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Baby Battleship

A couple nights ago we tried letting Ainara cry herself to sleep. In the course of 15 minutes she cried at every pitch and volume her little vocal chords could manage, and I began to discern something curious. Without her even knowing, I could start playing Battleship with my daughter. Or, at least, she could start trying to sink my battleships…

In Battleship you take two coordinates, X and Y, and guess where the ships are. Ainara’s crying modulates pitch (think musical scale) and volume (in too many decibels). Using pitch and volume for X and Y I could start playing. It would pass the time!

But given how little sleep we’ve gotten, I’d say she already sunk our Battleship…

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Just a Couple Things

Several random links. I’m going to watch the Czech Republic take on Turkey in the Euro Cup in just a few minutes. Speaking of Turkey, I was just telling a friend a couple days ago about how Turkey is such a mystery to me. I know a lot about its history but not much about modern Turkey, especially its politics and how it fits (or doesn’t fit) into Europe (it is trying to join the European Union) or entirely in the Muslim world, either. This article, which I think was written to clarify, actually just confuses me more. I will have to look into this unique country’s situation more.

In the more nerdy world, I was alerted to a new independent film being produced about constructed languages. It’s not a topic you’d think would be made into a comedy but as you can see if you mix in awkward high school crushes anything can be pretty funny. More information on this film here.

Meanwhile, I want to build these goggles. Pretty freaking cool, and surprisingly simple.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

UPDATE: Czech Republic lost in a very dramatic second half. *sigh*

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Red Rover, British Bulldog and Smear the Queer

Yesterday when walking to lunch, Banana Boy and I passed Washington Square where a group of kids was out with supervision playing Red Rover. Two ragged lines of kids facing each other, arms interlocked, yelling:

Red rover red rover
Let (kid’s name) run over!

I remember playing this as a kid, too, and I also remember a few other games that were a little rougher.

Anyone remember British Bulldog? Everyone except one kid, the bulldog, lines up at one side of the yard. When the kid yells, “Bulldog!” all the kids run and try to make it to the other side. Meanwhile, the bulldog tries to catch (read: tackle) as many as they can. Whoever is caught becomes a bulldog in the yard, too. It’s the bulldog’s job to catch as many kids running across the yard as possible. It’s the kid’s job not to get caught. Let me tell you, it was hard being one of the last kids facing a yard of bulldogs!

Anyone remember Smear the Queer? Not the most politically correct name for a game anymore, but a fun game none-the-less. Get a bunch of kids together with one ball. We always played with a football. One kid (the queer) takes the ball and all the rest try to tackle (smear) the queer. Once they get him a struggle ensues to get the ball and escape getting smeared yourself. The only goal in this game was to avoid being smeared and to brag that you were the queer the longest.

All of the games were a lot of fun at different ages. Somehow I don’t think British Bulldog and Smear the Queer would be allowed in too many neighborhoods and schools in this over-safe world of ours. It’s a shame; I miss them!

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I Love Maths

I love math, despite my serious deficiencies in that realm. So when I saw this geometry puzzler, dubbed the world’s hardest easy geometry puzzle, I had to try my hand at it.

And I’m still working on it, three hours into the problem. I see the solution but I am having problems getting to the proof and it’s driving me bonkers. Tonight I will tackle it again from scratch since my original paper is covered in lines, intersections, and too many labels and numbers. I can’t read it anymore!

Give it a go… It’s deceptively difficult.

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World Beer Hunter: RIP

In what seems like ages ago, I worked at Discovery Channel in their now defunct interactive media department. Looking at the titles at the last link I realize I worked on most of them. Two of the titles were called The Beer Hunter and World Beer Hunter. Both of these titles were created with British writer Michael Jackson (I know, an unfortunately similar name to some pop star). This man knew more about beer than almost anyone else on Earth, and had a great sense of humor. There’s no one I would have loved to have a pint and talk about beer with than Mr. Jackson.

Sadly, I just learned that he passed away. My thoughts go out to his family, friends and mates at his favourite pub. The world of beer has lost a great proponent. Tonight I will have a pint of Boddingtons in his honor.

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Reassessing Beckham in LA

It’s been over a week since I learned that soccer superstar David Beckham was moving to the States to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy. My initial thoughts were somewhat optimistic. Now that I’ve had time to think about it, though, I’m becoming less than enthusiastic. I think I’m moving much more clearly in line with Robert Weintraub at Slate and Carlos at Population Statistic.

I’d still like to go see him play, and I definitely would love to see soccer grow in popularity here in America, but now I’m beginning to wonder if maybe Becks is more interested in his friends than any footie. I also wonder if American soccer is going to become the slums of European retired players, which we can’t afford and don’t want.

Bother bother.

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Bend It in LA

It looks like soccer superstar David Beckham will be moving to Los Angeles to play for the LA Galaxy. I’m not sure what to think about this. One the one had it will be brilliant for American soccer. On the other hand Beckham and his wife Posh seem to be about as shallow as a celebrity couple can be (based on what can be read in the media). Hmm… Maybe LA is the perfect place for them to go, then.

UPDATE 2007.01.14: Somehow Beckham as a Chia Pet seems frighteningly appropriate, though I can’t put my finger on the connection with LA…

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A Wii Little Joke

One of Mookee’s nephews was talking about how if you bought two of Nintendo’s new Wii console games you’d get a Wii Wii. Ah yes, little boy humor.

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Exhausted, but in a Good Way

I’m beat. Have you ever done so much in a 24 hour period that you couldn’t believe you were still awake? I just went through that, and Labor Day weekend has only just begun!

Read the rest of this entry…

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Word Play

Population Statistic had a great post about a Washington Post Mensa contest to change a letter in a word and give it a new definition. Some of the results are hilarious, and here are a few of my favorites.

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
Beelzebug: Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

So I decided to come up with a few of my own. I’m not sticking to the rule of only changing one letter in the word, however.

Fertiliver: Weekend drinking to help your liver grow.
Peskey: The key you forgot to get back from your jealous ex.
Gullinary Surprise: the shock a seagull gets when it eats an Alka Seltzer (even if it’s sadly not true; Jonathan Livingston lives another day).
Zombee: The fact that a dead bee can still sting you.
Sellebrity: The misconception that Hollywood needs big stars for a movie to be a success.
Ledgislature: What Congress forgot they were supposed to do; deal with the bottom line of a balanced budget.
Dodgie Style: When your target avoids your sneaking up behind them.
Flashulence: When that glimpse of unwanted flesh on another person makes your face wrinkle in disgust (oh god, certain women in spandex or low cut jeans…).
Dorkscrew: Plunging the toilet with a dork’s head in high school (something I thankfully avoided).
Hobosexual: Showing an unusual propensity for hobos.
Imspeechment: Process of censoring someone in power for not being able to speak in a human language coherently.

Mine are all pretty bad… Come up with a few of your own!

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