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SARS might have reached Central Asia

PAVLODAR, Kazakhstan, April 10 (UPI) -- Severe acute respiratory syndrome might have reached Central Asia with a man taken to hospital in a northeastern Kazakh region on suspicion of having the disease.

The 30-year-old businessman from Pavlodar had visited Thailand in March, Kanat Sakiev, a local sanitarian director, told United Press International.

SARS might have reached Central Asia - UPI Apr 10 2003 1:02PM ET

James Giffen Arrested On Bribery Charges

NEW YORK (AP) -- A man was accused Monday of bribing senior officials from Kazakhstan with more than $20 million so his small bank in Manhattan could participate in lucrative oil deals.

According to a federal complaint unsealed Monday, James Giffen, 62, transferred millions of dollars in 1995 and 1996 to Swiss bank accounts to secure business for his company.

A Sporting Chance, Part Two: The Swedish Chefs

Just in case some poor random soul should stumble across this page just now, and for reasons incapable of being explained with mere logic, find him or or herself unwilling to leave without partaking of the unnecessary verbiage here offered, a short explanation is in order. Currently two multipart series are running here, one on computer games and one on organized sport; the general idea was to compare and contrast the two traditions drawing on personal experience.

Why I Play Games, Part 3: A Shared Doom

Bolo, my introduction to network gaming, is now an obscure footnote in the annals gaming history. For most players my age or younger, the first chapter is Doom by Id Software.

A Sporting Chance

After reading of the hours upon hours my brother, friends and I have spent in front of televisions and monitors, one might have believed us to be the prototypical computer geeks-- pasty, white, overweight, never venturing outside to play in the sun for even a moment. That wasn't quite true.

Why I Play Games, Part Two

Earlier I wrote about how I first became interested in computer games, and how the cooperative elements of some of them interested me more than the standard gameplay.

One of the first things I did after starting in college was the school newspaper; friends of mine had quite literally been left in charge after a corruption induced vacuum of power. I quickly took advantage of the institution's antiquity to spend some money on gaming hardware... I mean, desktop publishing equipment.

Why I Play Games

It's interesting that a person can spend so much time over the course of many years engaged in an activity without ever articulating exactly why. However, more often than not, this is the case. Usually it takes someone else asking the reason for it to find out what it is. This happened to me just recently, as a friend asked what exactly about computer games appeal to me.

New Apartment Views

Some photos taken of the view from the new apartment are now on the Kazakhstan page of the photo gallery.

NarcoCam Returns

The NarcoCam, which has been down for a protracted absence, is back at least for today, and pending the resolution of connectivity issues, may be back for good. Stay tuned.