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It starts with wanting to shame the other person, but I’ll tell you, once you start doing it, it’s so much fun to do that you’re immediately overtaken. The original motivation goes by the wayside as you enjoy the splendor of this freeing and intoxicating dance. It just fills you full of masculine energy.
Mario Chalmers: KU Jayhawks Jersey Retirement Ceremony in Allen Fieldhouse (2.16.13)
Mario Chalmers is honored in Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas, as his #15 jersey is retired. Mario is introduced by Bob Davis, “The Voice of the Jayhawks” during halftime of KU vs Texas. KU won 73-47. Saturday, February 16, 2013
Idaho State Senator John Goedde, on why he introduced a bill to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.” (Goedde said the bill was a “statement,” and didn’t plan to move it forward.)
This settles a mystery that has plagued my now semi-grown-up brain for decades, even more than the memory of that hound’s taunting laughter.
If you’re like me, and you played a lot of Duck Hunt growing up, you never quite figured out how the dang gun worked. I mean, I assumed it was shooting something at the screen, like maybe a beam of infrared, and the Nintendo console would somehow triangulate where I was shooting from, and somehow calculate how big my TV was, decipher some x,y coordinates from that and then determine if I had actually hit the duck.
Of course, none of that takes into account that it still registered the kills when I was cheating experimenting by putting the gun right on the screen and pulling the trigger wildly. Well, thanks to the folks at Mental Floss, I know the truth.
The gun didn’t shoot anything.
It was a receiver! Check it out:
When you point at a duck and pull the trigger, the computer in the NES blacks out the screen and the Zapper diode begins reception. Then, the computer flashes a solid white block around the targets you’re supposed to be shooting at. The photodiode in the Zapper detects the change in light intensity and tells the computer that it’s pointed at a lit target block — in others words, you should get a point because you hit a target. In the event of multiple targets, a white block is drawn around each potential target one at a time. The diode’s reception of light combined with the sequence of the drawing of the targets lets the computer know that you hit a target and which one it was. Of course, when you’re playing the game, you don’t notice the blackout and the targets flashing because it all happens in a fraction of a second.
My sleep tonight will be that much sounder, now that this has been settled. Now if we could just explain that Power Glove …
OMFG Tina Fey is rapping with Childish Gambino (Donald Glover). Fey’s verse starts at 4:58
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I've been working with news since high school. I've spent time as a copy editor, reporter, copy chief, and designer.
Specialties: Strong grasp of grammar and AP style Keen eye for catching design flaws Experience with Photoshop, InDesign, and InCopy Previous work with various audio and video editing programs Not afraid to jump into the position of reporter or photographer if need be
2010 - Present
Copy editor / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
I spend most of my time copy editing and writing display text from the rim or slot. I occasionally put together wire stories as well as put together the entire wire budget for the day's paper and present it at budget meetings. Lately I've been spending one night a week as news editor for night copy.
Copy editor / The News & Advance
I edited and designed entire sections, mostly sports. At times, I completed two sports sections a night. I also kept seven different stylebooks and design styles straight to make myself flexible to work on any of the seven daily papers printed at our Consolidated Editing Center.
Designer / University Daily Kansan
Copy Chief / University Daily Kansan
Copy Editor/Designer Intern / The Kansas City Star
I worked design and copy editing shifts for the sports desks, which allowed full-timers to take holidays off.
Copy Editor Intern / Philadelphia Inquirer
I edited stories and wrote display text for the Inquirer's National, Foreign, Business and Editorial desks.
Sports Administration Beat Reporter / University Daily Kansan
Copy Editor / University Daily Kansan
University of Kansas
Staff member for the University Daily Kansan when it won sweepstakes in the Hearst Awards in 2008 and 2009.