The last arcade visits of 2020
I am way behind on these, so these will be a bit light on detail and picture heavy. The good news is the next two from January will be more recent.
Speedy's on 12/22...
Speedy's on 12/24...
Einstein's in Richmond on 12/30...
Speedy's on 12/31...
The latest chapter in Apple stupidity: the charger shell game
As Daring Fireball recently reported, Apple has done it again with their gratuitous incompatibility. In a nutshell, Apple has released a 20W charger that looks like a previous 18W charger, and a 30W charger that looks like a previous 29W charger. You would think that one or two watts would not make a difference. Well, this being...
A closer look at Microsoft's unethical business practices
A recent reader's article on boycottnovell.com offers a very insightful look into the unethical side of Microsoft's business.
The author, Roy Schestowitz, makes a number of very good points. In particular:
Microsoft abuses "guerilla" or "viral" advertising more than other companies, disguising...
#insightful #microsoft #unethical
Has the FDA lost its %^$#*@ mind?!
If this doesn't make your blood boil, I'm not sure what will. Reason recently reported on an absolutely bizarre and insane action by the FDA, going back to the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At that time the nation's hand sanitizer manufacturing capability was stretched to the limit, resulting in frequent out-of-stock conditions as well as stores having to limit quantities when...
RIP Laser Quest North America, 1993-2020
Primarily from about 1998 to early 2002 and sporadically after that, I took an interest in laser tag, particularly (at the time) the Laser Quest just down the road (13711 Westheimer Road, between Eldridge Parkway and Texas Highway 6) from where I was working at the time (Westheimer Road at what was at the time called Old Westheimer, Road now called West Houston Center...
Christmas Tournament at The Game Preserve (North): Going the distance
Finally, for the first time in what felt like forever, I would finally make my triumphant return to competitive pinball at The Game Preserve (The Woodlands) this past Saturday. The good: the machine lineup, the location, and surprisingly, my confidence level. The bad (well, maybe): the format, a four strikes...
Speedy's Monday and The Game Preserve Friday
Another trip back to Speedy's on Monday 12/14 (yes, I'm running way behind on posting these). Most of the Speedy's trip was pretty unremarkable, save for the 20-way combo on The Munsters, the 172M+ on Jurassic Park, and one of my better times on Quick & Crash of 6.220 seconds.
My first trip out to The Game Preserve (Woodlands) in ages, on Friday 12/18, was a bit...
Happy holidays, and the reasoning behind my use of the phrase
I meant to post this earlier, but happy holidays to everyone. In lieu of writing a new post, I am linking to prior posts where I explain the logic behind why I use this as my phrase of well wishes during the season:
Why I say "Happy Holidays" (2013)
“Happy Holidays” redux (2015)
The “Happy holidays” post for 2016: thoughts on the...
The roots of Internet Explorer's security problems
About a day ago Zack Whittaker posed the question: Has Internet Explorer ever been safe?
Overall I think this is a pretty good write-up on the history of Internet Explorer for those who don't understand its faults and/or are actually still using IE for serious Web browsing.
I think on a greater scale, it's a great example...
#free software #security #web
Twelve years ago today...
...was my very first post to this blog (okay, if you insist, here's the first post of real substance right after it), back when it was just my personal blog and hadn't yet been focused on weird, outrageous news, legal/justice stories, technological follies, and the other things that have since made it Rant Roulette.
Somehow, some way, I have...
#anniversary #12-years #2008
Oops. Fixed a typo in an old post from 2010, and it got tooted out like it was new. But still worth reading as are a lot of my old posts.
Erased from the yearbook
This is probably the most egregious case of revisionism and exclusion I've seen in recent memory. Not surprisingly, it's another homosexual student at a high school in the South.
A post on The Stranger (warning: linked story contains profanity) details the story of Ceara Sturgis and her senior yearbook of Wesson Attendance Center, and links to the original story at the Jackson...
#deletion #rant #yearbook
Turtles and more at Speedy's and another quick trip to the Canyon
So this past Wednesday, I finally got the time and spare change to swing by Speedy's again for the first time in months. Greeting me was a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles machine, which I had heard about but had not had the chance to actually play. Until now, of course.
The very first game I play, barely knowing what...
Stomping Grounds DIY Turkey Trot 2020
I realize this stretches the scope a bit, but this is certainly more on topic here than over there. And I also realize this is a bit belated, but my day job has gotten rather busy, leaving me less time than desired to blog.
On Sunday, 2020 November 29, I participated in the inaugural Stomping Grounds DIY Turkey Trot, as best I could. The event was probably intended as a...
Player profile (2020 December)
Recently, the Space City Pinball League posted a call for player profiles. Rather than submit this through the original Google Form, I am posting my player profile here for several reasons, the least of which is to maintain full editorial control, including answering questions not originally presented and making minor edits to the questions to more accurately reflect my current status. There are questions...
Work and play in/near Beaumont: more results from Colorado Canyon
Since my last post, I've been by Colorado Canyon twice, both of them by-products of work-related trips to the area. For a short time, I considered not posting these. However, it is a the goal of keeping this blog in as close to a chronological order as possible and going back in time to post things makes that problematic...
Still got that magic? Game Preserve Webster, 2020 November 14
My recent success on Ghostbusters at Colorado Canyon went far beyond the pinnacle of satisfaction in a series of games of pinball after work. But it did give rise to another question: how well would I do in a competitive pinball situation, given it's been a good year since I've played anything besides a one-player game? It's a...
A Tournament: Hope springs eternal
So, after a couple of weeks back from Las Vegas, the next tournament on the calendar was rather auspiciously titled "a tournament" on the IFPA calendar on June 30. Hosted by none other than Matt Quantz at his townhouse in northeastern Fort Bend County,
I approached this tournament with a different mindset than I usually do. Namely, I wanted to have fun while playing relatively good...
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