Today I played 8-Ball with one of my friends after school. After I talked with him about the different rules people play by in the USA and Germany, we found out (thanks to the guidelines of the German Billiard Union) that we had both been playing with false guidelines.
After sharing a Brezel and talking a bit about politics, I headed home to prepare for the movies. The reason my host dad and I were going to the theater was to see the TED Conference Opening Session (Session 1: Our Tomorrow) . It was the first time ever they broadcast it to theaters across the world, and I was very excited to take part in such a monumental event. The collection of speakers was absolutely astonishing. The range of ideas represented was unlike anything I had ever seen before. After one of the TED Talks on taking time away from work to play, we got to see this really funny music video filmed in low gravity. You can check it out here: Upside Down Inside Out
Photo is of the German Billiard Union's Rules for 8-Ball
I'm interested in activities that require a lot of physical exertion and a lot of mental focus. Chessboxing, for example, I think is fascinating. My friend Jesse Danger and I once played Bananagrams... but the bag of tiles was at the bottom of a forested hill covered in 3 feet of snow. It was a 2.5 hour game of alternating between the worst hill sprints ever and concentrating on building anagrams. Brainball, I suspect, is the natural evolution of this type of game.
Here is version 1.2 of the rules. If you have any feedback or want to play (and live in the Seattle area), please leave it in the comments or email it to me (email@example.com). I've italicized some of the rules that should be playtested and might need tweaks, but the fundamentals I suspect this is pretty close to the final version of the rules.
There's a square field comprised of 36 smaller, numbered squares. There are 2 teams, each have two players on the field at a time. Players have to pass a ball around and avoid being tagged by the other team while listing answers to a question (Example: Name 8 State capitals). Once they've called out all their answers, they try to "claim" a numbered square by placing the ball on it (again, without being tagged). 1 square is worth 1 point. Teams can also recapture opponent's squares if they capture all the surrounding squares (similar to Go or Othello). The game is over when all squares are captured or 60 minutes is up.
The first game is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 9th in Seattle. If you're interested in playing, email me and let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org
(Aside: Brainball is inspired by Mindgame, which is a fictional game featured in "Eggheads," an episode of Sliders.)
I'm a little late, but I wanted to write about the series finale of How I Met Your Mother because I went on a spiel about it to a friend and decided that I wanted to write it down.
So, if you haven't watched the series finale yet, and you are invested in the show, STOP READING. If you really don't care, then please continue. :)
I started watching HIMYM when it was in its fourth season or so, but I was honestly never truly invested in the show. I watched many of the episodes and generally knew what was going on, but I was not an avid watcher.
But, then, one summer changed my life. Hahah.
I was visiting my cousins in Florida. They asked if I had watched the latest episode of the seventh season yet, and both of them, two boys that are only one and three years younger than me, were so shocked that I hadn't watched any episodes from the seventh season. What came next is what you can guess. We marathon-ed the entire seventh season in a day. And I remember distinctly that I had to head to the airport at 4am, and we were still awake when I had to go. But, after that day, I was very invested in the show.