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Gah! You're evil! That's hard. And fun. And hard. Damnit, I'm going to keep trying.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:15 AM
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16.7 after a few attempts.

My scores are bimodal: if I survive past the first quarter of a second, I'll last at least twelve.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:16 AM
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You can last twelve just by avoiding the first wave and camping out in the upper left corner. 18, which they cite as a good time, is pretty tough, and I've only broken 20 once.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:18 AM
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You can last 10.6ish seconds doing that, before the big square comes barrelling down at you.

Get your facts right before posting nonsense to unfogged, please—I always do.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:20 AM
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19.2 woo.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:23 AM
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If I break 25, I'll stop.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:25 AM
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20.982

And because Ogged claimed a full 21 in the post, I feel compulsively driven to at least break 21.

Curse you, ogged!


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:29 AM
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I've gotten 21 twice now. I'll note the score with full precision next time.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:31 AM
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Hey, I've gotten 21 (21.9 the second time, dammit) twice now too, and broken 20 five times!


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:32 AM
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30.9


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:36 AM
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For real?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:37 AM
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Okay, Kotsko's just plain lying.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:37 AM
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I believe Adam.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:39 AM
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23.125


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:41 AM
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I'm on the verge of a breakthrough.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:44 AM
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I hate you all.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:47 AM
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Find your zen, Di.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:49 AM
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Dude, most days I have trouble finding my keys. My zen is gone for good...


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:49 AM
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Fuck you people. I thought I was doing pretty well by almost getting to 10 seconds.

Do I get credit for the fact that I'm using a trackpad instead of a mouse?


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:56 AM
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Do I get credit for the fact that I'm using a trackpad instead of a mouse?

Yes.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:56 AM
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W00t! It's like an actual Christmas present, this unexpected Oggedian beneficence!


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:58 AM
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Now I have to let PK try.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:00 PM
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Now I have to let PK try.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:00 PM
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People use mice?


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:00 PM
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I feel like I'd have an easier time with this game if it weren't laggy as hell.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:02 PM
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Oh, geez. PK will kick my ass on the first try and the shame of losing to a 7 year old will trap me here all damn day!


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:02 PM
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For all sorts of horrible ends, Armsmasher.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:05 PM
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21.593. Breakthrough is a little tougher than I thought.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:05 PM
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I have no time for this game, which was anyway anticipated by Malevich's Two-Dimensional Self Portrait nearly 100 years ago.

The point of this post is that Ogged is complaining about being at work, right?


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:07 PM
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Oh! I assumed you'd already made the breakthrough. Heh, I hit 24.9 a little while ago. So I guess now I just hate Adam.

And I'm okay with that.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:10 PM
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God damn it.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:11 PM
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I have a game!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:12 PM
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I am stopping for now. Damn it.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:15 PM
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Uh huh. So far I'm at 27 attempts after saying "just one last try."


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:20 PM
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I found that it helps if you sort of un-focus your eyes while playing. Or maybe I just have macular degeneration.

Also, is it just me, or does it speed up around the 15-second mark?


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Bah, after 5 minutes, still can't get longer than 12 or 13 seconds.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:21 PM
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I found that it helps if you sort of un-focus your eyes while playing.

Yeah, I was doing that, too. And yes, it gets a lot faster around 15 seconds.

And I did stop, Di. Will power, you know.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:22 PM
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Whatever you do, don't play this, for Jesus Christ's sake. I have done nothing else for a whole day.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:22 PM
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Will power? I'm sorry, you're going to have to clarify.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:24 PM
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32. All of a sudden he jumped. He was screaming on the way down, then he was silent

Ayup. That tends to be the case.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:27 PM
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Will power: By the Power of Will Swimming.

Similar to Ogged power.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:28 PM
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Oh, so it's that hip snap thing. Got it.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:37 PM
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32: Drunk people do strange and unpredictable things. Just last night at our holiday get-together, a young, sauced gentleman stripped naked and ran all over, inside and outside the house. Then he slipped and fell on his ass, sliding under the dining room table. I'm really glad he didn't get hurt.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:43 PM
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We're glad you're okay too, Stanley.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:44 PM
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The game in 38 is fun!


