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Can’t you see that Oregon Trail is a microcosm of life? I’m sure you’ve seen my high score on the computer: 8,040 points. Did you know that for years people considered 8,000 points impossible? You don’t get a score like that by playing it safe and taking the banker. You get a score like that by selecting the farmer, purchasing only oxen and ammo, setting a “grueling” pace, and feeding your party “bare-bones” rations.

How many gold medals would Michael Phelps have won if all he cared about was making it across the pool? How many championships would Jordan have if all he’d wanted to do was dribble the ball down the court? Sure, you can make it across the country in relative comfort. But let me ask you this: How many spare wagon wheels do you think Michael Phelps takes with him? Why not push a naked, starving family to the brink of collapse and hunt your ass off for food all the way to Oregon? Isn’t that what Jordan would do?

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— "No Son of Mine Plays Oregon Trail Like That.” By Michael Nelson Price

(Source: mcsweeneys.net)

motherjones:

Michele Bachmann’s light bulb paranoia goes much, much deeper than you think:

As Bachmann explained to a perplexed chamber, sustainability, as defined by UN agreements like Agenda 21 and the UN Biodiversity treaty, would mean an end to resource extraction as we know it. “Last year in one of…

Mrs. Bachmann, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”  

Disappointed this story didn’t delve deeper into why Rick Santorum’s top result was “Wiki.”

"The lucky thing for us is that we are in a race with Europe and Japan for ‘most financially irresponsible superpower,’ ” Walter Russell Mead, a professor at Bard College and author of many works on the waxing and waning of American power, said on Sunday. “And right now, the Europeans and Japanese have substantial advantages in that race."

— NY Times’ Sanger: In World’s Eyes, Much Damage Is Already Done

(Source: The New York Times)

After 60 rounds, my score was 11-21-28. I resorted to sweeping over all three options and trying to randomly click on a choice.

Give me food, he says, or i will open the fridge and help myself.

Give me food, he says, or i will open the fridge and help myself.

Pondering what I want to accomplish with this thing.

Pondering what I want to accomplish with this thing.