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5. Domesticating Sports: The Wii, the Mii, and Nintendo’s Postfeminist Subject

Thomas P Oates Indiana University Press ePub

Renee M. Powers and Robert Alan Brookey

IN 2005 NINTENDO BEGAN RELEASING INFORMATION ABOUT their next console, code-named “Revolution.” The reception from the video game press was rather mixed. Ryan Block, covering Nintendo’s introduction of the Revolution at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) for the tech blog Engadget, had this to say: “The Revolution is a really unsexy device, all things considered – but it is a prototype, and [Nintendo] did hammer home that they want input from their adoring public. This may also just prove that Nintendo is serious when they say they don’t care about the hardware as much as they do about the gaming experience. They had to show something, and they did. It didn’t hurt them, it didn’t help them.” Mark Casamassina, writing for IGN, provided a more positive assessment: “At E3 2005, Nintendo unveiled the Revolution console. It is the company’s sleekest unit to date. The tiny-sized system is designed to be quiet and affordable. The revolutionary aspect of the machine – its input device – remains a secret.”1 Yet even Casamassina noted how the new console broke with industry tradition by not incorporating significant technological advances in graphic capability.

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Indiana VS. Michigan, 1-5-12 (73-71)

The Herald-Times Indiana University Press ePub

Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke (3) shoots over Indiana Hoosiers forward Tom Pritchard (25) during the Indiana Michigan men’s basketball game at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.

By Dustin Dopirak

The reason Indiana coach Tom Crean says he doesn’t want his team to ever feel like it can take a breath and exhale is games like this one.

No. 12 Indiana led No. 16 Michigan by as many as 15 points in the first half of Thursday night’s game and by double digits at points throughout the second half. But the Hoosiers learned that even at home they are not invincible against forces like 3-pointers. They never trailed, but they never got to exhale until Michigan senior swingman Zack Novak’s desperation heave bounced off the right side of the backboard.

Still, the Hoosiers claimed their third victory over a ranked opponent in their revival season, downing the Wolverines 73-71 in front of 16,020 at Assembly Hall on Thursday night thanks to dominant performances by forwards Christian Watford and Cody Zeller and an icy, last-minute, late-in-the-shot-clock jumper by senior guard Verdell Jones III.

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Lhasa ལྷ་ས་

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

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Despite rampant Chinese-led modernisation, Lhasa (literally the 'Place of the Gods') is still largely a city of wonders. Your first view of the red and white Potala Palace soaring above the holy city will raise goosebumps and the charming whitewashed old Tibetan quarter continues to preserve the flavour of traditional Tibetan life. It is here in the Jokhang, an otherworldly mix of flickering butter lamps, wafting incense and prostrating pilgrims, and the encircling Barkhor pilgrim circuit that most visitors first fall in love with Tibet.

These days the booming boulevards of the modern Chinese city dwarf the winding alleyways of the Tibetan quarter but it is in the latter that you should focus your time. Hired transport is not required in Lhasa and most guides will let you explore the city by yourself. If possible, budget a week to acclimatise, see the sights and explore the fascinating backstreets before heading off on an overland adventure.

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Part Three Day 1

Geraldine Ellis Watson University of North Texas Press PDF

Part Three, Day 1

Part Three

Day 1

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After a night of rest and revictualing, I took to the river again. The TV weatherman had warned about rain and thunderstorms, but I dismissed the possibility with the confidence born of the experience of seeing many a TV weather prediction come to naught. Regina drove my pickup home. We did not leave a vehicle at the landing site as I had the Park Service radio to notify her of my arrival at my destination. There was a good current, the sky was sunny, and my heart was light.

Shortly after leaving the Highway 96 bridge, I came to the site of the old highway. Its span over the stream has been removed, but the railroad bridge, picturesque with its framework of iron girders, is still in use. I remember when the old highway bridge was built around 1931! It was the first bridge to span the Neches River and its presence was the finish to the steamboat era.

On the bluff, where the riverboats discharged and took on cargo, there were docks built of great pilings and large planks of virgin longleaf pine. One of my earliest recollections was going down to the wharves to see the steamboats.

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Katahdin and Baxter State Park

Steve Pinkham Down East Books ePub

Top of the Cathedrals, looking down into the Great Basin

Katahdin is Maine’s highest mountain and easily the most honored and beloved mountain in the state. It lies in the southern part of Baxter State Park and has numerous spectacular features—the Great Basin, the Northwest Basin, the Chimney, the Knife Edge, the Tableland, and the Klondike. The mountain is rich in legends of Pamola, a spirit being who, according to Penobscot Indian legend, inhabited and protected the mountain.

Katahdin’s history is filled with accounts of early surveys and exploration, trail building, and lumbering operations. It was first climbed by Charles Turner and others in 1804, and a parade of other well-known individuals followed: Charles Jackson, Edward Everett Hale, Henry David Thoreau, Elizabeth Oakes Smith, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Percival Baxter.

In the late 1860s, two entrepreneurs named Lang and Jones operated a stagecoach between Mattawamkeag to Patten. Hoping to cash in on the increase of sportsmen and adventurers to the region, they opened a tote road from the Wassataquoik Stream at Daicy Dam to Katahdin Lake, where they built the first sporting camps on the lake. However, the expected business never appeared and their business failed within the decade. The road was maintained as the Lang and Jones Trail until other approaches to Katahdin gained popularity and constant lumbering operations had obliterated portions of the road, causing it to be abandoned.

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