Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Phil got home from school and I took some more pictures of him and his costume.
Then it was back to the practice football field at school for
- Trunk-or-Treating: 1, 2
(Phil didn't wear the mask and helmet this time around as it was 32F outside; fortunately there was a Spirit Week (homecoming-related, not ghosty spirits) bonfire to warm up at.)
When offloading the pictures from our digital camera there was one photo that I didn't take. Did I push the shutter release button accidentally, or is the camera haunted? You be the judge (photo is larger than the others; it may take a while to download): Spooky Photo
Free Jay Leno
Go get 'em!
And if you don't already have the Tenacious D freebie, check it out (if, for nothing else, the marquee of the Ford Theater and the iTunes slogan at the end).
How Not To Be Seen
Stopped by Phil's classroom on the way to get mail. He'd just filled a row in Jack-o-Lantern Bingo and was picking his bag of chocolate eyeballs when I arrived. Other costumes in the room included Jackie Chan, Blade, a pirate, a cowboy, a ninja, and a Gothic princess (think black and maroon velvet). Apparently the school secretary had been in earlier in a creepy witch's costume and chased Phil around the room.
More pix later after we've explored one or two trick-or-treating venues.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Guess who's singing a different tune now? Yeah, that's him.
Trophies were handed out in a late afternoon ceremony, even for fifth place. We didn't attend as Mr. Grumpypants was still near tears about the whole thing. Fortunately, he got his during class today.
Now he wants us to build him a display case like the one at school.
The Leaf That Ate My Face
Last Chance to Win Books from Novel Journey
Share your most horrific moment as a writer. If you're my sister, for instance, it might be asking me for help. There are a lot of good entries already posted, but if you've got a scary moment to share -- one your brain isn't actively blocking -- enter to win.
The final prize is an eight-book package. The scariest story takes all.
Winning DKA Poemists* Named
I made the top three. [full list]
Look for "Transport - or The Revelatory Love Song of Arthur J. MacArthur Prufrock" in the November issue of Dragons, Knights & Angels.
*or are they "poetwriters"?
Labels: DKA Magazine
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Expanding the Usefulness of Your iPod
All entertaining. All keeping me from playing in traffic. But useful? Not so much.
Say I wanted to do some research on a magazine I'd like to submit a short story to. Now I could print out a few stories and carry around a dozen or so sheets of paper until I have a chance to read them. How 2004.
Or I could load the stories to my iPod (under "Extras -> Notes") and read them that way. Hmmmm. Only problem is the notes have a 4Kb maximum size and a short story from The Town Drunk can easily be five times that size ... or larger. How do you manually break the story into 4Kb nuggets without going mental?
Well, I was failing that task, but then I found the "Clipboard to Note" applescript (via). Highlight the entire story, copy it to the clipboard and run the script. It breaks the text into 4Kb segments with a "next" link at the bottom of each, so you don't have to manually close one file and open the next. Nifty!
Whether you read the stories the old fashioned way or on your iPod, there are some fun things at TTD. Graveyard Shift is my favorite so far. Check it out.
Awesome job, Philip and team!
Saturday, October 28, 2006
The Lakers took the first game of the day, 3-0; but lost the second, 3-3(0-1). They play for third place tomorrow at noon.
Here are a few pictures to brighten an otherwise somber post:
- Phil w/ hat
(it was really cold at 8:30 this morning)
- Warming up in the car between games
(we drove to Target during the break to get gloves)
- Colored hair for team spirit
- Phil's new look
- Huddle time
- On the field with some friends
There Can Only Be One...
Phil's soccer team heads into the championships in about an hour. How far will they go? Well, at 8-1 for the season they should go pretty far in the double-elimination tourney. We'll see.
Film (or at least some still pix) at 11 (or whenever I get them uploaded).
Friday, October 27, 2006
The #1 Benefit of Typos
Jared and the Subway advertising folks: call me. We'll do lonch.