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:47 PM
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I just got 5355 in the game in 38. I'm not very good at games, but this one is suited to my temperament.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:49 PM
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I broke 0.5. Is that any good?


Posted by: jim | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:53 PM
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The game in 38 is quite fun. Stupid little flying little things.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:56 PM
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The game in 38 consumed me for an little while, until I hit a wall where I could easily beat the normal games, but couldn't beat the 100 level version even with the 10,000 gold head-start.

I still can't work out what kind of strategy will allow you to beat the 100 leveler, since I always lose all my lives around level 80, when you have bosses with 600,000 life coming through your maze and even the normal swarms of dudes have 30-40,000 life.

Since then, it's been an awesome fidget preventer. If I'm trying to listen to a song or do something that requires I only listen or think a little, playing the easy or medium version will stop me from getting too bored and skipping forward in whatever I'm trying to do.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 12:59 PM
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dtd (which the iPhone keeps wanting to change to STD) has taken over my life for the past week. I can beet medium pretty consistently, but get rocked on hard.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly then go in." (9) | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:02 PM
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I actually got the 30.9 on the fifth try, then got a few in that range right in a row. Since the rest of you are having so much trouble, I wonder if there's some issue with the browser or something that's making it easier for me -- I'm at my parents, using Internet Explorer, which I assume no one here uses.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:06 PM
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Holy crap! I just tried again and got 45 seconds. Forget the "maybe the browser is different" humility: I think I've finally found my calling in life.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:08 PM
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Nah, I'm on IE at work. Maybe your parents have their screen to show far fewer pixels, making the game screen bigger? I bet this game would be easier if I changed my display to 800x600.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:08 PM
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Their screen is at 1024 x 756. The color density seems to be low, though. Maybe that's a factor?


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:11 PM
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I've been playing Tower Defense with basically only the pellet guns. They're the most powerful once you upgrade them all the way, and I can now beat all 50 Medium levels consistently. Maybe I should try Hard? Or maybe I should do my goddamn laundry.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:15 PM
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How much do I rock? Enough to whip heavy cream into stiff peaks for a mousse with a whisk, that's how much.

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How much do I not rock? I can't get past .23 seconds on this game.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:15 PM
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Not the most powerful, I guess, but the most bang for your buck.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:15 PM
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That's an old TD. It's pretty hard on hard.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:16 PM
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I seem to have plateaued at 45, so I'm giving up. This is DK's chance to transform hatred into vengeance!


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:18 PM
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TD is awesome. I keep trying to set up more and more complex mazes for the evildoers to traverse. Bastards, the lot of them.

AWB: By pellet guns, do you mean the black bullets or the blue bullets?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:21 PM
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Got 14.45 on a trackpad. I'm going to quit while I'm ahead and start drinking now, I think.


Posted by: fishbane | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:24 PM
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How much do I rock? Enough to whip heavy cream into stiff peaks for a mousse with a whisk, that's how much.

You must have arms like a stevedore. I'm impressed.

My rockingness for the day consists of being patient about my husband's stressed-out crankiness. Which is a his-family tradition on Xmas eve, and it drives me crazy


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:25 PM
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61: I bow to your superiority. Drinking! Yes, I'm going to be doing that too. W00t!


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:26 PM
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Desktop Tower Defense is teh evil. I hit a wall at ~7200 points on medium, and couldn't find a pattern that got me further than that. Then I watched some Youtube of someone getting insane scores by constantly blocking and unblocking scores of the critters so they'd continually bounce back and forth until they died. At which point I decided I wasn't dedicated enough and made myself delete the bookmark.

This one is strangely fun, once you figure out the gist. And hey - time limited: perfect for procrastinating, because you can lie to yourself and say you'll only play it once.


Posted by: fishbane | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:27 PM
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64: Damn you, fishbane. I will accomplish nothing at this rate. But hey! Dolphins! Huzzah!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:35 PM
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I still can't work out what kind of strategy will allow you to beat the 100 leveler, since I always lose all my lives around level 80, when you have bosses with 600,000 life coming through your maze and even the normal swarms of dudes have 30-40,000 life.

