August 20th, 2012

Worms Ready For Battle

One Out Of Two Ain't Bad

As you may recall, I had a full weekend off a short time ago.  During that time, I got an email from Video Game Trader looking for articles, and spent part of the time ginning two up.  The first was a review of Boulder Dash for the Atari 2600, and the second was a feature article on the history of advergaming, video games intended to advertise products instead of just being games.

Today, it's official.  The Boulder Dash review didn't make it (which I kind of figured) but the advergaming piece did.  The issue is getting ready for press right now, and I'll let everyone know when it hits.

Not bad for spur of the moment, huh?

Adventures In Local Government

This weekend, the Illinois General Assembly held a special session.

The House passed a measure to drop pension plans for any new state reps to help get the pension program in this state back under control.

The Senate had already gone home that day, so the bill died.

But look at the bright side -- they passed, and Gov Quinn signed into a law, a tax on strip clubs, the money of which is to fund sexual abuse conselling.

All in a day's work.

It's A Bird! It's A Plane! IT'S SUPER POLE!

A little over a year ago, my teacher needed a computer.  Needed it.  Hers just wasn't cutting it anymore.  So I bought her a laptop.  $350 Acer, nice little workhorse and more than enough for what she needs.

Tonight, I get home from work, and before I can even get out of my work clothes, my phone rings.  It's my teacher.  "Peter!  You got to help me!  My computer's broke!"

Whoa, whoa, relax.  What is it?  A virus or something?

Turns out, the Munchkin (5 years old) got to the computer.  "She pulled off keys from the keyboard!"

How many did she take off?

"All of them!"

* pinching the bridge of my nose * That kid is SO dead....  (I always wonder if my teacher ever swore.  Something tells me, if I wanted a definitive answer, I should have been at the house about that time.)

"What can I do?!?"

Well, at this point, you have two options.  You can order a new keyboard.  For that model, it'll probably run you $30-50.  Then you need to get it installed.  I'm not familiar with the model, so I'm nervous I'd break your machine if I tried to fix it.  You'll be out maybe two weeks.

"What's the other option?"

Go to Office Max and buy an el cheapo keyboard for $15.  Make sure it says USB.  As long as you plug it in before you start up the laptop, it will see the keyboard and you can use that.


Supposedly, the Munchkin will be allowed to watch TV again when she hits puberty.  Maybe.