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 Last weekend I: 

Cooked, and later ate, all the things. I pickled, I roasted, I sliced, I diced. I roasted like seven pumpkins, I tell you what. 

Watched the truly terrible Thankskilling, and just about had a heart attack laughing. Also watched Mulholland Dr, GI Joe (Dima was sad that I watched it in Philly without him so HOLY CATS I had to watch it AGAIN), Dawn of the Dead, and then launched on an epic all-night bender of Dude, Where's My Car, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. (Verdicts: DWMC was incredibly stupid and not in a funny way, and WHAT, Jennifer Garner? Did you lose a bet? Harold and Kumar was surprisingly funny and kind of cute, but the sequel tried to be relevant and massively failed, and then made us sit through an uncomfortable scene where we all pretend that Bush was really a cool guy. Um, no.)

Made paprikash out of the leftovers.

Drank much black fig infused vodka.

Hugged my friends. A lot.

Put my hands over my ears and shouted LA LA LA at my email, ie, avoided work completely. 

Read The Left Hand of Darkness. More on that soon. 

Played Super Mario Galaxy 2. Which, I don't know, seems a little half-assed? Like, there's really only 7 worlds, the 8th is a BS go back to the other worlds and get hidden green stars thing, and the mysterious, lovely backstory with a Blue Fairy type and her star babies is replaced by...a purple blob in short shorts and a ship shaped like Mario's head. Ok? Also there is basically no difficulty curve at all. Levels go from impossible to laughably easy with no rhyme or reason. And many of them are simple linear platform levels rather than the usual creativity. And the whole thing is on rails, as stars are scarcer than before, so you basically have to play straight through to get through. It doesn't really feel like anyone's heart was in this one. Oh well. At least the gravity is fun. 

Discovered that Rock Band doesn't work on our new HDTV. We seriously cannot figure this one out, and have messed with calibration and settings until we could mess no more. Apparently there is no motion compensation switch off on our model, but the picture shudders and jiggles and pixellates, and I'm not sure how we're ever going to play Rock Band again. It's clearly that the tv can't handle the visuals, as it works fine on practice mode which doesn't have the moving background. But why the fancy new one should have such trouble where the old LCD was fine I have no idea. Kind of puts a wet blanket on the dreams of Rock Band 3.

Tomorrow I will make borscht for book club, which will be discussing The Left Hand of Darkness (locals, y'all should come to our book club! Next month's book is Hogfather.) And folding Omikuji, which is somewhat late because the cat destroyed the power cord to the laptop with all the databse info on it, and we're waiting for a new one to arrive. Sorry, guys.

That's all the news around here. Oh! And the next, and last til the sequel, Prester John event is December 11th at Pandemonium Books in Boston, 3pm. Still looking for other performers if anyone is interested! Hope to see you guys there!

God, I am so sorry you had to watch GI Joe. At. All.

It actually inspired me, for the first time in my life, to ask for my money back at the theater.

It also started the new rule of "If it looks horrible and you really want me to see it, you're going to have to buy my ticket because I'm not spending any more money on this shit."

My brother (who loved playing with his G. I. Joe figurines as a kid, and so was persuaded by friends to go see the movie) said that the only good thing about him seeing it in the cinema was the fact the place was a specialty-movie-house that served alcohol, and about 30 minutes into the film, one of his friends bought a round for everyone.

AngelVixen :-)

Locals, as in "Local friends we know", or as in "Calling all townies!"? 'Cause the wife and I will be in Maine for a month visiting the parents, and I've never been on the island in the middle of winter, and it could be an Experience. Just saying... ;).

Hey, what have you got against Mario's ship? Wouldn't you like to fly around space on a ship that looked exactly like your head?

I know I would.

....no. Not at all, really. I liked the weird dark spaceship from the first one.

Black fig infused vodka sounds AMAZING.

Dude.. it was completely amazing. I'm still thinking about it. Black fig, and toasted vanilla bean, and pink pepper. Oh yeah.

Hopefully next semester I won't have evening classes... because right now I am booked up 4 nights a week, which means I can pretty much never make book discussion. :(

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I like beets!

It was awesome to meet you though. I hope to do so again someday!

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Endless love and admiration for Left Hand of Darkness! Utterly amazing.

I wasn't utterly amazed--I think it's dated rather badly, on the gender front. And the pronoun thing undid a lot of what she was trying to accomplish, I thought. I was won over by her subsequent essays on the issue though.

I liked the book, but it has some problems.

LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness was a very good read. Not as good as The Dispossessed or Always Coming Home (imho), but those three should be must reads for any sci-fi fan - esp. The Dispossessed.

You forgot "Drank bacon soda." Perhaps intentionally.

However, the face in that picture is now and forevermore my image of you reading a story that is not living up to standards.

Oh jesus.. I just shuddered from the sense memory of that... I still want to vomit a little bit from the bacon soda.

I second how awesome the black fig vodka sounds and include the paprikash. Were you watching the GI Joe live action movie or the cartoons? (1)

(1) Holiday downtime for me always seems to involve He-Man,She-Ra, Jem and Thundercats.

ETA: There is also a completely wacked-out He-Man/She-Ra Christmas special.

Edited at 2010-11-29 09:15 pm (UTC)

Live action. The cartoons would have probably been better.

I'm sorry, I just signed up for this so I genuinely have no idea if you mean literally folding them or closing down the project.

Just curious:)

Folding the paper ones, to put them in envelopes! :)

I want to hear all about your feast. :-D <*is planning her Solstice Party menu already*>

Sounds to me like you've maybe just got a bad HDMI cable connecting your Xbox and the TV. You can get a new one on amazon for between $5 and $10 (whatever you do, don't go to Best Buy and let them try to sell you a $100 cable).

But no other games have this issue? I mean, RB requires more sound and video syncing than any other, but...

Don't have much to comment on except to say that your book club seems like it has fantastic selections and I am envious.


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