Yeah, as fishbane implies, my friends who were addicted to this game a few months ago only got ridiculous scores by juggling -- you'd set up a corridor and herd them all down it, then open a hole at the top and plug the bottom, then reverse yourself as they headed back up.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:36 PM
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30.015 (trackpad, Safari). It took me forever not to die right at 26 seconds when the three shapes are all flying towards the upper left.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:36 PM
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Drinking is far superior, Bitch. It is my contention that the real anti-christmas forces in this proud nation are liquor stores that close early today.


Posted by: fishbane | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:39 PM
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Damn, Unfoggetarian: that's my setup. More than double my score. I guess I haven't been taking my coordination pills.


Posted by: fishbane | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:41 PM
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If I keep gmail open (which seems to behave badly in Safari at times) and am opening a nytimes webpage then the game suddenly becomes easy: 48 seconds! Lag is the steroids of casual caming.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:42 PM
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I went through DTD addiction and DTD detox a few months ago. Never again.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:44 PM
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At present I am writing my Christmas song, which this year goes "It'll be lonely this Christmas with no Wii to hold."


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:45 PM
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The best part of the dolphin game is the dead dolphin splat at the end. The second best part: dolphins in space.


Posted by: fishbane | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:46 PM
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This is DK's chance to transform hatred into vengeance!

I'm kind of backlogged on overdue vengeance at the present. I'll try to work something in later in the week.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 1:51 PM
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Holy crap, jumping into space is so satisfying. Still can't work out any major tricks other than flips and corkscrews though.

Flying over the moon, yay!


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 2:04 PM
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60: The cheap black ones. I love them.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 2:05 PM
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Bloxorz is the only flash game I've ever liked.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 2:31 PM
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29.16 with trackpad. woo-hoo...the 26 second plateau is a bitch. damn you kotsko.


Posted by: Hank | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 5:12 PM
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28.458 seconds, with an old-school mechanical mouse.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 5:55 PM
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29.897


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 5:57 PM
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33.652


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:03 PM
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35.7


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:15 PM
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41.02 I'm a fucking genius at this kind of thing.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:16 PM
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52.1207


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:33 PM
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There has to be some PC issue here. 52 seems unimaginable. How fast are these things moving on your screen, John?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:39 PM
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It's theoretically possible that John got "into the zone" and racked up a high score like that... but if you're going to sling around amazing claims, it's always handy to back them up with evidence.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:47 PM
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How much do I rock? Enough to whip heavy cream into stiff peaks for a mousse with a whisk, that's how much.

That totally rocks. It's crazy, but it rocks.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:49 PM
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My dad used to do that all the time. Now, I couldn't do it, but I'm weaker than a newborn child. Verdict: nothing more than adequate.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:54 PM
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This looks to be the right speed.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:56 PM
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Now, I couldn't do it, but I'm weaker than a newborn child.

Sure you could, Ben. It works the exact same muscle groups as masturbation.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:57 PM
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Have I mentioned my fondness for Sifu's egg nog recently? For I am indeed fond.

(quarter batch tonight: 1/3 of which went to the fridge; one third of which get a vigorous boiling in hopes that it might thus be fit for the youngsters, and the rest... necessary taste testing.)


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:59 PM
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My poor performance beating egg whites by hand gives the lie to that claim, Knecht.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 6:59 PM
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Um, I kind of wish my reverie on Sifu Nog had not immediately followed the masturbation comment...


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:00 PM
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92: no shame in that. You would have to be pretty obsessed with authenticity to whip cream or beat egg whites with a whisk when an electric mixer does a perfectly adequate job.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:02 PM
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40.77. Alas, now I have some work to do.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:04 PM
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Right, never any shame in resorting to the electric devices when you know your going to get faster results with less effort.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:04 PM
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Nice try, Knecht. I don't own an electric mixer, because I haven't done much baking that requires one in a much longer time than I like to admit. Also, I am poor.

I made some spice cookies one year in BJ (whose reputation for oddness apparently goes back at least 40 years) in the RH's kitchen. They didn't own an electric mixer and the woman RH mocked me for wanting to use one. How I suffered, creaming butter and sugar under her withering glare!


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:05 PM
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97: A serviceable handheld electric mixer can be had for under $20, and it will make your cake-baking go ever so much more smoothly.

96: Kinda' lonely there in Chicago tonight?


