February 6th, 2006


Dr. Phil Watches Super Bowl XL

Sunday, 05 February, 2006

Dinner: Beef stroganoff in the crockpot all day -- excellent fresh stew beef from the Allendale Meat Market.

Ignored all the opening crap and pre-game shows. During the introductions, we kept the sound off and WLAV-FM's A-Z on -- surreal to watch all the fireworks with 20 minutes of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. No, really! But the Dr. Seuss bit with Harrison Ford and others was cute. Dr. Seuss is always appropriate. (grin)

I actually had some investment in the game, given that supporting Pittsburgh is big in my family, except that I can't root for anybody. Despite that, I tempted fate by wearing a Pittsburgh cap from Friday on... and all day today. We'll see how it goes.

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Why is it that some years it looks like companies spent their whole advertising wad on the expensive Super Bowl time and then forgot to spend any on the commercials? Lackluster is a good word to describe the Super Bowl XL commercials, but here goes:

BEST COMMERCIAL: should've been the Burger King musical commercial, but they had that creepy Burger King in it, so I am going to go with the BEST HEART TUG: the little Clydesdale thinking it can pull the big cart.

BEST EXISTING COMMERCIAL: The "Godzilla" and Giant Robot make a Hummer H3

BEST IMPROVED RETREAD: careerbuilder.com adding the "working with jackasses" segment to the "working with a bunch of monkeys" ad

BEST UNINTENTIONAL LAUGH: Gillette Fusion razor with... (chortle) five blades... (snicker, SNL "Triple-Track") (guffaw)

BEST LITTLE LAUGH: "The Magic Fridge is back!"

BEST ALMOST GREAT AD: The Burger King Busby Berkeley musical number -- ruined by the creepy Burger King guy

BEST WE DON'T NEED THIS PRODUCT COMMERCIAL: Practical Solutions PS anti-bacterial products, people going through life in bright green hazmat suits

BEST GENRE COMMERCIAL: Mr. Nimoy at the Trek con for Aleve

BEST GUY AD: Guys on roofs not working

BEST BUSINESS AD: The FedEx caveman ad.


BEST FOOTBALL-BASED AD: Budweiser stadium cards pouring beer into glass

BEST SUPER-BOWL SERIES AD: The Budweiser Clydesdales playing football -- the sheep streaker this year

The Game Is Over...

Now, can we get on with Grey's Anatomy?

Dr. Phil
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Oh Look, Children! It Says It's Educational!

One of my Physics students came by the other day and told me that he'd found a website called Kitten Cannon. We'd just been studying ballistics and Kitten Cannon is pretty much a cute/vulgar little webgame about exactly as you might imagine it to be from the title.

At the time my student was impressed that it seemed to him that knowing the optimum launch angle for ballistic travel was 45.0 degrees proved helpful in getting high scores. Today I was reading 2004 Clarion instructor Jeff Ford's blog 14theditch and he had an entry which gave the link to Kitten Cannon.

Probably Gonna Need A Faster Machine To Truly Appreciate This

I was running it on a relatively slow 200MHz Windows 98SE machine, so it didn't run very fast, but I figured out the basics pretty quick. And the author, sick bastard though he might be (grin), seems to have figured out some of the ballistic equations as well as elasticity and rebound -- the crudely drawn kitten figure slowly spins through the air and bounces off the ground. Unless it impacts with clumps of metal spikes, kitten eating Venus flytraps, trampolines, aerial bombs or TNT ammo dumps. These latter boost the hapless feline into new rounds of ballistic arcs and bounces.

I ran the simulation three times. The last time I thought I'd gotten pretty much all of it, pressing the space bar/firing key when the moving charge gauge was just about maxed out, and of course at 45.0 degrees. So I was pleased with a two-ammo dump aided effort of 452 feet. Then I read the comments on Jeff's blog and found that with considerable effort, one could get shots of over a thousand feet.

I Don't Play Video Games For A Reason

Amusing to do it once -- or at least one session and three shots -- but I don't feel any particular need to spend hours, on either a fast or slow machine, working on "improving" my score.

Improving isn't exactly the operational concept here. (double-barreled-grin)

Dr. Phil
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