From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 7:43 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 1, 2008


Good Morning . . .


Whenever someone asks me to define love, I usually think for a minute, then I spin around and pin the guy's arm behind his back. NOW who's asking the questions?


Is it safe to assume everyone now has all their holiday shopping done?  J  And, WOW, seems like the start of December has also brought the start of winter . . . hope you have your shovels or snow blowers ready! 


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, December 1st  

 1977 - Brad Delson (guitarist)

 1970 - Julie Condra (actress)

 1958 - Charlene Tilton (actress)

 1946 - Gilbert O'Sullivan (singer)

 1945 - Bette Midler (singer, actress)

 1944 - John Densmore (musician)

 1940 - Richard Pryor (comedian, actor, d. 2005)

 1939 - Dianne Lennon (singer)

 1939 - Lee Trevino (golfer)

 1935 - Woody Allen (Allen Konigsberg) (writer, director, actor)

 1934 - Billy Paul (singer)

 1933 - Lou Rawls (singer, d. 2006)

 1929 - Dick Shawn (comedian, actor, d. 1987)

 1913 - Mary Martin (actress, singer, d. 1990)

 1897 - Cyril Ritchard (actor, d. 1977)

 1886 - Rex Stout (mystery writer, d. 1975)

 1743 - Martin Heinrich Klaproth (chemist, d. 1817)



The following is an actual article from the AP, included in its entirety.  A big thanks goes out to Jenny Dorsch for the submission!

Taking gaming just a bit too far..

Japanese gamer 'murders' virtual husband, police say.

October 24, 2008, TOKYO - A 43-year-old player in a virtual game world became so angry about her sudden divorce from her online husband that she logged on with his password and killed his digital persona, police said yesterday.


The woman, who has been jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, used his ID and password to log onto the popular interactive game "Maple Story" to carry out the virtual murder in May, a police official in the northern city of Sapporo said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of department policy. "I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry," the official quoted her as telling investigators and admitting the allegations.


The woman, a piano teacher, had not plotted any revenge in the real world, the official said. She has not yet been formally charged. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison or a fine up to $5,000.


Players in "Maple Story" create and manipulate digital images called avatars that represent themselves, while engaging in relationships, social activities and fighting monsters and other obstacles. In virtual worlds, players often abandon their inhibitions, engaging in activity online that they would never do in the real world. For instance, sex with strangers is a common activity.


The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when their characters were happily married to kill the character. The man complained to police when he discovered that his online avatar was dead. The woman was arrested Wednesday and taken 620 miles from her home in southern Miyazaki to be detained in Sapporo, where the man lives, the official said. The police official said he did not know if she was married in the real world.  Bad online behavior is usually handled within the rules set up by online worlds, which can ban miscreants or take away their virtual possessions.



As a reminder, my reason for sending this is to help keep communication lines open between friends while hopefully adding a bit of levity to the day.  Back issues are available in the Deep Thoughts section of my website.  Have a great week!


Bryan McGonigal


*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd's "News of the Weird", available at



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