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:08 PM
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A serviceable handheld electric mixer can be had for under $20, and it will make your cake-baking go ever so much more smoothly.

Great! You can send it to me c/o the stanford philosophy department.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:09 PM
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Nah, I've got my egg nog to keep me warm.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:09 PM
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Nah, I've got my Sifu's egg nog to keep me warm.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:11 PM
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Time for me to go hear some awesome choral music and feast on the body and blood of our savior. Merry Christmas, all.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:14 PM
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And also with you!


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:14 PM
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I'm watching Spiderman 3. An hour in, and I think something might be about to happen.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:17 PM
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Cable or DVD?


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:22 PM
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Illegally obtained, actually. Christmas Eve sickness exemption?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:23 PM
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Right, never any shame in resorting to the electric devices when you know your going to get faster results with less effort.

Cheater. Rabbits never win!


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:24 PM
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Fellow DTD addicts! Since I can reliably win on medium, I'm been messing with the 10K "fun" 100 levels, and just can't get past level 80 or so. I'm not yet good at designing mazes for juggling. Also, I'm way too hung up on making pleasingly symmetrical mazes.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:27 PM
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Ogged:

Admit nothing!!! Nobody talks, everybody walks!


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:28 PM
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How the fuck did this movie get on my computer, that's what I want to know!


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:29 PM
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107: Eh, enough time with a tortoise that keeps wanting to hide in his shell and it doesn't seem such a bad bet to put your money on the jackrabbit.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:31 PM
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11):

That is the attitude!

The best defense is a good offense.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:31 PM
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112 also goes to 111


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102: hear some awesome choral music

For those of you reduced to playing along at home, you may enjoy giving voice to the latest from the Larouche Youth Movement, who have recently added Facebook, MySpace and video games as targets of their choral singing. (Some explanatory links here.)

A final presentation by the LYM's Lewis Whilden, attacking the Facebook culture of today's youth, concluded with the LYM, in four-part polyphony, singing the following lyrics, adapted to Felix Mendelssohn's beautiful, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing":

Murdoch wants you in your place firmly planted in MySpace.
While you're walking to your class out comes a bomb from Cheney's ass.
This you do not want to see, while the Dick gets whipped with glee,
We can't afford to bomb Iran, Bush's Dick, he thinks he can.
That's if you stay in your place, firmly planted in MySpace.

When you're fondling your mouse, the bank forecloses on your house.
From the crash you cannot flee, at least you have your HALO 3.
Homeless in the streets you roam, a cardboard Xbox is your home.
Santa gives the gaming toys, to 20-year-old little boys.
Games will keep you in your place, nothing real in your space.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:41 PM
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Actually sick, ogged? 'Cause that would suck.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:41 PM
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Just a cold, but yes.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:42 PM
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Well, my virtual sympathy, if that helps.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:44 PM
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Thanks!


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:45 PM
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I don't own an electric mixer because, well, at first I was poor in both dollars and kitchen space, and I didn't bake. So when I decided I wanted to bake, I just mixed things with a spoon. It became harder and harder to justify buying it, and today when I decided I wanted to do a mousse, I sure as hell wasn't going to brave Christmas Eve traffic to buy a mixer.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:47 PM
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drink a lot of hot chocolate with extra milk


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:48 PM
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120 for cold patient


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:48 PM
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My two year old nice puked at dinner.

I better not get sick and miss DC Unfoggged!!!


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:49 PM
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I'm lactose intolerant, you murderer.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:49 PM
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According to my mother, all of my sisters came home and caught a 24-hour Stomach Bug of Vomit, concluding with one sister puking in the sink after going out for Indian food, necessitating a $225 plumber job.

"You're in college. You should know that's what the toilet is for."


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:51 PM
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then i don't know, may be corn soup with vinegar will help


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:55 PM
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i can't stand corn soup with vinegar fyi
but it should help if hot


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 7:56 PM
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If it's a sore throat/head cold thing, I swear by hot tea with cayenne pepper.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:00 PM
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Well Di, if misery loves company, I too am contemplating a chinese food and movie Christmas. I need more Jewish friends in this state.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:07 PM
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ogged: take a nice hot bath with your nightgown on.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:08 PM
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I too am contemplating a chinese food and movie Christmas

Aren't you both in Chicago?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:11 PM
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85: On the internet, no one knows you're a dog.

