April 15th, 2008

New Tilley Hat

At The Bardic Circle

chasophonic did more than music at Applecon, he had Open Mics and Bardic Circles and such, which meant that some of us could Strut Our Stuff. Richard T. sang some a cappella, Author GoH sleigh read from one of his works, and mizzlaurajean read her Work In Progress from the Chap Book that was on sale. I did some Shockwave Top 11 lists and some Portmanteau Movies. Here is one of my contributions to the proceedings.

Hmm... I have a vague memory of posting this at the time, but it's still good. In fact, #11 is more valid now than before, and the pun in #1 wasn't apparent when speaking.

Pluto Demoted 8/26/06

Pluto was demoted from "planet" to "dwarf planet" by the International Astronomical Association. The other eight planets are now Planets Classic and will be marketed with a new red stripe and Michael Jackson.

Top 11 Things Which Deserve Demotion

11. Commandment Number 9, Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness. With so many self-proclaimed "devout" Christians lying and believing lies, and doing it in the name of Jesus, and doing it for legal proceedings such as declaring war or passing environmental laws, clearly telling the truth has no place in the religious pantheon. The Nine-Commandment Christians can now rest easy that the sin of lying is considered too small to guarantee eternal damnation.

10. Doc. Six Dwarves can handle the mining while Doc can work full time finding a way to relieve the symptoms of Sneezy, a prescription stimulant for Sleepy and a development program for Dopey.

9. Batman isn't a super-hero, he has no superpowers. He's an important crime-fighter, to be sure, but I demote him to Dwarf Hero, not because of his stature, but because of his eccentric career path.

8. Lake Michigan hangs down from the string of Great Lakes and isn't in the path of the drainage system that starts at the Boundary Waters and feeds through Lake Superior and works its way down the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic. Sure, it's big and important, but it's not in the watery ecliptic and doesn't deserve to be a Great Lake. A really, really good lake.

7. Beethoven’s Second Symphony. It's pretty good, and most would argue that it's a symphony, but it pales beside the more famous Fifth and Ninth and I'm going to knock it down to Arrangement.

6. Star Wars Ep. 1-3 down from Episodes to Prequels. This long overdue reassessment won't change box office numbers, but will help future cinema scientists evaluate their importance.

5. Top 11 List Number 5 has been demoted to Cheap Joke, because I couldn't think of anything really funny.

4. The 21st Century: More study to determine if enough years have passed. Currently being considered as the Outer Decade. The Aughts.

3. Twins: Major League? C'mon.

2. Big Brother: All Stars has been demoted from Reality Show because, you know, who cares?

1. The Electron is demoted from an atomic particle to a mere mesonic symbol. The electron is too small and doesn't move like the rest of the larger and more stationary particles such as the proton and neutron. Quantum Physics gives the electron a whole new role. Oh well.
New Tilley Hat

Winners of the Tri-Wizard Tournament

Winners of the Tri-Wizard Tournament
Winners of the Tri-Wizard trophies
Susan L H (Third), Seven (First), rvrjoe775 (Second)
Applecon, Bloomington MN, April 13, 2008CE

minnehaha K arranged the tournament and made the trophies. Games were played throughout the weekend (though I didn't participate) in at least three variants of the card game Wizard. Hence "Tri-Wizard" Tournament. To be eligible for the trophies, you had to play at least one game in each variant. Cumulative scores were kept. The top six players competed in the Grande Finally. Three players won Participant ribbons, and display them proudly. The winners will mount these trophies in appropriate places over their hearth and in their heart.