RANT: This was a crime!


Teen girl concussed after brutal basketball attack
By Ryan Glasspiegel
November 10, 2021 6:02pm  Updated

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A disturbing cheap shot during a California basketball game left a teen girl concussed and her mother “in shock.”

At an event in Southern California, 15-year-old Lauryn Ham was sucker-punched by one of her opponents. According to her mother, she’s still recovering from the brutal punch over the weekend.

“Of course I was in total shock,” the victim’s mother, Alice Ham, told ABC7. “Just couldn’t believe that could happen to my child.”

Ham said her daughter was disoriented when she came home after the game.

“The person in question went down the court and shot a 3-pointer, landed, fell backwards into my daughter,” Ham said. “As they got up and turned and were walking back down to the other side of the court, her mom says to her, ‘You need to hit her for that.’ And the child in question sucker-punched my daughter.”

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It was a vicious assault.

I agree with the victim’s Mom it was criminal.

At the very least, there should be public outrage.

What are we as a society coming to?




[JR: New mother told her to hit the girl? Sounds like the mom needs to go to jail too.  What are they teaching children these days?]


INTERESTING: Bad strategy

Watching WOF tonight, the second place lady made at least two strategic or tactical errors.

She lost by 80$.

Earlier, after she’d won a car, she payed it safe and did not spin. She solved!

In the final puzzle, she played to solve the puzzle and gave it away early. She should have called a Z!


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RANT: Watching VILL / SYR game

I still think a time out should NOT granted when a change of possession is imminent.

Too many times a TO is granted an penalizes good defense.

I’d define “imminent” as “in the next three seconds”.

The ref could even let three seconds run off the clock then blow the whistle and award the time out.


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FUN: Original Adventure


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“You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully…..”

That’s the beginning. The beginning of Adventure, also known as Colossal Cave, but also the beginning of adventure games as we know them today.

This title, being a historic game, also has an interesting history. In 1973 its creator, Bill Crowther, was a developer involved in the creation of ARPAnet. He and his wife used to be enthusiast spelunkers, as well as regular Dungeons and Dragons players.

In their spare time, the Crowthers explored and mapped portions of the Mammoth and Flint Ridge cave systems in Kentucky for the Cave Research Foundation.

During this period, the couple split up. To be nearer to his two daughters, Crowther decided to write a program for their amusement. A simulation of this cave he explored, mixed with elements from his fantasy roleplaying. They enjoyed it a lot, and the game was passed from friend to friend during the early days of the internet.

Eventually, in 1976, programmer Don Woods found a copy, enjoyed it as well, and contacted Crowther to ask whether he could expand it. Crowther gave his permission. So Woods, who loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy, added some typical Tolkien elements such as Elves, Trolls and even a volcano (inspired by Mount Doom). The game was then completed as we know it today.

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Boy, I loved that game. Played on an old TI with the thermal paper. Made maps and charts. It was a hit with all the injineers. Sigh! Lost youth.

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