Thursday, October 29, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
- designer: Heinz Meister
- publisher: Haba
- date: 2006
- BoardGameGeek rank/rating: no ranking/6.67
- age: 5+
- # of players: 2-8
- print status: in print
- cost: $27.99 (maukilo.com)
- designer: Marcel-Andre Casasola Merkle
- publisher: Ravensburger
- date: 2008
- BoardGameGeek rank/rating: 903/6.98
- age: 8+
- # of players: 2-5
- print status: in print
- cost: $36.90 (Boards & Bits)
Thursday, October 08, 2009
- I love green beans.
- I love my mom.
- I love my girlfriend.
- I'm proud of my sons. (Which, by the way, I am - I've got great kids.)
- I take pride in my work.
- Pride goes before a fall.
- I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds. (2 Corinthians 7:4, NIV)
- Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else... (Galatians 6:4, NIV)
- When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2, NIV)
And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. (1 Peter 5:5-6, NIV)Humility says, loud & clear, that other people are valuable, both to me & to God. It says that my worth comes not from my race or religion or bank account or employment status but from the fact that the God of the Universe both created me & gave Himself for me on the cross. I'm going to be writing more about this... I'd appreciate your prayers. I'd also love if you wanted to contribute some to the discussion - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop me a message on Facebook. Next time around, I'll be discussing the subtle but deadly game of "at least I'm better off than he is." Extra Credit Quote:
A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Monday, October 05, 2009
The guy crawls out of his overturned car, discovering the hard way that hot mufflers do not make the best leverage points for pulling oneself out, and once he's out in the open, he sees what can only be described as complete pandemonium: thousands of cars that have plowed into one another, a truck crushing some poor guy in a convertible, lots of bleeding and stunned people, someone running by whilst on fire. Or, as those of us who used to take the 405 in Los Angeles like to call it, "The morning commute."The Amazing Race (from Entertainment Weekly)
Zev has Asperger's, which is on the autism scale, and at first I thought this was entirely the root of his flat, whiny, Rain-Man-like delivery. But then as the episode went on, and he grimaced at the thought of walking in Vietnam's flooded streets, and dropped dryly witty remarks that made his pal Justin roar, I realized, wait, he also sounds like many of my neurotic, funny, deadpan acquaintances who work in the media. So what does this mean: that Asperger's is only incidental to Zev's demeanor, or that 70% of all New York media types have Asperger's? That's a question for science, I suppose.BTW, so far we've lost two obnoxious teams (the "yoga in the hood" couple & the "I'm projecting my problem with anger management onto my girlfriend" couple) and one clueless team (the "older internet dating" couple) from The Amazing Race. That's a pretty good percentage... now, if we can just ditch Lance & Keri... The Amazing Race (from Television Without Pity)
And, if you're keeping score at home, the grades are:
In maroon are Lance and Keri, who, as Phil tells us, are "engaged, from Salem, Massachusetts." Phil tells us. Over footage of them working out in the gym, Lance boasts, "We bring too much mentally and physically into this game not to win." Oh good, that means I don't have to watch them, right? No? Keri claims that Lance is "smaht," and he confirms that he's a trial lawyer, which I think is the one thing he could have said to make America like him even less. It's just a crying shame that the world of jurisprudence robbed us of someone who could have been the greatest Joey Buttafuoco impersonator of all time.
- Heroes: C- (the 1st episode was OK, but I haven't watched the 2nd one yet & I have it taped)
- Lie To Me: B- (weird MPD lead story balanced by great 2nd story & great cast)
- Survivor: Samoa: B (I'm kinda looking forward to yet another Pagong-ing with the yahoos who make up Foa Foa)
- Flash Forward: B+ (really cool premise; are actually raising the whole predestination/free will question; need to make sure they're advancing the plot each week & not just rumbling along)
- Dollhouse: B (liked the 1st episode; was NOT a fan of the 2nd - felt like there was a major continuity break between the two... still, some great plot threads sitting there waiting to be tied together)
- The Amazing Race: A- (some great challenges + a return to actual puzzles that require racers to think & work + obnoxious teams seem to be dropping off the race = good!)
- The National Parks: America's Best Idea: ? (I have a bunch of it taped... but haven't got to watch any of it yet)