Book Chat with Jerome Teel
What's the deal? Democratic nominee (and vice president) Ed Burke faces off against Republican senator Mac Foster in the political story line; attorney Jake Reed defends his wrongly-accused client Jed McClellan in the legal-thriller side. A mysterious trio of businessmen with an agenda to take over the world (in a plot that'd do a James Bond villain proud) span the two, pulling strings -- and triggers -- as necessary.
If you're a conservative (should that have a capital C?) Christian, you'll probably enjoy the book. If you have a more liberal/progressive view of how the country should operate, the Democrats-as-bad-guys storyline may hamper your getting into the story. Please Note: Teel doesn't portray Burke and his group as evil, vile, mean, and nasty, but they're not the one's the story is rooting for. (There were a few eye-rolling moments, but, then again, the book never sets out to change anyone's politics.) The trio of power brokers are both-sides-of-the-bread butterers, having also picked a Republican candidate who didn't make through the Primaries, so while they're apolitical (and one is quite evil, vile, mean, and nasty) the taint rubs off on Burke & Co.
The legal side of things is Grisham-esque, though with a happier ending than The Big Grish usually musters. This one kept me guessing, and for that reason I enjoyed it more than the political side.
In many ways the book reminds me of old-school (late 80s-mid 90s) Christian Fiction. It even has a conversion scene, which I haven't seen for a while. I'm not knocking the genre, and Teel handles it well.
Teel also handled my Five Questions well. Behold:
- Which "darling" (character/scene/plot element) was most painful to kill?
Two things I hated. First, I hated for the bad guy thugs to attack Jake's daughter in her bedroom. That was a tough one to write. Second, I hated killing off the deputy sheriff toward the end of the book. He had a wife and kids.
- Which did you find more enjoyable to write: the political scenes (Burke v. Foster) or the legal ones (the organization v. Jake)?
I enjoyed the political scenes much more than the legal scenes.
- Presidential nominee Mac Foster came off as a pretty perfect guy. But nobody's perfect, so which of these flaws does he have? Eats crackers in bed. Clips his toenails while watching TV with the wife. Puts his elbows on the dinner table. Can't spell potato.
Mac's biggest imperfection would be putting his elbows on the dinner table.
- Your good-guy politician is named Mac, and there's a tradition of the good guys in movies and TV using Macintosh computers: what computer make/model do you happen to use?
I've changed computers since The Election was written. I'm currently using a knock-off. It's a Multipro.
- Your bio at the end of the book mentions you're at work on another novel and your website lists The Divine Appointment coming out in the middle of next year. Sequel, stand-alone or hybrid (taking place during the Foster administration but not involving any of the principals of The Election)?
The Divine Appointment is a stand alone. I debated with making it be a sequel but ultimately decided against it. Both The Election and The Divine Appointment lend themselves to sequels/hybrids in the future.
And if The Election seems like it's driving up your political street, be sure to pick up a copy.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Goodbye Shark, Hello Pumpkin
In the past few days the shark activity has died down and people are coming for a couple pix of Phil's carved pumpkin last year. 20% (of the last 100 pageloads) were for this; another 8 for that.
One person found the blog (probably by clicking the "next blog" button at the top of the window) after having been at Dudes Dressed Up as Captain Jack Sparrow, another blogspot blog. If I were to make a "things that make you go hmmmm" category this would fall under it.
All in the Family
So she and I went over a couple drafts. Got focus issues nailed down, made applicability more universal, fine-tuned punctuation, etc. And then she sent it in.
She's just returned from another Disney trip (Disney World this time) and forwarded me the newsletter featuring her story. If you want to read it, subscribe to the PassPorter newsletter. The issue should be archived next week, so I'll post a reminder to check it out when it goes live.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
One Story: Half a Dozen Words
Some good stuff (some "dangerous words," too, so be forewarned).
My third and fourth favorites (leaving you at least two to be pleasantly surprised by):
Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a timeNot everything would win the Pulitz (the 6-letter prize for 6-word stories), but at least the clunkers are brief. Read 'em all.
- Alan Moore
The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.
