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By gzt (Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 01:01:21 PM EST) gzt, games, clam chowder, tim ferriss is a huckster, simpsons, aubrey, maturin, boat book (all tags)
Can you almost scratch the top of your knee without bending over? Or do you have trouble getting the change out of the bottom of your pockets?

Okay, that's really more a question of relative torso length, but I am interested and don't want you to have to break out the measuring tape.

Incidentally, I have trouble digging change out of my pockets. My arms are objectively long, since I'm pretty big, but they're short for my body.

See Lamar Gant for long arms:

The Wifing Unit just finished Boat Book #2. She remarks that, while the first one is good, the second one has an addictive quality that the first didn't have. I just finished Boat Book #16 and am halfway through Boat Book #17. They're getting shorter, but the narrative is sustained over the course of several books.

I've been thinking about what board games might be nice to have, both in general and specifically for 2-player use. Here is a list:

  • Carcassonne. We like this game.
  • Carcassonne: The Castle. Haven't played it, but it's a 2-player stand-alone variation that I heard good things about.
  • Rivals for Catan. The new reworking of the Settlers of Catan card game (not worth it if you have the card game and expansions already). I thought it might be cool.
  • Cyclades. I saw this on the internets and it looked cool. Similar theme to the Mare Nostrum expansion. Has good reviews.
  • Small World. Heard good things, looks okay.
  • Various Settlers of Catan expansions.
I suppose a go set and a cribbage board might be all right if we ever get into those. Cribbage is an all right game, but I feel like I'd have to learn it from people who know what they're doing to play it and I don't really have those around. Schnapsen and piquet are where it's at for 2-player card game fun.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the first couple Chicago albums are great (except for that "Free Form Guitar" track and a few other slips on the first album and the second putters out at the end). I haven't taken the time to determine the frontier where they change from "great music" to "crappy 80's shit" that ammoniacal hates, but there's a line somewhere, just like there is with The Simpsons.

Speaking of which, apparently today is "Simpsons Day", the anniversary of the first episode of The Simpsons.

In other news: Tim Ferriss is a disingenuous huckster.

I've lost a few pounds. I'm starting to see a little more definition in my serratus. I'm not going to continue that, though. I'm hovering just under 250 while my typical equilibrium has been a little over 255.

OMG, the cafeteria has clam chowder.

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I'm still on the first boat book by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 02:07:48 PM EST
I don't think they've even left Spain. It hasn't grabbed me yet.

the first boat book is good by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 02:20:17 PM EST
But it's mostly introductory, it really takes off after the first.

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knuckle dragger ... by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 02:08:21 PM EST
what happened to GOMaD ?

That's not a long-term plan. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 02:19:22 PM EST
I was going to add in a bit more milk than I'm currently drinking (current consumption is around 1 quart per day or less) to make the 500# squat goal by the end of the year, but since the slight back injury put that out of the question, I didn't and I've been shrinking for the last couple weeks.

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Chicago was OK until the mid-70's by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 02:28:16 PM EST
Chicago X was where they veered way off course. Chicago IX is a decent collection.

Live at Carnegie Hall, if you can find the original box set, is an awesome piece of hippy self-indulgence.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Years ago... by MartiniPhilosopher (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 04:07:30 PM EST
my father actually liked Chicago. The amazing fact about this is that he has a tin ear. That early Chicago remains one of the very few bands where he can hear the music easily enough to enjoy it. So he collected many of those first albums. However, he ended up selling his collection, including a rare first printing of "Transit Authority" to get money to buy his wife an anniversary gift of an 8-Track. Sadly the 8-Track died in short order. Fast forward to my first year at college and through my explorations I find a tobacco and record store in lovely downtown Rolla. Imagine my surprise when I find a promo version, complete with stamps of "Do not sell! Not your property!" of the very same first album with nary a scratch on its surface. For two bucks.

That was his Christmas present that year, as well as the next couple as I labored to find vinyl copies of the first ten albums. I think he's still missing a few. Not an easy collection to put back together these days.

PS: If you're looking for a good two player game with lots or repeatability, why not give Dominion a shot? The base box is easily enough to last quite a few sessions before you even have to go looking for one of the expansions.

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

yeah, dominion should be on that list by gzt (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 05:11:26 PM EST
I've heard it's pretty good.

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My hate burns like the heat of a thousand suns. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 10:58:45 PM EST
Looks like I did an adequate job of expressing my feelings last time around.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Games by LoppEar (2.00 / 0) #9 Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 01:39:21 AM EST
Loved Carcassonne, and C&K Settlers expansion, but neither of those for two. Both Smallworld and most recently Stone Age seem to have great 2 player rules, and have been enjoyable with more.

I also love Taluva for two, Dominion is certainly great for four.

most are hopeless for 2 by gzt (2.00 / 0) #10 Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 11:26:56 PM EST
Mostly interested in good games generally, but take note of ones that are good for 2.

We just tried C&K with 4 today, we liked it a lot.

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