Archive for the ‘Toys’ Category

“Fast-twitch” games are not my forté

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Back when I still owned a Dreamcast, I remember an occasion when a twelve-year-old boy beat me at Soul Caliber. He said it was the first time he’d played the game. I’m not sure I believe him.

It seems that someone else is willing to own up to not being good at that type of game. The cartoon is dead on as to the effect pushing buttons has for me, and I find that I quite agree with the philosophy expressed in the last paragraph.

I’d likely slice my fingers off

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

But it would be done with panache, if I were working with one of these high-end Japanese kitchen knives. Not that I could afford knives that cost that much, but I can dream, can’t I?

Cat 1, Dragon 0

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Cordwainer Smith wrote a well-known science fiction short story titled, “The Game of Rat and Dragon,” in which telepaths teamed with cats to protect spaceships from space-based predators.

The relationship between cats and dragons appears to have been taken from life.

I have a dragon skull that I had on display in my living room. It’s a cast resin sculpture that I picked up some years ago. It was on a high shelf on my entertainment center, where I figured it would be safe.

I was wrong.

Dragon skull

The missing small horn was with the skull; the missing large horn wasn’t. I believe that it’s under the entertainment center, which makes it pretty inaccessible. Guess I won’t be gluing that back anytime soon.

Want to see a chess machine in action?

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Try here. It’s interesting to see the move possibilities, but I don’t play chess well enough anymore to want to do much with it.

Via Bifurcated Rivets.

More money than taste

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Got passed by this guy on the way to work the other day. I thought of a number of appropriate post titles for this Austin Powers wannabe (“Your goolies aren’t that groovy, baby!”), but you can only use one. I guess this would probably fit over at Tacky Raccoons, where Bunk has an entire category devoted to cars apparently intended to attract women. This one certainly looks better, apart from the license plate.

As is usual, click for larger.

The Shaguar

Oooh, want!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I remember the old Bensen gyrocopter ads in the back of magazines. I used to want to build one. I wanted Little Nellie the moment I saw her. Somewhere, I have instructions for building a gyrocopter kite.

Which lets you know why I want a Magni.

Oh, this looks like fun

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

… even if it’s called Phun. A 2-D physics simulator, available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Be sure to watch the video.

SFX Library

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Check it out.

I was checking my email … really

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Why don’t you believe me?

Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

I can’t offer you any physical Easter eggs, but I can send you here and here to find virtual Easter eggs.

Related: you wonder why Microsoft software is so bloated?