Throwback Thursday: Fad Diets — “Fletcherism”

You’re just in time for another installment of Throwback Thursday — a popular meme re-imagined.

Today’s Throwback Thursday: Fletcherism, a late 19th-Century Dietary Fad

Horace Fletcher (1849-1919) known as “The Great Masticator”

“food should be chewed about 100 times per minute before being swallowed: “Nature will castigate those who don’t masticate.” He made elaborate justifications for his claim.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Um 1900: Der amerikanische Unternehmer Horace Fletcher machte sich einen Namen als “der große Käuer”. Laut Fletcher konnte man essen, was und soviel man nur wollte, sofern man es nur lange genug um Mund wälzte. Jeder Bissen sollte mindestens 100 Mal, fettige Speisen bis zu 700 Mal gekaut und dann ausgespuckt werden.

Museum of Curious Toys & Games: “Queer Dolls Which Any Girl May Make” (1910)

From The San Francisco Call

Hello and welcome to another view into this one-of-a-kind collection celebrating the bizarre world of creepy or unusual toys & games. Each item featured in this collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.

Today’s Featured Item: Queer Dolls — Arts & Crafts Dolls for SF Girls in 1910

Queer Dolls Which Any Girl May Like: Toys & Games

“Would you like an entirely new family of dolls — queer sorts of dolls, such as you have never had before?” This curious questions begins this equally curious piece in the newspaper, The San Francisco Call, back on September 11, 1910. Um, well, no — I never really wanted a “new family” of creepy dolls.

The Best Tweets from #GamesBeat2014

Above: The Tap Lab's chief executive Dave Bisceglia with GamesBeat writer Dean Takahashi. Image Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeat Courtesy: Venturebeat

[Featured Image Credit:: Michael O’Donnell/VentureBeat]

Another GamesBeat 2014 has come and gone. Felt like the show this year sizzled as the gaming world continues to make tectonic shifts towards mobile and globalization of brands.  The conference contained 53 sessions — packed with topics ranging from How to Pitch Your Mobile Game to Apple to EA CEO Andrew Wilson talking about his theories on human needs and motivations in relation to EA Access.

Tweets About GamesBeat 2014

There were plenty of Tweets about the event. Here are a few highlights:

Biggest Earthquake in Napa & San Francisco Bay Area in 25 Years — August 24, 2014

bay area earthquake august 24, 2014

According to CNN, “the strongest earthquake in 25 years struck Northern California” at 3:20 in the morning on Sunday, August 24, 2014. Downtown Napa was hardest hit — though rumbling and shaking were felt all over the San Francisco Bay Area.

I felt it myself — a very long rumble.

My Top 10 Observations from Casual Connect USA (SF, 2014)

One of the premiere conferences catering to the world of casual games, Casual Connect USA 2014, has come and gone. I know this because I was there — attending the show in San Francisco.

My list of 10 observations from Casual Connect is a random mix drawn from the business, the people, the culture and the industry from the past few days at the conference.

1. Playmatics Made a Good Show for Branded IP

All self-promotion front and center, my gaming company, Playmatics, was well-represented at Casual Connect — especially in terms of all the work we’ve done with major brands. Since we’ve been in business, my company has collaborated with everyone from Red Bull, David Cronenberg for Body/Mind/Change, the American Museum of Natural History, AMC’s The Walking Dead & Breaking Bad….

Scenes Around San Francisco [Original Photos]

The Eye Candy that IS San Francisco.

Here are a few recent snapshots I made around the city.

A Game of Frogger? Construction Photographed from Above


The Waterbar, San Francisco. Cool Elegance By the Bay


Monster Artichokes from the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market


A view of San Francisco while out on a boat on the San Francisco Bay. The lighting was pretty perfect at the time this image was made:


San Francisco Skyline — Downtown


Along The Embarcadero

Along the Embarcadero

“The Pirates of Silicon Valley Cruise” — Where A-Listers Gather For Fun on the High Seas of SF Bay

Update: Only a few short hours remaining to get your tickets to The Pirates of Silicon Valley Cruise Party.

Silicon Valley is known for creating an environment of tech giants like Google, Facebook and Zynga — as well as a significant crew of entrepreneurs who come to the Valley looking to tap into the “DNA” that makes Silicon Valley the bleeding edge in terms of tech, digital media and gaming.

However, the Bay Area and the tech scene are also known for another remarkable thing: throwing amazing parties. I should know since I have been to quite a few!

Scenes in and Around San Francisco [My Photos]

Landscapes, Cityscapes, Skylines — Oh, My!

San Francisco — the city by the bay. A unique combination of free-thinkers, tech professionals, awesome cafes and so many awesome restaurants per capita that it’s hard to count. Here are some photos of San Francisco I’ve made over the years — mostly of sea, sky and cityscape.

Here is a photo I snapped while embarking on a fun Pirates of Silicon Valley Cruise on the San Francisco Bay a few months ago.

View of the SF Cityline from the Bay.

Another view of the SF skyline, this time taken from a hotel somewhere in Union Square.