Saturday, July 31, 2010

11 perkara hangpa suma mungkin tatau pasai pinball

1. Pinball Was Illegal

Pinball was banned from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s in most of America's big cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, where the game was born and where virtually all of its manufacturers have historically been located. The stated reason for the bans: Pinball was a game of chance, not skill, and so it was a form of gambling. To be fair, pinball really did involve a lot less skill in the early years of the game, largely because the flipper wasn't invented until 1947, five years after most of the bans were implemented. Up until then, players would bump and tilt the machines in order to sway the ball's gravity. Many lawmakers also believed pinball to be a mafia-run racket and a time- and dime-waster for impressionable youth. (The machines robbed the "pockets of schoolchildren in the form of nickels and dimes given them as lunch money," New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia wrote in a Supreme Court affidavit.)

2. NYPD Held Prohibition-Style Raids on Pinball

In New York, the pinball ban was executed in a particularly dramatic fashion. Just weeks after Pearl Harbor was attacked, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia issued an ultimatum to the city's police force stating that their top priority would be to round up pinball machines and arrest their owners. La Guardia proceeded to spearhead massive Prohibition-style raids in which thousands of machines were rounded up in a matter of days, before being dramatically smashed with sledgehammers by the mayor and police commissioner. The machines were then dumped into the city's rivers.

3. Pinball Went Into Hiding

Although pinball was illegal in New York, it did not disappear entirely — it just moved behind curtains to seedy pornography shops, in places like Harlem and Greenwich Village. And the police were still raiding illegal pinball operators through the 1970s.

4. Pinball Production Changed During the War

During World War II, much of America's manufacturing infrastructure switched over to the war effort. The pinball industry, which was a major user of copper wiring, was no exception. During the war, few new games were made. Instead, pinball suppliers began selling so-called conversion kits, which would allow pinball operators to transform a machine's artwork to a fresh theme. These conversion themes often took the form of wartime motifs, such as the patriotic "Victory in the Pacific."

5. Pinball Is a Symbol of Rebellion in Hollywood

Because pinball was illegal for so long, it became a symbol of youth and rebellion. If you watch a movie or TV show that was either produced or takes place during this period, virtually any time pinball makes an appearance, it is for the purpose of portraying to the audience that a particular character is a rebel. For example, the Fonz is regularly seen playing pinball in "Happy Days" episodes. And when "Tommy," The Who's pinball-wizard-themed rock opera album came out in 1972, pinball was still banned in much of the country. The album's use of pinball is largely misunderstood by today's audiences, who may view the deaf, dumb and blind pinball wizard as quirky. In all likelihood, The Who was using the game to portray the titular character as anti-authoritarian. Filmmaker Richard Linklater makes use of this symbol in a significant number of his movies, with rebellious or outcast characters seen playing or talking about pinball in virtually every one. And in "The Simpsons," Sideshow Bob once proclaimed, "Television has ruined more young minds than pinball and syphilis combined."

6. It Took a Babe Ruth-Like Move to Legalize Pinball in NYC

In 1976, the New York City pinball ban was overturned. The coin-operated amusement lobby (which represented the pinball industry) eventually succeeded in earning a City Council hearing to re-examine the long-standing ban. Their strategy: prove that pinball was a game of skill, not chance, and thus should be legal. To do this, they decided to call in the best player they could find in order to demonstrate his pinball wizardry — a 26-year-old magazine editor named Roger Sharpe. Fearful that this hearing might be their only shot at overturning the ban, the industry brought in two machines, one to serve as a backup in case any problems arose with the primary machine. Suspicious that the pinballers had rigged the primary machine, one particularly antagonistic councilman told them that he wanted them to use the backup. This presented a problem: While Sharpe was intimately familiar with the first-choice game, he had never played the backup. As he played the game, surrounded by a huddle of journalists, cameras and councilmen, he did little to impress City Council's anti-pinball coalition. So he made a final Hail Mary move that, to this day, he compares to Babe Ruth's famous called shot in center field. He pulled back the plunger to launch a new ball, pointed at the middle lane at the top of the playing field, and boldly stated that, based only on his skill, he would get the ball to land through that middle lane. He let go of the plunger and it did what he said. Almost on the spot, the City Council voted to overturn the ban.

I recently asked Sharpe what he thought would have happened if he had missed the shot. After thinking about it for a few hours, he got back to me: "I'm not sure pinball would be legal today."

7. Pinball Has a Surprise Best-Seller

The best-selling pinball machine of all time is still "The Addams Family," which came out in 1991.

