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Mar. 24th, 2017

I passed my 1500th post on my humor blog and then forgot to mention that fact when it happened. I'll have to wait for the 2000th, I guess. Anyway, here's stuff that's run on my humor blog the past week:

And now return with me to Anthrocon in the off-season, when it's cheaper: Pinburgh 2016!

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The start of Pinburgh 2016! Assembled competitive pinball players receive final instructions from the guy on stage. Bonus: if you hold the screen up to your ear, you can hear exactly the same instructions I heard from standing back here. Notice on stage that every three games there's two large TV screens stacked vertically; they're showing --- from cameras mounted above the playfields --- what's going on to the audience. Some people got assigned to banks on-stage; I didn't, but did play one in free time after the tournament.


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My first bank! Jack-Bot, Gator, High Speed, and (off-panel) Cheetah. The first game I knew very well, the last tolerably well, and the third I knew some. I did relatively well on Jack-Bot because everyone else tried to use this rules exploit trick to get extra shots in before the ball saver starts counting time; I just played the game like it's supposed to be. They came to grief trying to out-clever the game.


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The actual pro-wrestling style belt awarded to the Pinburgh champion as the game was part of the Professional and Amateur Pinball Association circuit, a set of like two dozen events over the year.


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The closest I got to winning the Pinburgh Division A.


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Strangely charming side box art for The Lost World, one of the games in a later bank. I love the sheepish look on the dinosaur. I have a weakness for timid monsters. In the foreground is Volcano, the first table on which I just bricked every ball.


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Backglass art for Lost World, which is just a perfect representation of that early-solid-state era in game design.


Trivia: Dwight Eisenhower did not declare himself uninterested in the 1948 Democratic party nomination for president until fourteen days before the convention, and did not make an unambiguous declaration of uninterest for three more days. Source: Two Americans: Truman, Eisenhower, and a Dangerous World, William Lee Miller. (The ambiguity was that Eisenhower declared he was uninterested in the nomination ``at this time''.)

Currently Reading: A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck, Roger Ebert.

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