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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

From Obtaining Lost Items To a Strange Trend In Extra-curricular Sports

Someone saved some of my stuff for me. I haven't shown my thanks to them yet, but I am planning to surprise them with something custom-made, for sure.

 In that treasure pile they provided, I had a road atlas. Yes!

 I gently placed it on the corner of the bed while I worked to store all of the other goodies in the closet space that I'm provided.

 Once I returned to the huge book, I flipped to a Randoom page and pointed at a town.

 The town was very small, so I wanted another.

 This next town was just a bit bigger. I wanted honest-to-god cities, not suburban satellites.

 What do you know, I hit Albequerque.

 Started reading up on the place and it's quite a story, but not this one.

 The one thing that stood out to me was the listing of it's sister cities.

 Sister cities are beneficial ties that any city can make with another in the world, upon agreement.

 It was a snore-fest looking at the list, if I'm honest, but I laugh in my sleep and found a peculiar oddity.

 Most of the cities were tied to others in different countries. Not Waikiki, Hawaii's. No.

 It's sister city is Bixby, Oklahoma. I haven't ever been there, but something in me wanted to go a little further here.

 Bullet is the name of their rag. I'm down for flaunting the second amendment, but I'm not sure that's where they were going when they named it. Anyway, I checked out the latest issue and was in insta-shock when I saw the front page.

Woah, just wait a freakin' minute!

 What? For those that can't tell from the pic, those boys are playing a version of Quidditch, from the Harry Potter series.

 I saw this and was instantly inflamed. Apologies to all the fans, and J.K. Rowling if offense is taken by these next logical statements.

 First, there is a flying ball in quidditch. I've not watched the full movie sets, but I do know that rule. That was the rule that made it cool to me. That is the one rule that if they ignore, they're all just playing a version of polo with a plain jane volleyball, while riding on brooms.

 Why make an actual extra-curricular activity from the Potter series? Because it's popular. I wish it were because the game is cool, but alas, it's not too exciting when compared to the silver screen version.

 I can think of several different games that only exist in fiction that should become school sports. Number one of all is Orson Scott Card's battle room from his Ender's Game series.

 "Wait, Shock. You are expecting children to shoot a freezing adhesive at each other while flying around a room in zero gravity with ropes and such?", asks my even-more-cynical invisible girlfriend.

 "Ah, just wait for technology to catch up. I'll even start getting interested in this Quidditch game,

                                                  WHEN BALLS FLY!"

46 comments:

  1. Haha let them have their fun. They're not hurting anyone.

    Except for their own social adequacy.

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    1. Yeah, it's best for them to have something to do after school to stay out of trouble, but I wish it would have helped a lesser known author.

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  2. hahaha that does look really really sad. If you are going to copy you at least have to play like the original, if not don't bother. So I guess we have to wait for balls to fly.

    But you know, maybe they like carrying Wilson around. I bet he's glad to be off the island..haha

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    1. Wilson! Yes, they should be made to paint faces on them to show how primitive the recreation of the game is. When they use engineering and science to put wings on him, he'll even be helpful in rescue missions.

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  3. i'm still waiting for intramural Calvinball

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    1. As we will be for quite some time.

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    2. God yes! If it's going to be something out of a book - why not Calvinball?! Now that's a game that anyone would enjoy!

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  4. that's quite a story there mate. A story about nothing if you will.

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    1. One that would make Jerry proud, I'd hope. Him or George, anyway.

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  5. I've never read anything by Card, but I hear he is an excellent fantasy/sci-fi writer.

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    1. His Homecoming series is by far one of my favorite epic sagas.

      If you're just in it for one book to test, I'd recommend Treason.

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  6. There's a whole organization for muggle quidditch. Personally wouldn't play it, but they work around the rules and end up having fun. That's the only important part, isn't it? If someone can enjoy it, all the best to them.

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    1. Yeah. Teamwork can be achieved through any action when students work together. Building of whole cities depend on the skills that they gain in communicating and interacting with peers, coaches, and officials. I do have a great respect for any activities, and I was just being cynical for reasons of wanting it to be a higher-tech sport.

