Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Castle Mania

Castle Mania
That was the name of this obstacle course attraction for kids -- part of the ecarnival that was parked out by Toys R Us in back of West Towne Mall Saturday. I wandered over to take some photos while my car was getting its tires rotated. It was a chilly, gloomy day, but you wouldn't know it from the way kids were scrambling around and enjoying the rides.

4 comments:

Dr Bud Barker Diablo said...

What exactly is an ecarnival? You log on from home and enjoy the attractions on your monitor? Instead of 'Step right up!' it's 'Log right on!'?

I dunno, MadGuy. I think the Tilt-A-Whirl and Tunnel of Stress need to be experienced firsthand. At the same time, I like the idea of keeping my kids away from carnies, many of whom are bail jumpers. I guess the jury's still out on this innovation.

Madison Guy said...

Dr. Bud Barker Diablo, I had already fixed the typo on which your comment was predicated when I saw your comment. It only seems fair to put the "e" back in carnival, so as not to undercut your timely warning about the evils of electronic carnival attractions.

Dr Diablo said...

You know, MadGuy, I think we've stumbled upon an idea for a blockbuster XBox game. Computer simulations of carnival games are common, but ours will feature a twist. You make your way along the midway, playing the rigged games and riding the unsafe rides--all while trying to avoid getting your pocket picked or getting lured into joining the traveling carnival. You would get bonus points for spotting and reporting fugitives, as well as OSHA violations. These elements of realism would teach as they entertained.

You could shill for Kreepy Karnival right here on your blog, or even feature a downloadable demo, such as that Ring Toss game with rings smaller in diameter than the wristwatch you can win by dropping a ring around it.

Dr Spade Diablo said...

MadGuy, this content is as cold as the Klondike bar I ate for breakfast. You seem to have another case of Blogger's Block. Let me help by offering some observations I'd like you to respond to in today's post.

1. The Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) now kills 38% of the cats it admits. A spokesman explains that by not expending resources on labor-intensive tasks such as caring for orphaned nursing kittens and ill animals, they can do a better job with the rest.
From my own work in healthcare, I am familiar with triage. However, I didn't realize it meant ranking cases from easiest to hardest and starting at the top of the list. My life would have been less stressful and more lucrative had I known.

2. A real badger eats gophers and bees, but Bucky Badger feeds on wagonloads of cash. An alum, I get constant calls from the UW pleading for money. The need is great, they say. Like other big box charities and organizations, they never say they have enough for now.

3. The heartbroken Marino family understandably wants to catch Joel Marino's slayer, but I think they have convinced the media that the police are mishandling the case when that is not obviously so. The cops have to withhold some evidence so they can verify or falsify confessions. ISTHMUS complained that the police failed to respond when a witness reported that he had again seen the killer. However,the police did respond. This witness, although properly reporting his sighting, has never seen the killer's face clearly, so I don't see how he is in a position to ID him.

Of course, law enforcement has invited extra scrutiny and criticism with its bobbling of the 911 Center's mishandling of Brittany Zimmerman's call. This guy Norwick, whatever his virtues or past achievements, has got to go.

At the same time, some critics of the 911 Center have given me a chill when they post in public forums, accusing the 911 dispatcher of being a co-murderer and what-not. I'm always surprised at how many people have reservoirs of rage upon which to draw. As Thorstein Veblen said, America can be conceived of as a vast psychiatric ward.