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By gzt (Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 07:20:47 PM EST) gzt, 1kbwc, 1000 blank white cards, teaching, classes, car death (all tags)
Bully down in Shinbone Al!

Two of my classes are in "review mode" right now. Makes for a decent naptime.

Teaching the same class this semester. Hopefully it will go better.

Car just up and died the other day. Probably something electrical. Haven't gotten it taken in to get looked at yet. I've been busy.

I've been into sea shanties lately. The X-Seamen's Institute have a few very good songs on the internet. I may have to purchase their albums. I don't like smooth, polished versions with perhaps instrumental backing (cf: Robert Shaw Chorale's album) as much. In some ways, I prefer the rough, out-of-tune, bad-voice-quality sea shanties of Assassin's Creed 4 (available on internet!).

On the holiday, some of the students of the department did a game day. That was fine, but after the first round of games (there was a game of citadels and a game of ticket to ride, i was on ticket to ride), the guy running it was like, let's all totally play cards against humanity. bleh. i'd already played it this year. after you've played it twice, it's amusing once every, i don't know, 4-6 months, but after that... and it was still, you know, daytime and in the office. i stuck around because all the women left and what else was i going to do, do some work? ha! but yeah, uh, i don't know, the department has a good balance of male vs female, and these semi-unofficial gaming things at the office are great, but i feel like having games like that at them really limits the scope of people who will feel totally welcome and comfortable at them - especially when the idea of playing board games at all already feels like a 'guy geek' thing to many people.

anyway, a much better game the cards against humanity is 1000 Blank White Cards. and it can be exactly as clean or dirty as you wish!

my new motto, in response to that article which advocates against "do what you love, love what you do" (which i won't read because i've resolved to stop reading feelgood lifehack whatever articles circulating on the internet) is "DO WHAT YOU HATE. HATE WHAT YOU DO." by all accounts, i'm succeeding admirably.

someday, somebody in the culture wars will start talking about how america needs a Cultural Revolution and i will be amused (darkly). what a terrible decade.

EDIT: I forgot to add, we started watching Battlestar Galactica (the new series). about 10 years behind the rest of you.

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i tv binged battlestar galactica by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 10:47:29 PM EST
a couple years ago. kind of unrealistic. if humanity could produce sex bots like that, what the hell are they doing building spaceships and all that other crap?

other than this plot point/inconsistency, A+++ would watch again.

the cylons built the sex bots! by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 12:14:46 AM EST
the humans didn't know they were toasters until after 99.99% of humans were killed by them.

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okay, fair enough. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 12:53:22 AM EST
but then the question is: why do they cylons bother to come back?

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They wanted to commune with their gods. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 12:38:42 AM EST
Next question.

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

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if i were the cylons, by the mariner (4.00 / 1) #13 Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 07:45:00 PM EST
it's not gods i'd be communing with. that's all i'm sayin'.

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Shanties, board games by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 09:37:27 AM EST
The Flying Fish Sailors have a few shanties that you might like, although I don't think they are technically sea shanties since they aren't about sailing, but more modern-day topics, such as moving furniture ("Haul, U-Haul, Haul").

One of the more lasting things I took away from my 2009-2010 obsession with sailing is having discovered Stan Rogers and everybody else who comes up on my Stan Rogers Pandora station, many of whom are rough and out of tune, so you might check that out if you're not already familiar.

I really appreciated the article railing against "do what you love", etc., because I've always felt like it's bullshit for 90% of people.  Do what other people find valuable, so you can make money to support yourself.  Then use that money to go do what you love.  Some people get lucky in that what they love does happen to be highly valuable to others, but that's not a realistic expectation for most people.

I have a big circle of geek friends and 90% of what they do when they get together is play board games.  Some of them have whole closets dedicated to board games.  I've never really understood it.  I enjoy games that are simple and easy to explain and have some humorous content (e.g. Munchkin, Fluxx) or are social or word-nerdy (Apples to Apples/Cards Against Humanity, and this one game I played at a party months ago and can't remember the name of), but massively complex board games that take half an hour to explain the rules and are all more or less functionally equivalent to Risk or Settlers of Catan?  Meh.  But they don't drink and they don't watch or play sports, so this is what they do.

Whole closets? by georgeha (4.00 / 0) #5 Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 10:21:41 AM EST
Heh, you should meet some wargamers, they end up with whole rooms devoted to games.

From my understanding, the pics below are from a wargaming club in Manhattan.

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i agree about the complex stuff by gzt (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 11:01:12 AM EST
"time spent on rules / time spent playing" ratio is important. now, if you play games a lot and replay a certain game several times, that washes out, right, and so you can get away with a more complicated game. but you and i both seem too casual to do that.

yes, i have definitely discovered stan rogers. he's one of my favorites.

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There's now Who against Humanity by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 10:22:09 AM EST
cards, according to io9.

Shanties, work by dark nowhere (4.00 / 1) #7 Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 10:59:06 AM EST
I feel similarly about shanties, the heavily refined form is something else. Not as bad as what pop has done to country, but still not even worth listening to imo.

I've often wondered whether doing what you hate is better. I'll eventually hate what I do, and why should I choose a path that will put what I love in hate's way?

See you, space cowboy.

This by riceowlguy (4.00 / 2) #9 Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 11:15:53 AM EST
That's another big aspect of it.  I for one knew I didn't want to make a career out of music, or photography, or cooking, primarily because don't pay as well as engineering, but also because I didn't want them ruined.

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re: shanties, country by the mariner (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 03:11:27 PM EST
barely related, but am i the only huge fan of early (like '5 Songs' early) Decemberists? where can we get more of that?

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I have this problem all the time. by dark nowhere (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 04:07:40 PM EST
I think the issue might involve a callback to the doing what you love problem. I suspect a lot of bands create magic because they don't know what they're doing, and once they figure that out there's a formula, and then you have to look within the variations to find the art.

See you, space cowboy.

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