- NNHS Newsletter -
Still Alive (Portal)
ďThe cake is a lie.Ē
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Last night we were visiting my my #1 son, Lewis (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '89 - of IL) in Collinsville (yes, I did actually leave home). I mentioned that I needed some obscure music themes for upcoming Newsletters. Lewis suggested this theme song from the 2007 video game Portal.
Thanks, Lewis! This not only qualifies (to me, anyway) as obscure, but it's strangely and weirdly pretty.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxTNqYAWISs - Portal - Still Alive (High Quality sound) with lyrics
Portal is a single-player puzzle-platformer developed by Valve Corporation. The game was released in a bundle package called The Orange Box for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on October 9, 2007, and for the PlayStation 3 on December 11, 2007. The Windows version of the game is also available for download separately through Valve's content delivery system Steam and was released as a standalone retail product on April 9, 2008. A stand-alone version called Portal: Still Alive was released on the Xbox Live Arcade service on October 22, 2008; this version includes an additional fourteen puzzles. A Mac OS X version was released as part of the Mac-compatible Steam platform on May 12, 2010.
The game consists primarily of a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player's character and simple objects using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (ASHPD, also dubbed the "portal gun"), a unit that can create inter-spatial portals between flat planes. The player character, Chell, is challenged by an AI named GLaDOS to complete each puzzle in the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichment Center using the portal gun with the promise of receiving cake when all the puzzles are completed. The unusual physics allowed by the portal gun are the emphasis of this game and are an extension of a similar portal concept in Narbacular Drop; many of the team members from the DigiPen Institute of Technology that worked on Narbacular Drop were hired by Valve for the creation of Portal.
Portal was acclaimed as one of the most original games of 2007, despite being considered short in length. The game received praise for its unique gameplay and darkly humorous story, created with the assistance of Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek of Old Man Murray fame. It also received acclaim for the character of GLaDOS, voiced by Ellen McLain in the English-language version, and the final credits song "Still Alive" written by Jonathan Coulton for the game. The game's popularity has led to official merchandise from Valve including plush Companion Cubes, and fan creations such as recreations of the cake and portal gun. A sequel, Portal 2, was announced in March 2010 for release during Q4 2010, but has now been given a release date of April 18th, 2011....
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Eileen Rash Vaught ('57) AND F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
21 -Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA;
22 - Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY;
23 - Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD;
25 - Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA!
|Many Happy Returns to You All!|
THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
January 18, 1864 - All white males between 18 and 45 (shortly to be changed to 17 and 50) had been conscripted for service into the Southern Army. In North Carolina, protest meetings were held as opposition to the conscription law grew.
From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 01/17/11 - "We wish you a Very Bountiful New Year!":
|January 17, 2011|
The 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival
Sends you this Very Special Final Deadline Extension...
Howdy from Houston!
In response to hundreds of emails and phone calls, we are
delighted to announce our traditional Final "Brick Wall" Deadline
for the 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston Film & Video Remi Awards
Competition. Be part of the 3rd oldest International Film Festival
in North America, and the oldest Indie Festival in the world. Enter
the festival that gave first awards to Spielberg, Lucas, David
Lynch, Ang Lee, John Lee Hancock, Randal Kleiser, Gavin Hood, Ridley
Scott and The Coen Brothers!
Be Part of the 44th Annual WorldFest!
April 8-17, 2011!
The Wonderful City of Houston,
4th largest city in America!
|We have extended our final Entry Deadline to January 31, 2011. Your entry must reach us by then. We offer competition for the coveted Remi award in 12 major categories, not just 2; Features, Shorts, Docs, TV Production, Music Videos, Student, Screenplays, TV Commercials, Business Films, Experimental, Film & Video Production, & New Media.||Described as "quite possibly the best organized film festival in the World" - Before there was Sundance or SXSW, before there was Toronto or Tribeca, there was WorldFest! We screen our Shorts and Features in Big AMC Theaters and are the only Film Festival in the World offering a VIP Tour of NASA and a Sailboat Regatta on Beautiful Galveston Bay at the Classic Houston Yacht Club!|
The coveted WorldFest-Houston Remi Award is the symbol of Creative Excellence and is named after Frederick Remington, the brilliant Artist that captured the spirit of Texas and The West with his paintings and sculptures.
