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.

Meanwhile…

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. 

How to be a Public Intellectual

Think of the Children

I was playing World of Tanks this evening. A PC game that I have been playing for, oh, nearly 2 years. I’m not very good – I’m 50 years old, and the reflexes have taken a dip.

For the first time, I received a personal message via the World of Tanks messaging system. I didn’t know I had received this message until I logged off and saw the email notification from the World of Tanks universe. Without further ado, here was what YummyKittyCupcake said:

I wanted to tell u what an idiot u are child. Why didnt u roll forward and support me instead of just camping in the back with no shot whatsoever and u let me get killed. This game is all about teamwork and u rolled forward in ur SU-100 only when everyone was dead on that side. Shows what a stupid coward u are. Man u really are one stupid idiot.

That was incredibly adorable. Especially coming from someone with the tanker name of YummyKittyCupcake. Well, I really wanted to reply to him, but he had already logged off. So I shall use the power of the blog to supply him with my clever retort:

First off, YummyKittyCupcake, I am extremely thankful that you took the time to bring my misplay to my attention. It is only through thoughtful criticism from our peers, can we progress to the next level.

You start marvelously by first complimenting me. As a 50 year old, being called a child is one of the nicest thing you could of said. You should always begin each critique with a compliment, and you did that brilliantly.

Your first point you make is spot on. I should of rolled up and supported you. I just wasn’t concentrating. President Obama had just visited my home state of Alaska, and I was probably mulling over his points about the impacts of global warming. In the future, I will have to stay more focused on the movements of my teammates.

So true about supporting your teammates! We would of won this battle by an even larger margin (15 to 9), had I been more aware of your movements. Maybe I wasn’t thinking about global warming… maybe I was thinking of that poor drowned refugee child that washed up on the shore of Bodrum. Such sadness does affect my judgement.

World of Tanks is indeed an excellent way to measure a person’s bravery and or cowardice. Shooting at such a long distance from the enemy with my tank destroyer, definitely shows how weak-kneed of human I am. You have called me out, sir, and I am grateful. It makes no never mind that I was causing damage to the opposing team, while taking no damage on my vehicle. Fear had overtaken me, and you paid the ultimate price.

Your concluding comment that I am a stupid idiot, is completely fair. Some would call this bullying or trolling, but with such a well-thought out critique of my play style, I must take my medicine here. Thank you YummyKittyCupcake, you have made me a better tanker.

No, I must go further, you made me a better human being.

Yours truly, Zoyx.

For those lucky to have World of Tanks installed, you can watch the replay from my perspective. You too can criticize my shitty playing techniques.

Dream from last night…

Dream from last night that I must make true. A balding man is sitting at an outdoor dinner table on a balcony. No clothes on except for a bath towel. Nearby music is playing, and he is sobbing the lyrics. At the end of the song he stands up, shakes his fist at the sky and screams angrily, “YOU SON-OF-A-BITCH”! Surrounding people stop and stare.

Waiting for the sun

For Anchorage SAD folk, some milestones over the next couple months…
Yesterday: 4 PM sunset
Jan 9: 6 hour day
Jan 13: 10 AM sunrise
Jan 23: 7 hour day
Jan 30: 5 PM sunset
Feb 4: 8 hour day
Feb 9: 9 AM sunrise
Feb 15: 9 hour day
Feb 20: 6 PM sunset
Feb 25: 10 hour day
Mar 1: 8 AM sunrise
Mar 7: Average high temperature reaches 32
Mar 9: DST – sunset 7:43 PM – 11 hour day.

A picture I took this morning at 8 AM.