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Xmas Mahjong Darko Travel Ack [Dec. 28th, 2006|11:55 am]
Ack! Busy = no posts...

Christmas was good. I forgot how long the drive is (about 5 hours). I got lots of good stuff. Scott McCloud's Reinventing Comics makes me want to write something in comic format. Like a physics textbook or something. If you've never read any of his books on comics, you really should. He does some amazing stuff.

Working on my chunk of the proposal, which I have to have finished before I head out to Monterey next week. Suddenly realizing that if I don't come in to work tomorrow because of snow, I won't be back in the office before I leave, so I'd better collect everything I need for the trip!

We're forecast to get a bunch of snow again today, but so far it's just raining. I'm keeping an eye on it, though, so I can head home early if need be.

Oh! I gave Jerry a mahjong set for Christmas! We played a game while up at Mom's. It's a lot of fun. Kind of like rummy, although the scoring rules are insanely complicated. We really need to find an "intro to mahjong" book. There are enough regional variations that it's kind of hard to sort things out when working from the rules posted on various websites.

We watched Donnie Darko (the director's cut) last night. It's a good movie; I enjoyed it. What I found impressive is just how much it kept me uncertain. Through most of the movie, I literally had no idea what was going to happen next. And yet by the end, I felt that it all hung together and made sense. (Reading an online FAQ did help clear up a couple lingering questions.)

[User Picture]From: zalena
2006-12-28 07:57 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Mahjong! I must admit I'm curious, though I will also disclose that I have a terrible memory for card games and wonder if that would extend to tiles. (I love gin rummy, but someone has to teach me how to play it all over again every time I play.)
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-12-29 05:28 am (UTC)
Come over and play sometime! It's a four-player game; you can be our fourth.
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[User Picture]From: flwyd
2006-12-28 08:48 pm (UTC)
I watched Donie Darko on my computer. For some reason, the audio and video progressively diverged to about a second apart. This made an already surreal movie even more so. For instance, I saw the bullet get fired, saw the reaction shot, cut back to the shooter, and then I heard a bang.

I think I read a book which presented the works of some philosopher (Karl Marx?) in comic form. It was rather superficial, but I think that's because the author was using comics as a medium for a superficial message rather than comics making the message more superficial.

I really liked Maus/Maus II, which presented a complex topic and made it easily graspable and clever without hiding anything complicated.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-12-29 05:30 am (UTC)
Reinventing Comics has some really interesting bits about literary techniques that are unique to comics. I'd love to read the 9/11 report that was put out in comics format, if it weren't a subject I'm totally averse to.
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[User Picture]From: da_lj
2006-12-29 04:55 pm (UTC)
...oddly enough, my rental copy of Donnie Darko did the same thing, diverging audio/vidio on my computer, but it worked OK on the stand-alone dvd player.

I liked Persepolis and Fun House, both memoirs in comic form; also very complex stories, wonderful artwork.

Reinventing Comics gave me the same urge, to design something. Probably something interactive and game-like. As an undergrad, I wrote a SuperCard stack to illustrate how semiconductors work; that I remember felt a bit like an interactive comic. I've not had the ability to view it for quite some time, as I don't have a mac old enough to play it. :/
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[User Picture]From: thedragonweaver
2006-12-29 03:46 am (UTC)
I got an A on a physics assignment which I returned in comic format. Also an invitation to teach a class period. You should definitely at least script the sucker out— it's not as though you don't have artist friends.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-12-29 05:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, I might. The trick with all science teaching is figuring out how to disassemble this interconnected network of concepts and facts into something that you can lay out in a flat and linear format.

(And, of course, what to do that would be different than what Larry Gonick has already done...)
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[User Picture]From: dcseain
2006-12-29 04:49 am (UTC)

Mah Jong

Do you play with Chinese, Japanese, American, Jewish, British, or other rules?

My friends and i play Japanese, though i'm going to learn Chinese in the near future, and i'm debating learning Jewish - there's a group who plays at the JCC i frequent.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-12-29 05:27 am (UTC)

Re: Mah Jong

We're not sure. Probably Chinese, but it'll depend on what we end up finding to use as an "authoritative" reference (at least until we know one variant well enough to consider learning others).
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2006-12-29 04:43 pm (UTC)
da_lj keeps trying to get me to see that movie. (I probably will, soon...)

I don't like your new default pic as much as the one of you in front of the mountains that you used for this image. (I think it's partly because my mental image of you doesn't include highlit hair, but also it seems you've got an ironic sort of smile.)
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