Enter the 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival!
WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival
voice: 713-965-9955 Fax: 713-965-9960
The 44th WorldFest-Houston is very proudly sponsored by
the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA),
The City of Houston,
The Houston Film Commission,
The Marriott Renaissance Hotel at Greenway Plaza,
Space Center Houston,
The Houston Yacht Club,
The Houston Film Society,
The Wellness Center and our Sister-Festivals
USAFilmFestival/Dallas , &
The Seoul Drama Awards. To everyone that has already entered, we
thank you! To other Intl Film Fests, if we can assist you in any
way, please feel free to contact us!
|WOWZERONI! Thanks, Hunter! Happy New Year to you and yours, too!|
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/17/11 - "Two performances - 50 years apart! This is great!! The Diamonds!":
WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne Honey - and Danny!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 01/17/11 - "North Platte Canteen":
|I always wondered how the
USO got started.
NORTH PLATTE CANTEEN
Great video. I didn't know about North Platte Canteen until I saw this video. This is awesome.
PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO WATCH....YOU'LL NOT REGRET A MINUTE.
MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, Dools!
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 01/17/11 - "Goal Setting":
Setting Performance Goals - 6 Steps To Escape Your Smelly Rut!
By Joe DePalma
In all of the research
I've done on high level achievers I've found they all agree that
regardless of your individual goals; there is a series of six steps that
must be implemented to bring those goals to realization.
From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/15/11 - "CAN'T FIX STUPID" (#2 in a Series of 10):
Civil War planes? Let me know how that works out.
Guy's Joke of the Day - 01/17/11:
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
1. Friday, January 28,
2011 - Tidewater Friends of Folk Music Coffeehouse - 7:00 PM Wesley United
Methodist Church, 2510 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666 - SEE:
2. Thursday, February 3, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have fiends in that year, go visit with them.
3. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
4. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
5. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella (email@example.com - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (firstname.lastname@example.org - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (email@example.com - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954 6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971
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Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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==============================================Carol Buckley Harty
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(b. 01 Dec 1970)
Sung by Ellen McLain (a classically trained operatic soprano) as the GLaDOS character
This was a triumph.
Iím making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.
Itís hard to overstate my satisfaction.
We do what we must
because we can.
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.
But thereís no sense crying over every mistake.
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.
And the Science gets done.
And you make a neat gun.
For the people who are still alive.
Iím not even angry.
Iím being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart.
And killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because I was so happy for you!
Now these points of data make a beautiful line.
And weíre out of beta.
Weíre releasing on time.
So Iím GLaD. I got burned.
Think of all the things we learned
for the people who are still alive.
Go ahead and leave me.
I think I prefer to stay inside.
Maybe youíll find someone else to help you.
Maybe Black Mesa
THAT WAS A JOKE.
HAHA. FAT CHANCE.
Anyway, this cake is great.
Itís so delicious and moist.
Look at me, still talking
when thereís Science to do.
When I look out there, it makes me GLaD Iím not you.
Iíve experiments to run.
There is research to be done.
On the people who are still alive.
And believe me I am still alive.
Iím doing Science and Iím still alive.
I feel FANTASTIC and Iím still alive.
While youíre dying, Iíll be still alive.
And when youíre dead, I will be still alive.
"Still Alive" midi courtesy of http://www.vgmusic.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=13268 - 01/20/11 (sic)
"Still Alive" lyrics courtesy of http://www.noddegamra.co.uk/portal-song-lyrics/97/ - 01/20/11 (sic)
Aperture Science Image courtesy of http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/63493/ - 01/20/11 (sic)
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Animated Blue Light Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/tx5280/lines4.html - 01/01/10
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!
Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
clip art courtesy of
http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05 (resaved
Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
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