I already explained The Nameless Game so now, at the leading edge of Spring, it's time for Swacky.

Playing hacky-sack is not typically my cup of tea. It seems so aimless. I like goals. I'm a measurement-motivated person. I need meaning, no matter how arbitrary, artificial or arcane. Swacky takes the wishy-washy, just-goofin'-around aspect of hacky sack and obliterates it in a tightly-controlled, rules-dominated fiesta (the best kind of fiesta).
  • Let's say there are three players, A, B and C.
  • Swacky begins when one person throws the hack to another. A can only touch the hack once. This touch is used to pass to either B or C. Let's say B.
  • B must then pass it to the remaining player, C. When all three players have touched the hack once, one player (any player but at least one) must say "Swacky!".
  • The last player to touch the hack can hold it until they are ready to pass it which begins the next round.
  • When the pass is made, the receiver can only touch it twice. Let's say it's C who passes it to B.
  • Then B can only touch it twice (hopefully using the second touch to pass to A) and when A touches it twice the round is complete and someone must say "Swacky!"
  • The rounds continue with the number of touches required increasing by one at each completed round.
  • [This one's complicated] If a player has already touched the hack n times (while it is round n), once per round they can touch it again provided
    • they touch it exactly n times AND
    • another player has touched it since they originally did
    • Example:
      • Let's say it is round 2 (where each player must touch it twice). A touches it twice and passes to B. B touches it twice but fails to pass it to C, A can touch it twice to save the round so long as they touch it exactly twice.
  • The game ends immediately if:
    • The hack drops.
    • Someone forgets to say "Swacky!"
    • It's round n and someone touches it != n (other than holding it after a completed round; there's no limit for that but don't bogart it, man).
I am not great at this game. My friends who are good at this can get to rounds 10 and up. I am lucky if I get to 5; that's a good day. I think my record is 7. Playing this with more than 5 people is super tough.


Analogy Of The Day

"It's amazing to watch her process information whenever someone speaks to her: The period between when something is said and when it's actually processed is unusually long, as if her brain is still running on a 14.4 baud modem while everybody else has gone broadband."

- Scott Tobias, The Onion AV Club

As an aside, this new trend to capitalise after the colon offends me.


Because I Have Nothing To Say

Blogroll update...

Name change:
Without ME becomes S'Wonderful

Blog change:
babyresearcher is abandoned, but its author, the only Amy worth knowing (and the only Amy I know), writes on about sociology in amy writes

New blogs:


Emilie, living in Quebec, is currently pregnant and writes about whatever pops into her head. Unsurprisingly, most of it is about the bébé-to-be these days. She has a French and an English version of her site. I have no idea how she does that.

Update Frequency: Monthly

What my kids want to know

Another blog by the authoress of Something Up..., the title pretty much says it all. Her kids have some interesting questions. I think I'm the only one answering them. I should start a blog called What Kids Want To Know.

Update Frequency: Fortnightly

What We're Up To

Elizabeth the Georgia Peach in Virginia writes about her crizazy family. With occasional pictures.

Update Frequency: Monthly

Where the Sidewalk Reappears

Adrienne hails from Tennesse, goes to school in Montreal and plans to summer in Florida. She does improv at McGill and likes babies named Ben. Studying drama and possibly living it.

Update Frequency: Weekly


Conversation and Hennessy

Plagiarised from exBostonian:

Friday, March 3rd, at noon: come to VAGANZA VI, McGill Improv's annual 24-hour comedy show! It's on the second floor of the Shatner building, 3480 McTavish Street, runs straight through until noon on Saturday, March 4th. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for non-students, and all profits will go to a local charity.