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Scott BullockGarth In Paradise
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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column fighting off the naysayers and wishing Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes lots o’ marital bliss.OK, so in case you haven’t heard TomKat’s engaged (TomKat is the ridiculous nickname the glitteratti has come up with for the Hollywood “it” couple). And we couldn’t be happier for them; however, someone here at the Corporate Suites thinks it’s a little trite that Tommy-boy would choose to pop the question atop the Eiffel Tower.

Mind you, this staffer also got engaged in Paris but in front of Notre Dame – which is so much less trite, because … ?***Here’s some depressing news for you aging baby boomers and grown adult disillusioned children of said age group: Pac-Man is 25 years old. So are those flashing ghosts. Ms. Pac-Man is just a few years younger, but she still looks goooood. (We’re not sure about Buckner and Garcia.)

For us aged folks, we can remember Pac-Man being a big deal (sadly). It once upon a time actually passed as “technology,” and video games represented society turning some sort of digital corner. (It also meant that every parent’s change jar would be summarily raided of all quarters.)I know you youngsters out there in Summit Up Land are like, “Get over it, dude,” but let me tell you – you are spoiled rotten. Your games today are wicked realistic (we’re connecting with the younger set now), and you can somehow play them all on a device as big as a cell phone.We also did a little experiment to further measure the digital divide (gulf) between the generations. We went to one of those “emulator” sites and downloaded the original Pac-Man for our 10-year-old whippersnapper of a neighbor to play, and right on cue, his only comment: “The graphics suck.”

(For those of you video game vanguard-types, these emulator sites really rule. A simple one is http://www.tripletsandus.com/80s/80s_games/arcade.htm; and if you have the right plug-ins, you can immediately be transported back in time to that dark, stinky arcade where you spent all of your lawn mowing money. Some of the featured titles: Donkey Kong, Centipede, Defender, Joust, Tempest, Q-Bert, Spy Hunter, Dig Dug, Galaga … OK, we’ve geeked out enough.)***It’s Saturday, and that means it’s time to catch up on all of our celebrity gossip magazines.


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