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2020 vision?
I do realize it's been fairly quiet on this blog. I am still out there and planning ahead for various events in 2020.

The records will show it has been quite some time since I have last competed in a WPPR-ranked/IFPA-endorsed tournament. There are a lot of reasons for this, some of them pinball-related, others less so. I do intend to play in a tournament or league somewhere and thus re-enter the competitive...

Admin announcement 

2019 has been blocked and defederated. It will not be bothering us again

politics/current events 

Happy holidays, and thoughts on recent events
First, even though it's been relatively quiet here, I'd like to wish everyone out there who is still following the blog a happy holiday season, as I have in years past. The 25th of December kind of snuck up on me this time around. If you so desire, feel free to come back to the rest of this post after the holidays have concluded. For everyone...

Houston Arcade Expo 2019: Home runs, nukes, knights, windstorms, and other things
Well, I had been looking forward to it for a good couple of weeks, after there was a bit of doubt I'd even be able to go. Last Saturday, the 16th, was my visit to the Houston Arcade Expo for the first time since 2015. It felt good to show my face again given my prolonged absence from the...

I should be at Houston Arcade Expo close to 4 pm; I will let everyone know if I am running later than that.

Houston Arcade Expo and other items of note
In a similar spirit to a misquotation commonly attributed to Mark Twain, any reports of my demise and/or retirement from competitive video gaming and pinball have been greatly exaggerated.

On this Friday and Saturday, we will have yet another Houston Arcade Expo. I plan to be in attendance toward the late afternoon/evening hours of Saturday, November 16. I will...

Do you really think that Donald Trump could keep his mouth shut if the government hes in charge of arranged a coup in Bolivia?

Use your brain meats.

And since when is just allowing anyone to make an account and follow spam? This is getting ridiculous... had two of them to deal with just now.

HI #Bernie2020 people! Welcome to Mastodon! Pro-tip: don't mass-follow people if you haven't yet tooted anything, uploaded a header image and avatar, put your pronouns or basically done anything to your new account. If you follow a ton of people with an empty account you'll just get rejected because it looks super suspicious. Thanks!

An open letter to Richard M. Stallman
Subject: Events of the last week - open letter

This is perhaps the most difficult letter I've found myself in a position to write in my entire lifetime.

A couple of days ago, I was reading the cypherpunks mailing list when I came across a thread with news articles and commentary indicating you had been constructively removed from both your positions as Free Software Foundation...

Planning on watching the debates tonight?

I'm asking you to do me a favor:

Read about the IWW during the breaks.

Political parties are cool, like parties should be, but unions are how work gets done.

Has anybody noticed an uptick on spam accounts on the domain?

"Hi, what can I do for you?"
"There is a large, but finite, number of syllable combinations."
"Um. Yes?"
"One of those is the name of God."
"If I combine random syllables, I can find the name of God."
"Sir, this is a Starb-"
"Venti Mocha Praline Macchiato."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Very brief status update, 2019 September
I realize I have not posted in a while. Due to a variety of factors I have decided to take a break from competitive pinball, but I hope to resume before the end of the year. I have remained active doing some research related to the video game high score record attempts (the "record quest" in the original site's domain name).

I would prefer not to reveal too much, as the...

So personal ornamentation -- jewelry and makeup and fashion and body modification and all that -- is largely seen by our culture as frivolous and not worth prioritizing in terms of money or effort.

But like. Ornamentation of some kind is present in pretty much every society on the planet both current and historic, all the way back to prehistory. Cosmetics are also often some of the most highly valued trade items.

Choosing how to decorate the self is fundamental to the human construction of identity!

So like. It's cool. Spend money on that new tattoo or whatever.

I tried looking for a good citation here but it turns out finding just one is really difficult because this is anthropological and sociological consensus going back decades.

Stupid math tricks on social media

Recently as documented by this New York Times article, this rather ambiguous math problem (middle-school pre-algebra level) has been making the rounds. The article references the Yanny/Laurel controversy as well as the dress that people saw as different colors. I didn't really take a side in either of those,...
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