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Tasteful San Antonio: The Expressening

People ask me why I take home delivery of the New York Times. This is why.

It's pretty boilerplate 'video games: good? or not so good?' quasi-journalism. But the astonishing thing is the headline: "Are game systems teaching tools or techno-evil?"

TECHNO-EVIL? TECHNO-EVIL? I...what? 'The Roomba: useful gadget or robo-Satanism?' Even better, that headline's just from the on-line version of the article. The actual newspaper -- which features the story above the fold, just like it was real news -- is headlined thus:

VIDEO GAMES: TEACHING TOOL OR DEVIL'S PLAYTHING?

But even that's not the best part. Here's an online quiz you can take in today's San Antonio Express-News:

Top stories of 2007: You vote. Was it the Spurs' fourth title? The war in Iraq? The Helotes mulch fire?


BOY THAT IS A TOUGH ONE!

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perich
Dec. 11th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
in fairness, they lost a power o' mulch'n'all
calamityjake
Dec. 11th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Maybe if it had just been the Spurs' third title... but at this point it's just tiresome. Mulch fire, on the other hand, is a true novelty!
roseyv
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
You know, you wouldn't think this was so goddamn funny if any mulch YOU knew had been lost in that fire.

I'm sorry if I sound harsh, but if you could have seen that poor mulch, or what was left of it, when they finally pulled it from the flames, I -- Look, this is hard for me, okay?
themulch
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
Don't joke about that, man.

That's like the Holocaust to us.
kudaspeaks
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Everybody sign off, folks, the Internet has officially been won.
poteet_mulch
Dec. 11th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Just like Helotes mulch to consider itself the center of the mulch universe. Boo hoo hoo, I'm on fire! Boo hoo hoo, I can be seen from space!

You brought it on yourself, Helotes mulch. Stop playing video games and listening to that stuff you call music and go outside for a change, why dontcha? Come on down to Poteet and see what a REAL mulch pile looks like!

ludickid
Dec. 11th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, you mulch! Get off my lawn!
johnnylemonhead
Dec. 11th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
the devil's plaything sounds like some sort of sex toy.

i really love the smell of mulch, but don't imagine that burning mulch is too pleasant.
hipsterdetritus
Dec. 11th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
The irony is, there's that phrase that goes "idle hands are the devil's playthings," and if there's anything that causes your hands to be extremely not idle, it's video games. Especially Wii Sports, Rock Band and any racing game played with a wheel.

(exception: Dance Dance Revolution. Like that's a real game anyways.)
archaica
Dec. 11th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Devil's Play -

Well, that's it. Who's taking up a collection to send Leonard's New York Times subscription to CPAC?
drakee
Dec. 11th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
I hate our city so much :(
bajatierra
Dec. 12th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
If the Spurs could sign the Mulch Fire to a three-year deal as the new starting center, SA would explode. There would not be nearly enough styrofoam cups to stick in the Westside's chain-link fences to express the joy we would all feel.
blake_reitz
Dec. 12th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
The game system itself is TECHNO-ACTIVE!
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