Monday, September 22, 2008

Bacon Synchronicity

I assume you are already familiar with the Bacon Flowchart...

I originally saw this image on Boing Boing, and thought it was hilarious. I posted it as a Myspace bulletin. Within 6 hours, I got this strange "WTF?" letter from some guy I didn't know asking where I got it. Apparently, one of my Myspace friends reposted the bulletin, and someone else reposted it as well, leaving the chain intact, until through some sort of synchronicity more reminiscent of the Kevin species of Bacon, The bulletin was read by the original creator of the image! He wrote me, thinking I might have been attempting to take credit. I quickly assured him that was not true. Turns out the guy was from Austin as well, and when I related that I had found the image on Boing Boing, he was bewildered that the image he created days before in Austin for a laugh was already posted on a Canadian website.

I'm not gonna mention the guys name out of privacy, but when I clicked on his profile, he has plenty of pictures of his dog Dante, who I've heard is wise and loves bacon.

2NU Gives Their Only Hit Album Away For Free... Ponderous.

Remember the band 2Nu? Yeah, me neither; but I remember their novelty sound-collage hit "This Is Ponderous". If you were at least in third grade by the late 80s, see if this song doesn't ring a bell (not the real video).

This song was the only one of theirs to even reach marginal mainstream radio play. Want to get it high quality for free? Well, go to their website, where you can snag the whole dang album. If you decide you want to pay for it, they also have links to their iTunes page.

Two Craigslist Ads For Time Machines

Ok, the first one actually advertises a free "rocketship/boat/race car/fort/house/time machine", which is pictured below.

If that's not your speed, this guy is giving away a broken time machine, claiming the buttons are stuck and it can no longer go back in time, just forward at normal speed.

T.W.E.R.P.S - The Worlds Easiest Role-Playing Game!

I first came across this RPG system in 1995 at Mad Hatters gaming shop in Lubbock, Texas. I was sorting through the "Random" shelf, full of older manuals for lesser-known RPGs. I found the original "Basic" rules, as seen above, as well as the "Cyber-Punks" expansion. The incredibly simple rules (you only have two stats!) and the adorable, doughy charachter designs totally captured my imagination.

As I stated above, you have two stats and can play the game using two 10-sided dice. What adds the meat to your charachters is skills you can add to your character to aid in rolls. In each expansion, new sets of rules are added to the potential arsenal.

The expansion sets are hilariously reminiscent of GURPS. The published expansions include the above-mentioned cyber-punk set (which is also very reminiscent of Shadowgate, including expanded scenarios to include entry into a Neuromancer/Matrix-style computer world during gameplay), a magic expansion, a kung fu expansion, a post-apocalyptic expansion (called "Metaphysical Ninja Maniac Chainsaw Vitamin Junkies"), and expansions imitating the format of Star Trek and the X-Files.

Wikipedia Entry.