I'd never heard of a silent heart attack until the doctors told me I'd probably had one. This is the tale of how I found out about my heart attack—and what I am doing to prevent another.
One and Thirty was a popular game in Medieval England, and is a game still quite popular today under the more modern name of thirty one
Adults have always created toys to keep children occupied and out of the way. Collected here are some great examples of medieval toys.
There has been a lot of hype lately about Vaccinations and about how "dangerous" they are. I feel the need to write this, not as an expert, but as someone who is irritated by the irresponsibility.
The game of Badminton dates back to Medieval Europe and possibly further. An early version of the game was called Battledore and Shuttlecock, it was a simpler game than the modern version, but fun!
Games research is severely under represented in academia. That being said there are sources you can go to to find decent research into historical games.
During the period often referred to as the Medieval Times a woman of character had very specific guidelines on behaviour, but there were times where they could let down their hair and have some fun.
The Fitbit won't solve any health or weight issues, but it does give you the tools to figure out what you need to do to work on them yourself.
Ogham is a form of writing that the Irish used between the 4th and 6th centuries CE, although some believe it can be dated back to as early as the 1st century BCE.
Vikings have a reputation for raping, pillaging, and wanton violence, but there is another side to the fierce vikings, vikings loved games, and having fun was a big part of their culture.
Football has a rich history, and stretches back to Greek times and possibly earlier. For years now there has been a debate between calling a sport Football or Soccer, which is accurate?
Chess is arguably the most popular board game to have ever existed, but it has undergone many rule changes over the years, and as a result there are several variants that can put a fun twist to chess.
Some people claim they feel the need to dance, but there is actual historic precedence for a dancing plague that causes the victim to dance uncontrollably. No one knows why... could it happen again?
The Royal Game of Ur is in competition with Senet to be the oldest known board game. The game is at least 5000 years old, and although we don't know for sure how to play, some guesses have been made.
Hopscotch is a game children all over the world are familiar with, but how old is the game? Did you know Roman's played the game, in armour?
A discussion for re-enactors on the relevance of ensuring games are period at events and demos. Specifically written for the SCA gaming community, but relevant to other reenactment groups as well.
Five lines is a board game from at least the 7th century BCE (maybe older). There are no known extant rules, but we can speculate on how to play. Want to learn how to play the historic game of five lines?
Looking for a two player trick taking game? The renaissance game of Piquet might be just what you are looking for.
Le Beaste is a 17th Century Card Game described by Francis Willughby in his 17th Century Treatise on Sports games and pastimes simply called "Book of Games"
HEMA, or Historical European Martial Arts, is a martial art that studies traditional European fighting styles. Martial Arts need not be relegated to the common Asian martial arts everyone knows.
Children have always been capable of intense cruelty in the name of fun devising games like slapsies and bloody knuckles. It was no different in medieval times.
Ruffe & Trump is a simple partner based trick taking card game that was popular in the Medieval ages.
Put and Take is a traditional medieval gambling game that is fast paced, easy to learn, and fun to play.
On a whim I deep fried a pizza pop the other day, you wouldn't believe how fantastic it was.
The art of German Longsword is a medieval martial art form still practiced today. Here are some basic starting drills to learn to master the longsword. You can learn to fight with a medieval longsword
Homebrew can be rewarding and exciting and having customized labeling can be a nice final touch. GrogTag offers an affordable solution for the homebrewer looking for that final touch.
The Infinite Edge bow could be the first and last bow you ever buy for a child. With a starting pull weight of only 5# and a maximum of 70# its got more versatility than any other bow on the market.
The Conservative Party of Canada may have the word "Conservative" in their name but they are not actually conservatives by traditional means.
Swords are, let's face it, awesome. Learn about the different types of swords available and where you can learn to wield them properly.
Avacal games guild is a resource for medieval games to be played at SCA events in the principality of Avacal.
Laugh and Lie Down is a fast paced gambling game from the Medieval Ages. It's easy to learn and fun to play.
Francis Willughby's book of games is one of the best resources for research into medieval games.
Gnocchi is a fantastic potato based dumpling pasta, it goes well with any sauce that pasta works for, this chorizo bacon and tomato sauce is a fantastic way to impress your guests.
Mead is a beverage similar to wind except it is made with honey. Blueberry mead is a melomel (fruit mead) made with Blueberries. This is a great recipe for tasty blueberry mead.
Quoits is very similar to the game modernly known as horseshoes, the only real difference is the object thrown is a metal circle instead of a horseshoe.
Ever wonder where the concept of a honeymoon came from? Step right up and learn something new about the wonderful tradition of Honeymooning.