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  7. I think that was my reaction when I learned of this so called "IRL Quidditch." Even as a fan of the series and a lover of the Quidditch scenes I found myself saying "Yeah, we've gone too far. Time to start cleaning up the gene pool a bit."

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    1. If done correctly, I'd salute the genius minds that worked together with minds to shape it into a reality. To produce less than accurate details would only detract from it's appeal to hardcore and die-hard fans alike. Even those like me that always wish for more movement.

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  8. that was funny. But bud you had angered entire witch and wizard writer. Hope you dont get burned.

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    1. I had thought of that. The ire I draw for my post will be dealt with in calm logic. I am funning, or messing around with the idea, but in the case of being for or against, I'm for. I did mention the source, but it goes to the administrators and sport officals that choose what new types of games, if any, are included that are to blame for it's hasty inclusion.

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  9. What an interesting way to stumble upon a new city?! hahaha With google maps, I don't even think I've ever seen an Atlas except for on my grandfather used years ago.

    And Quidditch? I refuse to believe they made that into a real sport. ahaha

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  10. ::re-enacts the awesome scene in Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure, with himself cast as Ted and Shock as Lincoln. As the crowd roars with applause he leaps out, high-fives Shock then chest-bumps Bill::

    FUCK!!!
    YES!!!
    EVERYTHING YOU SAID! EVERYTHING! ESPECIALLY THE BATTLE ROOM HOLY CRAP THE BATTLE ROOOOOOM!!!!

    Holy shit the Shadow post-series was so fucking good too~!

    ORSON!
    SCOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!
    CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARD!

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  11. I wish they had a quidditch team when I was in high school

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  12. Well, I see ridiculousness has just been taken to new heights! WTF??? Then again, what would I know? I come from a country where spitting buck droppings is a sport! Yikes!

    Our sister city is Palm Desert, Ca. A sheer miracle that anyone would willingly agree to be associated with us, here in the armpit of the world! :)

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  13. I haven't seen a single Harry Potter movie. Or read the books. I've read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series though and I follow Trueblood religiously.
    :)

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  14. I'd like to see blernsball become a real sport.

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  15. OMG thats hilarious!!! I'm not really a big potter fan, but I know about quidditch, and to play that in real life....really? Not really the same now is it.
    But, at the end of the day whatever makes people happy!

    (BTW I got an email that you commented on my last post but when I checked my post there was nothing there! Maybe just my comp having a moment of madness so ignore me if non of this makes sense to you :D)

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  16. Flying Spheres exist. Its a rather new technology but they do exist.

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  17. is that some field hockey? heh yeah after posting that pic i put the dvd's on. just dont get tired of this show

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  18. I thought that picture of Quidditch was a little phallic looking.
    Then I read "When Balls Fly."
    Are you sure Bixby is a SISTER city?

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  19. If Berserc thinks they are real then they must be!

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  20. Those guys playing Quidditch look like they have had plenty of practice.

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  21. I wonder if my school would have more athletes if quidditch was a spot

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  22. I would laugh my ass off if I saw a bunch of people running around with brooms underneath their legs, tossing balls around. Now that has to be funny!

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  23. Oh god, why does this game exist?? I'm with you on not understanding the point of this since there are no flying balls. I really would like to know how the bludgers work in this stupid game (are your teammates standing around the field throwing them at the enemies???).

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  24. Haha. Congratulations on getting your stuff back!

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  25. Yeah, fanbases are crazy. That's why I try not to associate myself with any of them.

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  26. I'll never be into this garbage

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  27. Why you hatin on those kids Shock?

    Everybody gotta have a dream.

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  28. That first picture is pure comedic gold. Well done.

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  29. oo yeah i would be down with battle room...

    they probably have nothing better to do in that town...come on man...ha

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  30. I like your "even-more-cynical invisible girlfriend", she sounds like fun.

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  31. I think Quidditch is an activity for those that view Ultimate Frisbee as too mainstream.

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