I'm looking for recommendations for fun, entertaining, beautiful and immersive FPS games for the PC. Age is mostly immaterial, as long as they're graphically rich, but the one big caveat is that I really don't like horror or bloody violence. [more inside]
I moved out to the 'burbs recently. I've never lived in the suburbs before, and stately Haddock Manor (Marlinspike) is in a suburb I visited only once before touring my home and making an offer. How does someone go about exploring the suburbs? I'm only used to cities. [more inside]
I've been reading Scouting NY ever since Slap*Happy's post about Willets Point and loving it the descriptions of bizarre landmarks, unusual neighborhoods, and hidden bits of history and culture in NYC. What are the equivalent places in Washington, DC? [more inside]
I have a huge love for space/planetary exploration fiction. Think 2001, the sadly mistreated Defying Gravity TV show and Kim Stanley Robinson's mars series. Do you have recommendations for me? Books primarliy, but TV/Films too though I guess i have seen most of those in this genre already. [more inside]
Do you live or know of neat places in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana that my explorer/photographer friend could visit? Let me know! [more inside]
I want to find an adventure game that's easy to become obsessed with and has tons to discover and explore. [more inside]
Need non-violent game recommendations. Have Xbox 360 (never used), a badass PC, and iPad. Like pretty, detailed environments, exploration, puzzles/deduction, mystery, adventure. Dislike all but the most very mild violence, and also not very good with things that are time-sensitive (like having to do things very, very quickly or have a good reaction time to succeed). Many years ago in the mid-late '90s I enjoyed Myst/Riven, The 7th Guest, Zork Nemesis, the X-Files game, the Titanic game, and a couple other exploring worlds/figuring things out things that I can't remember the names of. [more inside]
I'm making a list of videos that create a very particular kind of frisson: the feeling that the world is a big place filled with experiences to have and explorations to take part in. Have some good examples inside - would love more. [more inside]
Voyager 1 just left the solar system. I know we're unable to control trajectory at this point, but I'm curious what the next body it will encounter will be, and when, on its present course.
I need a name for my travel/cooking blog -please Mefites give me your suggestions! More details inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for "what-if" websites that combine words, imagery, and other media to project cool science or exploration concepts onto the web. Two examples I have are here and here although I'm open to more than just Mars exploration stuff. [more inside]
Curiosity is making me curious. What would it feel like to stand on the surface of Mars? Let's say, first of all, it's without a space suit -- what would kill me first? The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? The temperature? Then, if we found some way to breathe and function normally, what would it be like to be there? Would it be hot? Cold? Too windy to stand up? Paint a picture for me, if you can.
Which important human milestones 3 - 10 years out have a known date of occurance? I'd like to add them to my calendar.
Intermediate Future Calendar: After adding the 2015 New Horizons flyby of Pluto to my Google Calendar [14 July 2015; 11:47 GMT], I was filled with a desire to populate the semi-distant future -- say, the next +3 to +10 years -- with important human achievements/milestones that have a known date. What are these important dates? [more inside]
How did we manage to find every island on earth without satellites? [more inside]
I've been a long-time fan of the Myst series, but up until recently with Fez I didn't realize how much I missed atmospheric games based heavily on exploration and worldbuilding-type puzzles. Can anyone recommend more? [more inside]
San Francisco Bay Area (and CA) - can you think of any mysterious, or interesting or secret places? Legends/myths? Strange rewards for a bit of driving, or walking, or an ExpeditionTM of Discovery, etc? Difficulty: not looking for woo, or establishments of commerce, no-matter how good hole-in-the-wall-food may be :) Examples inside... [more inside]
My husband and I will be leaving our current town in about a year and a half, and we’re starting to think about where we might like to go next. We have several requirements (explained inside), and I’ll probably be posting questions about this more than once! We are thinking about taking a couple of weeks to explore some cities in California this spring or summer, and I’m hoping some of you can suggest some California towns that might be a good fit for us so we can start planning the exploratory trip. [more inside]
If the flat earth theory was unpopular in Europe, why did so few of them try to sail west before 1492? [more inside]
Real world exploration game? [more inside]
How do I rediscover my city before it makes me scream? [more inside]
Cause everyone's your friend in Philadelphia / and everything looks beautiful when you're young and silladelphia
PhiladelphiaFilter: Recommend me an awesome place in or near the city to go exploring. Either incredible parks, or incredible buildings, doesn't matter. I'm not looking for shows. (Any location on the Paoli-Thorndale line out of the city's fair play too.) [more inside]
Is there a term for travel accounts of explorers, both fictional and real-life? Also, tell me some of your favorites. [more inside]
Putting together a Stockholm based scavenger hunt / amazing race type of activity. What should it include? Do you have non-city-specific ideas, come on in too! [more inside]
Advice for a Visit of new york by a french geek ? [more inside]
Best cafes for reading / internet stuff w/ wifi in the outer boroughs of NYC, and activities that can put people in touch with unique cultural experiences (both foreign and NYC-native) in each outer borough. [more inside]
I'm reading through DetroitBlog's archives, and at my rate I'll be finished today. Are there any similar blogs? [more inside]
Are there any games which let you just explore and enjoy the scenery, like a walk-in painting or virtual vacation? (single-player preferred) [more inside]
Where should my wife and I go traveling in January and February on less than $10,000 CDN? [more inside]
What are some great computer games for people who enjoy non-linear privateering, combat, and risky missions? [more inside]
Seeking stories of men and women who -- either by way of adventure or by circumstance -- succumbed to the elements after a protracted attempt at survival...
