the 17th. My birthday […]

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Yam Soup Recipe

April 18, 2012

Just as a bit of a background on this recipe.  The 7th day of Passover is historically when the Jews crossed the Sea of Reeds (sometimes mistakenly written as the Red Sea).  In Hebrew the Sea of Reeds is “Yam Suf”.   So…loving to play with words as I do, on the 7th day of Passover […]

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