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Hey Ai! Got your letter. Took me a while to figure out how to open the Japanese envelope. :)

I had my first Balboa swing lesson tonight. I feel like a newb all over again. I'm reading Krugman's Pop Internationalism, on the myths and ignorance about international trade. It's good. Catchphrase: "A country is not like a corporation." Countries can't go bankrupt (in the close up shop sense), and corporations basically "export" everything. More later.

* Wired discovers Settlers of Catan, calls it a Monopoly killer, talks about German board games in general.
* Palestinian orchestra performs for Holocaust survivors. Outrage ensues.
* Mayotte votes to become fully French, abandon Islamic law.
* Waterboarding's failure. I'm sure we're all so shocked.
* New law on Afghan women passed. The patriarchy is dead, long live the patriarchy.
* Federal pension insurer switched to stocks before the crash.. Head was from Lehman, denied any additional risk. Fox, meet henhouse.
* ETA: I haven't been keeping up with the flap about Dawkins speaking at Oklahoma University. The legislature (of both parties) is still buzzing in outrage at his coming "to indoctrinate students in the theory of evolution."

* What if Atlas Shrugged were a trilogy?
* A thread started on pre-Flood Creationist Earth as an RPG setting. That led to this, which ascends to new levels of bizarre. Who knew the antediluvian Sun was hot pink?

* Scalzi on Modern YA SF
* http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/1714965.html
* Speaking of mellow anime, we seem to have found something with less plot or action than even Aria: Bartender. And I thought Aria was bad enough as "Maria-sama without the dramatic tension". Actually Bartender seems a bit like a cross of Master Keaton and Aria: the odd ubercareerist of one, the lack of... anything... of Aria. Except Aria had stunning visuals, cute girls, and the puzzle of "what the hell is that thing?", and the hints of science fiction (it's a flooded Mars, with what *has* to be a genetically engineered supercat.)

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heron61
Mar. 31st, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
Wired discovers Settlers of Catan, calls it a Monopoly killer, talks about German board games in general.

It's odd to realize that my most intensive period of playing SofC was a decade ago. I thought SofC had been big for far longer than the past 5 years - I suppose that's the difference between gamer-geek and mainstream culture.
mindstalk
Mar. 31st, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's what everyone else says...
februaryfour
Mar. 31st, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you got the letter safely! ♥

Had I known you were looking for "no plot, no action", I would have recommended Bartender in a heartbeat. *laugh*
mindstalk
Mar. 31st, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
*cough* Wasn't exactly looking for it. "We" was IU Anime Club, and I wasn't involved in the selection. And it's the first series now... perhaps time to show up late.
slow_war
Apr. 3rd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
It It would be nice to see Settlers of Catan become popular enough that friends would know how to play it already, although I suppose I should just learn how to play Spades and Euchre....
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