I did buy the beer, and I am now editing normally again.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:11 PM
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128/130: Yeah, in Chicago and I should actually be hanging with relatives right now. Hell, even my Jewish friends are being more social than me for Christmas. (I can introduce you, Po-Mo.) Chinese food sounds awesome right now. I suppose I could take the damn orange chicken out of the freezer...


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:20 PM
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Egg nog's the cure for what ails ya, ogged.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:20 PM
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I'm sorry to admit I'm still playing the dolphin game. I got 5.5 million.

(My Chinese food was sub-par tonight. Caveat emptor.)


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:24 PM
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Mmm. Egg nog. I could take that out of the fridge at the same time as I take the orange chicken out of the freezer.... I should finish cleaning up for Santa, though.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:24 PM
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If misery loves company, I'd better go get some nog. Not that I'm miserable, just sociable, and kind of jazzed from hearing the INSIDE STORY behind a FAMOUS SCIENTIST getting SHITCANNED for being KIND OF A JERK. Tons 'o thrills!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:24 PM
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Get some nog, Sifu! I cooked some tonight. Not all of it, just a portion that I hope to have boiled long enough to serve the youngin. I should see how it's cooled.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:25 PM
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My family has a tradition of leaving town for Christmas, that tradition ended for me a couple years ago. It is pretty amazing that all of my non-Christian friends are still hanging out with relatives, even when they're not obligated to by baby Jesus and his apparently incessant crying.

Usually it's just this evening and tomorrow that are really boring, then everyone's finished with their family time and we all go out partying and drinking.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:26 PM
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And Di, you should totally drop some of that egg nog off at a seekrit spot downtown, eh? eh?


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:28 PM
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Oh, I'll be back downtown by Wednesday -- but I have a sneaking suspicion there won't be any egg nog left by then. You should have stopped by to drink a glass or two.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:41 PM
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This movie sucks.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:45 PM
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Foiled!

Ah well, at least there are delicious Christmas ales around the house, including a few bottles of this delightful number.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 8:51 PM
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You should have stopped by to drink a glass or two.

HINT, HINT. Jesus, PMP.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:07 PM
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141: Flags of our Fathers being watched by the heathen here (outnumbering the churchies 2:1). Pretty damn good.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:08 PM
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143: Yeah, PMP. ben's got all sorts of great advice on getting laid.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:10 PM
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now i feel sorry that wished you corn soup
enjoy this, sicko :)
good for cold
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6JDmaT38Ps
good night


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:11 PM
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In this case, Ben is totally right. I tried to get the ball rolling with 130, but Po-Mo...oh, Po-Mo.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:14 PM
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143 highlights the past unreal conditional, B-Wo. It is not a future invitation. You of all people should be aware of this.

But I do now wish I'd been aware of these copious quantities of local nog earlier.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:14 PM
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Egg Nog fetched, being consumed. Still delicious! The first batch only has to last until tomorrow, by edict, then we can MAKE MORE!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:15 PM
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Man, Sifu, your biotin reserves must be totally destroyed.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:24 PM
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143, 147: Oh geez, people. Hint, hint. As in, hint: "You could have come and got drunk, too, while I wallowed in my misery and felt sorry for myself." Po-Mo seems reasonably growed up and respectable -- totally not my type.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:27 PM
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Happily, John, I'm also consuming the egg whites, which are so high in Biotin that I'm unlikely to develop any deficiency.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:28 PM
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152 should refer to yolks. Must be all the Biotin.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:29 PM
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No, no. no. The yolks have nowhere near enough biotin to neutralized the carnage. Sorry, dude. Been nice knowin ya.

Can't fight Science, Sifu.

I probably should mention that some of these precautions are intended for people trying to live on an all-raw-eg diet. Perhaps you have not reached the threshold where unspeakably horrible things happen to you.

Perhaps.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:32 PM
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Have you tried Sifu's egg nog, John? Whatever these horrible biotin-defciency things, the nog is worth it.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:34 PM
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This wonder-nog is making an appearance in DC, right?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:38 PM
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I treasure my biotin, thankyouverymuch.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:41 PM
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156: Labs' cock has a name? Who knew?!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:42 PM
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157: John, you know they sell biotin supplements, right?


