December 31st, 2003

Steam Escaping!

will the online coolness ever end?

Check out this TI-99/4A emulator for Windows.. other OSes um, I guess go
install it on your friend's Windows computer:

ftp://ftp.whtech.com/emulators/Win994a.ZIP

This emulator is especially cool because it comes with a whole bunch of old cartridge roms, the best of which is "Hunt The Wumpus". Here's how it works:

Open Win994a..
Go to "Carts > Insert Cartridge... > Hunt The Wumpus"
Press any key to begin.
Press 2 for English (3 for French and 4 for who knows what)
Pick the difficulty you want (probably easy to start out with)
Pick the option you want (only normal is any good)
Okay, the game begins!

Your goal is to find and kill the Wumpus, who is somewhere in the maze you just appeared in, but haven't seen and doesn't move. You only have one arrow, so make it count! When you're next to the room with the Wumpus in it, press Q to mean you're ready to shoot your arrow and then press in the direction you think he's in. Your arrow will let fly.. if you hit him you win, if you don't, YOU DIE! Who knows why? Perhaps I lie! You can also die by walking onto the Wumpus or falling into one of the two pits in each randomly-generated maze.

So, how do you find the Wumpus? You walk around with the arrow keys
looking for blood.. the Wumpus has left a trail of blood two "rooms" away from his location in every direction. There is also a little bit of warning for pits.. there's green slime in rooms directly next to a pit. That's it! Oh, except there are also bats in some rooms, and if you walk on them too many times, they'll carry you to a random
location (which could be right in a pit or the Wumpus himself!) Also, there are curvy paths between rooms sometimes. These paths connect rooms as though they were right next to each other.. e.g. a room two away from the Wumpus but only connected via windy paths will still have blood in it. Also, if you shoot your arrow down a windy path it follows it magically until it comes to a room.

Sound confusing? Well, you must be stupid! It's the easiest (and best) game ever! Just give it a shot and you'll understand what I'm talking about way way better. If you like mine sweeper, you'll love "Hunt the Wumpus"!
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Steam Escaping!

good ones - too bad LOL is out, since FOX just adopted it (morons)

The 2004 list of words that should be banished for "misuse, overuse and general uselessness," according to Lake Superior State University:

Metrosexual: An urban male who pays a great deal of attention to appearance.
X: As in "X-Files," Xtreme, Windows XP (news - web sites) and X-Box.
Punked: To dupe, popularized by the MTV show "Punk'd."
Place Stamp Here: Printed on return envelopes.
Companion animals: Also known as pets.
Bling or Bling-Bling: Flashy jewelry.
LOL: E-mail speak for "laugh out loud."
Embedded Journalist.
Smoking Gun.
Shock and Awe.
Captured Alive.
Shots Rang Out.
Ripped From the Headlines.
Sweat Like a Pig: The problem is pigs don't sweat.
In Harm's Way.
Hand-Crafted Latte.
Sanitary Landfill: Also known as a dump.
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