- Orson Scott Card
Back in high school (Mrs. Long's Expository Writing class, to be precise) I co-wrote a 5-word story with Cyndi Branch, who sat next to me and was as unenthralled with the five-paragraph essay as I was. A minimalist, tragic, love story; went like this:
Hi. Bye. Cry. Die. Why?You could put a "Sigh." in the there to bump it up to six words, but really that's just padding.
Anybody got a 6-word story to share with the group? Share away.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
A word of warning: Beware -- beware of listening to Plumb's song Damaged (esp. the extended track) while reading Jane's story. The goosebumps just might prove fatal.
Labels: DKA Magazine
After the Interview
A stream of the broadcast was captured, but it's choppy. [link*] All my most brilliant moments seem to have fallen in the gaps. Wednesday's Powerball numbers? Only heard live. The Colonel's eleven secret herbs and spices. Get yourself a time machine, buddy. I think who put the bomp in the bomp-sh'bomp made it, but not who put the ram in the rama-lama-ding-dong. Bummer.
URLs mentioned in the show:
- dudleyclark.com: show host Dudley Clark's site
- sonewpublishing.com: show host James Stegall's small press, So New Publishing
- mikesell.blogspot.com: you are here
- brandilyncollins.com: author Brandilyn Collins' site
- kannerlake.blogspot.com: The Scenes & Beans blog (where I co-write Wilbur Hucks)
- tribe.textdriven.com/flash: Flashing in the Gutters (the story I read: Schrödinger's Gat)
- faithinfiction.blogspot.com: The Faith*in*Fiction site
- Violet Dawn and Getting into Character by Brandilyn Collins
- National Novel Writing Month
- West Lane News article
Thanks Dudley and James for the chance to play famous celebrity for an evening. It was a lot of fun.
*If by some providentially fortuitous chance, you, internet friend, have a non-choppy copy of the show, please get in touch with me.
Monday, October 23, 2006
One More W
Playoffs begin Saturday.
But What Does It Mean?
Hint #15 --
To solve the meta-puzzle, put the two left ones together and get something red. Add the top-right and get into the right state. Then add the last clue and you will win.-- isn't much help.
If you know the answer, don't spoil it for me. Maybe the first part ("something red"-- I'm not partial to the "2X10" theory, since the top-right clue doesn't add anything to it), but not the final solution. Thanks.
[10/23, 3:30p: Added "It" to title so I don't sound like Borat. High five!]
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Whatever Happened to Couples Skate?
Today we said "Yes" (after squeezing every possible ounce of good behavior from the boy -- get dressed without me nagging or no SkateWorld ... eat all your breakfast ... and so on).
This was Phil's second time rollerskating (time #1 was also at SkateWorld, last June). He picked up pretty much where he'd left off: shuffling his feet, falling down every ten steps or so. On the carpet was better than the slick rink floor, but at first it was shuffling from bench to rail to pinball machine to the next convenient hand-hold.
But he gradually found his confidence. About an hour in -- and shortly after the DJ played the All-American Rejects' "Move Along" per my request/dedication to the boy -- Phil was ready to hit the rink. Still doing a fair impersonation of Tim Conway's "Old Man" from the Carol Burnett Show, Phil shuffled his way three-quarters of the way around the rink before taking a breather. Once he figured out that he could make it on his own he stayed away from the rail and didn't reach out for my hand so much (had he had a beret he might have tossed it in the air, even), and we made it all the way around the rink about three times before he'd had enough.
Here's what all that looked like:
On the RailsWoah!
We survived. Phil's got a sore heinie, but neither of us have blisters. And neither of us faced the embarrassment of being left partnerless during Couples Skate (Lights Out and Reverse Skate were called, but not Couples). And we didn't have to do the Hokey Pokey, either. So, a successful afternoon for both of us.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Of course, the kids had changed. Here's what a year older looks like:
- Shouting in the apple orchard (to thank Mr. Detering, a quarter mile away)
- Mmmmm, appley
- Philip's Choice
- Children of the Corn (and Teacher)
- Child of the Hay
- See anything green?
- Another group photo
What do second graders do? Stay tuned.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Lakers' Seventh Win -- For Real This Time
So tonight (game #8) was their seventh win. 4-0 against a team from Elmira (you stop singing the Oak Ridge Boys' "Elvira" about the twenty-third time you drive through there). Not last night.
