Monthly Archives: February 2005

What can we learn from video games?

As you might have noticed, I spent the weekend preparing for, engaging in, and recovering from playing 24 hours of video games with my son. When I woke up Sunday morning (er… I should say, afternoon) my brain was buzzing … Continue reading

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The Vidsanity Chronicles

You may have come late to the “vidsanity” party. You may have read about it in John Scalzi’s By the Way post. (Or, heck, by now, even the New York Times. Who knows?) Or you may have had better things … Continue reading

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Vidsanity: finished!

You can sense our elation as we high-five to celebrate completing 24 straight hours of video games! And now it is time for bed.

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Vidsanity: a healthy meal

Jim shows the meal of choice for hungry gamers: Nachos with three types of dip. This meal includes all four food groups: Red, White, Green, and Yellow. With just over five hours to go, I’ve hit the point where I … Continue reading

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One thing I’ve noticed…

When you’re on the 14th hour of solid video gaming, one of the first things to go is your writing ability.

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Vidsanity: Almost halfway there

I was eliminated from a 32-character tournament in Super Smash Bros, and now Jim’s finishing off the field. Just look at this concentration: My fatigue seems to be going in waves. Not much soreness at all now; at this point … Continue reading

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Vidsanity: Aches and pains

Here’s the injury report after 8.5 hours of solid gaming. Aside from a vague feeling of dizziness and an overall numbness in the fingers, I’m not doing too bad. Now the biggest pain is in my right ring finger — … Continue reading

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Dear Miss Manners

At what point in the morning is it appropriate to switch from Pop Tarts to chips and guacamole? Please respond quickly — it’s very important!

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Vidsanity: Victory at last

After several humiliating defeats in WWE: Day of Reckoning and Super Smash Bros, we finally started to play some games on MY turf: Madden 2005 and Tony Hawk’s Underground. Surprisingly, even though Jim doesn’t even know the rules of football, … Continue reading

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Vidsanity: Fake fake sports

What’s it like to compete in a fake sport? I imagine much more interesting than playing the video game. The problem with pro “wrestling” is that the players aren’t really fighting. They’re stunt men, and they’re expending enormous effort trying … Continue reading

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Vidsanity: Pop Tarts, Ho!

At 4:58 a.m., Jim and I enjoy a nutricious breakfast before getting started. Jim is in charge for the first hour; he wants to play WWE: Day of Reckoning. We’re off and running. There was a bit of self doubt … Continue reading

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Vidsanity preparation: the technology

Normally Jim’s only allowed to use the GameCube upstairs, but for this special event it seemed appropriate to move to a larger venue. Our amp has a set of “auxiliary video” ports on the front, which I hoped meant no … Continue reading

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Vidsanity preparation: the food

At 6:00 I picked up Jim (or “kingkrispy” as he’s known online) at the activity bus stop. Good thing he had track practice today; he’s not going to be doing much physical activity for approximately the next 48 hours. First … Continue reading

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Vidsanity!

Two years ago — the last time my wife and daughter left me and my son alone in the house — we decided to conduct a bold experiment: to see if we could consume every meal for an entire day … Continue reading

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Wordy Rappinghood

Yo, Mix Master L has got the house up on Slate, He say he know how da bloggers and da rappas relate. He say that all the pretty homies writin’ posts in their cribs Ain’t nothin’ more than M.C.s with … Continue reading

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Asbestos blog update

Looks like Michael Buffington has purged all the non-asbestos comments from the Asbestos Blog. I wonder if he’ll make any money off of it (cf. this post).

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Birds on our cherry tree

As usual, the cherry tree in our back yard has decided to bloom while the weather is still decidedly wintery. Even in the dismal weather, it really is lovely: Some goldfinches (still very practically dressed in winter coats) have settled … Continue reading

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Something I never knew until now

Hunter S. Thompson’s middle name was “Stockton.” So is mine.

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Quicken sucks, so sign me up again!

About a month ago, I received the following email from the “Quicken Team”: According to our records, you may be using an older version of Quicken®. If so, some important changes are coming that will affect the way you use … Continue reading

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Dropping in and out of the work force

Jane Galt has a couple of excellent posts about the problems women face in trying to balance careers and family. Her second post riffs off this Brad DeLong post about the systemic problems that make it difficult for women to … Continue reading

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