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Honor Roll Sacked; The End is Nigh!

The Users of Everything2 never had a chance.

When they awoke on Wednesday morning, their beloved and venerable Honor Roll had been replaced with a new leveling system, promising infinite levels, a poorly defined Gold Standard, and worst of all? No experience points for voting. The power structure of E2 were unreachable in their ivory tower, so we went to the street, to get the human story. We spoke to Everythingian Senso, who was devastated.

“I lost so much in this changeover: friends, my self-respect, XP. I never saw it coming.” He told us. We were standing in what was left of his homenode, which was demolished by Hurricane Oolong. He showed us where his XP had been, the levels his grandmother brought over from the old country. What would he do, now that everything had been taken from him?

“Try and rebuild, I guess.”

The scene wasn’t so hopeful for his neighbor, Excalibur. According to the provisions of his parole, he isn’t allowed within 400 feet of... Story continued on page 2



New System Discourages Voting, Residents Say

With voting no longer rewarded by XP, Everythingians are hit where it hurts most: their free time.

“I didn’t know what to do with myself today.” Said user GhettoAardvark.

Aardvark is a 34 year old chronic bed-wetter and contributer to E2. Ever since losing his job he's been sitting alone at home, dividing his time equally between incidents of 'roid rage, voting on E2 and putting Bugles on the ends of his fingers and pretending to be some sort of Barbecue-Flavored witch. Without the incentive to vote, he was left with nothing to do.

“I got so bored, I went outside.” He told us over the phone.

How did it feel?

“It burned a little.”

Even all the way on the other side of the world, noders were feeling the time crunch.

"Dude, I went through three bongs today." Said noted drug-legalization activist, Augustine. "I got sooooo bored, I decided to get ready for Easter. I went to a bunch of stores, trying to buy like, those chocolate bunnies, cause I was like 'Ohhh Chocolate, **** yeah!' But they were all, 'We don't celebrate Easter in China, ****wad."

We politely informed Augustine of what time of year it was, and what country he was in.

"Japan, no ****?" He looked sad for a moment, but then a grin spread across his face.

"No worries. You know what they got here?" I didn't.

"Vending-machine panties, bro."

Clearly, something has to be done.



Zombies Walk Earth; Eat Brains


Candidates Found in Gay Embrace:
McCain and Obama's Secret Love Nest
Story on page 5

My ultrasound:

  • They warm up the jelly and the stick thing, so it felt nice.
  • Babby is energetic and perhaps also camera shy -- which meant I was on the table for close to two hours before the tech got everything she needed.
  • It would appear that babby has the appropriate number of limbs, fingers, and toes.
  • In March, it is 99.9% likely that we will meet Paloma Hazel Pamela (not Hunter Stuart Antonio)
  • The babby literally gave us the finger. Babby takes after her mother.
  • There was evidence of Isolated Choroid Plexus Cysts, but that's okay because the majority resolve naturally and my Triple Screen Test came back clean as a whistle and it looked like babby unclenched her fists. Note: If there is something amiss, I'll find out tomorrow.
  • Babby has long legs...Paloma the prima ballerina? Paloma the highly-paid fashion model/physicist? Paloma who can reach things on shelves that are beyond my grasp?
  • I have a picture of babby that lends itself perfectly to photoshopping in a bottle of booze -- I feel guilty for wanting to do this.
  • I also have a picture of babby's face...more specifically, babby's freaky skull. Just in time for Halloween!
  • Having jelly in one's pubes does not feel so nice.
  • A few weeks ago I joined the local bowling league to help get me out of the house a little more often. It's good to interact with people now and then, or so they tell me.

    I was on my high school bowling team and took it semi-seriously back then, and joined the bowling club in college as well, although I really didn't have a lot of time to devote to it along with my engineering classes. I tended to bowl around 150 then. I haven't bowled regularly in over 10 years.

    Since I don't want to put a huge amount of time and effort into the sport, I never learned how to throw a hook. Or rather, I know how to throw a hook, and have done so two or three times, but I never put the practice in to get past the steep learning curve. Instead, I throw a straight ball.

    Now when I say I throw a straight ball, I don't mean I throw it straight down the middle of the lane. That's a good way to get a bunch of splits. Rather, I start at the right side of the lane and bowl at an angle toward the pocket between the 1 and 3 pins. This works pretty good for me (I very rarely split) except when I leave the 10 pin standing, in which case I have to bowl straight down the right side of the lane along the gutter, trying not to fall in. This is difficult but I've gotten the hang of it.

    For quite a long time I've had trouble breaking 160 consistently. There seemed to be a barrier there I had to break through if I was going to get any better. The problem is, there's an upper limit to how good you can be at bowling if you're not getting strikes. The best you can do with 9/spare frames all the way through is 190 (a spare is 10+your next ball, meaning you get 19 points for each frame with 9/spares) and my problem was I wasn't getting strikes back-to-back. Piling up strikes next to each other is the key to high scores in bowling, since a strike is 10+your next two balls. So a strike followed by a spare is barely better than a spare followed by a spare (20 vs 19) but two strikes together will net you 20–30 points depending on your third ball. A perfect, full game of strikes is of course 30 pins x 10 frames = 300 points.

    So if you want to break 200 you've got to pile up the strikes, and I think I've finally figured out how to do it. I've noticed that when I hit the pocket like I should, the resulting pin explosion seems to "peel" all the pins away from the 5 pin, leaving one or two pins standing in the center, mocking me. I've tried various techniques to correct this but it seems the solution was actually rather simple: brute force. If I throw the ball harder, it'll plow through the pins rather than deflect off of them, and knock down that 5 pin that was giving me so much trouble. Result: more strikes, higher scores.

    Of course, this carries with it a slight complication in that it's harder to maintain my accuracy when throwing the ball that hard, which is of course why I haven't been doing it all along. Also, I'll likely tire my arm out by the third game. What spares I do need to pick up will have to be rolled slowly and carefully, like I've been doing, but the first frame is going to have to have some authority behind it, and that's something I'm just going to have to get used to.

    We'll see how far this gets me next week.

    Update: This idea was a complete and total flop. My score dropped about 40 pins and I was not able to get substantially better with practice. I've gone back to my old technique.

    Update 2: I upgraded from a 14 pound to a 16 pound ball. Now I'm getting the advantages of heavier impact without the loss of accuracy involved in throwing harder. I bowled about a 500 over three games my first day with the new ball. My average with the old ball is about 450.

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