austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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He hung around till you found that he didn't know nothing

My humor blog hasn't been as far ahead of deadline as I want, but I'm still basically happy with what I've published. And what was that? This, this past week:

That said, let's go back to Pinball At The Zoo, 2017 edition.

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An oddity brought to the table: Bally's 1977 Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, a pinball machine made for the ome market. (The title varies depending on which part of the table you look at.) There was a Captain Fantastic made for pinball halls too, with much more stuff on it. But for a home table? This is a pretty legit table for the era.


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A couple of backglasses for sale, here centered on Williams's 1978 Pokerino, one of the estimated 800 godzillion card-game-themed pinball machines out there.


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Well, good luck searching the Internet Pinball Database for this game's production details. (It's from Stern, in 1977.)


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More backglass art, including here GamePlan's 1980 Pinball Lizard. Subject open for query: is that woman's lizard tail and scaled breast part of her body or is she wearing the hide of some earlier victim? I had taken it as she's a lizard-tailed woman, since, I mean, how would you even do a strapless outfit like that, but I suppose strapless, extremely revealing outfit is within the range of possibility for pinball backglass art.


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My first look at Jersey Jack's third game, Dialed In!. A non-licensed game with a cell phone theme (seriously; one mode is Emoji Frenzy). And from Pat Lawlor's design so there's callbacks to earlier games, such as here, possibly a reference to Williams's 1990 classic Whirlwind.


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A bundle of trophies! Prizes to be given to those who do well in the Pinball At The Zoo tournament. The giraffe and zebra are part of the theme; there's some like that every year.


Trivia: At the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics curling was an official, non-exhibition sport for the first time in sixty years. Source: Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement, Editors John E Findling, Kimberly D Pelle.

Currently Reading: Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection, Catherine Price.

PS: Reading the Comics, February 17, 2018: Continuing Deluge Month as there's a lot of comic strips to write about these days.

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