Archive for Video Games

I got deja vu making this post

Astute web-based readers of this site we’ll notice we’re using tags now on some posts. This is very exciting, no? No.

Super Soakers
Squirrel fishing
The Exotic Birds of Brussels
Name Three Germans
Portraits of Grandmas and Their Cuisine From Around the World
Luke Perry’s garlic-fried steak
Eventually you will be dead but today you are not
10 Creepy Video Game Urban Legends
What’s Dylan Grillin’?
Boards of Canada / Noam Chomsky
DJ Lobsterdust – Queen vs. Satan ft. pastor Gary G. “It’s fun to smoke…”
Top Ten Classical-Music Samples in Hip-Hop
“Yeah, no.”
The $20 Theory of the Universe
Cow Tools: Revisiting a Comic Masterpiece
Round Barns and Covered Bridges
Shed of the year 2013 finalists


God is Not Part of the Great American Past Time

Over the last few years I’ve regained my youthful interest in baseball, this was probably the result of a few seasons of my hometown team, the Brewers, doing well and that I live a long walk, short bike ride from Nationals Park. I’m not sure when this trend went mainstream, as a kid who spent most of his time growing around orthodox Jews my only memory of God and baseball is that Orel Hershiser wrote a book, Out of the Blue, that I read despite the Christian theme and the potential ostracism of my schoolmates.

Though now going to games has become at bit grating as God has taken a more prominent place in the game, a few examples of note. At both Camden Yards and Nationals Park on Sundays during the 7th inning stretch they play “God Bless America” because I don’t believe in God I show my annoyance with the song selection by sitting, which apparently comes with the risk of ejection. The second annoyance is the once a game playing of God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood because on the top of the vapid patriotism it is the worst form of music, country. The last annoyance though came from a video game series I’ve enjoyed, and purchased, over the last five years and it is one of the few reasons to consider a Playstation 3, MLB 13 The Show. In the Road to the Show Mode you can customize every detail about your player, name, preferred number, batting gloves, location of facial features, even if they were born in the US.* One thing I discovered though is that you cannot choose if your player is a believer. This is evident by the gesture my player “The Gentleman Tony Plush” made after a recent win.

*I’m not sure why birth origin is something you can select, I haven’t seen a part of the game where you deal with immigration or foreign tax issues.


XBox One

The XBox One appears that it might ruffle some feathers and prove an interesting platform but this presentation does a great job of mocking the announcement.


Who killed Olof Palme?

Vacation for me means few links for you.

Open Your Mind to the New Psychedelic Science
Bang With Friends?
New Grand Theft Auto V Trailers Released -Includes a Juggalo Character!
Assassination of Olof Palme
Een Echte Koning Draagt Een Baard
The Madd Wikkid’s Brassft Punk


Pants, pasts, PETA, PointCast

What a crazy week. Here are some links about fun things and maybe some not-so-fun-weird things. Keep thinking.

Classy Readings of Terrible Fan Fiction: in the kongs banana hored
Philadelphia MOVE Bombing Still Haunts Survivors
Anti-drug PSAs
What we learned from the movie Hackers
Yak Bak and Talkboy
PointCast: The Rise and Fall of an Internet Star
National Geographic airs video of first commercial cellular phone call
Gratuitous user interfaces
Pictures of Hipsters taking Pictures of Food
Mad money in the garlic black market
Bond: Explosive (from Classified [US Version] )
PETA Kills
A guinea pig’s inner ear can power a radio transmitter.
The Afronauts
Soweto & Sowebo comparison photoset
Magritte on Words and Images
Erik Johansson
Her Secret Past
The rapper who inspired James Franco’s “Spring Breakers” character
A Three Year Prison Term for Saggy Pants?
Hi-Vis Fashion
Reporting things on Facebook: is it worth it?
This image should not be seen by the whole world



The Wikipedia entry for roller coaster
Orders of magnitude
DRM chair only works 8 times
Internet Archaeology
The Seventies
Low Power FM making a comeback
Little Richard & Stockhausen
Red, white, and blue
Letters from a Private
Comfort Sounds
Currywurst vs Falafel, Tuebingen-style
Making Sausage
Coffee: Where it comes from
A quest for the perfect piece of toast
Life in the Trees: Free Spirit Spheres
The myth of Mother Teresa
Mosquito repellent unboxing
Tesla Coil Plans, Parts, Kits
Sorry, that username is already taken.
Find cats
Ship of Theseus
Obscenity controversies
Anechoic chamber