FDL Book Salon Preview: Stop Drifting, Start Rowing, by Roz Savage

By: Sunday December 29, 2013 7:00 am

Roz Savage has been lauded worldwide. Most recently, Queen Elizabeth II honored the adventurer on the Queen’s Birthday, awarding Savage the Order of the British Empire. Although she has been lionized for her rowing accomplishments (including National Geographic‘s 2010 Adventurer of the Year), Savage has been honored, perhaps more significantly, for her efforts to bring more attention to oceanic plastic pollution. Her campaign, along with many others, to end plastic bag use at the Olympic Games, symbolic as that is, has been commended.


Late Night FDL: Xyzzy Gaming

By: Saturday September 17, 2011 8:00 pm

Years and years and years ago, my cousin Betsy and my brother both lived up in Vermont. The rest of us ventured up there every Thanksgiving for good eats, good drinks and good company. It really was the classic over-the-river-and-through-the woods holiday.

Betsy was a computer scientist working out of a lab at Dartmouth College and one fateful year she introduced me to the computer game Adventure – now known as Colossal Cave Adventure. Mind you, there was no monitor connected to her terminal, these were the days pre-PC, it was all text and imagination. But I was instantly hooked on those twisty mazes of little passages, I played and played and played all through that weekend until early Sunday morning when I blew the fuse.

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