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I still have my humor blog going on, if you want it on your LiveJournal Friends Page, and the RSS feed is still going strong so far as I know. If it hasn't been, nobody's told me, which is about what I'd expect. RSS deserves better. Humor pieces of the past week include:

Back to photos of Pinburgh's Saturday affairs. If the pictures look different it's because I'm trying out Dreamwidth's image server to see if I can stand something that's different from what I've been using for years now. I give it like a 45 percent chance of not driving me crazy.

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Pac-Man, playing Mouse Trap. There was costuming going on at the convention, not as much as at a furry convention (so far as I saw), but involving a lot more video game characters of whom Pac-Man was about the only one I recognized. He'd chatted with bunny_hugger some about how good a game Mouse Trap was.


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Us defying the posted rules about King Kool (Gottleib, 1972). Since it was Saturday, playoffs day, fewer game banks were needed and they were open to casual players like us. Note the nightmare double-flippers there; do not try to trap the ball on the lower flippers by holding them up. You'll feel awful.


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Outlane on Stern's Big Buck Hunter, game licensed to the video game that turns out to be a whole franchise with its own fan community and conventions and all that. I mean, the heck, right? Anyway, this is maybe the only video game I know with a realistic picture of a bunny on it. It's also got two photographs of raccoons in similar 'Critter' targets.


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bunny_hugger chopping wood on the modified Tri-Zone Simon. The objective: watch the flashing lights in front of each of the fur drop targets spread across the lower playfield, and shoot those targets in that order. She was much better at it than I was. It was a fine test of control.


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Across the street, and around the corner, and way, way down the street: people queued for the Clinton rally occupying the other half of the convention center and making the place less accessible during Saturday.


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On the corner: nearly half a dozen people at the Jill Stein counter-rally. There were also briefly two or three Trump supporters on another corner, but they didn't stick around long.


Trivia: Ahead of the first space shuttle launch dynamometer tests indicated the brakes could be expected to meet five normal stops, with each brake assembly absorbing 36.5 million foot-pounds of energy, and one emergency stop absorbing 55.5 million foot-pounds. (This would be what was needed for a Return-to-Launch-Site abort.) Source: Development of the Space Shuttle 1972 - 1981, T A Heppenheimer.

Currently Reading: Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, The Metal That Runs The World, Bill Carter.

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