Stern may be the weakest of the few big pinball manufacturers in the world today, but all the Stern tables produced this century* are still better than anything Gottlieb ever produced. Yes, including Black Hole. Black Hole was just an empty playfield with a frustrating gimmick in the middle.
This is a very hot pinball take, and you'll just have to trust me on that.
*Except for that one "look at our ironic 'retro' sexism" table.
selfie, no ec
I considered bridging the godawful mustache ends with a John Waters pencil mustache, but I don't have the mustache density for it.
free music for ya
I tried makin' some of that "witch house" music with my phone last night, to the best of my hillbility. The chopped-up sample is from a 1903 Edison Indestructible cylinder of Alma Jones singing "Teach Me How to Kiss." Headphones or a subwoofer recommended.
I'll get back to doin' wonky-skronky stuff with my $40 guitar now.
Thanks to the internet, young folks today have more access to the defining events and cultural content of my childhood than I ever did growing up. Time and research, as always, provide better contextual information about those things, too. It's fuckin' great.
It's great for progress, it's great for nostalgia, and it's great because it pulls the rug out from under the grumpy old "you'll never understand" routine. Motherfucker, it's when you're there that you understand things least.
You can go and make a weird art or a music or a film or somethin'. Somethin' just to make that nobody would ever buy and you'd never want to sell. Some bizarre, unfinished, wonky thing that you maybe don't even want to show anybody.
Keep making stuff like that. That's a good thing to do (so long as it's not coming from, like, some kinda hateful or predatory place, of course). Know that I'm a fan of your work, even if I never see it.
witch trials, &c.
The Salem Witch Trials are a classic, well-documented example of a community freely concocting (and eagerly believing) outlandish accusations against its most vulnerable and marginalized members, and using this to justify systematic violence for political clout.
And you still get folks trying to say "No, that never happens. They must have eaten some weird bread fungus or something."
I'm in the US. I like pinball and music and efforts to improve the world and making weird stuff and encouraging others to make weird stuff. I don't like fascism, capitalism, authoritarianism, or Miracle Whip. How are you?
I make noises. I try to do the right thing.
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