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August 13th, 2007


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08:04 am - bits and pieces: I am on the road crew. This is my sign.
000. You know, when I read the news about Karl Rove resigning and putting a down payment on a nice little bungalow in Paraguay, the only thing I could think was Gosh, if only Merv Griffin were around to see this.

001. The CNN's movie reviewies blurb on their front page this morning called Stardust a "Shrek for grownups." Before reading the review I couldn't tell if they were praising or condemning the film, so I didn't continue reading. I like to keep some things in a quantum state of existence and non-existence. Gives a fellow a feeling of control over some minute part of the universe.

010. I was showing off Psychonauts last night to one who enjoys IF muchly (and who doesn't deserve a chance to become a Tim Schafer fan?) and started it from the beginning. I forgot how much fun it is to just wander around the summer camp at the start, listening to the different conversations and such. The dialog alone is worth wasting time for, even if you've got Game Objectives to complete and such. And when that happens -- when the objectives take a back seat to just exploring and taking in the environment every now and then, well, you've got yourself a darn good game there. But now I have to keep playing now so I can show off the Milkman Conspiracy level.

011. Huh. Just noticed the "Avenue Q" logo for the national tour doesn't have the "Q" in the orange circle a la the NYC subway (routes are marked with easy-to-read letters in brightly colored circles.) Additionally, the orange circle isn't fuzzy either (here's the logo as we see it in other lands, just for comparison.) While the original logo was definitely created to take advantage of that particular New Yorkism, I'd have thought it was stylized enough to work without the context. But perhaps someone had a narrower view of the thing ("nobody will know it's supposed to look like the subway signs!") and, in doing so, created a logo that, well, limply flops along. C'mon, folks. Even the Warriors video game used the subway motif as a, well, motif.

100. Speaking of New York, I eagerly await my chance to see the Brooklyn Cyclones thrash the Hudson Valley Renegades this Friday evening. They've got the best record in the entire New York-Penn league so far (and Hudson, well, Hudson's kind of low on the stats) so hurrah for the red, blue and white! I regret I will not be in attendance for Medieval Times night the week after ("there were no ground rule doubles in medieval times; there are no ground rule doubles at Medieval Times. That's a home run.") But that's all right, as I am just happy to be able to spend what looks like it'll be an absolutely beautiful day at Coney Island and then catch a ballgame at night with David and whoever else is on this minor league ballgame train. I'm also especially looking forward to taking as many pictures as I can of the fading Astroland. Even with Thor Equities' latest announcement that "o hay guys I guess you don't really want condos all up in this piece" I can't help but fear that somehow they're going to remove or water down what those of us who love Coney Island still hold dear. You can't do that to Coney Island. You can't gentrify Coney much like you can't gentrify East Somervil-- oops, too late.

101. Am still torn between grabbing sixty buck balcony seats to a Saturday matinee of Curtains and saying that's that, now I can enjoy a leisurely Saturday morning sleeping in and then toddling down to Washington Square and eating peanut butter and bacon for breakfast, or if I should just get up early, have some donuts and coffee, and hang around tkts ... I think the former is totally winning. The work bonus this quarter was nice to me, so I am splurging on my trip down by taking the Acela into town, but taking the $15 Greyhound bus back. No, there will be no more Fung Wah on this spatchel's list.

110. By the way, if you ever book a room at the Chelsea, I seriously advise against asking for the Leonard Cohen Suite. Just sayin is all.

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From:oakenguy
Date:August 13th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
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010: I regret to admit that I never got past the Summer Camp level in Psychonauts, being not-much-good at the jumping-and-swinging portions of videogames. But what I saw looked very very good (even if I preferred the art deco visual style of Grim Fandango).
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 13th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
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The rest of Psychonauts is a platformer of the teeth-gnashing variety, but it's so interesting that I didn't mind the zillions of tries on certain levels.

The last level, however, is very mean and probably the biggest complaint one has against the game.
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From:sanspoof
Date:August 13th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
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Poor meat circus. It really did not get the QA it deserved.
Rhubarb is a controversial pie ingredient.
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From:joyeous
Date:August 13th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Glad to hear you value your life enough to splurge and pay the extra $5 for Greyhound.
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 13th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
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Well, I had to consider my options carefully. I realized that I could buy a delicious pint of ice cream, or I could ensure travel on a bus that won't burst into flames (and allow seeing-eye dogs aboard!)

Fortunately my decision was made for me when I went to the store and they were out of Ben & Jerry's Creme Brulee flavor.
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From:jossish
Date:August 13th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Aw, Psychonauts. I watched Jeremy play through a bazillion levels of that and I was rarely bored (although often I think I wanted to go to bed before he was done playing).

More importantly what the hell they do Creme Brulee Ben & Jerry's WHY do we not have that here?
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From:gwynethfar
Date:August 13th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Given the fact that most people have been brainwashed into thinking Shrek is the be all and end all of funny movies, that was probably the highest compliment the reviewer could think of.

Funny that you mentioned Avenue Q, because just this morning I was thinking about auditioning for the local community theatre's production of it. They're apparently the pilot theatre for all future community theatre versions, so I'm wondering if it would be a giant headache to work on or if it would be super awesome.
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 13th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
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That (pilot community theater version) sounds really really awesome. GO FOR IT. We will all want to live vicariously through your puppeteering or, at the very least, your working with puppets!
From:katre50
Date:August 13th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Woo, Cyclone! And Cyclones! I'd love to come with.
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 13th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Talk to Mr. Dyte! He's in charge of buying tix for Friday night. We'll be hanging around Astroland for most of the afternoon, too. We need to ride again, sir.
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From:spwebdesign
Date:August 13th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
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In London we have the orange fuzzy circle, not the logo you linked. I assume by "other lands" you mean Boston?
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From:giantfightbot
Date:August 13th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
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"I am on the road crew. This is my stop sign. I am on the road crew."

I do so love that game. I even thought about the limited edition version just to give more love to the crew that made it.
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 13th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
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I am a grieving widow.
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From:giantfightbot
Date:August 15th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
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I am your sister in grief.
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From:luckimunki
Date:August 13th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
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Weird to hear you mention the Cyclones and Renegades; my father likes both teams, having moved from Queens (the Cyclones I believe used to be the Queens Kings) to the Hudson Valley.
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 13th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the Queens Kings relocated to Brooklyn and became the Cyclones when Keyspan Park opened. I was sad they had to tear down the old Thunderbolt structure since the space isn't really being used, but the park has helped revitalize the area a bit without going condo, and that's good for me. :)
From:eclecticavatar
Date:August 13th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
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I vote for peanut butter and bacon!

*drooooool*
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 13th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I will let you know if they have crazy straws this time around!

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