Playtime unplugged: Madison designers help reinvent the board game
Once upon a wintry eve, before the advent of Netflix, DVDs, television and radio, families would gather around a piano to sing songs, or around a board game to pass the time. This was largely a function of not having a whole lot else to do. Today we have the opposite problem.
Doesn't Madison's bike polo team deserve a real court?
THWACK! In Minneapolis, a bicyclist in shockproof gear fighting through
the North American Bike Polo Championship 2013 slams a polyvinyl
chloride ball into the net with a customized fiberglass mallet, then
skids to a halt.
Madison Vines: The new mini-video platform already has its stars
What's a Vine? It's a six-second video that lives mostly in the world of
mobile devices like iPhones. Download and open the free app, touch the
screen to start recording a video -- a cat stretching in a sunbeam, a friend dunking a basketball, a
stupendous steel drummer -- then publish with a push of a button.
An introduction to Madison billiards subculture
Bars from Madison to Sydney have pool tables. But you don't see many
10-by-5-foot carom billiards tables, the kind with no pockets. And these
days you mostly won't, unless you're obsessed with the antique game of
three-cushion billiards ...
Pork peaks in Madison restaurant culture
has become incredibly popular, both locally and nationally. At the
center of this pork renaissance is the class of animals referred to as
heritage pigs: larger, purebred hogs with a mass of bristles, many
inches of back fat, and a distinct lineage.
Adam Powell charts pork's rise above prejudice as a culinary star in "Serious Pig."
Apple Apps from Madison: Meet eight local developers
men and women with Apple ear buds are packed into a room, intent on
their work. Some are doing graphic design, some are writing code, some
are writing marketing materials. Flannel, odd haircuts and freshly
scrubbed faces abound. Ethernet cables spool into closely arranged desks
stacked high with computer gear. A delivery guy is loading the break
room table high with moo shu shrimp and mushroom egg foo yong. Is this
San Francisco in 1998? No -- it's a gaming company on Madison's west
side in 2012. What's going on here?
Our cover story this week, "Apple Apps from Madison," describes the
new cyber ecology that these firms inhabit and how they have helped put
Madison on the road map of cyberspace. The author, Adam Powell, is the
vice president of technology at SupraNet, a local cyber purveyor, and
someone who has made the journey of discovery into the new digital
Powell was born in Arizona but raised in Madison, attending Van Hise
Middle School and West High School. He got his philosophy and English
degrees from the University of Arizona and has also taken many classes
at the UW. He spent the '90s in San Francisco, working for Wired magazine and setting up what were then called "cyberstations," such as WebM.D., before anyone knew to call them web pages.
Supposedly it's a big surprise that this kind of activity would take
place in Madison, far from either coast, and a smallish place in the
corporeal scheme of things. But cyberspace is a place that you can enter
from anywhere and be wherever you want. So you might as well make your
home in a physical place that appeals to you.
Powell returned here in 2000, in part because "it was totally
impossible to buy a house in San Francisco." And Madison is as good a
place as any to write code and a better place than most to ride the
growth of a nascent industry. He and his wife now own a house on
Madison's near west side, have two kids that go to Van Hise Middle
School and are content. There's no app for that.