As many of you are aware, last night was David Letterman’s final night hosting The Late Show. The suddenness of this realization came as a shock to me. Not that he was retiring, I knew that, but the fact that it happened LAST NIGHT. I’ll be honest I haven’t watched the show in years, but I’d be damned if I wasn’t going to watch this one. It’s a final nod of respect to a man that helped me understand so much about myself.
I started watching The Late Show during my early high school years. During summer vacation I worked as many of us do, night shift at the local fast food place. I would get out around ten thirty or eleven and make it home either before or during the monologue. What immediately caught my attention about David Letterman was his incredibly self deprecating style of humor. (A style I would later learn was cribbed from Johnny Carson.) I had never seen anything like that before, and Letterman sold it. He had me convinced that he believed his show was horrible, which made it funnier for me. His showmanship is unrivalled.
He also gave me a fine understanding and appreciation for what I like to call The Divine Stupid. With segments like “Will it Float?” (a segment in which a random item would be dropped into a tank to see if it floated) , “Beat The Clock” where they would find people dining outside and invite them to beat the clock with no other instructions. Some would begin eating faster, others would make fake running motions, others would sit confused, none would win. My personal favorite was always “Psychic Sandwich” in which a local psychic would be placed in Rupert Gee’s Hello Deli and be asked to psychically ascertain the sandwich Rupert was making behind her. She was never right. These segments were simply inane, simple, and ultimately just stupid. It was the simplicity of the premise and the reactions of normal people in these unusual situations that instantly clicked in my mind. Comedy is simply the unexpected. For a sixteen year old boy coming to this realization it simply blew my mind. To this day I strive to find The Divine Stupid in my every day life, and my life is richer for it.
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I’d just like to take a moment and mention about something grand that happened yesterday. I was playing some co-op against the AI in StarCraft II when I was joined with a gamer who was playing as Protoss and wanted to cannon rush. For those of you who don’t know what cannon rush is, it’s when you build no units other than drones to collect minerals and you rush to your opponent’s base and keep building defensive structures that are extremely powerful when there are a lot of them and repeat process until you destroy everything. We of course won the game and while I was searching for the next game with a new person, I thought, “I’m not finding anyone new, how about I start a party with the previous guy and we can do some more co-op?” I send him a message and he happily joins the party.
What does the scanner say about their power level?
We begin another co-op game against the computer but we decided to play a regular game with units, tech, upgrades, the whole sha-bang. About 10 minutes in, the computer unleashes a large army of protoss and zerg units. My two tanks and small army of Marines and Marauders get destroyed. Where the hell is my partner? Not defending or helping. I look at how many units he has and he only had 3 or 4 Zealots with an equal amount of Stalkers. He had 4 Warp Gates to produce units. That’s right. Four. His Nexus had maxed out energy which means he could have easily reduced the cooldown time of warping in units.
Once we reconvene in the multiplayer lobby, I asked him what happened. He mentioned he was texting his girl while playing. Alright, no big deal. He was multitasking. He also mentioned he was still getting used to Protoss and he hadn’t played any ladder matches in a while. Instead of like every other SCII player where here they would have called the kid a “fucking noob faggidy faggot”, I gave some helpful advice on what he can do to make more units faster.
We began another co-op game and with the advice I gave him, we absolutely crushed the AI. My partner thanks me for the advice and adds me as a friend so we can play future games either against the computer more or actually do some ladder matches.
Here’s what I love about this entire situation: I was willing to help, he appreciated my advice, and wants to play again in the future. This is what makes online gaming fantastic – people who are friendly, helpful, and love playing the games they love. I really wish the people who play only for themselves, play to win, and don’t give a shit about others can change. Although I’m not sure about the console gamers…
Here are a couple more entries to our contest. We understand that we said we would announce the winners on Monday but things happened and we have decided to extend the contest till the 5th of December. So those of you who are still interested get your entries in to us!!.
I have made it! I have come to tell the tale of becoming trollface and the events that lead to my sudden but inevitable discovery. I really don’t have much of a tale, but I do have photos. Enjoy!
The Mystery Gang noticed my antics and unmasked me. I would have gotten away with it too...
Hello Internet! and Happy Halloween!
This is just our way of showing off our costumes this year, one of us went all out, while another did a half-assed attempt. I’ll let you decide who was what.
Priya, in her custom TF2 Female Sniper Costume. The Rifle was custom built by yours truly, it's made from a 2x4, pvc and shittons of Gorilla Glue, I swear by that stuff.
Here's my costume, Joker from ME2, along with Priya as the Sniper as well.
There’s more to come, we still need Wally’s costume, and Brian, whom you’ve not met yet. He might not have a costume, but we’ll see.
Who’s better? Tell us in the comments.
I realize that I have yet to update you on the CS:GO contest that is currently underway. So here it is, the update.
Currently we only have 3 contest entries, all of which are wonderful pieces of art, worthy of the Louvre, or American Art Museum, or even for a possible piece for sale at Ikea, a winner has yet to be selected. The current entries are shown below in all their glory. There is still time to enter, as a Winner will not be announced until the day the Beta goes live, which is only Valve knows when. So keep them coming at the slow and cautious pace they are coming at!
Reddit user Theubermedic gets props for being the first submission to the contest, and quite frankly, the only one fully drawn by himself.
Reddit user Antavila provides a very dramatic rendition of us.
Finally, polost gives us a good historical piece about the fated Reddit post that led to much Rage for the CS subreddit. I apologize.
And that’s it so far, Keep them coming guys!
Being that time of year again, it is important to be ready for the impending Zombie Apocalypse, and it seems that Ace Hardware is the place to buy your kit.
You see, it seems they’ve started a new marketing tactic of zombie preparedness, and it seems to be working. I myself have already built my kit and it is currently safe and ready for use when necessary (pics to come later).
Haven’t got a start on your kit? Start with Max Brooks’ The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead.