Stone of Remembrance

February 28, 2011

Gamer Brain

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 08:47

Stuff floats by all the time, and sometimes it’s intriguing. Consider this concept, that certain parts of the brain are stimulated by certain kinds of gaming experiences:

  • Socializer
  • Conqueror
  • Achiever
  • Mastermind
  • Seeker
  • Daredevil
  • Solver
  • Survivor

Worth a look. Originally found here, credit to Eric Martin for posting it to the Geek.

February 22, 2011

Anniversary

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 10:06

Today is my 29th wedding anniversary. L. and I married on 22 February 1982, which was her first day of work at a local university. When she filled out her paperwork, she asked whether she should put in her current name or married name.

There were only three people present that day – the two of us and our best man. We were married between appointments by the city clerk of Malden, then we went and got something to eat. Our ceremony was not for another year and a half – in July 1983, when we invited friends and family and had a party. But we were already married, and our church event was a blessing, not a wedding. We entered together and left together. There are pictures of that. We are much younger. Our hair is darker. More of our life is in front of us, and less is certain.

Just as an aside, the 29th anniversary (modern) is said to be commemorated by furniture. This seems to be somewhat of a space-filler, as the recommendation appears in only a few places.

I have never regretted marrying my wife, not ever, and being with her has made my life into a much better thing than it ever could have been. My Aunt Civita used to say senza rancore – no regrets. Certainly applies here. Our marriage has produced a wonderful daughter. No regrets there either; quite the opposite.

Here’s to 29 more. At least. Love you, L., and always will, and you too, A. Even if the sun weren’t shining – which it is this morning – I would feel that I was walking in sunlight today.

February 8, 2011

Masonic Career Fair

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 18:10

Coming up at the end of the month. I will be one of the speakers at this event, to be held at the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington.

It should be a great program, for newly-raised Masons as well as long-time members.

February 7, 2011

Test Baby

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 07:39

Admit it, lots of people watch the Super Bowl for the half-time show and the commercials. The game is sometimes secondary. That being said, it was a great game, very exciting and tense – congratulations to the Packers for a great victory. I watch both the game and the side entertainment, even though I’m much more a baseball fan than a football fan. (The trucks left for Red Sox spring training yesterday, a sure sign of spring if anything is.)

As for the commercials: they varied from the good to the bad to the ugly. An example of the third category is the one for HomeAway.com. This morning’s post-mortems included this gem:

Despite this all they can be quite charming, which is why semantically even a “TEST BABY” being smashed against a window like a fly against a windshield still kind of turns my stomach, especially when you take the slow, smearing slide the baby makes against the glass into account. Is it well-done? Certainly. Does the baby bear a certain resemblance to the equally doughy and indestructible Olympic wrestler Rulon Gardner? Why, now that you mention it, it certainly does.

Does it make for a genuinely repellent image that wipes out whatever may be in the rest of the ad, including the name of the business? Hell yes it does, since now all I’m thinking when I see HomeAway.com is “this company kills fake babies in nonsensically arranged fake hotel rooms for their company.” Fake or not, I’m not sure that’s something I’m comfortable with as a consumer or a half-assed annual commercial critic.

If you haven’t seen the commercial, here’s the extended version (about 30 seconds longer than the one broadcast during the game):

I’m with the reviewer – it was pretty repulsive. Nice move, HomeAway. That‘ll drive customers to you. Sure it will.

February 1, 2011

A 1912 Death Threat

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 17:42

OK, this is amusing. In 1912, Smoky Joe Wood was on the way to putting up a 34-5, 1.91 season with 35 complete games and 10 shutouts for the Boston Red Sox, and he got a death threat from person or persons unknown in Cleveland.

He not only didn’t get assaulted by these illiterate clowns, he lived to be the age of 95, dying in 1985. Good old Smoky Joe.

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