Friday, March 18, 2011

List Day: Whatever Happened To...

  • Minecraft: I haven't logged into the Minecraft server since Christmas time, when I wrote "HO HO" on the beach in dirt blocks, but ran out of resources for a third HO (this also does not bode well for my hip-hop career). I played this game long past the point where it was fun, at Snood addiction levels, and burnt out completely on it. I also think it's a little obnoxious that it won so many awards when it's not even done yet -- where's the incentive to finish your game development? Finally, I believe Minecraft may have exacerbated my nearsightedness, although this isn't a recognized medical prognosis.

  • Interactive Fiction: After updating Augmented Fourth two years ago, I actually dusted off the source code for my incomplete game, Robin Caruso, my dramatic magnum opus whose plot twists were all eventually stolen by Castaway, LOST, and Fight Club. The problem was that it was about 60% done and written in the old language, Inform 6. I wanted to learn the new language, Inform 7, but porting the half-finished code into a brand new language would have been more boring than writing a brand new game.

  • My Wisdom Teeth: I have a new dentist at the intersection of 7100 and Elden Street who is immediately better than the previous two, because he doesn't try to sell me tooth whitener, and he doesn't milk my insurance by making me schedule separate inspections and cleanings when it's been more than a year since my last visit. My teeth have not shifted a whit in 5 years, and the smart ones are still in the back, hanging out. I am also 31-years-cavity-free.

  • The median sign on Church Road: It was broken this morning -- people continue to run it over and city works continues to put up new ones. If people run over your "go around the median" sign over 10 times in a year, that's your cue to either reinforce them with spiked concrete and gunpowder, or replace it with a final sign that says "run me over, we don't care anymore".

  • Name That Tune contests: I think I've exhausted the spectrum of Name That Tune ideas, unless someone can come up with a way to smell music. Maybe I'll repost the lip-sync contest on YouTube one of these days for nostalgia's sake.

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