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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Resources for Living and GMing-

James Burke


The Day the Universe Changed

While I do not always agree with every conclusion Burke puts forth, I believe that the two series (of a few he has been involved with) are, without a doubt, two of the finest presentations of the Why's of How Things Work (and perhaps the brainiest and yet most accessible TV educations one could ever hope to receive).

These two 'documentary' mini-series, along with a great set of Encyclopaedia of (then) current technology, not only uplifted my mind from the non-teaching I received in public school, but helped shape my understanding of Humanity, and thus, our civilisation and history.

A GM, of sandbox persuasion or not, could stand to watch the two full series before setting off on a campaign or world-building tear.



  1. I love those two series. My high school history & civics classes did their best to try to kill any interest I might have in history, but Burke was able to rekindle it.

  2. @Knightsky: I'm glad to hear it! :D
    --Thanks for commenting. :)

  3. They showed these to us in school- Elementary through High School.

  4. @GSV: Wonderful. :) May I ask where you attended?

  5. I grew up in Golden Valley, Minnesota. So, you were in the neighborhood a few months ago...Sadly, I was unaware of it until after the fact.