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Arts & Leisure

Volume I, Issue 40
March 9 - March 16, 1998

Now more than ever, the world is a dangerous and tempting place for those with addictive personalities. Take it from me: I can barely stop biting my nails. Though people speak of computer skills and literacy as the most valuable qualities for the 21st century, I think discipline and willpower will be what really separate the prevailers from the survivors.

Which is why I'm definitely keeping my distance from Ultima Online, one of many recent advances in the world of virtual reality. This article reveals that not only do participants, who can see each other in a high-tech 3-D environment while chatting via old-fashioned text, learn to fight and barter and kill in their online world, they also form real communities. Sounds addictive, so I think I'll stick to the "useless" stuff that knows it's useless. Otherwise I'm apt to confuse virtual reality with the real thing.

Darts are addictive too, but at least you get to develop some hand-eye skills and impress the real-live folks in the bar where you're playing. That is, if you're any good. I tend to miss the dart board entirely, leaving unseemly holes all over the wall. Note to kids at home: be sure to lock the door so somebody doesn't open it just after you've thrown a dart! That happened to me once....long story.

Perhaps I should stick to Barbie-doll collecting. It's addictive, but at least you have something to show for it over the years. Namely, Barbies. There are Barbies who get pregnant, Barbies whose breasts grow, Barbies who (thanks to clever pranksters) speak using G.I. Joe's voice, Barbies in wheelchairs, and someday soon I hope, Siamese-twin Barbies. If you collect enough Barbies, you can even open a Barbie shoppe. For Barbie addicts only, of course.

Just don't get addicted to alcohol, because what it'll give you to show for it over the years is something you don't want. Trust me. And if you must bar hop, do it in New Orleans. At the very least, you'll be establishing an addiction of the finest quality.

In the Gallery
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D. Eric Bookhardt











Featured Articles
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Dungeons and Draggin's
Marinate your modem in Origin's Ultima Online. [2]
Jon Lebkowsky

On the Gaming Boards
Upcoming game releases, both off- and onscreen. [3]
Kayte VanScoy

"We Do Cool Things"
The Fat Man and his Team Fat make music for multimedia games. [4]
Jon Lebkowsky

"Useless" Stuff on the WWW
Surfing the Internet with a guy who can't swim -- and finding all sorts of "useless" stuff. [5]
Devin D. O'Leary


Recreation
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Board Games
As you drive by those dimly-lit bars tucked beside the road, unusual things are occuring inside -- namely, darts tournaments. Mike Gibson reports on why people like to fling sharp metal objects at bristle boards. [6]
Mike Gibson

Day Tripper
A trip through the doll museum and shoppe. [7]
Steven J. Westman


Food & Drink
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In the Drink
A guide to New Orleans' coolest watering holes. [8]
Rich Collins, Suzanne Presto, Jamie Kopf, and Lacey Woods


Performance
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Lesser Evil
In case you haven't noticed, the Phantom of the Opera is a creep. [9]
Maureen Needham

Wedded Bliss
"Joey 'n' Mary's Irish-Italian Comedy Wedding" creates a mood of abandon that gradually draws in the audience by a spiritual osmosis of silliness. [10]
Dalt Wonk

First-Class Delivery
Going postal has never been this funny. [11]
Zachary Woodruff


Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [13]


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