news center

Playing for real

Playing for real

作者:慎搜朦  时间:2019-03-07 11:09:00  人气:

Losing your Net connection is a real pain, but Netropolitan is increasingly seeing such “outages” as a force for good, forcing surfers to abandon their computers and interact with the real world. Happily, the Web has many sources of information on things to do when the Net’s down, so get surfing in preparation for your next outage. The last time the Net went down, I stifled my cries of joy and decided to do something that I hadn’t done in ages . . . fly a kite. Anthony’s Kite Workshop, a site hosted in Queensland, Australia, includes varied plans on building your own airborne creation, including “The Quick and Dirty Plastic Bag Kite”. Catch it at www.sct.gu.edu.au/~anthony/kites. Or else you can try a virtual stunt kite at www.best.com/~bsteele/java/kite.html. Alas, I soon got weary of the loops and dives and decided to go elsewhere for entertainment. Inspired by an earlier wander at www.bioblitz.org/nobells/cyberhik/index.html, I decided there was no better way to enjoy the wonders of the natural world than taking a hike. Looking for wildlife is another fun diversion, but it’s tough to spot creatures in an urban environment. A rather unusual wildlife society, at animation.filmtv.ucla.edu/students/awinfrey/coneindex.htm, provides a helpful field guide. Some human wildlife that’s stuck up one of Netropolitan’s favourite trees—a giant redwood threatened by the Pacific Lumber Company—can be found at www.lunatree.org. Here you can download details of Julia Butterfly Hill’s 600-day treetop protest about the threat to America’s ancient forests to peruse in those offline moments. If you’ve found that life offline is just too much, calm yourself down by taking a cyber pup for a walk at www.virtualdog.com when that connection comes back online—go on, give yourself a second leash of life. As for me, well,