Friday Links!Leading off this week, from Lance Shankles, an entirely wonderful three-part series on the development of Moonbase Commander, which is one of the most criminally under-appreciated games ever made: Man In The Moonbase: The Death and Life of the Best Game You Never Played.
Next, from Steven Kreuch, and this is an incredible trip in the wayback machine: scanned 1982 JCPenney Christmas catalog.
From Garret Rempel, and this is one of the finest images I've ever seen: B.C. Mountie in 'most Canadian photo ever' had no idea it would explode online.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and this is terrific (Grace Hopper, a total badass): The story of Grace Hopper (aka Amazing Grace). Also, and this will blow your mind (in every direction): “I Might Have Some Sensitive Files”. Next, and this is a terrific comic: ZEN PENCILS: 172. ISAAC ASIMOV: A lifetime of learning.
From C. Lee, and this is fascinating: The myopia boom: Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions. Some scientists think they have found a reason why.
Here are two well-written, fascinating reads. First, a notorious ex-college basketball player, and what's happened to him since: The Troubled, Tormented, Surprisingly Lucky Life of Michael Graham. Next, and this is riveting but incredibly sad reading: The Scene of the Crime: A reporter’s journey to My Lai and the secrets of the past.
From 3Suns, and this is thoughtful and provocative: HATRED, MILTON, AND THE PROBLEM OF PLEASURE.
From Guy Byars, and this is an epic John Oliver rant: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The NCAA.
From Eric Higgins-Freese, and there are no rocket scientists in this clip: Pot Quiz - South by Southwest Edition.
This is an article about an amazing professional athlete: Ravens Lineman John Urschel Loves Math More Than You Love Anything.
From Jeff Fowler, and this is a mandatory Sports Gaming History read: John Madden hockey: How a lousy football game birthed a bastard and led to the greatest hockey game of all-time. Also and this is fantastic: Watch this excellent, historically accurate Star Wars anime short.