Out of the Blue

As mentioned last night, yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the original launch of Pong. Rebounding from my (now deleted) nonsense comment about Pac-Man (sorry), we further celebrate the occasion with the logo now adorning our desktop view. This was created by Walter "2" Costinak to commemorate the game, and was recently updated by Steve to work with format changes here.

Obituary: Jake Flint dead at 37 just hours after marrying wife Brenda.
Obituary: Jiang Zemin: Former Chinese leader dies aged 96.

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My father has a cool memory about when he laid eyes on a video game for the first time:

He was at the mall with our cousin and (my great) grandmother where they see a table top of this new "Pong" thing. Intrigued, my Dad and cousin go check it out. Of course despite being right behind my great grandmother, she loses sight of them and can't find the two. When she asks around, someone tells her they saw two boys walking away with some man! So while this giant commotion starts happening with great grandma freaking out, my Dad and our cousin are just sucked into Pong, as it was unlike anything they'd ever seen. They were so entrenched in the game, that the next thing Dad could remember is my great grandmother cartoonishly yanking him away in anger/relief that they were OK.

Ever since that day, whether it was Apple II, Sega, or the ST, my Dad has been hooked on video games. So I guess Pong is why my father and by extension me, are gamers

Thank you old Atari, and late Happy Birthday Pong!
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Dec 1, 2022, 08:22
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Ozmodan wrote on Dec 1, 2022, 08:08:
I have to disagree with the Pong statement. I had a pong game that attached to my TV in the 50's
Uh, what? Attempt at comedy?
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Dec 1, 2022, 08:08
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I have to disagree with the Pong statement. I had a pong game that attached to my TV in the 50's
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Dec 1, 2022, 07:01
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jdreyer wrote on Nov 30, 2022, 21:37:
Sam Harris got into meditation after doing LSD, IIRC.
I think I remember his name being mentioned here before, but had to look up who he was. (I think someone suggested listening to a two hour podcast by him, I passed.) Assuming your conjecture is correct, I suspect he's far from being the first with that result.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Nov 30, 2022, 21:37
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Nov 30, 2022, 21:37
 
Every monk in Thai temple defrocked after testing positive for meth.

I always wondered what the secret to Enlightenment was. Now I know.

Sam Harris got into meditation after doing LSD, IIRC. Meth is probably not going to result in that though.
If Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends. Slava Ukraini!
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Nov 30, 2022, 15:24
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roguebanshee wrote on Nov 30, 2022, 15:02:
How do you know if a dog loves you? It's a dog, it loves everyone.

On a serious note, this has not been true of any dog I have ever had. They love their pack, both two and four legged members, but everyone else either needs to die or fuck off.

However, none of my dogs have been lazy house pets. They've all had jobs. My current pup is a trained watchdog and service dog. She takes her jobs very, very seriously.
"Just take a look around you, what do you see? Pain, suffering, and misery." -Black Sabbath, Killing Yourself to Live.

“Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains” -Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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Nov 30, 2022, 15:11
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DukeFNukem wrote on Nov 30, 2022, 12:55:
Hey, where is this wacky comment about Pac-Man. I've played that game so I have a right to know what was said. I want full transparency on this website. No deleting content!!!

Blue embarrassingly confused Pong with Pac-Man, making a joke about eating pills.
Do you have a single fact to back that up?
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Nov 30, 2022, 15:02
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 30, 2022, 14:00:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 30, 2022, 12:58:
You never see “oldest known kittie” articles.
Imagine what we could have had if cats were bred for purpose instead of looks.

An inferior version of dogs that perform their duties less capably than dogs do theirs?

#dogs4ever #doglife

Except for mousing. Cats are excellent mousers. Credit where credit is due.
How do you know if a dog loves you? It's a dog, it loves everyone.

How do you know if a cat loves you? It will allow you to pet and feed it.
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Nov 30, 2022, 14:00
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RedEye9 wrote on Nov 30, 2022, 12:58:
You never see “oldest known kittie” articles.
Imagine what we could have had if cats were bred for purpose instead of looks.

An inferior version of dogs that perform their duties less capably than dogs do theirs?

#dogs4ever #doglife

Except for mousing. Cats are excellent mousers. Credit where credit is due.
"Just take a look around you, what do you see? Pain, suffering, and misery." -Black Sabbath, Killing Yourself to Live.

“Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains” -Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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Nov 30, 2022, 13:07
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It was interesting how they found out the monks were high, they all broke their vow of silence at the same time.
"I expect death to be nothingness and by removing from me all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism." Isaac Asimov
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Nov 30, 2022, 13:04
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Marriage, it's a killer. yes, I am kidding
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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You never see “oldest known kittie” articles.
Imagine what we could have had if cats were bred for purpose instead of looks.
"I expect death to be nothingness and by removing from me all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism." Isaac Asimov
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Nov 30, 2022, 12:55
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Nov 30, 2022, 12:55
 
Hey, where is this wacky comment about Pac-Man. I've played that game so I have a right to know what was said. I want full transparency on this website. No deleting content!!!
I'm sorry to inform the general public that vaccines DO NOT bestow upon thee eternal life. If you're around the age of 80 you need to be making your peace with God or the easter bunny. Whichever you believe in.
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Scorpio Slasher: ... What about you boy, what do hate?
Marcus: ... Bullies. Tiny d*ck egotists who hurt people for no reason, make people lock their doors at night. People who make general existence worse, people like you.
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