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:
Choose an article to start on, and an article to end on. (For example, start on Justin Bieber, end on candy canes)
You have to get from the first article to the destination article by only clicking on links within the wikipedia articles.
First person to get to the ending article wins!
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.
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.
Finished studying? Bring your textbooks to Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore Dec. 9-17 and exchange them for COLD HARD CASH. It doesn’t matter where you bought them, all you need is your Wesleyan ID– we’ll buy them back! Return rental textbooks to the bookstore by December 17.
2017. Sweden. Dir: Tarik Saleh. With Fares Fares. 106 min.
A young singer is murdered in one of Cairo’s big hotels just a few days before the January 25 revolution and National Police Day. This neo-noir thriller follows a surly cop assigned to the case as he dodges corruption in his department and realizes some of Moubarrak’s people might be implicated in the deadly a air.
1984. W.Germany/France. Dir: Wim Wenders. With Harry Dean Stanton, Hunter Carson. 145 min.
In this wonderfully heartfelt portrait of a broken family, the late Stanton had the role of a lifetime as an amnesiac returning home after years and trying to reconnect with his young son. “New” German filmmaker Wenders (Wings of Desire) lends an outsider’s sense of alienation to the Texan landscape.
1961. France. Dir: Agne?s Varda. With Corinne Marchand. 90 min.
Awaiting a possible cancer diagnosis, a self-absorbed pop singer spends ninety “real-time” minutes wandering the streets in between short-lived carefreeness and agitating despair. A peripatetic observation of postwar Paris, Varda’s Left Bank landmark explores feminism with a taste of light somberness. Look out for a surprise cameo by Jean-Luc Godard.
2004. USA. Dir: Jon Turteltaub. With Nicolas Cage. 131 min. 35mm print.
Code-breaking, treasure hunting, American history, and humor are the secret ingredients in this Wes-alum-directed action-adventure heist flick. In a ludicrous pursuit for Masonic loot, the patriotic Cage steals the Declaration of Independence and follows clues with the help of his quippy, tech-savvy sidekick and a fiercely intelligent archivist.
1990. USA. Dir: Jennie Livingston. With Dorian Corey. Documentary. 71 min.
This iconic celebration of queerness chronicles the underground Harlem ball culture of the late 80s, showcasing the vibrant personalities of its predominantly Black and Latinx participants. The historical aesthetics of drag and the minority origins of cultural concepts such as voguing and throwing shade are brought to light in potent critique of oppression.
2016. Spain. Dir: Pedro Almodovar. With Emma Suarez, Adriana Ugarte. 92 min.
The melodramatic auteur’s latest turn arrives with less flamboyance than usual but no less heartbreak. Chance, memory, trauma, and tragedy circle a tale spanning two timelines (and two lead actresses in the title role). Based off of Alice Munro’s short stories, Julieta explores the interiority of a woman reconciling her past and present in glorious detail.