I've read and loved the histories of Sir Robert Falcon Scott, James Kim, George Mallory, S. A. Andrée, et cetera, and now I would like to be pointed towards more stories of men and women who -- either by way of adventure or by circumstance -- succumbed to the elements after a protracted attempt at survival... preferably leaving a rich and well-written-about story. [more inside]
YABRT (Yet Another Book Recommendation Thread): Please recommend some nonfiction camping-trip reading along the lines of True North, Endurance, and In the Heart of the Sea. [more inside]
Have car, seek roadtrip and adventure! What are some secret/mythical/mysterious/epic places in WA state (or nearby states), that would be a destination fit for pilgrimage? Centralia / Silent Hill is in PA. The Abyss is in SC, Area51 is in NV, Mesa Verde is in CO, Barringer Crater is in AZ, etc etc. What mysterious secret places can be pried from the Northwest? [more inside]
I'm researching the La Mexicaine De Perforation (aka the Perforating Mexicans), who are connected to the Untergunther and Les UX. Does anyone have any knowledge of or contact to these groups? (Check out the links if you don't know who/what these group are - very interesting.) [more inside]
What are some places "off the beaten path", I can explore in urban environments? For photography, and my own amusement. [more inside]
Please recommend some good places to go treasure hunting in the SF Bay Area. [more inside]
Urban exploration question. Does anyone know of any entrances to the Seattle Underground? [more inside]
I'm looking for historical travel journals and books in the public domain. Specifically I'm interested in anything related to Victorian era exploration of the middle east and central Asia. [more inside]
This year's my final year of my degree. My psychologist asked me if I had any plans for next year. My original plan fell apart, so now I don't really have anything. Hmm. What could I look into? [more inside]
What are the coolest, not incredibly expensive places in New York to visit at night? What's unusual and marvelous and memorable? Might include particularly interesting bars, might not. The ability to drink (or bring drinks) would be a plus, but not a necessity. Thanks.
Seeking recommendations for some great space exploration/simulation games. [more inside]
I've always wanted to try urban exploration, but I don't have anyone to do it with. How does a newbie urban explorer get into the hobby? Are there any urban explorer groups or meetups in the Bay Area friendly to beginners? What's the best way to find abandoned buildings or otherwise appropriate structures in a specific area? Thanks!
So let's say you're a white dude wandering around in the Amazon. Or whatever. Are there actually still indigenous people anywhere in the world that would chase you down and attempt to kill you with bows and arrows, without provocation besides territorial invasion, a la this terrible movie I'm watching? [more inside]
My co-workers and I are interested in forming a group that explores the cultural history of Sacramento, but we're not sure where to start. [more inside]
Hi! I'm looking to compile a list of travel-oriented songs in any genre, specifically ones that hit on the independent, vagabonding, adventure, exploration style of traveling. Let's hear your suggestion!
What was life like in Siberia circa the mid-1820s? Specifically, what was life like for Decemberists who were exiled there? I have heard that it was like the Wild West, only much colder. Are there any good books on this? I've found a couple of websites referenced, but, well, I don't speak Russian. Academic history papers are also appreciated. Any good authors, novels, histories, authorities would be a help. (As a corrolary— was there a concerted exploration and surveying movement in that area at the same time? What would it have been like to be on the frontier? How would it have been different from the American frontier of a similar time [which would have been around Ohio and Michigan]?)
NASA has released details today of their new "exploration architecture" which they hope will take them to the moon and mars. (really awesome movie). Help me understand a design decision. [more inside]
Metroid, Castlevania, Cave Story... I want more games in this vein. Console or PC, pro or indie, just so long as it's good.
Has anyone posted an account of boating the full length of a U.S. river? Or barring that, in any other developed nation? [more inside]
Lewis and Clark traveled up the Missouri River from the Mississippi to the Rockies, over 2,000 miles. UPSTREAM. What the hell? If you have to explore the river, why not just get some horses and wagons and walk alongside it? Why kill yourself paddling against the current for 2,000 miles?
I'm looking for book recomendations about the quest for understanding. An exploration and acquisition of knowledge for knowledge's sake. A sort of unbounded curiosity about the world that shows up in the sketchbooks of Da Vinci for instance. [more inside]