8. Pinball Is Still Illegal in Some Places

Just a few years ago, Nashville, Tenn. overturned its ban on children under 18 playing, or even standing within 10 feet of, a pinball machine. And, to this day, it is illegal to play pinball on Sundays in Ocean City, N.J.

9. Hugh Hefner Is a Huge Pinball Fanatic

He collects pinball machines and has cooperated with pinball companies for at least three Playboy-themed pinball machines over the years. A former editor at Playboy told me that the magazine's editorial offices had a Fireball pinball machine in the '70s.

10. There Was a Pinball-Video Game Hybrid

In 1999, Williams Pinball was the largest pinball company in the world. But it was also part of a larger, publicly traded company that demanded higher profits than the games were producing. And so the bosses gave the pinball division one last chance to save the company — and its jobs. It was to create a new game that would bridge the gap between pinball and video games. The result was Pinball 2000, and it was a strange hybrid of the two types of games. Instead of relying on physical targets, the system projected holographic characters on the screen that would interact with the flying ball. The new game was considered a modest success, and two Pinball 2000 games were produced. But it wasn't enough for Williams' parent company, which nonetheless pulled the plug on the entire pinball division.

11. Just One Company Still Makes Pinball Machines

And it does it in the U.S. Every new pinball machine comes from a single Stern Pinball factory in the Chicago suburbs, where factory workers assemble several thousand parts, largely by hand.

Monday, July 26, 2010

ada apa dengan sabun

dulu ku ta penah pikir
sabun apa nak pakai
tiada kaitan
tiada perlu

proses membeli sabun seingat aku
bermula ketika aku masuk matrik
dulu kat umah pki saja apa yg ada
ada sekali aku guna sabun buku ketul hijau FAB yg wat basuh pinggan.
awww....sungguh kasar.

apakah kriteria pemilihan sabun ketika itu?
aku penah pilih DOVE sebab terpengaruh tengok kain leh melayang atas badan mcm zero geseran.
walhal perkara itu mustahil di dunia nyata.
PALMOLIVE(maknanya zaitunpalma)
dan berbagai lagi jenama yang semua nya terpengaruh kuasa iklan talibesen.
akhirnya aku terpengaruh ngan satu iklan yg paling berkuasa.
dimana buah-buahan kuar dari pili atau hos air.
itulah FRUITALE.
dengan rm1.90 tiga ketoi menjadikan ia termurah dipasaran.
la ni dh ada macam macam bau.

aku suke payapa.
apel ngan anggur pon best.
pernah ku cuba sekali menggigit...ade rase buah tu ke?
ternyata satu percubaan yg bodoh....
tapi atas nama sains....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ada apa dengan GIANT?

tadi aku pi giant pulai
nk beli frankfruter.
tengah ari so org tak ramai.
satu cashier je bukak.
akak ni islam la kot
pakai tudung.
dtg satu nyonya tua bwk 6 pack calrsberg.
akak tu ngan selamba dog kira macam biasa.
mungkin dia tak rasa apa-apa
tapi aku lak yang menyirap.
cilaker haram zade.
kan jelas hukumnye
apa saje berkaitan arak haram.
jual angkut iklan minum.
aku tengok dia.
dia tengok aku.
mgkn lam ati akak tu kata dah ni keje aku.
tak keje tak mkn plk.
salah akak tu?
salah giant?
salah wakil rakyat DAP Skudai?
salah mak bapak?
salah guru agama?
salah sultan?
salah kerajaan?
salah OIC?
salah kubur masing-masing?
nak rasa collective punishment?
salah siapa ada student UTM nk jadi militan?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Liu Bolin...The Invisible Man...

Last pic is simply brilliant…..Couldn’t spot him

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Friedrich Nietzsche

1. People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.
2. He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
3. The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
4. There are no facts, only interpretations.
5. Morality is but the herd-instinct in the individual.
6. No one talks more passionately about his rights than he who in the depths of his soul doubts whether he has any.
7. Without music, life would be a mistake.
8. Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot, a bad apple, is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn’t.
9. In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
10. The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
11. A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
12. We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the way in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
13. No victor believes in chance.
14. Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
15. Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
16. It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
17. The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
18. The future influences the present just as much as the past.
19. The most common lie is that which one tells himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
20. I counsel you, my friends: Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
21. Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, is what makes someone a friend.
22. God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.
23. Success has always been a great liar.
24. Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.
25. What do you regard as most humane? To spare someone shame.
26. Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
27. When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one.
28. When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets.
29. Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises.
30. All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
31. What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.
32. Fear is the mother of morality.
33. A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.
34. Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell.
35. There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
36. The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.
37. The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart — not something that comes upon the earth or after death.
38. What is the mark of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.
39. Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.
40. We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.