austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

From the dungeon I escaped, and I found the hidden gold

My mathematics blog stirred from its content-topic lethargy a tiny bit this week, and got one more little piece out than usual, ran across your RSS reader if you have one, and then reached here, to show off:

And What's Going On In The Phantom (Sundays)? December 2017 - February 2018? (Walking) Your story strip review before we get back to Friday at Pinball At The Zoo 2017.


Sonic's 1978 Cherry Bell, a gambling-themed game with the sort of backglass that I teased the young-teenager JMA shouldn't be looking at. (He took this in good stride.)


Gottlieb's Dragon, known as the one that doesn't hypnotically cry out ``bao''. Also one that stands out for having a dragon that's not at all menacing despite it size and looking like you might get it in the reptile section at a good pet shop.


And the entry hall at night, after everything had wrapped up. The wavy ceiling tiles are there, I expect, to make people think of the Kalamazoo River. A similar architectural feature shows up a lot in Grand Rapids, for the Grand ... er ... River.


Saturday morning, ahead of finals: some of the vans of people who'd brought games or wares to sell or show off. Double Danger's a great name for pinball stuff. (Normally on a modern pinball game you get two danger warnings before tilting.)


And ... the stamps show, I think it was, in the other wing of the convention center. There's always something interesting-looking going on the other side and we never get to it.


Entry of the Pinball At The Zoo, showing off the very stylish logo for the year and the gorilla they have welcoming people because I'm sure there's clear reasons. Klassic Arcade, by the way, also brings with it out-of-town pops so this is where I get a bottle of Moxie Cola.

Trivia: Newspaper advertisements for Vicks VapoRub during the fall of 1918 promised relief from ``Simply the Old-Fashioned Grip Masquerading Under a New Name''. Source: The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, John M Barry.

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

Tags: mathematics, pinball at the zoo

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