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A Ridiculous Competition

by Ezra Fox on August 31, 2011

Ezra Fox discusses his misadventures with Craigslist and his ridiculous competition trying to sell free stuff.

Ezra Fox learned some important life lessons from Glengarry Glen Ross.

A good game can make you feel something. Your pulse rises as you walk into a dark alley with only 4 bullets left in your clip, knowing that a zombie will pop out at you at any second. When it suddenly latches onto your neck and feasts on your delicious polygonal flesh, you scream like a small child. (Not me, though. Definitely not me.)

So if nothing else, I have to give Spent kudos for making me feel something. Even if that something was “utterly depressed.”

In these uncertain times of recessions, depressions, and Mayan Armageddons, it’s of the utmost importance that children know how to save money. That’s why Visa created “Money Metropolis,” a game whose tag line “Saving for a goal is a world of fun” brings to mind a very dull world indeed.

Double Indemnity might be the one movie about insurance that everyone can name. OOTS contributor Ezra Fox finds that it’s also more realistic than you might imagine.

Ezra Fox reviews “Have You Considered the Benefits of Life Insurance,” the world’s best – and possibly only – computer game about life insurance.

The mythical state of California is home to two things: earthquakes, and movie stars. In the case of the former, how will the latter be affected?

This is Christiania: delightful, ridiculous, frustrating, stubborn, and swimming in drugs. I had an impossible task ahead of me trying to make any sense of the place. Every time I went in, I was essentially asking “what are you?” and in response it played the flute and threw money around itself.
Parts of it feel closer to a developing country than Scandinavia. On the other hand it’s essentially the old frontier revisited, and there’s something raw and romantic about the idea of making a home out of nothing.

Ezra Fox is the first place winner of OOTS News’s Bad Weather Writing Contest, with this short, wonderfully overwrought story of bad weather and failed romance (read the runners-up here): Ezra Fox, Hurricane of Love The approaching hurricane was like Reginald’s love, thought Samantha. It was wet, powerful, fast, hard, deadly, contained an unknown quantity [...]