DNA Lounge: Wherein this Sunday is DNA Lounge's 35th Anniversary, and the Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge!

DNA Lounge opened on November 22, 1985!

Our hope had been to tag each of this year's events as being part of a year-long anniversary celebration, and then to do something huge on the actual anniversary. But then the world had other plans.

Just about one year ago, on our 34th anniversary, I wrote a blog post about what I feel makes DNA Lounge unique, and worth saving. Go give it a read, it stands up!

Go ahead, I'll wait.

If after reading that you're feeling all nostalgic for what the world used to be like, and what DNA Lounge used to bring you, now would be a great time for you to contribute to our Patreon or make a one-time donation so that we can hibernate through the pandemic and still be there for you when you're allowed to see shows again.

Please join us on Sunday afternoon at 2PM for the Cocktail Robotics webcast! We had originally planned to do this seventh annual event in back in July, but obviously that couldn't happen. So instead, we recorded brand new in-depth interviews and demos of some of the finest cocktail-making robots from previous years! You're gonna love it. Join us in the live chat.

Even if you don't feel like watching a video about cocktail robots -- you monster -- I recommend you tune in at least for the first five minutes for a brief presentation from yours truly on the occasion of the DNA Lounge anniversary.

Here's what else we've got this weekend:

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Church patriarch dies from Covid-19 after leading open-casket funeral of bishop killed by the virus

Turns out, kissing plague-corpses is bad for you. Why isn't that in Leviticus?

The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, died in a Belgrade hospital on Friday after contracting coronavirus, according to a statement from the church.

Irinej, who was 90, led an open-casket funeral service for the church's top cleric in Montenegro, Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović, on November 1. Three days later, Irinej was admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.

Amfilohije's body had been displayed in an open casket during the service before being interred in the crypt of the church in Podgorica, Montenegro.

A large crowd had gathered in front of the crowded church, with only a few of the attendees inside the building wearing face coverings. Video of the service showed mourners kissing the deceased cleric's hands and forehead, as is custom.

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Also resurrected from the flash-heap of history, Bubbels!

This is my favorite bubble-popper. So much so that I saved a copy of the SWF file in case the site went away (it did) but then Flash went away too...

I know there are many, many variants of this game, but this version was just the right level of mellow for me. No timers, chill popping noises. Every other version is always like, "oh yeah it's a totally standard bubble popper, except it's got kookoobananas shaders, a happy hardcore soundtrack, and in-game purchases for Super-Pop."

Sadly, sound isn't working for me on this one.

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Fly Guy is back!!

Fly Guy! Fly Guy!!

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