Wednesday, December 30, 2015
“Careful, Archchancellor, warned the Dean. “What you have there might represent pure sobriety.”
Ridcully paused with the finger halfway to his lips.
“Good point,” he said. I don’t want to start being sober at my time of life.” He looked around. “How do we usually test stuff?”
“Generally we ask for student volunteers,” said the Dean.
“What happens if we don’t get any?”
“We give it to them anyway.”
“Isn’t that a bit unethical?”
“Not if we don’t tell them, Archchancellor.”
(from Hogfather by Terry Pratchett)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
I played my second game game of Magic The Gathering this week. My first game occurred about 20 years ago. I still don't comprehend WTF is going on or any of the strategy. But I can now see where it is an exceedingly complex game, and that is a definite plus.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
We visited the Seattle Public Library today. I was interested in seeing how it compared to my hometown Phoenix Public Library. In terms of quantities of books, DVD's, and CD's, the two are pretty equal.
But the Seattle library has a Coffee/Chocolate snack area, and an adjoining "friend play" zone where you can play library-supplied board games. No such thing back home.
So the ball's in your court, Phoenix.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
He closed his eyes for a moment and then opened them again, staring across the room. “They took my maps, Kale. My satchel, my parchments, my ink … what will I do?”
“I’d say that’s the least of our problems right now. They plan to execute us.”
Micah’s eyes widened. “No, they can’t! Then I’ll never get my maps back!”
(from The Clockwork God by Jamie Sedgwick)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
“You don’t like anything that’s happening.”
It made me even more depressed when she said that.
“Yes I do. Yes I do. Sure I do. Don’t say that. Why the hell do you say that?”
“Because you don’t. You don’t like any schools. You don’t like a million things. You don’t.”
“I do! That’s where you’re wrong – that’s exactly where you’re wrong! Why the hell do you have to say that?” I said. Boy, was she depressing me.
“Because you don’t,” she said. “Name one thing.”
“One thing? One thing I like?” I said. “Okay.”
The trouble was, I couldn’t concentrate too hot. Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate.
(from The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Monday, December 07, 2015
Sunday, December 06, 2015
Saturday, December 05, 2015
All eyes in the pub were by now focused on Mephistopheles, and Geoffrey said, “My goat is cleaner and more knowledgeable than any dog. He can count to twenty, and when the time comes he’ll go outside to do his business. In fact, sir, if I can show him your privy now, he will use it when he needs it.”
One worker appeared to take umbrage at this point. “Do you think that just because we work on the land, we don’t know nothing? I have a pint here that says the goat can’t do it.”
Innocently Geoffrey said, “You have a knowledgeable pint there, sir.”
(from The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, December 04, 2015
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
I freakin' love Sidewalk Chalk Art. I suspect the girl is real here, with everything else being the artwork. For the life of me, I can't fathom how they go about figuring out the necessary distortions in the picture to make it all come out just perfect.