July 22nd, 2008

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Calvinball, anyone?

Thanks to shinotenshi02 for this one:

Your result for How good of a Calvinball player are you?...

Your Grade= A+ Good knowledge and excellent strategy!

57% Game_Knowledge and 84% Game_Skill!

Amazing. You are part of the 4.3% of the population that landed in this category.* You know the game and its history well, and you did amazingly well when it came to playing Calvinball strategically.


This suggests that you probably have a natural talent in Calvinball. You have learned that the trick to doing well in Calvinball is not brute strength, but quick wit. With your natural ability you could go far.


You are definitely already talented enough to beat Calvin. A match versus the quick-witted tiger would be close. I'm going to give you the edge, but his superior knowledge of the game might propel him to victory.


* This is a made up number.

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And Now for These Messages

Let me take this opportunity to get the word out about a few things of interest.


First, I will be giving a poetry reading at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 14 at Milkboy Acoustic Cafe in Bryn Mawr. Fellow poet Camille Norvaisas will also be reading, and the event is sponsored by the Mad Poets Society. An open mic follows the featured readings. Further information can be found at the Mad Poets site.


I will be reading some of my newer material as well as some old favorites, including some with a humorous bent. Milkboy Coffee is a great venue, and I'd really like to see a good turnout, so please mark your calendars. This is my first full-fledged reading since grad school, although I've read a poem or two on occasion as part of group events.


Two of my friends have begun a new project, the Web comic Afterlife Blues. So far it promises to be a sort of Citizen Kane in space, with a reporter delving into a shady character's past. I highly recommend checking it out; I guarantee you'll get hooked. Also, if you haven't already read their first Web comic, A Miracle of Science, go there now. It's got mad scientists, Martians and rail guns. What more could you want?


And a Wild Violet contributor, David McGrath, pointed me towards a Father's Day column he wrote for The Herald-Tribune. He was nice enough to plug Wild Violet, so I'm returning the favor. It's a well-written column, and if you like it, you should read his story, "Catharsis," in the spring issue of Wild Violet.


Here's my first attempt at a bio for the poetry reading. I welcome feedback. Does it sound OK? Should I strive to make it more enertaining?


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