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The Deal of the CenturyAKA: The Deal of the Century

Imagine your friend said to you, “Hey, will you come over to my house and pick up some correspondence I have for this guy down in Armpitville, Florida and hand deliver it to his front door? I’ll give you 44 cents!” You’d be all, “Um, GFY.”

Even if you happened to be headed in that direction, you’d still probably say, “I can’t think of a single thing in life that would be worth doing for 44 cents. I can’t even imagine that being worth 44 dollars. Or 440 dollars. Maybe 4,400 dollars.”

And yeah, mail isn’t as important or necessary as it used to be thanks to email, and yeah, actually going to the post office is still a whole world of awful. But the next time some anti-government malcontent tries to denounce federal regulation on general principle, you can remind them of the good ol’ USPS, which still represents one of the most successful and efficient programs ever created, federally regulated or otherwise.

And they won’t even tell you to shove it when you offer them 44 cents to hand deliver an envelope to an address over 4,400 miles away.

The US Postal Service is effing awesome.


Free Video Games

Back in the eighties, you paid $30 for one Atari 2600 cartridge that allowed you to play a game which consisted of little more than moving a square pixel-shape across your TV screen in an attempt to avoid another differently-colored square pixel-shape. And you thought it was worth every penny.

Thirty years later, you can still fork out the equivalent amount of money for a store-bought video game, but the complexity and dynamics of the gaming have evolved a bazillion-fold, creating deeper, richer experiences and awe-inspiring moments that rival even the most memorable motion pictures.

Even better than that, you can just as easily go online and game for free. They may not be as jaw-dropping as their console counterparts, but the internet and evolving mobile devices have created a market where clever coders are releasing their wares online for absolutely nothing. Zilch. And even the lamest Flash game is probably a million times better than that pixel blob you were joysticking around in the 80’s. The fact that it’s free is just anti-aliased gravy.

Seriously, check some of these out (via Kongregate):

And that’s just a few. There are literally thousands.

But video games are only for nerds living in their parents’ collective basements, you say? Anyone who tells you that video games are a waste of time is a dipshit who has never actually played them before. They are, in all reality, some of the best tools you can find to improve your pattern recognition abilities, your puzzle solving skills, your dexterity, your responsiveness, and your critical thinking. Plus they are fun as hell.

Video games, especially free ones, are effing awesome.


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