Monthly Archive: March 2008

Cramped athletes at the Olympics?

After running test events at the Beijing Olympic venues, the biggest complaint was apparently that they only had squat toilets like those pictured to the left. Many Asian countries find toilets like this completely normal — where you squat, and your cheeks never touch a toilet seat. Those things on the side are for your feet, not your rear.
Well, foreign visitors from Western countries, and one would presume athletes as well, might balk at such arrangements; so China is now scrambling to install Western style toilets instead.

Thank goodness. Western athletes might not do so well if constipated or suffering from cramped hamstrings because of the unfamiliar facilities. Or maybe that was the intention?

Well, my BE looks better

So I found this floating around the internet, and I really have to say that the make-believe version is much much better.

I don’t have much else to say about this really, except Happy Easter.

Oldies gone Wild!

So, I read today that older Brits are going wild. Apparently, these 55+ people are wreaking havoc on holiday – drinking too much, eating too much and doing all sorts of other DANGEROUS stuff — like BUNGEE JUMPING!! Oh dear. How dangerous, exactly, is bungee jumping? As far as I can tell, the most dangerous side effect of bungee jumping for someone over 55 would be something like what’s illustrated above.

And what is this shock & horror about people over 55 drinking and eating too much? What? Old people don’t like to have fun just as much as younger people do? In the words of my favorite poet, W.B. Yeats:

YOU think it horrible that lust and rage
Should dance attention upon my old age;
They were not such a plague when I was young;
What else have I to spur me into song?

In memory of THE Dungeon Master

David Kushner at Wired has written an amazing article on the recently deceased Gary Gygax, the original dungeon master and father of Dungeons and Dragons.
While I no longer play D&D, my son does, and I know lots of adults who still do, and still enjoy it immensely. While I have taken the multimedia path more trodden and chosen to join the online sensation, World of Warcraft, I still think of the original role playing game with extreme affection. Hours spent rolling dice and creating intriguing elves with names like Silverleaf who could blast their enemies with fire.
I really don’t think we could have all the wealth of games available to us today without the genius of Gygax.
Condolences to his family and friends.