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:46 PM
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156: it appears I have little choice but to bring some.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:46 PM
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God, I had one glass of egg nog earlier this evening and it left me feeling totally stuffed. I had to switch to wine.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:49 PM
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Sure, but the eggnog degradation products can destroy 1000 times their weight in biotin. Fact. Haven't you seen the commercial.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:50 PM
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Now John's just reflexively anti-eggnog. Just you wait until he has some in front of him.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:53 PM
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Aldehydes and esters ramming their way through your fragile capillaries and toxifying your synapses and axons and dendrites and shit. Think about it. Science.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 9:54 PM
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See, it's a real conundrum. On the one hand, one can develop an attachment to the egg nog akin to relationship-type attachments, leading John to reject it in an anti-relationship sort of way.

On the other hand, as we come to embrace the nog, we are strengthened in our ability to resist actual relationships, for which reason John should embrace it.

On the other other hand, I've had a goodly amount of it and that has led to comments such as this...


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 10:00 PM
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Di it makes me so happy to have helped in some small way to make you all drunk. I mean that quite sincerely. It is terrific.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 10:06 PM
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I shall remember this night always, Tweety.

That, or it'll be a total black out. One of those two.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 10:13 PM
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Either would be awesome!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 10:13 PM
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I'm 2/3 through a six of Sapporo, Di. Solidarity! (And yes, Tweety, please bring nog.)


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 10:28 PM
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Yay, solidarity! Though Santa has popped by and recommended I switch to water, so...


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:00 PM
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I should get some fat jolly man in a red suit to give me such good advice on all my benders. He'd have saved me from many an unpleasant morning, and wouldn't that be the greatest gift of all?

Also, free milk and cookies at all times would be a major boon.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-24-07 11:41 PM
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I enjoyed a totally sober tropical christmas today, complete with a long walk in the botanic gardens. my older daughter was tired and crossly insisting that she didn't want hawker centre food, she wanted western food. like ramen, or udon.

merry christmas, everyone!!!


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 6:23 AM
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merry Christmas Alameida. Congrats on the sober Christmas!


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 7:00 AM
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This movie sucks.

Reading the thread backward, I thought Ogged was talking about Sleepless in Chicago, starring Di and PMP. He's good looking, Di!


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 8:45 AM
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Can she peel an apple in one long peel?


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 9:38 AM
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He's good looking, Di!

An endorsement from the District's sexiest male blogger? This is going on my résumé.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 10:08 AM
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PMP, do you mind sending me the info about the meetup on the 28th again? I can't seem to find it anywhere.

This trip is stressing me out, friends. United keeps changing my flights, then not updating the online reservations, so I call, and the computer voice thinks I'm on the old flight, too, so I just say "Agent" over and over until I finally get some guy somewhere on earth who can't understand me, and whom I can't understand, except for the word "cancelled." Plus, my mom keeps asking me for all my flight numbers so she can pray for the specific flights that I'm on, and she doesn't know about the DC leg, so I had to look up a NYC-bound flight, because she will look it up online. Gah. Having invasive family is so fucking annoying.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 10:23 AM
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And now there's someone walking around on my roof. The last time that happened, it was someone trying to break into my building and I had to call the police.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 10:29 AM
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It might be Santa!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 10:33 AM
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It might be Santa!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 10:33 AM
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It might be... well, an intruder. Shoot first, ask questions later.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 10:34 AM
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If it takes more than a baseball bat to fend off intruders, I'm fucked. Maybe I'll use my words.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 10:35 AM
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Hit 'em with the ol' Unfogged.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 10:43 AM
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It's sort of cracking me up that Wrongshore and Henley RSVP'd "no" on the evite, each with a guest. That is, they wanted to point out that not only would they not be coming, but they would also withhold a guest.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 10:48 AM
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Email sent. And I'm really happy that Comedy Central chose to play Dimitri Martin's standup right now. It seems like a logical choice. Who's the biggest TV demographic around noon on Christmas? Bored and just-awoken twenty to thirty year-olds who love irony.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 10:58 AM
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Plus, my mom keeps asking me for all my flight numbers so she can pray for the specific flights that I'm on

Guess this belongs on the god thread, but this has always made me scratch my head. What, god couldn't figure out what flight you were on if someone just prayed for your (unspecified) flight to go well? Is it that you're saving god the trouble of having to use his omniscience to look up this tiny detail?