Season count -- for reals -- 7-1-0.
Final game (pre-playoffs): Monday. (I'll miss it, because of the thing, but I'll post the results when I get them.)
... And More Books
Just found out I won the Novel Journey contest for the second time. Two books this time. Two! I'm gonna have to start storing things in Phil's room pretty soon.
Please, people, get with the program. Do it for Phil.
Be Like Me: Win Taffy and Eponymous Pretzels
Thanks Michelle for hosting the pumpkin carving contest and to everyone else for not entering.
Lakers Win #7
Two more games (tomorrow and Monday), then the playoffs last weekend of the month.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Whatcha Doin' Next Monday Night?
Okay, neither of us has "people," but we did work out the details.
Next Monday (10/23), 7pm. 88.1 on your radio dial (if you're in the area) or online at kwvaradio.org. (If you figure out how to get the stream running through iTunes, lemme know. Thanks!)
There's an announcement on the Art Hustle blog. I'm sure none of you will post anything in the comments that might embarrass me. You're such good friends that way.
(All this through the newspaper article, which came through the Scenes & Beans blog, which came through meeting Brandilyn at Mount Hermon, which came through ... I don't know, but Kevin Bacon figures in there at some point.)
Stay tuned (literally, this time).
At the Intersection of Jay Leno and Oprah Winfrey ... and Motorcycles
It's a word association game where boxes are linked by common threads. For instance, you start out with a box titled "on the farm" and a bunch of boxes radiating out from it. Type in "cow" and you'll fill in one of those boxes, causing more boxes to appear. Type in "holy cow" and a new frame will open off to left. Click that frame and you'll find a box titled "religions" in the center and "holy cow" filled in on the right-hand border. Threads run from the two words and meet at an unfilled box. What's the connection? You figure it out (dots in boxes = letters in word).
I spent waaay too much time playing this yesterday, which is entirely Linda Gilmore's fault. (I did, however, fill in one entire frame -- Poker Stars -- by myself, no easy feat. Thank you wikipedia and Poker Babes!) Today's looking like a long day, too.
Which brings me to my current dilemma. What four-letter word (no, not that one) links Oprah, Jay, and motorcycles?
And what mysteries await in the north- and southwest corners?
(The game allows collaboration -- encourages it, even -- so if you want to share answers or just mooch from me and Linda and the couple others we're playing with, lemme know.)
Technically this isn't a Flash Game, but that's where I'm gonna file it.
Labels: Flash Games
Somehow I Forgot
Funny stuff, Maynard.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Or she managed to find an unsecured Homeland Security connection and will never be heard from again...
(No, it's listed on the services page as being free, 24/7, and airport-wide.)
As mentioned a few months ago, there's also free wi-fi at the airport in Eugene.
Free wi-fi at an airport near you? Crow about it in the comments.
Monday, October 16, 2006
I'm Flake #12268268
This is mine; not quite the paper doll effect I was shooting for, unless it's a bunch of E.T.s holding hands, but it has a nice sunburst in the middle.
And here's another. These are fun, aren't they. Kinda like kindergarten without that weird, paste-eating kid around. Oh, that kid was you? Sorry, 'bout that...
(via Lisa Samson's Author Intrusion)
[Here's one somebody else did: link. Can't tell if it's creepier than it is cool, or the other way 'round.]
Labels: Flash Games
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Barnyard: Better Than I Expected
He went with Barnyard.
From the ads, I was expecting the typical authoritarian father/screw-up son film, sort of like The Great Santini on Bovine Growth Hormone. Then the dad died and it turned into The Lion King with udders.
Actually, it wasn't that bad (they passed on the one scene they could've had the dad come back as the advice-dispensing face in the moon). Predictible plot, sure; some of the best lines (boy tipping!) spoiled by the trailers, yeah -- but there were still a few surprises both in plot and dialogue.
