Kevin's Compendium of Useless Fantasia
1 August 2002
Welcome to the first issue of Kevin's Compendium of Useless Fantasia (or
simply "the Compendium"). This is my attempt at putting something out
every month that has the total (or at least a sampling) of my creative
endeavors for the previous month.
Let's take a look at what I did in July:
Well, that's it for this first issue of Kevin's Compendium of Useless
Fantasia. Please email me with any
questions, concerns, comments, criticisms, witticisms, or suggestions. If
you've made it this far down the page, you must have some sort of comment,
at least. Go ahead, mail me.
- I volunteered some time at a friend's art cafe at ArtBeat 2002. People came
in and ordered art. I wrote some poetry
- Someone's LiveJournal had the
idea of mixing the casts of two shows together. I came up with the A-Team
doing The Wizard of Oz: Murdock as the Scarecrow, Face as the Tin
Woodsman, B.A. as the Cowardly Lion, and Hannibal as Dorothy. It's such a
perfect fit that I wonder if the writers of The A-Team were
inspired by The Wizard of Oz. Well, okay, probably not.
- I wrote a food-related haiku
at work, and then I wrote another one the
- I wrote a work-related haiku
at work. As sometimes happens, I surprised myself with the last word. As
also sometimes happens, I found it to be true.
- I wrote some anagrams for my employer (former employer as of 31 July
2002) and its parent company, with help from the Internet Anagram Server.
Prentice Hall =
Pearson Education = Upon a desecration
- I wrote a stupid anagram:
Compendium = I'm cup demon
I tried to find an anagram for the complete title, but none of the online
anagram servers could handle that many letters. I had some thoughts about
writing my own anagram program, and I even wrote down a list of qualities
I wanted it to have. It pretty much ended up being like the Internet Anagram Server's
search except with no character limit and the ability to include or
exclude more than one word. I may even write that program some day.
- I played a very little bit with a song lyric in my head. Just one
line: "We can be together as two as one." Or maybe "as two as one as two."
Or maybe just keep going, fading off: "We can be together as two as one as
two as one as two as one as two as one . . ." Trying to get the idea
across of two people being together yet still retaining their individual
identities. Two people coming together as one unit, functioning as two
people. Or something.
- I wrote some anagrams based on my LiveJournal user name. I don't think
I want to post them, though, since I don't know if I want my LiveJournal
name being as public as this.
However, it is worth noting that posting of these anagrams (there were
three) lead some people to comment that they
thought it was haiku, at first. So I got the idea of trying to write
anagram haiku, where each line is an anagram of the same thing. Hmm, maybe
a pair of haiku, where one haiku is an anagram of the other, line by line.
I haven't done any of this, but maybe seeing it up here will get me to
work on that some day.
It is also worth noting that ensuing comments in my journal about this
entry were what got me to start seriously thinking about the
- This is really stupid. I made it into the 411 for 4
July 2002. I met John
Cooper at a game convention this year. He helped design one of my
favorite games, Gnostica.
Anyway, he sets his alarm for 4:11 PM every day, and he records a snippet
of what is going on right then. I happened to be talking to him at 4:11 on
4 July 2002. It's stupid because it's not anything creative that I did; I
just think it's really cool. Therefore, I deem it worthy to be included
- When I got back from the gaming convention, the current Weekend Edition Sunday
Puzzle was a two-week creative challenge. The challenge was to take a
movie title and create either a review or a synopsis of the movie for
which the title is an acronym. I could have spent more time on this, but I
didn't. Here are the two I came up with:
BEN-HUR = Being Enslaved Never Hurt -- Up Rome!
CLERKS = Complete Losers Endure Reality -- Kevin Smith
- While searching job listings, I noticed that my eyes tended to focus
on jobs with Director in the title. I thought about this for a
and I realized that I was doing this because Director has the same
letters as Editor plus a couple more. So I connected them (with the
of the Internet Anagram
Server) with cordite. I decided to work my way all the way down
one letter and up as far as I could. With the help of friends, here is the
list I came up with:
TIED (TIDE, DIET, EDIT)
I tried to find a name for these kind of things. I was thinking word
chains, but I only found one place on the web that called them that,
I didn't find any other names. So, they're word chains for now. But
there's also something called word chains where you keep the same number
of letters and turn one word into another, one letter at a time (LOVE,
LAVE, LATE, HATE).
- It is worth noting that I have thought about collecting on a web page
all sorts of games that don't require any equipment. There are ones that
definitely don't require equipment (like 3-2-1 Contact and 1-2-3), and
then there are ones that might generally be thought of as paper-and-pencil
but could be played without any equipment by motivated people with good
memories (Jotto). I had
wanted to get a start on this web page before this first issue of
the Compendium came out, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen.
I hope that having it here will get me to work on it, and it might get me
some suggestions of games from people.
Watch for Issue 02 coming out 1 September 2002.
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Last modified: 31 July 2002