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10.01.2004

Here's a patent application for what seems to be the Nintendo DS. "A video game machine is provided with wireless functionality. The wireless functionality may be built-into the video game machine or may be provided by a device that is removably attachable to the video game machine. The wireless functionality enables, among other things, enhanced multi-player capabilities, the ability to receive video game updates, new game levels and new games." It also mentions GPS in the application, however, so it should be interesting to see what Nintendo will do with this all.

9.29.2004

You Know You're From Pennsylvania When...

You've never referred to Philadelphia as anything but "Philly." And New
Jersey has always been "Jersey."

You refer to Pennsylvania as "PA."

"You guys" is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men & women.

At least 5 people on your block have electric "candles" in all or most of their windows all year long.

You know what a "Hex sign" is.

You know what a "State Store" is, and your out of state friends find it incredulous that you can't purchase liquor at the mini-mart.

Words like "hoagie", "crick", "chipped ham", "sticky buns", "shoo-fly pie", "pierogies" and "pocketbook" actually mean something to you.

You know the time and location of every "wing night" in a 20 mile radius.

You think very little of an Amish buggy on the road.

You can go 2 weeks in winter without sunshine and think this is normal.

You know that Blue Ball, Intercourse, Climax, Bird-in-Hand, Virginville, Paradise, Mars, and Slippery Rock are all PA towns.

You not only have heard of Birch Beer, but you know that it comes in several colors: Red, Blue, White, Brown, Gold.

You consider Pittsburgh to be "out west," and you know the fastest way to Philly is the Turnpike.

Know that Yuengling is pronounced "Ying-ling," and believe that it really is a premium beer

You have an uncontrollable urge to buy bread and milk when you hear the word "snow."

You live within two miles of a plant that makes potato chips, corn chips, pretzels, candy, or ice cream, or that packages turkeys, beans, or bologna.

You can stop along the road to buy fruits, vegetables, or crafts on the "honor system."

You say things like, "Outen the lights," "I'm calling off today," and "They're calling for snow."

You think the roads in any other state are smooth.

School closings due to snow take the radio stations a half an hour to finish, because just about every town has its own school district.

Frequently go "with," e.g., "You going to the market? Mind if I come with?"

The Invisible Train - A Handheld Augmented Reality Game. This is pretty interesting, it's like what we would imagine VR to be, only without the goofy, expensive goggles.

9.28.2004

Some rules for Thursday's Presidential "debate". "Candidates shall not wear helmets, padding, girdles, prosthetic devices, or "elevator"-type shoes. Per above, candidates shall not remove shoes or throw same at each other during debate." I think it'd be a lot more interesting if they did:-P For those who want the real rules, go here. Beware, it's in pdf format.

New $50 bill begins circulating. Looks more like Monopoly money than the new $20 does.

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