Posted September 12, 1998 at 9:00 am No Comments

Now that Alex, Mitesh and I have returned from our traditional Saturday morning trip to Chic-Hens, I’d like to point you to the Etch-A-Sketch web site.  Etch-A-Sketch is a popular toy from the Ohio Art corporation that for decades has provided youths across the nation with countless hours of frustration.  The main attraction of the web site is a unique Java applet designed by the clever staff of Ohio Art.  You type your name into a small text field, and on the next page, your name is drawn by an Etch-A-Sketch.  The real enjoyment, however, does not derive from seeing your name drawn.  The real enjoyment is in the attempt to come up with dirty words that the Etch-A-Sketch applet will print.  You see, the programmers of the applet evidently didn’t want people typing in inappropriate words, so they designed the applet to recognize these words and print the word “KIDS” in their place.   What amazes me is how thorough the programmers were — I haven’t found a single “mainstream” dirty word that isn’t caught by the powerful Etch-A-Sketch drawing engine.  It’s astounding that the staff of a children’s toy company could have a dirtier mind than a college student.  If you do manage to “trick” the applet, drop me an e-mail or write a note in my guestbook, and you’ll win a special prize!  If you are bored this Saturday afternoon, or are simply looking for things to do while you postpone your homework, this game can provide up to a half-hour of diversion.  Just remember, the word “dick” doesn’t count; since it is also a name, it will be printed by the applet.

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