Brent's palm stretched back and - in a flashing rush - the TiVo was airborn. Once the proud centerpiece of some family's home entertainment center, the digital video recorder was now living a less sedentary life, flying over the net in a graceful serve before a clumsy return brought it back, brushing across the top of the net as it came. And then the return and the counter-return and the game was on in earnest.

Hunched forward peering at the court below, the spectators gasped as yet another piece of home electronics took flight before settling into a hushed tension as the game found its stride. Digital volleyball had become popular for much the same reason as Greek tragedy. Who would win and who would lose was in many ways irrelevant to the main attraction: watching tragedy unfold in an uncertain but inevitable way. There could be only one ending to this game.
 said on
December 23, 2009
Nice lesson. I have ruined enough electronics in my life to make the national Olympic team if this were a sport.
 said on
December 24, 2009

A friend of mine can absolutely compete in that game. We call her "电器杀手(dian4 qi4 sha1 shou3)", literally "the Electric Appliance Killer", but in most cases she's the Electronics Killer. She's got this killing hand. One time she used my laptop for five minutes and it crashed. The whole hard disk broke. Before that my laptop has never had a problem for two years...
 said on
July 19, 2011
The dialog download link for this lesson is incorrect - points to the wrong lesson.
 said on
July 20, 2011
Thanks pefferie,

Not sure how that happened, but it's fixed now.