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By gzt (Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 10:44:16 AM EST) gzt, going faster miles an hour, viktory, typing, change my ways, clean and jerk (all tags)
Is this bed to be me coffin? Or will You enlighten my wretched soul with another day? Behold, the coffin lies before me. Behold, death confronts me.

After church, we played board games and then I went home at around 3. I was going to accomplish stuff, but I didn't, really. I got some housekeeping done and shaved off my beard, which were two of the things on my agenda, but my roommate had some utterly amusing characters come by to watch a movie and discuss stuff at around 5, so I hung around.

It was Serbian filmmaker friend and Romanian hillbilly friend. We watched a movie, I forget the name, but it was about Harrison Ford travelling to Mosquitoland with his family (including River Phoenix) to build a utopia, essentially. It's a side of Harrison Ford I really haven't seen much.

Something's wrong with the network today. It took twelve minutes to log in and we don't have access to the shared drive. Which is unfortunate, because there were some things on there I wanted to access to, like, get work done.

I tweaked my resume to be a little more compelling and include the really quite awesome project I made which, essentially, tells us what areas of the company have management that needs looking at.

I mentioned previously that I shaved my beard. I don't know whether I will get a haircut, too. I probably will. But will I do it myself (cut everything down to half an inch) or pay somebody to do it (get a haircut that makes me look professional)? It depends on why I am doing it. If it is out of shame, then I will shave it. If it is because too much hair is inconvenient, I may do either. If it is to look better, I will pay somebody.

Comment about typing habits: I do not type strictly according to the rules. I will often hit shift with the same hand as the letter I am typing. Like, to type "I", I will usually hit shift with the right pinky and "I" with the right middle finger. I find it easier to coordinate the timing that way. "O" and "Q", however, are typically played according to Hoyle and, depending on what letters are coming up, my preferences for shifting on "I" or "E" may change. It's all about efficiency.

I don't think my hands are terribly huge, but they are above average. I can barely reach an 11th on the piano (not playable) and I can play a 10th. My usable singing range is about a tritone, so I can reach further than I can sing. Well, I'm exaggerating.

Anyway, an evening of delightful stories and a movie have forced me to do tonight things which I had planned to do yesterday: finish the take-home test, go to the gym, do more laundry, get organizized, thimk... Since it is Lent and I haven't been eating as much, I've not been hitting the gym as much and not lifting too "heavy". I think tonight I'll do some decent sets of squats, some decent sets of some pressing exercise (not sure whether to press or bench press) and then do half of "Grace": 15 135# clean-and-jerks for time.

Wednesday: sushi!

I'm going to relate this on a completely secular level. I'm trying to change my ways because I am, at times, abrasive and perhaps even mean. I drive people away from me and am, essentially, completely turned inward. I don't think "niceness" per se is a virtue, but it is related to real virtues (viz: if you think of Gandhi as a good person, well, he was probably a nice man, but you think of other virtues first and it is because of those virtues that he was nice). I don't think I'm nice and I don't think I have those real virtues to make up for the deficit. I am, perhaps, a little hard on myself here. But I'm trying to change my ways. I had a bit of a falling-out with an old friend, you know. I wouldn't say it was completely my fault, we both put up with a lot of bullshit from the other, but it really was completely my fault because what precipitated the meltdown was some inexcusable and unjustifiable nonsense on my end. I need to change my ways.

I also need to introduce Viktory to the game-playing group. They are very fond of Mare Nostrum, but it's a 4, 5, or 6 player game (with the expansion), and any other number just doesn't work. Sometimes we don't have enough or have too many, and it's fun to change pace sometimes. And I want to do Viktory.

I'm in love with the modern moonlight. With the radio on.

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Mosquito Coast by lm (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 10:50:46 AM EST
Great film. It's based on a book by the same name that is supposedly a great read. I've never read it, making it one of the few movies based on a book where I've seen the film but not read the book.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
sheep for wood? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 11:01:42 AM EST
I got my first game of Catan in Saturday, I came in way last because of poor initial placement. I think I will buy after I get paid.

Good luck getting Viktory on the table, I've only played it at home with daughters.

"I've got wood for sheep" by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 11:07:42 AM EST
Catan is pretty fun and it's a great game to introduce people to modern games. It's easy to learn, pretty deep at times, but the curve is such that beginners can play without getting completely reamed in their first couple games though they likely won't win against experienced players.

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I think seven year old is old enough to play it by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 11:11:55 AM EST
since you need at least three to make it worthwhile.

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My eight year old does fine by marvin (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 11:49:36 AM EST
My wife and I were in stitches laughing as he really got into the trading by mid-game when they played it for the first time last week. As he looked down his nose at his brother, he imperiously announced that he would accept two of his brothers bricks for one sheep. It ended up being 1:1, and he toned it down a bit after that.

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bohnanza by garlic (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 03:01:07 PM EST
is a great trading game.

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