Track and Field Arcade

I just spent 15 minutes on a Facebook post. Must not waste all that effort and not post it here as well… so here it is.

My story of an Aladdin’s Castle manager helping me out.

I was using the pencil cheat for playing Track and Field. The manager was cool with it, even looking over my shoulder while I played sometimes.

After I was done, usually some neanderthal would come up and start pounding his fist on the run buttons. This pounding meant replacing the run buttons on the machine. The manager had had enough, replaced the buttons with ones that had guards (pictured). So now players couldn’t pound on the game anymore (well, without a lot of pain).

These guards also meant I couldn’t use my pencil cheat. I gave my best pouty look to the manager, then pathetically played without the cheat. The next time in, the guards had been dremeled so I could use my pencil, but still enough of a guard to keep people from pounding on the game. I gave the manager a big thank you.

No, the manager wouldn’t let me participate in the national Track and Field contest with my cheat. He didn’t go that far.

That’s the end of that tale. Below is a video of me using the pencil cheat. Although in this case, I am using a piece of dowel.


I am going to give Grammarly another try. Grammarly is a Chrome extension that checks your spelling and grammar. I apparently tried it a few years back, because I had an account already assigned to my email. I hope it works because my writing is getting worse, not better. My worst habit is that I drop words. A totally normal sentence, but a word or two is just plain missing.

I discovered the Yellofier app. You can make random noises into your IOS device, and it will then let you arrange and modify these noises into music. It is just a music doodler, nothing pro level. But really fun! I shall attach a 10 second sound bite of what I created.

A new FrontLine Assembly album dropped recently. I have found a few really good nuggets in the mix. Not any bad songs, but there are few that are just boring. The usual filler that disappoints you. “Living a Lie” is one of the more lively songs. Someone has already made a homemade video for it.

Chemical Brothers have also released a new album. I have not purchased this yet, but this early video is a lot fun… and it gets weird. I know, a Chemical Brothers video that’s weird. Just shocking.

Well, I had another 2 or 3 things I was going to post about, but they are gone from my memory. I really should jot these things down.

The Last Playoff Bowl

From 1960-68, the NFL had a 3rd place game. The last one was held after the 1968 season, with Dallas and Minnesota facing each other at the Orange Bowl. Besides being the last Playoff Bowl, it was the last game for Don Meridith. The video below shows the highlights, with some corny footage of coaches and players talking strategy.

The video is also bit gruesome. At the 5 minute mark, it shows Wally Hilgenberg being dragged off the field after sustaining a concussion. Wally would later die from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). In simple terms, brain damage from too many blows to the head.

First post in a long time

I am living Hawaii. I have been here for over a year. I haven’t made any friends, but I think that is on purpose. I haven’t joined any clubs or participated in any group activities. My current co-workers don’t seem to have any interest in me. So I just hike around Oahu and do the best to entertain myself. I’m actually pretty good at that.

One surprising thing that occurred here is that I am gaining weight. All this hiking I have been doing, and the pounds are adding, not subtracting. So for the first time in 6 years, I am crash dieting. Only 1500 calories a day. I am on day 4 of this diet, and it has appeared to have taken root. So 4 pounds have been lost so far. I don’t think this 1 pound per day thing will continue, but a quick loss is always reassuring that the diet is working.

Crap, I can’t find anything to say that is interesting. There’s a reason I gave up blogging. Here’s a picture I stole off the internet. 

Modest Mouse is Coming to Town

Modest Mouse is scheduled to do a show at Moose’s Tooth, Anchorage on June 18th. So that triggered this memory from a Roderick on the Line episode, with this exchange between John Roderick and Merlin Mann.

John: Option A, look at the first sentence under option A. “Detachable penis.”

Merlin: Oh my god, that’s that King Missile song! Remember that? “Detachable penis.” Second most disappointing show I ever went to.

John: Oh that’s sad.

Merlin: Modest Mouse was the worst.

John: I know the guy from….

Merlin: Yeah his name’s John Dongface or something. What’s his name? Dr. Phil?

John: He lives in San Francisco.

Merlin: No, he seems nice. But he’s not very—

John: Wait, so you’re saying that Modest Mouse is the most disappointing rock show you’ve ever been to?

Merlin: Yep.

John: Oh, I don’t want to get derailed from the shemale Realdoll, but what happened at the Modest Mouse concert?

Merlin: I hope they were high. I hope they were either high, or they were mad about crap services, because I have never been to a more phoned in fucking show in my whole life. This is 1997–8. It’s around the time of Real Signs of the Real West, Highway West, what the fuck’s that album they had?

John: They were huffing modeling glue at that point. They were young guys from that point.

Merlin: You know what, I can enjoy a lot of things, John. I like a lot of different kinds of music, you know? I don’t like a Low show, because I don’t like being shushed and being told to sit Indian style, I will not go to a Low show. I’ve been shushed at two different Low shows.

I’m sure Modest Mouse is no longer sniffing glue, or huffing paint, or whatever. I doubt the band would still be around 15 years later if they had kept up with that.

But I worship Merlin Mann. If Merlin were to run for President on a kill cute puppies platform, I would probably still vote for him. So when he says Modest Mouse’s show was the worst ever, I am going take him for his word, and not see this show.

Odd note from Merlin on Low. He was shushed at one Low concert, but that wasn’t enough, so he went back and was shushed at a second Low concert. I guess give him credit for giving them a second chance before writing them off.

Here is a music video from Modest Mouse. It has a fishing theme, so perfect for Alaska.


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