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Procrastination Destination: Wikipedia Racing

We’re almost at finals week, which means it’s time for Wesleying’s biannual Procrastination Destination feature. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering why you haven’t started studying yet. You should probably start studying… But if you need a good study break, you might as well procrastinate while learning new things.

So on that note, let me introduce you to Wikipedia Racing!

There are two forms of the game that you can play. The first version of the game is something that you play with your friends. The rules are simple:

  1. Choose an article to start on, and an article to end on. (For example, start on Justin Bieber, end on candy canes)
  2. You have to get from the first article to the destination article by only clicking on links within the wikipedia articles.
  3. First person to get to the ending article wins!
  4. For an extra challenge, you can add rules like no using the back button, or you can’t click through the United States (hot wikipedia racing tip, you can get to almost anything from the United States Wikipedia article). You can also change the rules and say that the person who finds the shortest path to the destination article wins, regardless of how long it takes. You can really add any rules you want to, it’s a very flexible game.

Using the example I gave before (Justin Bieber to candy canes), here is a demonstration of how Wikipedia racing works.

Justin Bieber –> Under the Mistletoe –> Christmas Music –> Christmas –> Candy Canes

That was a pretty easy example, but you can do some really weird ones, like Limes to the Treaty of Versailles, or Las Meninas to Wesleyan University. Maybe you can trick yourself into feeling like you are studying by choosing topics for the start/end articles that are related to your work. If you are having trouble thinking of articles, try the random Wikipedia article generator.

As for the other version of Wikipedia Racing, maybe you want to procrastinate alone in the library, or you don’t want your friends to see you avoiding your work. Fear not! There is also an antisocial version of Wikipedia Racing that you can play online. The online version of the game decides the start and end articles for you (you can’t even pretend like you are studying), but it is still a great way to avoid your work.

Lost and Found: Auditions

From Elli Scharlin ’18

Lost and Found

A Playwriting Capstone by Elli Scharlin ’18
Lost and Found is a musical about a girl who loses her virginity and sets on a quest to find it. We travel with our protagonist, Spencer Maude, through the mystical woods of Askaround. Along the way, we meet characters like Andy Roger the lovable life-sized bunny, The Captain of the Seamen and the Naughty Nautical Boys, and even Buster Hymen the Gatekeeper. A coming of age story that asks the questions: What is virginity? Can it be restored? Who cares?

Auditions will be on Wednesday 12/6 from 5 – 8pm in Usdan 110 and then again on Friday 12/8 from 2-4pm in Usdan 108.

Sides will be provided.
Feel free to prepare a story or monologue no more than 2 minutes.
Please prepare 16 bars of a song.

If you’re looking for inspiration think Avenue Q meets The Wizard of Oz.

Sign up for a slot on the google doc.

Feel free to send questions to escharlin[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or ewilkins[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
If you can’t make these times and want to audition still, let me know! I want everyone to have the chance to participate!

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 6th and Friday, Dec. 8th
Time: Wednesday from 5-8pm, Friday from 2-4pm
Place: Wednesday in Usdan 110, Friday in Usdan 108.

 

Main Street Rite Aid is Becoming a Walgreens

A big change is coming to Middletown: the Rite Aid on Main Street is becoming a Walgreens! This transition comes as part of a failed merger between Rite Aid and Walgreens that was blocked by anti-trust laws in June of this year. Rather than merging with Rite Aid, Walgreens is buying up just under 2000 Rite Aid stores across the country in a deal worth approximately $4.375 billion.

So what does all of this mean for you? Rite Aid sent me a letter outlining the whole transition:

Concert: Kodomo // Kodacrome // Purple Windsounds

From Movement House:

Come by Movement House on Saturday night for an audiovisual show featuring some top notch visiting electronic artists. Live sets will be accompanied by programmed + projected visuals.

KODOMO
Kodomo is the electronic music project of Emmy Award-winning composer Chris Child. His work falls into the genres of ambient techno and IDM, sometimes veering into the experimental. His performance will focus on his most recent EP, Divider.
https://kodomo.bandcamp.com

KODACROME
Kodacrome is Elissa (vocals/synth) and Ryan (synth/drum machine). The pair crafts fragmented pop with a warm electronic pulse, featuring swells and lead lines which ring from synths and throats alike.
https://kodacrome.bandcamp.com

THE PURPLE WINDSOUNDS
Wesleyan’s own apocalyptic noise pop band performing what may be one of their last shows ever

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/509106319446814/

Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 10pm
Place: Movement House

Write In: Kids That Look Like Their Parents

It’s Family Weekend, and there are a ton of parents on campus. Have people mistaken you and your parent for siblings? Have you spotted a parent and child that look identical?

We want pictures! Email us  (staff[at]wesleying[dot]org) your Family Weekend pictures of identical parent/child pairs with the subject “Parent Write In” and your name and class year in the body (as well as the name and class year of the people in the picture), and we’ll feature you guys on Wesleying!

Inferno: A Homecoming Show

From Prometheus:

Some like it hot, but others like it ablaze – Come see Prometheus, Wesleyan University’s best and only fire-spinning troupe perform a dizzying array of fire-fueled performances!

Check out the Facebook event here.

Date: Saturday, November 4th
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: The lawn outside of Alpha Delta Phi and 200 Church

From the Argives: OverheardAtWes, 19th Century Edition

Twitter accounts like @OverheardAtWes and @WeirdWes chronicle some of the wackiest things that Wesleyan students can be heard saying on a daily basis. Private conversations being subject to publication in campus-wide media may seem like a phenomenon exclusive to the internet era, but the concept of OverheardAtWes existed long before twitter. In fact, ridiculous student quotes were often featured in The Argus during the 1800s!

Here are some of the best original OverheardAtWes quotes from the 19th century after the jump: