Grab Bag

I’m bored, so here’s a list of random things. I really should post about the Saturday’s swing show, but I’ll do that later.

Will I be able to segue from one random point to another? Read on and see!

From the “old news” department: Beer Before Liquor was one of the greatest college newspaper comic strips ever. I say “was” because it appears that last semester was Tom McHenry‘s last semester working for the Exponent, which is truly a shame. Why? I’d refer to him as the only talented person working at the Exponent, and people would immediately know who I was referring to. Anyone who can come up with “free range tree shrimp” gets an A in my book.

And in other old news, Cartoon Network really needs to release The Brak Show on DVD. Beats me why they cancelled the show at the beginning of the year. I mean, the last batch of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast episodes is fairly weak, but I haven’t heard of that getting canned.

While we’re on the topic of animation, who doesn’t love overanalysis? Sort of reminds me of my English lit classes in high school. Except that we only looked at, you know, books, and the occasional movie. But it wasn’t all bad; if it weren’t for my Satire class senior year I never would’ve seen Brazil, and that would be a shame.

Speaking of reading things, a post by Eric Rescorla pointed me to an interesting book by Robert Cialdini: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. It’s about six common and pervasive techniques (which Cialdini calls “weapons of influence”) that can be used to persuade someone to do something you want, plus how to avoid falling for them yourself. I’ve only gotten through the first three chapters so far, but it’s a good read.

Another thing I’ve been doing lately is playing the NES game Final Fantasy III. It’s the only one that hasn’t been released in the U.S. in one form or another (be it an original release or a rerelease on Playstation). The fact it alone hasn’t been rereleased, unlike FFII and FFV, is somewhat surprising. FFIII certainly beats out FFII’s interesting but critically flawed battle system, and the complexity of the plots between the two games are comparable.

While we’re on the topic of things that surprise me, just yesterday I discovered two pockets on my winter coat. I’ve had this coat for around two years, mind you, and these pockets are right on the front of the coat. One on either side of the zipper, angled sideways, and closed with a snap. I was chatting after yesterday’s show and somehow my hand hit upon the pocket. Naturally, I stopped mid-sentence to remark that I had never noticed pockets there.

Speaking of yesterday’s show, I’ll probably post about that in the near future. Thus I segue back into the intro text, completing the cycle.

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