A quick one from a few weeks ago that I feel I should post before I forget about it.
Spencer took a class from Prof. Waid this quarter, and, in one of her characteristic lecture tangents, she mentioned how she saw an ad for the new(ish) Grand Theft Auto and mistakenly read the title as Grand Theft Auto I.V. Of course, it's actually Grand Theft Auto IV, but looking at the logo, I can see how someone accustomed to seeing the abbreviation for “Isla Vista” might do a double-take.
Waid’s misreading made me think, if just for a moment, about what Grand Theft Auto I.V. would be like. In short: terrible. The vast majority of such a game would involve trying to drive down Del Playa at 11 p.m. on a Friday, never accelerating past five miles per hour and only being able to honk your horn as a means of motivating pedestrians to move out of your way. When you get to where you’re going, you must chose between dinging your car in an attempt to parallel park or just having to leave your car on Camino Lindo.