March 1, 2004
So I'm aiming to head down to the video game convention PhillyClassic, March 20-21. I have one road buddy lined up, some guy from MIT, to split gas, tolls, and rooming expense...anyone else interested? It's kind of cool, lots of video game wackiness, tons of arcade games set up for free play. I'm going to release JoustPong there, amusingly I'll probably be asked to sign the game boxes and what not...
Inspiration of the Moment
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Of course, so does falling down a flight of stairs."
"Never say die. I've tried it, and it doesn't actually make people die."
"The early bird gets the worm. But then, you can also get a worm by drinking a whole bottle of tequila."
"Every dawn brings us a fresh start, because we never freakin' learn, do we?"
"It takes a village to raise a child to hate all of the people in the next village."
"The key to someone's heart is never lost: It's just that the locks were changed 'cause your some kind of psycho."
"You can do anything if you want it bad enough. That is why we see so many people that can fly."
--from a contest in The Washington Post, via "Planet Proctor" in "The Funny Times".
Games of the Moment
Speaking of videogame wackiness, Lore of Brunching Shuttlecocks fame is starting a new site, Little Fluffy Industries, a blog dedicated to cataloging all the free web-based games out there. One that immediately caught my eye was Warthog Launch, an extremely compelling game. It's a 2D homage to a sport people invented by gamers fooling around with Halo when they realized they could send the indestructable "Warthog" jeeps soaring by piling grenades underneath and then shooting. (I kisrael'd that previously.) With this online version, it's very satisfying to figure out how to get all the floating aliens. Good UI too, marred only by having no way of resuming a previous game.
Toy of the Moment
Old wine in new technological bottles, it's Bush Unmasked.