I've been working with Phil on recognizing that cartoon characters often have the voices of real-life actors (hey, that cat in Shrek 2 is the dad from Spy Kids). Phil recognized that the voice of Pip the Mouse was the same as Sheen's on Jimmy Neutron (Sheen, I fear, is "real" to Phil ... oh dear).
Final verdict? Could've used more cowbell, but otherwise a pretty good film.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
The Boy's Taste in Music
I used one of the free from General Mills codes to get it. Not a bad little number, a little Reliant K-ish (or vice-versa, I don't know from music anymore).
I burned it on a CD so he can play it in his room. (He made me play it three or four times on my PowerBook after I downloaded it.) He's in there now, showing his stuffed animals all his dance moves.
I'm sure one day we won't see eye-to-eye on music, but it's nice he doesn't have entirely bad taste yet. I've got a Tom Jones CD I'm itchin' to crank up on the stereo when that day finally comes; working on some What's Up Pussycat pelvic gyrations, too. No, I won't videotape those, either, so don't ask.
Be Like Me: Win a CD
My prize? Truth, Soul & Rock 'n Roll by The Elms.
Lots of other good stuff at the site. Interviews, reviews, the ever popular "desert island" survey (this week only!).
Check it out.
Friday, October 13, 2006
While the Wife's Away
Labels: Good Times
CFBA Friday: Violette Between
Anyhoo, this week the CFBA is looking at Violette Between by Alison Strobel. Katy Popa has a good summary of the book's central question on her blog.
More at Alison Strobel's website. Be sure to check other CFBAers' blogs, too.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Still, a win's a win. The kids are 6-1-0 for the season.
Next game: next Thursday.
I'm a Maniac -- Maniac! -- on the Floor
"Dancing Expert" is a "dancing carpet of 32 bit direct inserting mode" game with "36 disco songs of original sound."
I heard a while back that the dancing/floor-mat games are a decent way to lose weight. Of course after the cost of a gaming system + floor mat I'd be better off joining a gym (which isn't a great alternative, either, living nowhere near a gym). So I saved hundreds of dollars and for $5 at Goodwill I got all this: One floor mat with AC adapter and a/v plug for the TV's aux ports. I've already mentioned the 36 disco songs, but here are some shots of the graphics:
- Don't know who these guys are, but they really inspire me to give it all I've got on those tricky splits moves.
- Everybody dance now!
- These pants were made for dancing...
- ...as were these boots.
- What's a Japanese dancing game without Can-Can girls?
Will I lose weight? Will I gain rhythm? Will this keep Phil occupied during the long winter months I'm not interested in going outside?
Stay tuned. (And I'll keep you updated on that whole Halloween costume thing, too.)
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Let's Not Be Rash, and Other Stories
At 11 his teacher called saying that Phil had a rash all over his body and he was very upset. I went in; looked like hives. (I later found out that Phil had been isolated from the rest of his classmates and had to eat lunch alone--no wonder he was upset.)
Took him to Junction City to see his pediatrician. Hives.
The last time Phil had hives -- 2-3 years ago -- it was in conjunction with an ear infection. Not this time, and we're not sure what the cause is (while an ear infection would have been a bummer, at least we'd know why and have a course of treatment). Rash should be gone on its own by the weekend.
While we were in town we stopped at a Goodwill where employees were discussing today's plane crash. Not the kind of thing you want to hear when a loved one is traveling by air. But Dina reached Indiana safely (some kind of snafu at the Phoenix runway, nothing disasterous) and all is well (except, of course, that she's in Indiana -- and the fatalities/injuries/damage in NYC).
Phil got the go-ahead from the doctor to resume normal activity, so we trekked back home, got his soccer uniform, and made our third trip of the day to town ("town" being that region of Lane County stretching from Junction City south to Eugene and west to Veneta -- this time we headed to Veneta). Lakers won 2-1, bringing them to 5-1-0 for the season. Next game: tomorrow night.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Una Guava Base Chise Una Guava
(u-nay gwah-vey bay-say chee-say u-nay gwah-vey)
That is all.
Emerson turned one year old last week. Happy birthday little guy!
Monday, October 09, 2006
Be Like Me: Win a Book
I won Nate Kenton's Bloodstone--which looks really good and, at Amazon, is a $20 value. What a bargain for me.
