Popeye Saves The Earth was a pretty mediocre 1994 pinball game designed by Python Anghelo, the famous game designer behind Joust, one of the leading early 80s video games about bludgeoning people with ostriches. Recently I acquired a document purporting to be Anghelo's proposed theme for this pinball through the elaborate process of looking up the game on the Pinball database. It's a mere nine-page document and yet it's the most wonderfully deranged Popeye-related thing I've seen in weeks. I recommend you read the whole thing, so let me share the good parts, so you can go on to be disappointed.
The rest of this mind-blown report about the backstory of the Popeye pinball game is over at my humor blog and, again, it's a pretty weird one. Other stuff that's run over there since last week's big feature, Are You There? If Not, Then Who's Ignoring This? have been:
- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: Mechanical Cow, a silent cartoon from Walt Disney and his friends, featuring, right as it says on the label.
- Statistics Saturday: The Time of Writing, a report on how time relative to publication affects me.
- Spider-Man Disappoints, specifically, he disappoints USA Today for reasons that seem fairly petty to me, but, go figure.
- Math Comics, and Popeye’s Last Name Resolved, a pointer to my mathematics blog and its comics review, but also, the shocking revelation of how Bud Sagendorf fumbled the ending of his story about Popeye's actual last name.
- From The Dream World Movie Guide: Armonk Calling, the description of a fairly odd movie that I swear I was watching in my dreams. Features, of course, Nick Offerman.
- Coming Clean, and how we did it.
Trivia: In the 1990s the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures established that, even allowing for the atoms which are rubbed off inevitably in the occasional handling of the platinum-iridium International Prototype Kilogram, it had lost additional mass of an amount about equal to a fingerprint's. Source: The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, Sam Kean.
Currently Reading: What Makes This Book So Great, Jo Walton.