Mistakes were made … by Readers’ Digest

Normally I don’t patronize Readers’ Digest. My grand mother had a cardboard box filled with them that I used to read when I was visiting her place when very young and was up late at night, as I nearly invariably was. This was before computers.

Anyway, I found a posting by “RD” that listed what it considered stupid laws from the 50 states. These are fodder for satire everywhere and even some websites (I won’t link to them because they are usually trash) pretend to collect them.

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Sunday, bloodless Sunday


…is about how I feel every Sunday. Bloodless and exhausted. There is nothing a-going on, nothing doing. No mail, no Emails (usually), no business conducted, nothing I have interest in.

It is also (today at least) overcast, slightly chilly and gloomy. In fact, this blog post is the most ambitious thing I’ve done so far. Everything else was either lazy (reading) or needed (eating, chicken work).

I hope you have better times on Sundays.

Tolerance of imperfection v. time in deeply detailed gaming

For people who play games that allow massive numbers of choices all the time (such as a strategy game), let me ask a question:

Suppose you are starting a single player campaign from scratch. Your plan is well laid out in your mind and you know the game mechanics well. You’re not interested in experimenting this time. You start off… and something goes badly. Do you restart? (I’m assuming you can’t reload from a save.)

Let’s be more quantitative (or try to):

Suppose you had a graph. The x-axis is time, either real or game time, whichever is appropriate. The y-axis is likelihood of giving up and restarting or just quitting and not coming back.

Does it look like this:


Or more like this?


Or something else entirely?

I guess this is a proxy question for how seriously you take your particular game, and how perfectionistical you are. (;

Let me know with a comment.

Free Rein!

I found this cover of what I’m pretty sure was a textbook back in the 70s. I can’t prove it, but it seems to be from 1978 and is a reader. See OCLC: http://www.worldcat.org/title/free-rein/oclc/16956747


Was this a codeine dream by the illustrator? We’ve got a winged horse (I don’t think it’s Pegasus, since it has asses ears) standing up to its legs in hay, with Easter eggs about the size of breadboxes , inside a pipped egg that must have been laid by a UFO it’s so big.

Out of curiosity, does any of the content of the book explains what a “mare’s nest” is, since I think that is what the cover is supposed to be showing? I never heard of a mare’s nest being inside a huge chicken egg.