September 23rd, 2001

NPA

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September 22, 2001

My lungs are on fire.

A little before 1AM, as part of a birthday party taking place at Dave & Buster's funtime emporium, I decided to play "Mocap Boxing", a new arcade game from Konami. In it, instead of the usual button-pushing and joystick-wiggling associated with video games, you put rubberized glove/mitts on your hands, stand on a mat, under a bar, face a screen and…you box. The bar (and, I think, the gloves) contains sensors ("Mocap" is short for "motion capture"), which read your body position, speed, where the punches are being thrown, etc. It's really quite the impressive bit of technology.

It kicked my ass.

Not in-game, of course-I beat the first two opponents rather handily-but physically-all the moving and punching and dancing around…it really sapped the energy out of me. Made my breathing ragged and nasty, and (if I recall the numbers correctly) burned 126 calories in about 6 minutes.

I swear, if I could, I'd buy one and put it in my house in place of treadmills, stationary bikes, whatever.

That's why my lungs are burning.

Happy birthday, "Wayne". Hope you enjoyed it to the smallest detail.

I also moved things today. And I got the pictures back from the wedding. And I'm thermonuclear pissed about them. We took approximately 80 shots that day. We got back approximately 25 prints. Apparently the rest were overexposed, underexposed, out of focus, whatever. I'm going to go back to the place I got them developed and have a look at the negatives to see if anything can be done.

I'm working Sunday. I could have worked today-for overtime pay, no less-but I didn't want to. I was (and am) just too tired.

Today's Link Of The Day is entitled "An American Time Capsule". It's something the Library Of Congress put together pretty much to show there's been mental detritus floating around for a very long time. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/rbpehtml/

JHR
9/23/2001 4:41 AM