“I Hate You, Ninjaman!”

by Buzz on 12/11/2014

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by Buzz on 12/11/2014

There are a lot of games out there that tout themselves as “fun for the whole family” or “for ages seven to seventy” but holy shamolley, Big Picture Apples To Apples actually delivers!

Big Picture Apples To Apples

Based on the popular 12+ version, Big Picture Apples To Apples is a great way to stretch your imagination and improve your vocabulary while having tons o’fun.

Basic game play is this:

A judge deals out five red apple picture cards each to the players (stock photos of people & places, animals & activities) then turns up a green apple word card; the word is defined with three synonyms for younger players or those for whom English is a second language.

Players then select a red apple picture card from their hand that they feel best depicts the word on the green apple word card.  The judge decides which is best and hands that player a token.  The played cards go into their respective discard piles (picture or word), a new word card is dealt, and the next hand is played.

Play continues until one player has accumulated 5 tokens.  If no one accumulates 5 tokens in five hands, the judge deals out five more picture cards to each player (or, alternately, refreshes each player’s hand with a new picture card every turn) and play continues until someone wins.

The great thing about the game is it’s a fast play (30 minutes for a game with 4 – 6 players) that allows even the youngest players to compete on an equal basis with older ones by combining random distribution with visual playing pieces.

And while one can argue that it requires subjective judgment, in truth there’s usually an obvious best choice winner for every hand.

But wait!  There’s more!

Creative minds can hack this game like nobody’s business, playing variants of Five Card Nancy or Creation Myth* with the stock photos.  One can play a game where each player creates their own five card narrative or one where a group narrative is created by alternating images with story points.

If playing with an even number of players, deal each player five picture cards, then turn a card face up.  The first player adds a story point then plays one of their picture cards; the opposing player responds in kind.  Game continues until one player uses all five cards; if stuck, they draw from the picture card deck.

If playing with an odd number, Player One lays down a card, Player Two provides a story point, Player Three then lays down a card, Player One then provides a story point, Player Two then lays down a card, etc., etc., and of course, etc.

Game play continues until you run out of cards or the story reaches a satisfactory conclusion.  Game story can be free form or assigned a specific genre.




*  Creation Myth was described many years ago in the Whole Earth Review.  Using images culled from magazines and glued to index cards, the deck is shuffled and five cards are dealt out to each player who must then construct a creation myth based on all five cards arranged in however sequence they desire; the players then vote on who came up with the best myth.  Once again, it sounds (and technically is) very subjective but in actual play the winner is typically obvious to everyone.


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“Tommy” by Rudyard Kipling

by Buzz on 10/11/2014

I went into a public-’ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:

O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-’alls,
But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.

Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul?”
But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;

While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, fall be’ind”,
But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind,
There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind.

You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!


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Bent-Con 2014 Spiritual Themes Panel Online

by Buzz on 10/11/2014

B. Dave Walters has posted a link to a recording of last Saturday’s Spiritual Themes in Comics and Associated Media at Bent-Con with panelists Cyn Duby, David Berger, and yrs trly.

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How To Tell Gyrenes From Doggies

by Buzz on 9/11/2014

There has always been a rivalry between the Army and the Marine Corps.  Here’s a WWII Marine’s take on the matter…

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“How to tell the Gyrenes from the Doggies on Okinawa.” [World War 2.] [Illustration by: "Sgt J.R. McDermott, Okinawa 45".] World War II Comics – Signed by Sgt J.R. McDermott, Okinawa ’45..

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ancient sufi parable

by Buzz on 8/11/2014

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“I have wasted my whole life searching for God.”

“?!?!?  Where did you look where you couldn’t find Him?”

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Fictoid: One Day During World War Two…

by Buzz on 8/11/2014

Are you going to sit all day cap

underlying art by Mead Schaeffer
text (c) Buzz Dixon

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Capitalism Explained

by Buzz on 7/11/2014

American capitalism

the original
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On The Convention Trail…

by Buzz on 6/11/2014

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I’ll be on the Spiritual Themes in Comics and Associated Media panel at Bent-Con this Saturday, Nov. 8, and 6:30-7:30pm.  With Cyn Duby,  David Berger, and moderator B. Dave Walters.

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Keep Your Eye On The Camel

by Buzz on 5/11/2014

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from the Brick Bible
by Brendan Powell Smith

So I encountered someone who was Christsplaining “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” on the InterWebs and thot oh hell NO it would be a good topic for a blog post.

Their Christplanation was that Jesus wasn’t saying rich people couldn’t go to heaven, because a camel going through the eye of a needle is obviously an impossibility.[1]

Instead, what Jesus was referring to was a special little gate called “The Eye Of The Needle” because it was so narrow, and that for a camel to pass through, it would first need to be unburdened and then get down on its knees and shuffle in.

For some peculiar reason this interpretation is extremely popular with people who desire s4!tloads of money.[2]

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” is a very complex metaphor.
Let me explain it to you:

 “A camel” = a great big fncking animal

“the eye of a needle” = that leeeetle tiny hole at the end of the thin thin thin pointy metal thing you use to sew cloth together

“a rich man” = anybody who has two shirts when somebody else has none

“the kingdom of heaven” = to be in communion with God both here & now and the hereafter

Jesus was fond of using ridiculous hyperbole to prove his points. F’r instance, “why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” literally meant people were walking around with six foot long weaver’s beams in their eyes while criticizing their neighbors for having a speck of dust in theirs. Obviously a physical impossibility, but Christ wasn’t interested in telling something literally factual but rather spiritually true

Likewise “if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out” meaning literally gouge your eyes out rather than let them lead you into temptation. I don’t think Jesus expected anybody to take that as a serious command, but rather that we should remove from our lives anything that might cause us to harm another person or allow another to come to harm.

So the point he was getting across re camel / needle / rich man was this: If you are more interested in lining your own pocket than in seeing justice is done, you aren’t going to hell…

…you’re already there.

 “The Christian life is not about pleasing God the finger-shaker and judge.  It is not about believing now or being good now for the sake of heaven later.  It is about entering a relationship in the present that begins to change everything now.  Spirituality is about this process: the opening of the heart to the God who is already here.” — Marcus J. Borg , The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion To A More Authentic Contemporary Faith




[1]  There is an alternate Christplanation where “camel” is a miscopying of the Aramic word for “rope” and there’s a certain appeal to that insofar as one can see a similarly between a thread and a rope.  However, that Christplanation also misses the point that it’s fracking impossible.

[2]  They don’t actually have to possess s4!tloads of money, just desire to possess s4!tloads of money.  Check out Matthew 5:27-28.

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