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:15 AM
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186: god is in the details.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:17 AM
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It's a strategy of indirection. If you pray for whatever flight so-and-so is on, then not only does god know that you only really care about so-and-so's well-being (bad for you), but what if god's got it out for so-and-so? (bad for s-a-s!). Whereas if you pray for flight number such-and-such, then it appears that you care about all the people on the flight.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:17 AM
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There is nothing that can convince me that 186 and 187 weren't planned in advance.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:18 AM
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I actually think it's some voodoo shit. My mom's from the Gulf and has all kinds of voodooistic beliefs about curses and fetishes and stuff. Also, she likes to pry because she imagines I have a secret life, which I do, but not in the way she thinks I do.

Also: Dolphin Olympics: 814,071!


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:23 AM
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A time zone apart? Naww. I've got better things to do.

Like register my webkins pug on this slow-assed dialup connection.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:24 AM
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In those 'Clear and Present Danger' books (yeah, I was a really religious teen), they make a big deal about knowing the specifics of what they're praying about. The more specifically they pray, the greater the 'prayer coverage' is and the more power the angels have in their heavenly battles with demons.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:26 AM
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192: so it's a bit like aiming a grenade launcher?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:27 AM
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Ooh, 996,571! I love games with a steep learning curve.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:27 AM
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A heavenly grenade launcher. Against people wearing god's armor.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:31 AM
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194 to 195.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:33 AM
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194: I got 5.5 million and I have the photo to prove it. Keep trying, though.


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197: That was I.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:46 AM
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Whenever I get going really really fast and high, I bang my head on the bottom of the ocean. I need better reflexes.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:48 AM
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Yeah, you have to time the turn around just right. Have you walked on the stars yet? It's magical.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:52 AM
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Have you walked on the stars yet? It's magical, laydeez.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:56 AM
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Stop mucking my game, wolfy.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:58 AM
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I wouldn't know the first thing about it, Stan.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:59 AM
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Good point.

As you were.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 12:29 PM
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Okay I got 48.06 seconds on my fifth try. Kotsko's parents obviously have dialup like mine do.

I'm going to get some results here and then see how well I can do from the campus computers that download 5-minute mp3s in 20 seconds.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 12:35 PM
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58.766 seconds.

These ultrakotskovian figures are abetted by the fact that the board takes up more than half of this monitor. And by the hundreds of hours I spent playing JezzBall as a highschooler.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 12:39 PM
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I just got one million.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 12:41 PM
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79.33 seconds, and 14 million.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 12:44 PM
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2.5 million. I'm no Emerson, but I did get to walk on the stars. Magical indeed.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 12:47 PM
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yeah, but I got one million seconds on the blocks game.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 12:49 PM
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If anyone's still interested, try this: below the Escapa! game, where it says, "Bored with this? Need a break?" click on any of the links. Then go get a coffee or something. Come back, hit the back button on your browser, and whammo, You survived 261.801 seconds! It's like taking apart a Rubik's cube.


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i can succesfully avoid collisions with the blue squares, but keep bumping into the walls
strange


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 2:45 PM
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Those of you who are topping a million in the dolphin game... what's your secret? Am I missing something, or do I just have to get better?


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 2:47 PM
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mrh: If you dive into the water at the right angle, you don't make a splash and instead get points for a "nice entry". If you turn around and jump out of the water again immediately, it will be treated like one continuous jump, and any tricks you do will keep multiplying your score higher.

The more you get perfect landings and jump straight back out of the water, the higher you go and the more tricks you can do in a jump.

(Has anyone found anything higher than Jupiter in the jumping thus far?)


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 6:33 PM
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PMP, you rock: 1,353,307.


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213: I start zipping across the water getting "nice entry" momentum, and when I come across a field of rings, I turn the mo' upwards with quick turn-arounds. Once you get over the moon, hit the down button to ride the stars.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 10:38 PM
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72 million. It's easy for me. I don't understand what the problem is with you other people.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-25-07 11:09 PM
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