I was up late last night finishing my latest tutorial, so I was a little late to the game hearing the announcement that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be the vice presidential candidate on the ticket with John McCain. This certainly is not a political blog, and since both Steve and I are pretty "middle of the road" when it comes to politics (I especially think anyone who goes strictly down a party line, no matter the party, is a little suspect), I will not publicly endorse any candidate. Anyway I haven't even heard anything good from any candidate on some subjects that concern me :Net Neutrality, DRM, etc. Since we are retro here, and one of my favorite all time movies, Election is pretty retro nowadays I decided to post something that struck me as I watched video of her introduction. In the film, a young Reese Witherspoon perfectly portrays a high school over achiever, student council candidate. I wanted to point out that Sarah Palin speaks, acts and looks a lot like Witherspoon's character, Tracy Flick. Especially in the way she talks and pauses and doesn't move her lower lip as much as you'd expect when she wants to make a point clear. They don't have the same color hair, and the facial features are different, but their mannerism and overall persona remind me of one another. You have to watch video of both of them to fully appreciate it. By the way, I am fully aware that people also compared Hillary Clinton to Tracy Flick. No comment.
I am a media junky and have stations tuned to both conservative talk radio, Air America, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and others. I don't take it as seriously as that might sound, but I like to know a lot about a subject and try to find funny things about it if possible. By the way, I like all 4 of the people on the presidential tickets, even if I don't agree with a some of what they might stand for. They all bring something unique to the table, have interesting background stories, and are mavericks in their own unique ways. If you are in the USA and of age, please pick a candidate and vote. I don't care which one, but please exercise your right to do it. This is going to be a very interesting election.
Some Flash / Retro Stuff so this blog entry seems relevant:
Squize has some new good stuff up on his blog. His latest is on unique collision detection schemes and it has created a good discussion.
The 8bit City Blog has an interesting entry on a game that was never released in the USA, Battle Loderunner. This might make a cool Flash game.
Armchairarcade.com has an interesting discussion going on about the 80's video game crash.
Gamasutra has a best of indie games article up now.
I just bought Mario Cart for the Wii with a second steering wheel controller. I have been trying to find a game for my 3 year old son to play (besides hitting buttons and getting tickets for toys at Chucky Cheese). This game is finally it! He can use the steering wheel and press the 1 and 2 buttons to accelerate and brake. It has been a blast having a second player around the house the last couple days. My wife has even been playing it!
Rapid Wars kicks ass and is the latest Mochi Weekly winner!
Mochiland also has an interesting graph of the locations for their Flash Game developers...