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By georgeha (Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 05:14:31 AM EST) Lego, Freaks and Geeks, ebay (all tags)
Appetising fun Lego for sale.
Lego that's fresh and still unspoiled,
Lego that's only slightly soiled,
Lego for sale.
Who will buy?

Plus, Among the Dead Cities, House of Leaves, Knocked Up, Coffee and Cigarettes, Y garage sale makes for a jeans replacements, Smugtown U.S.A., abebooks vs amazon, first dance, old neighbors, ebay and less.

Poll: Favorite vice?



It was a busy weekend, and Mrs. Ha and I had little alone time. Well, it was more of a busy Sunday, my parents took the girls to get Christmas pictures, then at 2:00 twelve year old had a birthday party to go to, and seven year old didn't want to hang with my parents by herself, so it ended up being a weekend of household chores and not a lot of fun. and I still have a yard full of leaves to rake.

This weekend, tonight even, twelve year old is going to a dance at Porsche_girl's school, she and her friends from the charter school are conspiring to invite six friends (including twelve year old) from the charter school. Birthday_girl from the previous paragraph is bringing twelve year old. I'll worry more when twelve year old passes the boys are icky stage.

I finally got to see Knocked Up. Mrs. Ha was tired and went to bed early on Friday, so I decided to stay up and watch it, I needed a good laugh. It didn't have enough laughs for me, but my attention span was short.  I liked it, though my favorite Atapow media is Freaks and Geeks (I have to rewatch that) and my favorite movie is 40 Year Old Virgin (Superbad, Pineapple Express
and Dewey Cox have yet to be watched).

In other movie news, we watched some of Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes, a series of vignettes centered on coffee and cigarettes. While it was cool to see Iggy and Tom Waits and Steve Wright, it just couldn't hold our attention at the end of long day, so we didn't finish it. Vote in my poll!

In book news, I have a lot of catching up. First up is Among the Dead Cities, a book arguing that the city level bombing the Allies did in WWII was illegal, inhumane and disproportionate, with Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo and Nagasaki being the most egregious examples. It was good reading on defining what a just war is, but not too relevant on this side of the pond (I gather it's a more contentious issue in the UK).

I alluded to some interesting things I picked up at the Goodwill a week ago, the things were two books. The first was the House of Leaves, I vaguely recalled reading about it when it first came out. It's supposed to be the story of a messed up dude who looks in a dead man's apartment and finds a trunk with a critical review in progress of a controversial movie (The Navidson Record) about an award winning photographer and his exmodel wife who bought  a house in Tidewater Virginia that disobeys the laws of Physics, amusingly at first. There's quite the Blair Witch feeling about it, as well as tricky typysetting and a general pomo air. I was glad to read it, but I'm thinking of selling it, it would be great to get $10 for it, or even $5.

The other book is the notorious Smugtown U.S.A., a snapshot of the movers and shakers in Rochester, in 1957. The first part of the book is talking about the history of newspapers in Rochester, and how they all went under save the Gannett ones. You end up with a sentence or two about each personality working at the papers. The second section is an overview of the well to do and business and political people in Rochester, with a sentence or two about each one. I may have recognized one person, a guitar player Mrs. Ha used to date. It didn't do much for me, but does sell for over $20 on amazon, so I'll probably sell that one, too.

I've had mixed luck selling on Amazon, so Abebooks is also a possibility. They'll buy direct from you, but at prices below what the sellers on Amazon charge.

In other selling on the internet news, our four ebay auctions sold, though one person isn't paying until the 21st! Gollywhompers, don't bid if you can't pay. After that nice start, I put a bunch of Lego sets on their, let's hope for lots of money. Buy my Lego!

In other buying used stuff news, the Y had their yearly garage sale, and I bought myself a pair of Wranglers for $3, to replace the pair I found by a garbage tote a few years back, which just got a tear in the knee. They lasted a long time. Now I need to get some iron on patches to fix my jeans and twelve year olds.

In Y news, I ran into our old upstreet neighbor, apparently they're moving to Tennessee as he got a big severance deal. That's a bummer, though we lost touch when they moved off our street.

It will be another mixed up weekend, Mrs. Ha has a shower for Irish_sister on Sunday, so I'll get time alone to do chores and such. The monthly gaming meet is tomorrow, I don't think I'm going to make it.

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You know by Phage (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 05:28:27 AM EST
I'd love to be able to say sex. But with my looks, it's got to be tobacco.

Yeah, sex would be a great vice by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 05:31:46 AM EST
from my memories of it. I'll go with coffee or beer.


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Looks have little if anything to do with it. by dmg (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 01:20:08 PM EST
If you seriously want more sex, there are ways and means, and they don't involve looking good. 
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dmg - HuSi's most dimwitted overprivileged user.
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God, I hated Coffee and Cigarettes by Clipper Ship (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 05:31:50 AM EST
I don't mind Jarmusch but that one was too much.

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He's an odd taste by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 05:42:34 AM EST
I liked Stranger than Paradise and Broken Flowers.


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I like Broken Flowers and Dead Man by Clipper Ship (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 05:48:56 AM EST


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I'll keep an eye out for Dead Man by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 05:56:59 AM EST
Depp is always entertaining.


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Soundtrack by Neil Young, as well by Clipper Ship (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 06:20:22 AM EST
It's slow like Broken Flowers, but pretty good. Definitely worth seeing once, anyway.

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Amazon/Ebay by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 06:28:16 AM EST
I've been house-purging with a cross-country move in mind.  Ebay has this thing where the payment is instant through paypal but it's held for 21 days unless the buyer releases it.  I have ~$200 just sitting in paypal because folks can't be bothered to release the money or give feedback.  I don't *need* the money, but I'd rather it earn me interest instead of paypal.  Bunch. Of. Cunts.

Amazon's not much better.  Just sold a book for $10 (priced to move), amazon gave me a 3.99 shipping credit, then took 3.84 out for a commission.  Since when is 38% a reasonable commission?  Bunch. Of. Cunts.


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Yeah, I just got a hold released by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 06:36:39 AM EST
it was for $68, but that's a lot for me right now.


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Too hard to choose one. by grendel (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 03:28:17 PM EST
The first four are my favorite one, depending on the situation.

Why WW2 bombing is more contentious by jump the ladder (4.00 / 2) #12 Sun Nov 16, 2008 at 01:53:05 AM EST
In the UK is that RAF Bomber Command's official doctrine was to bomb the bejesus out of the German civilian population as until from 1944 onwards, the RAF night bombers couldn't hit accurately any tagets smaller than a city. The USAAF doctrine was officially targetting of German war industry although with the innacuracy of the bombers plenty of civilians got killed.
 
Also plenty of British towns and cities got bombed unlike the US so there's memory of how awful it is to be at the receiving end. And us Brits tend to be more self critical regards our past anyway than the rather selfserving and  mythologised view that the US has of itself. On the whole we had a good WW2 but along with the Battle Of Britain and breaking of the Enigma, you have the ignomious surrender of Singapore and plenty of other examples of incompetence.

Hamburg is less controversial than Dresden as it was a major port and industrial centre, the Germans were still very much in the war and at the time Bomber Command really couldn't hit anything smaller. By the time Dresden happenned Bomber Command had good navigation
and sights so could have focused on non-civilan targets, the Germans were beaten and Dresden didn't have many war industries.


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