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Vogon bought a set of clay poker chips, cards &c. awhile back with plans to teach me how to be a better poker player. (Any improvement would help.) We played rummy on Saturday night after refreshing ourselves on the rules; he did much better than me pointswise, but said I must have gotten some luck from my abuela the card shark. I'm trying to get into it although I'd rather be playing Fluxx or 1000 Blank White Cards.

He also made me an offer to do the Landmark Forum course this spring that would be silly of me to refuse -- he'd pay the tuition and watch Laurel if I promise to really listen and participate and decline future courses. I did a Forum Introduction in spring 2002 but didn't do the Forum that summer after a snafu with on-base tax preparation caused our return to not be filed and I'd budgeted for the tuition cost to come out of the expected refund, so this is a generous offer from Vogon and a good opportunity for me.

Laurel and I picked out a bungee toy for Biko during our foray to Petsmart over the weekend. I installed it on the closet door between my desk and the door to the study and frequently find myself reaching over and playing with it. At one point I let the mouse go and it shot up over the bracket and wound around it, so I had to get up and untangle it lest Biko find it missing and 'scold' me for making her toy inaccessible! The highlight of the trip for me was making another customer laugh when I told Laurel to put down a ball-and-track toy with the admonition "Put that down, you got stuck in one of those the last time you played with it!".

While I was sorting the junk mail out at the trashcan by the mailboxes this afternoon, Laurel was looking for shiny things around the package mailboxes and found a key! It wasn't a package mailbox key and it wasn't ours, so we took it over to the complex office where Laurel proudly handed it to a surprised-looking staffer. She offered the shiny rock she also found to the grounds maintenance worker we passed outside, but he said no thanks. We thanked him for his work before heading back up to open our mail (I gave her a Harry & David catalog) and return to tidying the patio. It's cloudy and dark so I don't think I'll photograph the plants today, but I washed her water table toys, repotted a lemon thyme we picked up yesterday in a hanging basket and smiled the whole time I used the new hose with my Sunny Patch sprayer. If you like David Kirk's Miss Spider books, the product line is as cute as a button. Laurel has the rain boots, garden apron and gloves, and the flashlight from the line, but the sprayer is mine! *cue evil laughter*

Interesting recent media:
- Penguins going through security at Denver International Airport (thanks to RQE for the heads-up).
- In the May 2005 Scientific American: His Brain, Her Brain, How to Listen to Birds, and When Medicine Meets Literature. And one I missed from the April issue, because I love Edward Tufte: The Feynman-Tufte Principle.
- "Time has stopped in Okinawa's jazz clubs", 20 April 2005 Christian Science Monitor.


Apr. 26th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
What's Fluxx like? From the link, it sounds kinda like a non-homemade 1000 Blank White Cards, but yeah. It might be kind of interesting. I am also enjoying Illuminati. I should pick up a copy of Settlers of Catan soon, even though that's not a board game.

(Also Cosmic Encounters or something, but I'm not sure of the in-print status on that. Ben would know. Maybe.)

Also, according to Randi's Latest Rant the Feynman stamp is comin' out. That's awesome.
Apr. 26th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
Fluxx is a lot like 100BWC, only all the cards do something. It plays pretty quick once everyone playing has the hang of rolling with the rule changes, so it was a great way to pass weekends when we lived in NC and there wasn't a whole lot to do in town. I love Fluxx in a way a lot of people love their children, pets or spouses, so take that all with a grain of salt.

The INWO card game r0x0rs.

Settlers of Catan is like crack, if crack involved buying expansion packs.

*lusts after the Feynman stamp* Thanks for the heads-up.
Apr. 26th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
I like Illuminiati a lot better than INWO actually, though INWO is worth it, mainly for the Subgenius expansion/standalone. That is the only one I have. And I tend to treat it the way the CotSG says to treat it, mainly as a small, 100 page non-bound art book, heh. In high school we played it quite a bit though. I actually won once by using the thing where you can send a buck in to the Sacred PO Box for an extra slack token.

I didn't know there were expansions for Settlers; I only ever just played the regular one, I think. The 3-400 dollar version is hilariously silly, though. I cannot imagine someone actually getting that, especially since the hexes are all 3-D, which you'd assume would make shuffling them weird.

May. 3rd, 2005 01:50 am (UTC)
I mentioned the signed-by-Stang Cherry Comic I bought for Himself to Vogon once and he was mildly surprised I'd read the Book of the Subgenius. Go figure.

A few gamers I knew through the SF/gaming convention circuit in Denver were into the Catan games (Settlers, Seafarers and Spacefarers last I remember, though I could be Totally Wrong since I'm too lazy to look it up right now) with a passion I usually see people apply to religion. It was very entertaining.
Apr. 26th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
landmark forum
I know several people that have gone through that forum and have found it helpful.
Apr. 26th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
Hello, you!

I did the landmark forum in 1999. It was tres cool, especially since I was at a time of cross-roads in my life.

I've done lots of other courses with landmark, for better or for worse, and I think it's hillarious that he's telling you to decline future courses. I have to tell you, though, I just started the Wisdom Course, and am LOVING IT! I think it's the best course they have...and you have to do the forum before you can participate (for good reason; they have certain 'distinctions' that are used throughout the courses that would be strange to not have...)

So, for what it's worth, I hope you have fun and enjoy it, and I think everyone should do the wisdom course. Just for the record. ;)

And I love the penguins.

:) M
May. 3rd, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)

Vogon clarified his request to that I don't commit to future courses until I feel like I'm squared away with the concepts from the Forum, which makes sense to me.

I love penguins! I collect things with them on them -- even with most of my household things in storage, I have a Japanese children's bowl with penguins on it holding things on my desk and a cut of penguin-print flannel waiting to be turned into pajama pants in the living room... and a tin of Penguin mints, of course. (:


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