Friday, July 27, 2007

Txt msg

I don't know why, but my favorite text message of all time to send is as follows:
"?"
That's it. A single question mark. I only use it in special occasion, or when I'm trying to see if someone's awake since it's too late to be calling.

I'm still awaiting the perfect response, and I'm not quite sure what it is.

I just know that I'll know it when I see it.

Michelle doctored her photo!

Quite the title for a post, but you won't be disappointed. If you're already lost, make sure you check here first.

Now, upon reading her latest post, I was indeed impressed by how pretty the sunrise was, as seen here:
But the shot seemed somewhat familiar. It didn't occur to me where I had seen the photo before until I was 2/3 of the way through my weekly watching of the "Planet of the Apes" pentalogy. Whilst reviewing "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes", I realized that the above scenery was used heavily throughout the films. A sample shot is provided below, the ridgeline might look somewhat familiar:
But that still didn't explain the familiarity of the photo. Then I remembered the extended cut of the ending to the second movie, "Return to Planet of the Apes", where Dr. Zaius watched the bomb explode, destroying earth, as depicted below:



So, really, Michelle's last post revealed more about her than one would have thought:
1. She's become more proficient at using her MacBook to doctor photos, and
2. She's a rampant "Planet of the Apes" fan and is secretly trying to admit it.
Kudos, but remember: You can fool most of the people some of the time, but you can't fool some of the time most of the people.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

If at all possible...

Could I be serious for just a moment here, folks?

No? Good, 'cause I gotta say, that would've sucked.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Rules for 'Poison' croquet

As there is often confusion on the subject, I will clarify according to the sacred and tested rules of poison ball.


Rules governing play of 'poison' ball croquet, following normal play of 9-wicket Backyard croquet:

1. Any ball, after completing the standard 9-wicket game (having struck the beginning post), continues play by proceeding to go through the center wicket.
A. Players may go through any wicket or number of wickets before going through the center wicket with no penalty. No bonus stroke is given for passing through the wicket, but the player retains any previous bonus strokes given (i.e. you still get two strokes for the last two wickets passed through at the end of the game).
B. One (1) bonus stroke is awarded PER ball hit PER turn on the way to the center wicket. (No hitting the same ball twice for two extra hits).
C. Players may traverse the center wicket in any direction to gain 'poison'.

2. After passing through the center wicket, the players ball is declared to be a 'poison' ball.

3. Play for any poison rules is chronological (Example: If red, being a poison ball, passes through a wicket and then strikes blue on the other side, red is first eliminated then eliminates blue. Therefore blue is still in the game, as it was struck by an already eliminated ball).

4. Any number of poison balls may exist. Any player, after completing the 9-wicket course, is eligible to become poison by traversing the center wicket.

5. Any ball that is poison can eliminate any other ball from the game, including other poison balls, by striking it (Referred to as a 'death blow'). One (1) bonus stroke is awarded for any ball eliminated by a death blow. In a team game, penalties relating to 'friendly fire' must be declared before play begins, although it is normal not to adopt any special rules.

6. Any ball that is poison CANNOT traverse ANY wicket in any direction. Penalty of traversing a wicket is elimination. A poison ball is eliminated if it is struck by another ball causing it to traverse the wicket (a suicide attack if done by a ball that is not declared to be poison).

7. Any ball that is not declared to be poison cannot strike a poisoned ball, by penalty of elimination.

8. If a poison ball is struck and rolls causing it to strike another poison ball, the second poison ball is eliminated. No bonus stroke is given the first poison ball.

9. Play continues by elimination until only one player or team remains.

and my favorite, which has been an addition to most Milam family game rules:
*NO WHINING BY PENALTY OF ELIMINATION*. As long as we're on Milam family rules, I'll add my grandpa's phrase, which has become Milam family mantra:
"If you can play fair and win, play fair and win. If you can't, just win."