dropped from the moonbeam
Anne got home very late from work last night, so after the boys went to bed, I killed some time playing nethack. It's moving from "a fun diversion" to "a serious addiction." Just this morning, I was reading The Center for American Progress, and my heart skipped when I saw a Y next to a @. I instinctively hit "Z a ." and crashed my browser.
My waking obsession with Nethack reminds me of the old Tetris days, when I'd see patterns in everything. The best one was on approach to Kennedy Airport on a red eye flight, after I'd played through two sets of batteries on my Gameboy during the five hour flight. The Manhattan skyline (one of my favorites in the world) was mentally filled in by all sorts of blocks as the plane landed. I think I had about 5000 mental points when we touched down.
But check it out! I got farther last night than I ever have:
1 15917 Morc-Mon-Hum-Mal-Law died in The Dungeons of Doom on level 12. Killed by a xan. - 
Okay, I don't know WTF a Xan is, but it kicked my ass in three turns. I was in The Big Room, just one step away from the stairs when I died. The worst part is, my own stupidity cost me the game: I forgot to #pray (I was piously aligned) which would have, at least, restored my HP (at best, it may have whacked one of the baddies who was wailing on me). I was also carrying an unidentified amulet of lifesaving (is that what it's called?) which would have obviously saved me had I put it on. Moral of the story? Don't forget to quaff and read, and apply and put on everything when you're close to the end. It's not like you've got anything to lose.
Of course, you could also tear yourself away from nethack for more than three minutes at a time . . . even though there's something intensely satisfying about listening to the scores for the three Lord of the Rings movies while you play.
I'm just saying.
Exciting link of the day is also a plug for me: I'll be on The Screen Savers tomorrow (on tape, not in studio) with those interviews I did at JPL last week. I talked to my producer yesterday, and he told me that some of the stuff that couldn't make it on the air because of time constraints will be streamable on the web, at their website.