Word is you can win more than once. See ya over there.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Christmas Is Coming
Anandtech has a forum discussion devoted to how to get rich(-ish) sending away for BBBs instead of buying the "premium chicken" at the "restaurant."
If you're looking for a short-term hobby, this may be for you.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
The $32,000 Difference A Year Makes
|As you can see from the graphic at right, the value has gone up a bit in the past year.|
Has your blog appreciated in value? Click the "how much is your blog worth" link in the graphic to find out.
Lemme know the results.
The Things Phil Knows
A quarter mile down the road he followed up with: "I wonder how I know all these things."
It is a wonderment, isn't it?
We've got weird spooky fog out here. Drapes the highway like the diaphanous angels at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I hate it. Fortunately I didn't see it while we were out in the field. Would've creeped me out.
Of course, seeing it appear mysteriously in just the one picture creeps me out more.
Good time looking through the telescope, though. Can't see it from the pictures, but the moon was honkin' big. And bright. And round. So, so round.
Friday, October 06, 2006
CFBA Friday: Dark Hour
Still, Dark Hour sounds like one I'll make room/time for as soon as possible. It's Book One in the Serpent Moon trilogy. Fantasy series? Nope. Head on over to Dave Meigs' Blog for info, a review, and a chance to win a copy of the book. (He also posted the first chapter earlier this week.)
Sounds interesting, huh? Get thee to a Borders before Oct. 9th.
For more on author Ginger Garrett and the book, check this interview at the CFBA blog (it also appears at the beginning of Dave's first chapter post), as well as the author's website.
Links to more (and likely better-prepared) CFBA members appear in the blog roll at the bottom of the sidebar.
(Looks like it'll be mini-posts like these for the next few weeks, but I should have something at the end of the month to send you into election season.)
This year he'll look like this.
And his class looks like this -- mostly: two boys were out that morning. Here's Phil "close up" from the class pic.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
A Couple Nifty OS X Utilities
No menu bar?
Turns out there's an application, MenuShade that will hide the menu bar until you mouse-over it. (Am I the last one to know about this?) Sort of like hiding/unhiding the dock. You can also have the menu bar faded out instead of completely gone. You don't reclaim the pixelspace for applications, but the emptiness at the top of the screen is kinda cool. I miss the clock, so I don't know if I'll keep the app long term, but I'm not hating it right now.
I found another handy program from the makers of MenuShade: MoviePod, an application for prepping movie files to the iPod. I've tried several others, but had had no luck transferring some old Steve Taylor videos (bottom of linked page). MoviePod handled all but the "credits" .wmv file like a dream. Don't know why it choked on that one, but I'm glad to have the rest on my iPod. (Windows version available, too.)
Need either an uncluttered desktop or movies on your iPod? Visit Nullriver Software.
Phil played defense first quarter, a little too far forward to stop the other team from scoring. He played a middle position in the third and turned the ball for the Lakers several times.
It was our turn to bring post-game snacks. Act-II popcorn balls from Wal-Mart (20 for $3.94). Yum! (We've got Gatorade stockpiled for when we bring drinks in a few weeks.)
Been a While: Another Borders Coupon
They've added more fine print:
- Must be a Borders Rewards member
- One coupon per customer during valid period
- May not be combined with, among other things, "sale pricing"
- Non-compliance = fraud
Curiously, I got a different coupon with the newsletter sent to my gmail account: $5 off $35/$15 off $60. Similar restrictions, though this one can be used on your Personal Shopping Day, which I believe means a 10% discount on everything you buy.
Christmas is coming (so is my birthday).
No, this Losers' Lounge refers to where the non-winners of Celebrity Poker Showdown go after they've non-won at Texas Hold'em. That's where I'm spending a lot of time with the Texas Hold'em game Apple released last month for the fifth-generation iPod (not the Nano, which I do like the new look of). And I'm lovin' every minute of it (especially since there's no Kathy Griffin lounging in the iPod version).
