austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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I've been running round in circles in my mind

What's been on my humor blog the past week? A string of things:

Filler text blah blah Friends page option filler filler lorem ipsum RSS feed et cetera. Thank you. Now for some pictures from the At the Pinball Wizard Arcade, in Pelham, New Hampshire.

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America's Most Haunted, an example of the rare boutique pinball project that successfully produced pinball machines. It's a pretty fun game with modes that represent, like, ghosts in an abandoned hospital and the like.


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The playfield of Bad Cats, a 1989 game with art from the productive mind of Python Anghelo. Study the playfield close. There's a lot of cartoon mayhem and chaos breaking out here.


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So, I'd never played Who dunnit outside its Pinball Arcade version. It makes much more sense in person. Also I had my best game of it ever when I actually touched the machine in person. This suggests a pinball game strategy I had not considered before.


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bunny_hugger hard at work extracting all the points from, I believe, a 1980 Fathom game.


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One of the fewer-than-I-thought photographs I took of the Pinball Wizard Arcade's overall setting. It's a dark place, yes, but there's pinball machines (there's a giant Hercules in the lower right), pool, classic arcade games. There's also an REO Speedwagon CD you can get from the redemption counter. Not pictured.


Trivia: The ketch which the space shuttle Atlantis was named after --- a research vessel of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute --- is in the service of the Argentinian coast guard now. (As the El Austral.) Source: Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, Simon Winchester. (Argentina took it over in 1966, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has a replacement vessel by the same name.)

Currently Reading: The Laser in America, 1950 - 1970, Joan Lisa Bromberg.

PS: Reading the Comics, November 10, 2015: Symbols And Meanings Edition, a bunch of comics that let me say what things stand for.

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