I remember going to roller skating parties as a kid, but I never really learned how to skate. Maybe I just avoided it entirely, as I have more memories of hanging out in the video arcade sections vs. actually roller skating. Walking inside, and seeing everyone whizzing around on the rink… I felt more than a little nervous.
Rebound is a really basic game to play, as there are just two buttons. A rotates left, and D rotates right. That’s all there is to the game. Your goal: get to the right, as much as you can.
While at the store recently, Liz and I picked up something new to try out: Dragonfruit. I’d always seen these guys, from time to time, at the grocery store… but had no idea what they were like, or how to go about eating one. And actually… it’s remarkably easy.
Gods Will Be Watching is a compelling and minimalist survival game, where you manage a stranded crew, trying to conserve enough bullets to defend yourselves, create enough vaccines to cure viral infection, gather enough food, and fix a broken radio… all within 40 days. Each day, you’re given a set number of actions you can undertake. Your crew includes a dog, a solider, a doctor, a psychiatrist, an engineer, and a robot. Each person can perform a unique task, and each task costs you a specific action point.
Found out that this weekend was the first day of the Logan Square Farmer’s Market. When it’s running, this has been a Sunday tradition for me and Liz. Sometimes we’ll stroll through after a brunch out at Lula Cafe; othertimes, we’ll have a late breakfast made of things we’d grab at a few different booths.
While I was waiting in line to buy these tickets, it felt dirty and wrong. A large part of my brain knew that the odds against winning are just ridiculously bad, worse than bad even. And the fact that my wife has a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics means I should really know better. But there I was, waiting patiently behind four other people so I could hand over my money.
Spotted this guy downtown on Friday morning. Looking at his profile from the back, I imagined him to be some kind of drug runner, given the pony tail and shirt. But it was that bag – the faded, leather bag at his side. I mean, look at that thing! Doesn’t that scream Hey, I’m going to make a quick dropoff…
It’s a pretty dark song. And I remember discussing this (vaguely) with Ben, about how in the song the paramedics were offering comfort by lying, but the priest was doing just the opposite. Beyond the lyrics and the story though, I just seem to find the melody of this song incredibly attractive.
In Frankfort, while visiting Bob and Julie… Liz and I got to see something pretty cool. Out in the backyard, Julie showed us a small patch of ground by one of her bushes. There was a small patch of ground that was pulsing a little, moving around every so often. I didn’t know what was going on, but Liz (with a lot of hesitation) started to peel back the ground a little bit… and this is what we saw:
I had forgotten how friendly and nice most vendors are – if you express an interest in an item, they’re usually more than enthusiastic about telling you its history, how they acquired it, what they know about it. While some vendors are simply selling off old junk to get rid of it, many of them are collectors – passionate about a particular type of item, and very into the things they place on their tabletops.
This is all sorts of nerdy awesomeness: Commander Chris Hadfield performs a modified version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity while aboard the International Space Station. I saw one or two links posting to this video, and figured I’d watch a few seconds and quit. But the backdrop of the ISS (and the views of the Earth) made it simply impossible…
And rumor has it that there might be a 3207 screening here in Chicago! Nothing definitive yet, but I’ll definitely post up something here if I find out anything for sure. I had a blast watching this documentary on my TV at home, and would love the chance to see it on the big screen.
Looking forward to playing this thing when it finally gets released, and just started following the devs on Twitter. It sounds like there will be multiple platforms available, but my hunch is that it’ll be stellar on an iPad. Can’t wait.
It’s funny how I’ve walked past this stretch of Logan Boulevard countless times, but just noticed this out of the corner of my eye recently. As weathered as this looks, it seems like it’s been here a good while. I wonder how long he’s been hiding, and I also wonder how many of my neighbors even know he’s there.