Archive for the ‘games’ Category

Quadrilla is the Best Game Ever, If You’re Three Years Old – And Up – Expensive But Worth It? Maybe

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

This is the marble run: Hape Quadrilla Cyclone.

And here’s how much it costs. Which is to say Amazon will sell this set to you for something between $90-something and $190-something.

Here’s one way to set it up:

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The Wall Street Journal approves, anyway.

Here’s the Cyclone set in action:

And here’s a mish-mash of two other sets:

Oh, made in China, natch.

IDK, read the comments section in Amazon for a few minutes and then You Make The Call.

I myself paid on the low end of Amazon’s absurdly wide pricing range, so I’m not complaining…

WTF: Senate Bill 1465 – Spending Our Money to Pay for the 2024 Olympics in LA? Instead, Why Not Tax LA’s “Unexpected” Losses?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Read it and weep, Frisco:

SB 1465, as amended, De León. Public contracts: 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Existing law provides specified requirements in awarding certain public contracts. This bill would authorize the Governor to sign agreements with the International Olympic and Paralympic Committee, as part of the site selection process for the City of Los Angeles to become the host for the 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. This bill would make legislative findings and declarations that, among other things, the endorsing municipality, as defined, has developed a self-sufficient bid for financing the games. This bill would authorize the Governor to enter into an agreement for the state to be jointly liable, not to exceed a specified amount, with the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG), as specified, for obligations of the OCOG, and for any financial deficit relating to the games, as provided.

So basically, this means that the State of California will pay for part of the inevitable overages of a possible 2024 Los Angeles Olympics up to a total of a quarter billion dollars.

But if LA’s  bid is “self-sufficient,” then why does LA or the corrupt International Olympic committee need any of our money at all, one wonders.

Hey, instead of paying for failure, why not tax it instead? So, of course Los Angeles “expects” to make billions, somehow, from LA2024, but in case it doesn’t, in case it starts to spend Precious Taxpayer Money garnered from The People of Los Angeles, then the govt of LA should pay a tax to the CA General Fund at, say, a 40% rate. So, fine, LA, spend an extra billion on your IOC party, but then, come 2025, you’ll owe CA a cool $400,000,000.

Wouldn’t that incentivize Los Angeles to be more honest about what it expects to make from LA 2024?

And man, we just went through this deal here in SF last year. I’ll tell you, SF came in third in the race to be the U.S nominee for the games of the 2024 Olympiad. (We beat DC, but DC never had a chance.) It looked like this:

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Boston of course, said no way, Jose, we not going to enter into “joinder” with the IOC. And here comes LA, which is now considering putting itself on the hook for, potentially, billions.

I mean, if you’re worried about your teen getting drunk, again, and crashing the family car, again, why would you declare your teenager sober and then say, “Well, if you crash the car, I’ll give you a nice reward.” Would that make sense?

All our pols should oppose this Los Angeles bail out bill.

Reader Notes:

Oh hey, IRL, Paris will host the 2024 Olympics (in part because Paris doesn’t have no FBI, I’m srsly) so this bill doesn’t matter anyway.

And also, bay area officialdom doesn’t support the Olympics coming to SoCal in 2024, because that would kill ANY chance of SF / Bay Area hosting the now-coveted 2028 Olympics, I’m srsly. (But would SFGov et al actually come out to oppose this ridiculous spending bill? IDK. Perhaps they’ll oppose this bill, but in a sneaky way, who knows…)

You Can’t Keep Flappy Bird Down – Remember, Christmas is Coming – Recalling the Biggest App of 2013

Friday, November 20th, 2015

This is Flappybird’s last hurrah, I’m afraid.

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2013 is now long, long ago…

The Kubb Bros of Golden Gate Park – Jeux Sans Frontieres – From Scandinavia, With Love

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

More dudes, relative to gals, this year:

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It’s a knockout.

Kubb Fever – Catch It!

The Metal Detectors of Stanyan Street

Monday, November 24th, 2014

I’ve seen this hobby in Hawaii and Fun Diego, but never in the 415 / 628 / 650, never in Frisco

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Viking Games in the Panhandle: Look at All These People Throwing Wood to Play “Kubb” in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

This was the call:

We want a Kubb tournament & picnic during the NOW! festival.

And here’s the result, as seen in the Panhandle – look at all them people:

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It’s Kubb, baby!

Instead of Concentrating on the 7th Game of the World Series, Mayor Ed Lee is Playing Ping Pong at a Political Event?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

In the words of the great John MalkovichWTF to that:

“…fundraiser for Evan Low is happening tonight in SoMa from 6-8 PM! With an open bar, amazing food, a live DJ set, and Mayor Ed Lee playing ping pong, this is an event not to be missed.”

And this official fundraiser graphic is odd, certainly, and “500 DOLLAR BUY IN” seems very “off-message.”

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Oh, there’ll be some TVs on that the Mayor Airbnb can glance at, perhaps in between sets with Ron Conway? All right.

(Hey, who’s Evan Low – what does he have to do with San Francisco?)

No wonder Senator Mark Leno is ahead in the polls, already, in next year’s mayoral race…

[UPDATE: And here it is, as advertised, incredibly.]

Today’s Google Doodle is a Virtual Rubik’s Cube – How Many Moves Will It Take You to Solve?

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Go here, if you want.

Myself, I have no idea how to do these.

All the deets.

A Good Christmas Gift for Old People: Sega Genesis or Atari Flashback 4 – Just $39.99

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Man, Sonic was so money back in the day.

Relive your childhood with 80 “built-in games”

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At your local Target…

This Line on Market Proves that Assassin’s Creed III is the Best “Historical Action-Adventure Open-World Stealth” Game Ever?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Eagerly awaiting the midnight arrival of Assassin’s Creed III, amidst all the “For Lease” signs at Fourth and Market:

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