You design your avatar, you give it a funny name and you sit in front of a screen by yourself and play. There are thousands of others playing the massive multiplayer online game with you, but in the end, you’re in the room alone. Except if you played Glitch.
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- Livable cities
There’s only so much you can learn about a city in a day, but what struck me most in Havana was the stark difference between the tourist zone and what lay beyond its invisible borders. Old Havana is the heart of the tourist district, a collection of beautiful narrow streets stained with age and disrepair …
I had a remarkable and revealing exchange with a Cuban taxi driver when I was in Santiago, Chile last September. With today’s news about the re-establishing of relations between the United States and Cuba, I thought it a good time to post this.
Update, Jan. 9: This piece was singled out in CBC radio’s December ratings report as part of a very strong end to the year. “The Spark story, ‘In Germany, audio books are insanely popular and the voice actors are rock stars’ earned 29,000 page views.” Update, Dec. 17: I just got word that this piece was …
It signalled the end of the Cold War and cleared the way for German reunification, but for a generation of young people born after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, its impact is first and foremost a family affair. Read the full article on The Local Germany, here.
The following report aired originally on CBC radio’s weekend newscast The World This Weekend, on November 1, 2014. It is a radio version of a story I reported for The Local Germany. Canada is one of the world’s most wired countries, but some rural areas are still waiting to get high speed internet. They may …
Shunned by government and big telecom companies, a group of villagers in rural northwest Germany is set to expand the super-fast internet network they built to a second village. The Local’s Tomas Urbina went to meet the villagers as they prepare to put shovels in the ground. On a Thursday evening in August, about half …
Figures from the European Union show that while many German professionals are able to find work abroad with their well-recognized qualifications, Germany doesn’t always extend the same courtesy to foreigners. From 2003 to the end of 2013, Germany topped the list of countries whose professionals have sought to relocate and be accredited in other European countries, …
After two failed attempts, Berlin is trying again to sell the sprawling estate and villa once known as Joseph Goebbels’ illicit love nest, but so far, nobody’s buying. The address of the former villa of Hitler’s propaganda minister is as misleading as it is revealing. Number One, Friendship Place, northeast of Berlin, is thought to …
Germany’s new-found determination under the third Merkel government to take its place on the world stage may be standing on shaky foundations. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier reaffirmed his commitment to increasing Germany’s role in the world’s conflict zones at the annual conference of German ambassadors in Berlin on Monday. “We need the courage and willingness …