Once more the advisory: I have my Dreamwidth bug-out account a couple months ago, and may well be shifting over to that as soon as I find a transition date that accords with the complex and home-grown numerological superstitions I have.
- Priceless (last week's big piece, about stolen Canadian money).
- In Which I Ask You To Check My Love’s And My Conclusions (Wikipedia nonsense).
- Statistics Saturday: Some Unsatisfying Crosswords (seconds of fun!).
- What's Going On In Rex Morgan, M.D.? December 2016 - April 2017 (actual kind-of reporting-ish stuff).
- Why Do Crankshaft and Funky Winkerbean Look Different? (you know, deep down, why).
- I'd Send Congratulations But Know It Would Sound Sarcastic (about that rarest of things, a noise that woke me but not bunny_hugger).
- Statistics Wednesday: How March 2017 Liked Me Or Didn’t (it did).
- I Will Say The Bus Looks Neat Though, this week's big piece, about a movie I never saw or even heard of.
Now back to Pinburgh Friday, the day I took surprisingly few photographs:
``And you tell me this is 1980?'' said the backglass artist.
Playfield art for the 1980 game Roller Disco, celebrating that happy time when white people and blue people could put on roller skates and disco together. And for all that, I sincerely love the art here, and the simply fun scene pictured.
A game that I don't think was in competition, although maybe I just missed it. 1977's Time 2000, a game made by Atari, somehow. Atari made a couple of pinball games and none of them are quite normal somehow. But if this were the cover of a yellow-spine DAW paperback wouldn't you read it? Of course, if you know what a yellow-spine DAW paperback is.
Playfield of Atari's Time 2000 game and you see what I mean? There's a couple pinball games that have this weird bifurcated flippers thing --- Rocky is the other prominent example --- and it's weird every time. Yes, it looks like there's a gap between the left side's right flipper and the right side's left flipper, but there's actually a little island there concealing, I think it was, a scoop that tosses the ball back up into the playfield.
Playmatic's 1975 game Fairy, which again I would totally buy if it were the cover art for a yellow-spine DAW paperback. The art seems more like it's not so much ``fairy'' themed as ``1930s Flash Gordon serial'' but we can work with that too.
Trivia: The New York Central railroad, when first capitalized in 1853, was $23,000,000. Source: The Story Of American Railroads, Stewart H Holbrook.
Currently Reading: Gateway To The Moon: Building the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex, Charles D Benson, William B Faherty. NASA SP-4204, excerpted.
PS: Reading the Comics, April 1, 2017: Connotations Edition, closing out what was a busy week last week.