I hate when I go to a restaurant and see a "martini bar". Find out the truth about Martini's learn how to make the perfect martini.
What is socialism, and is it bad for the world?
Is the current legislation on prostitution serving any purpose? Is it time to rethink how we look at the issue of prostitution?
What is Gout? Gout is a form of arthritis that generally affects one joint at a time, is extremely painful, and despite it being one of the oldest forms of arthritis that medical science knows about, we know very little about its causes.
Rithomachia is an ancient board game that requires great mathematical skill. It makes for a great way to teach kids to do math on the fly.
Hunting Deer in My Lords Park is an medieval game resembling duck duck goose.
Gleek is a medieval card game. Its got some complex rules, but the more you play it the easier it gets.
Starting a campfire can be tricky, but it is a skill every camper should be well versed in. Starting a fire the old fashioned way with flint and steel isn't as difficult as it seems.
Customized suits make a man look fantastic, the prices are out of this world, however there are a variety of affordable options for the discerning man on a budget.
Have you ever wanted to build a trebuchet? Of course you have, who hasn't? The trebuchet was the big guns in medieval Europe, some stood 400 feet tall and could knock down a stone wall in one blow.
Salt, one of the most prized seasonings throughout history, such a simple yet
Medieval games can be fun to learn and play. An introduction to my research on historical gaming.
Speed archery is an archery technique that involves shooting as many arrows as fast as possible.
I am writing a book on Medieval Games, I used Indiegogo to help me fund the book.
Making homebrew beer is fun and rewarding, but have you ever tried making it right from seed? Me either, but I am planning on trying.
There are many myths surrounding the Vikings, some are perpetuated by Hollywood, others simply known "Facts" that have been long disputed that never bothered to be corrected in the history books.
How well do you know Roman History? So many things people think they know about history is just incorrect, learn some of the incorrect facts about Roman History you thought you knew.
Making your own tent is a lot of work, but can be quite rewarding.
Lampwork beadmaking is the art of heating glass up and spinning it on wire to create beads. It is a fun and rewarding hobby that is remarkably easy to learn.
Eggs Benedict is one of my favourite breakfast foods. For the longest time I feared making it on my own, as it turns out it is a rather simple dish to make.
We know a lot about medieval history, but is what we know accurate?
Medieval food has a reputation of being... well terrible. At first glance a Caudle is just that, its an odd drink somewhere between a mulled wine and a pudding.
This pie will definitely satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.
Noddy is a card game that was popular during the Medieval Ages, it is very similar to Cribbage, but faster paced and easier to learn. It's a great way to introduce people to Crib.
Nine Man Morris is a board game that stretches back as long as there is written history. Its a game popular with the Society of Creative Anachronisms, and game enthusiasts all over.
Hnefatafl is a viking strategy based board game. Knowledge of how to play and win was key skill expected of every Viking Noble, do you know how to play Hnefatafl?
Apple and pork go together so well.
The RaspberryPi is an wonderful piece of electronics, with it so many projects can be undertaken, my personal favourite is the Media Center.
Victorians have a reputation as being uptight and serious, but they valued children above all else and there was a belief that allowing children to play made a more productive adult.
Alberta offers some fine cuisine. Come find out where some of the best restaurants in Alberta are.
The Mazer Cup International is the worlds largest and best known mead brewing competition.
It's hard to think about gardening when the snow is still on the ground, but as winter ends its time to start thinking about the garden.
Alberta has had a long history of voting in specific parties for long periods of time, is it time Alberta move on from the PC party and a new party given the reins?
A Sip Through Time is an excellent collection of homebrew recipes. This is a review of the book.
Pocket watches are a classic look that work for the modern well dressed man as well as a traditionalist.
Oliver Cromwell is considered a villian of English history, but is that fair? This article explores Cromwell the Lord Protector.
Slushies are awesome, and with the Margaritaville frozen concoction maker its easy to whip them up at home.
Democracy is often viewed as a right, but voting is your obligation not your right. Stand up and be counted or remain silent at vote for the status quo.
Buying a used bow can be a bad idea, but if you know what you are looking for you can get a great deal.
Pear and blue cheese is an awesome combination, the sweetness of the pear blends so nicely with the strong blue cheese flavours. Blended in a cream sauce on gnocchi, its a meal that just can't be beat
Projectile weapons is any weapon that launches through the air at a target. They can be big siege engines or small hand held devices. Medieval man had a number of projectile weapons to choose from.
The Prime Minsters of Canada have always been an odd bunch. Canada has a long history of electing interesting people to the office.
Archers need to continually practice shooting in order to keep their skills well honed, there are a variety of fun target shooting games that can be played while practicing.
