Brandon sends me this great link.Â Â I laugh, shake me head and think, “How twoo…”
Then yesterday, on the morning news, I see a report on KCTV5 that Kansas school authorities are upset by the article.
You stupid assholes, do you expect a science-minded magazine to applaud your terrible choices for Kansas students? Are you so far removed? Wankers.
In other news,
The Halloween Roller Derby was fantastic. What a game. I have photos. Someday I may even post some. Until then you’ll have to take my word for it that the bout was a rok-m-sok-m match up. After the game we sang karoake at Helen’s until 1. Duane and I tore up ‘When Doves Cry’ (mainly Duane, I just worked the chorus and was supposed to do the squelching at song’s end but apparently the karoake version doesn’t go into that part – wankers).
I’ll be damned…
Mr. Williamson was my junior year biology teacher at Olathe South.
Good for him.
From the UG’s newsletter:
“[T]he Unified Government is finalizing plans for a metal arch that will span both sides of Minnesota Avenue at the west end of the Lewis and Clark Viaduct (approximately 4th Street and Minnesota Avenue) to greet visitors as they arrive into Wyandotte County. The arch will contain artwork that reflects the history and ethnicity of the county. The project will include landscaping and lighting features. More information will be forthcoming.”
Leave a comment or send an e-mail to: thinman(at)baddaboom(dot)org. We’re looking for sumpin’ fun.
Tomorrow night is roller derby, so we’re more than likely going to that, although Sa Rah’s not skating and I don’t think I’m Score-Bunnying (haven’t heard from anyone about doing it) and it should be cool to attend as a spectator. Other than that though…my bro invited us out to a party in DeSoto – but that’s a long haul. Whatchooall doing?
1 – A Season of Our Discontent is the city’s most rockinest radio show and the show’s host is the most annoying on-air personality ever – although he seems like a swell fellow – and there’s no denying he plays choice punk rock. During KKFI’s fund drive last week I almost pledged $100 just so the dude wouldn’t talk during my 20 minute drive home from school. 20 minutes, from 87th and State Line to 18th and Washington…and every Tuesday night I want to slap the taste out of this chap’s mouth.
2 – Roe Boulevard, between 75th Street and Johnson Drive, is gorgeous. Wide and lined with huge, old trees…it’s a fine example of KC’s boulevard system.
3 – At Roe and Johnson (and probably other spots in the vicinity) there are now back-lit street signs. I’ll try to snag a photo for those who don’t make the Mission Mall their location of choice for late-night mall walking.
4 – Speaking of late nights…during the latter part of the evening, the railyards have their own subtle, space-stationish beauty. We have a moon base right in the city, people.
5 – At night, one could conceivably drive from Ward Parkway Mall to Indian Springs Mall in a little over 15 minutes drive time. In fact, you could include Metcalf South and Oak Park in your route and probably add only 10 minutes drive time. Why the hell would one do this? I don’t know. I’m just saying it can be done. Whereas if one were to attempt this during the day you probably be in your car for 45 minutes or more. Traffic sucks. In JoCO, traffic doesn’t just suck, it’s insane. But I’m off subject.
Finally, the following is something I’ve learned about myself and not KC:
It is possible to be inundated with information and, if the old information is oft-repeated while new information is added to it, you’ll come away from such inundation with quite a bit of knowledge.
My class went through this book in 6 and 1/2 class periods: 26.5 hours.
The weekend was quite pleasant. Watched Batman Begins Friday night. Enjoyable. A bit too long – sort of felt like two movies in one. I did enjoy the choice of villain(s) and the use of Arkham. That was fun. Had a surprise party to go to on Sat. night. For Sa Rah’s brother, Bart. Went over swimmingly. He was surprised, entertained and I’m sure quite happy to have such good family and friends. Spent some swell time with my loverly wife. Played with our kittens. They loved the attention. Played up to level 6 of this game: http://www.playfate.com, which made me quite nostalgic for Diablo II so I loaded that up and started a new character. Gotta be one of my favorite vid games of all time. Others in this list of faves include:
Super Mario Bros.
Aliens vs. Predator
Life Force (Fave Vid Ever)
Sometime during ’95 my appeal for vids dwindled and it’s never really come back. Until Diablo II, that is. Dodo, Fly, Eco and I played the holy hell (pun intended) out of that game. And, almost 5 years later…on a chilly, fall evening, that game still gripped me. Here’s an idea I had for a Diablo spin-off: Diablo: Inferno,
whereby the fundamentals of the game design and play are the same, but the plot of the game follows the plot of Dante’s Inferno. Your character goes through 9 circles of increasingly difficult play. Each circle features plenty of memorable characters (damned souls) and mini-bosses (demons) and the ultimate final boss: Dis/Lucifer trapped in a lake of ice. What a game. Hell, you could even tie-in the poem and make it a learning tool as well. Nothing teaches kids better than a hack-and-slash dungeon crawl.
Another idea for a game I had is an MMORPG called Zombieland. Essentially, your character would start as a lucky survivor of a zombie plague that has effectively zombiefied 90% of the world’s population. Your sole purpose is to avoid becoming a zombie yourself (and there would be plenty of quests to fill in the downtime when you’re not fighting for your life). You would actually start the game in your current city and from there you could travel all over the country/world in your fight for survival. The environment would be dynamic in that you could enter any building – set fire to buildings (or entire cities, forests, etc.) – deal with bad weather (probably concordant with current weather conditions), hang out in a cave or on top of a skyscraper or try to find a deserted island from which to rebuild society. You could group together with other players to form a survivor’s encampment or become a roving zombie hunter. If you lose a fight to a zombie you become a zombie – and you could, in theory, become one bad-ass zombie.
Anyway, I think both games would be entertaining as hell.
Any game designers want to give it a go with me?
Hmmm… Your best games list is pretty close to mine… I played Diablo 2 for a long time. I’d have to put Zelda in there too. Have you checked out www.urbandead.com? It’s a text-based version of your zombie game… Not very fancy.