There are seven tournaments to play in the game. You start in Cupertino (Apple's hometown). I beat that scene frequently. Then you move up to Tournament #2: Macau in Southeast Asia. That's a 2-table tournament. You've got to beat the first table to get to the second and beat that to get to the next tournament. You win $1,000 for beating Cupertino and Macau has a $500 buy-in, so you've got two shots to make it big. I've never made it big (it would be nice if you could use the $3,000 you take from beating the first table and have three shots at the $1,000 second table, but that's not the way it goes). Still, it's a fun game. Clever animations; I'm getting to where I can read some of the players' "tells" (tics that give away whether a player has a good hand or are bluffing). But I'm not heading to Vegas with mad skills any time soon.
At $5 the game's a bargain. And although it's addicting, you can save and step away from the table at any time. Not saying you can quit; you'll be back for sure. There are complimentary Blue Diamond smokehouse-flavored almonds at the Losers' Lounge, after all.
Phil Said It. I Believe It. That Settles It.
"Ain't is one of those Texas words, even though it doesn't make any sense."I suppose it's nice that he's giving Texas credit for having some words that do make sense (though if he'd been around for H. Ross Perot's presidential runs he might be of a different opinion).
Hey Phil's cousins, how y'all doin'?
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
In Retrospect, It Makes Sense
Gotta read the finely-printed rules to find that out.
Don't go to Guam looking for the Best Buy coupons, either.
It was this beauty. Two floppy drives (not the 3.5" discs, mind you, these were the glorious 5.25" floppy floppies), 9" amber screen. detachable keyboard, 30 lb freeweight carrying case. Lasted me through college (got it some time during my junior year of high school IIRC), though the monitor died on a Thanksgiving trip to Oregon (thanks Bob & Sue for the loaner TV so I could write my paper) and the second disk drive eventually got wonky (nothing like swapping WordPerfect disks to load the program, spell check, thesaurus, and then a fourth disk to save your paper). It's up in the attic, along with computer #2, which lasted a year or so less than the first ... not that it broke, but tech advanced so quickly in the 90s (from a DOS 3.31 PC in '92 to a Win98 machine in '98) that you had to upgrade more often (managed to skip Win95 somehow, thank goodness). The '98 machine only lasted 3 years when XP came out in '01. It doesn't get much use these days since I got the PowerBook two and half years ago. Hmmmm, I'm due for a new computer next tax refund season...
As outdated as it is now, I still remember Oliver fondly. (Named the PC after the brainy kid in Bloom County; remember Bloom County?) King's Quest. Infocom text adventures (the computer where you first got the babelfish is going to have a special place in your heart). Asteroids knock-offs. Good times.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Our more-powerful players did a good job remembering to keep after the ball even after it heads toward the goal. They had been letting the opposing goalie a free run up to the ball once it entered the penalty box area; one of our goals (and the disallowed one) came after our player kept attacking the ball.
Phil played one quarter as stopper, one as a midfieldman. He's slightly bummed about what he hasn't done (scored a goal), I'm trying to get him to focus on what he has (played good D).
Next game's Thursday. We're bringing post-game snacks.
Monday, October 02, 2006
There's a bonus Jonathan Bell moment at the end of Episode #31. Along with a lot of other weird stuff. Yay!
In all likelihood, in a few weeks the above link will no longer feature GS30. It'll still have classic Godstuff moments, just not the referenced ep. In that case, head on over to You Tube. But 'til then, use the Wittenburg Door link and be sure to peruse the fine merchandise and magazine back issues while you're there. (Click the banner ad at the top of the screen for their free newsletter; their non-made-up stuff is often funnier than the stuff that makes it into the magazine.)
And they thank you for your support.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
So head on over to Pacxon: an online game that's half Pac-Man, half Qix. Instead of munching dots, you draw lines to claim gameboard territory. Fruits and power pellets appear occasionally to change the speed and vulnerability of the ghosts.
My current high-score: Level 19, 20969 points with 75% of gameboard in my possession.
(For added challenge/enjoyment, hop yourself up on antihistamines and stuff Kleenex in your nostrils -- Wooooo!)
Labels: Flash Games