Thursday, September 27, 2012

Damn you, Words with Friends

This is what a friend of mine called an Asshole Board. Not sure I will disagree with her on this one.

We both played defensively and right into the corner. I swapped tiles in one move, he then swapped tiles. Still not seeing a play, I swapped again not knowing that it would immediately end the game.

We locked up the board (as far as I could tell) with 26 letter left to go in the bag.

The Q, V and the G were the only letters I kept before swapping. I cannot remember what I had before that.

Now knowing the rule that the game kicks out after swaps, I would have played this differently. Well, here is to another day. My record still stads at 11-3 for the past two weeks.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

XKCD takes me back

I have loved the XKCD web-comic for years.

But this week, creator Randall Monroe found a way to throw me into a nostalgic state with his 'Click and Drag' piece of artwork. If you have not seen it yet, be sure to budget yourself a few hours before you head out on the adventure he has created.

In this cartoon, users can literally click and drag the last window around an enormous landscape where pirate ships sail the open water, rocket ships wait for blast-off and a people find extraordinary things in the ordinary corners of this world he has created.

What got me the most wrapped up in this comic is how similar the cave scenes are to something similar I used to draw in elementary school. On a single sheet of butcher block paper I would draw elaborate scenes of my own stick figure armies digging underground and discovering weird and wild things. Sometimes they would encounter mole-people. Other times they found treasure. Sometimes they would run into other stick-figures that were tunneling out of a near-by prison.

I never kept any of these drawing I did while in school because most always they wound end up finding a hidden nuclear bomb or would call in an air strike (I was only in the 3rd grade) and the entire scene would be demolished in a fury of pencil and pen lines.

Too bad, too, because I feel like I could put some of my right next to XKCD's and prove how well he tapped into the psyche of everyone else who did something similar to pass the hours as school when they were kids.

You also cannot ignore how much this cartoon is so much like a mirror opposite of Where's Waldo. While Waldo would hide in a landscape of constant activity and crowded masses, the XKCD characters are hiding in plain sight. Still, I would get the same thrill of finding one of these lonely cave diggers all alone as I did finding Waldo hiding in a sea of other Waldos.

Wild stuff.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

NBC's Revolution is stealing my style

First, someone from work emailed me...

Then my brother's former roommate posted it on Facebook...

Finally, two friends pointed it out to me...

Apparently, NBC has written a show based on me.

Since I don't actually watch NBC, I am assuming the synopsis of the show reads like:

This affable gang of civil war re-enactors gets lost while hiking and must make it back to Witch Mountain before their whiskey supply runs dry. (NBC) Wednesday 9 p.m.

Or something like that...

Of course, before you start accusing me of trying to look like every large bearded and glasses-wearing supporting TV star, might I also submit Exhibit B.

I mean, the guy DOES have his own post-apocalyptic flask (and I am also going to assume his own post-apocalyptic whiskey distillery). Here is a picture of me doing the most outdoor-y thing I could think of.

I just hope this guy does not turn out to be bear food sometime down the line... again, I assume there are bears in this show. But then again, it just looks like a lot of angry sword fighting and guns. Oh, and a show about a guy who looks like me while drinking — A LOT.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Changing the conversation at one Troy Library

Troy Library from Jennie Hochthanner on Vimeo.

I love this video as it walks through how one group decided to help support its local library. The conversation was being dominated by anti-tax groups that had become well-organized and were well-funded. The conversation was centering around the fact that the community's public library needed a tax increase to stay open.

Rather than talking about tax increases, this group refocused the conversation onto the importance of books and reading.

Cool stuff and an interesting reminder of how quickly good messaging can expand online.

Sunday, September 09, 2012