The Tudor dynasty had many interesting faucets, not the least of which was their flair for the dramatic when it comes to fashion.
Medieval warfare wasn't all swords and catapults, as the Medieval ages gave way to modern times the dawn of the gunpowder age swept the world.
There is an art to making a cocktail, its more than just throw alcohol and mix together. Nothing beats a well prepared classic cocktail.
Seige engines were the heavy artillery of the medieval times. From massive trebuchets, to standard catapults these were devices used to tear down castle walls and lay waste to your enemies.
Medieval times was an age of innovation on the field of battle. Some of the most creative bladed weapons came out of this time period.
Making your own crossbow is easy and fun, I have collected some of the best plans available on the net.
Fall seems like the end of gardening season, however it is the ideal time to start thinking about next year.
Halloween has a lot of myths attached to it. Most of them are pure nonsense.
Mead is fun to make at home, and fairly easy to. Using the right yeast is key to a good mead, sure you can use bread yeast, but specialized yeasts will always outperform.
Mead is a beverage as old as mankind itself. Homebrew mead often improves with age, learn how to age your mead perfectly.
Making alcohol at home is fun and rewarding, but problems do arise. Know how to fix them?
Your guide to all things alcoholic. I have written several articles on making alcohol and alcohol in general, this is an index of all my booze related articles.
I love my KitchenAid Stand Mixer, couldn't live without it.
MyRegistry.com is a unique way to register at a number of stores simultaneously without actually having to go to the various different stores. You can register for anything on the internet.
Homebrewing is easy and fun, regardless of if its wine, mead, beer, or some other concoction the results of your labour is always worth it.
The strangest Olympic sports you never knew existed.
That Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone is relatively without debate, however the where of it, that is a question apparently very much in question. Do you know?
Elance is a freelance job site, it can be tough but you can get jobs that way.
The role of Monarchy in Canada is a complex issue, Canada is it's own sovereign nation, but what does the role of the British Monarchy play in Canada?
Beets are a wonderful vegetable, and extremely versatile. There are an amazing assortment of beet varieties available to grow, why stick with the standards?
Potatoes are a new world vegetable, they didn't exist in Europe before the new world was settled, that being said there are many more types of potatoes then we are used to.
There is a world of interesting tomatoes out there why settle for plain old standard varieties when you can have a wide variety of colours and types.
Orange carrots are not the be all and end all of carrots. Experience the thrill of the full rainbow of carrots.
The SCA is a historical reenactment group focused on Pre-16th century Europe.
Gnocchi is an excellent potato based pasta. It is difficult to master, but once you know the tricks it is actually quite simple.
May 4th is "Star Wars Day" how do you celebrate?
Reenacting can be fun and educational. I am a member of the SCA, but I have met many people from a variety of groups and they all enjoy reenactment.
There is more to beer than a bubbly drink that gets you drunk. Beer can have as much character as the finest wine. Why stick to generic mass produced beer when you can sample a wide variety of types?
Floccinaucinihipilification, now that's a mouthful.... Is it the longest word in the English language, depends on your definition!
The Fustibal or Staff Sling was a portable siege weapon of the medieval period. It was portable, easy to make and use. In short is the ultimate weapon for a movable army.
A review of Nickle Brook Ale.
Black Oak Brewing Company produces some of the best craft brew in Ontario, I had a chance to visit this brewery and sample their Nut Brown Ale.
Sir Kenelm Digby was a true Renaissance man, history may have all but forgotten him, but to a few he is considered the father of modern mead brewing.
Innuendo has always been my favourite word, I mean what other word defines itself so succinctly?
English is an odd collection of various languages mashed together in a random fashion. Certainly it is one of the most common languages spoken currently, but is it really a language at all?
St. Abroise is a line of beers by McAuslan Brewery. I had a chance to sample Their Apricot Wheat Ale and loved it.
We return to the distant future where tripods rule. Will, Beanpole, and Henry have made it to the White Mountains, home to the last stronghold of freemen but their adventures are far from over. Having a taste of freedom now they know they cannot...
Mead is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages known to man. The oldest written recipe is from 60 BCE.
Goodbye is an interesting word with an interesting history. How much do you know about the word goodbye?
Stoolball is a medieval ancestor of baseball. It is a bat and ball game that is a lot of fun to play.
This is a wonderful jelly for wine lovers. Learn to make this awesome and versatile jelly at home.
Mead is a wine based honey that is probably one of the first alcoholic beverages known to man.
Finding a job in the wine industry is not impossible, it takes effort, but it can be done.
Mead is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages known to man. Read about the history of mead and how it influenced the world.