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[Oct. 16th, 2005|08:38 pm]
Beemer
I went and visited my grandmother yesterday. She was looking really good; possibly the best I've seen her in the last year or two. She might have to use a walker now, but on her good days, she still does just fine, by golly. She was clearing out the back pantry and gave me this hand-crank slicer thingy -- sort of like a manual cuisinart. I'm hoping it works well, because that'd be cool and retro.

I've been playing a lot of Dynasty Tactics II, which is a notch or two up from the original in gameplay and UI. I like it because it's as much a puzzle game as anything. Today I managed to get a 10-level combo in one battle, and in another I maxed out the damage at 99,999.

We went and saw Mirrormask last night at the Cheez Artist Chez Artiste all the way down in freakin' Englewood. It was really good; far more coherent than I expected based on some of the reviews I read. It's a lovely fairy tale. All about the surreal (and quite nifty) imagery, of course. I recommend it to everyone. There was a young girl in a wheelchair there with her family, and for reasons that I can't really articulate, it made me happy to see her there.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2005-10-16 07:42 pm (UTC)
In so many ways, the handicapped in our culture continue to be invisible, it good for them to be visible and participating in any forum.

I had a friend in college who was paralyzed beneath the waist. She played wheelchair tennis, which is infinitely more challenging than regular tennis.
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[User Picture]From: tdjohnsn
2005-10-16 07:42 pm (UTC)
I have been looking forward to that for months and we haven't gotten to go yet with Ron's cold and all. I really like Neil Gaiman's work. Do you follow his blog? He seems like a genuinely nice, interesting person.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-10-17 07:56 am (UTC)
How come you didn't like it? Not what you expected? Overhyped?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-10-17 09:20 am (UTC)
Ah, see, I think I got the sense from reviews I read that the story was basically a simple fairytale, so I guess I wasn't really expecting any plot complexity or character depth at all. And so it worked for me in that frame of mind.
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2005-10-16 08:18 pm (UTC)
Be careful. Cuisinarts are cool in part because the number of people who hurt themselves on them is small. [But food mills, which I don't think is what she gave you, are spiff. I wish I had one.]
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[User Picture]From: saintpookie
2005-10-17 08:36 am (UTC)
The slicer thing reminds me of a Salad Shooter, with a hand crank instead of a motor.
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2005-10-17 09:43 am (UTC)
That's weird...ok. [Do y'all have a cuisinart?]
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[User Picture]From: saintpookie
2005-10-17 09:53 am (UTC)
Dr T. has the mini-prep style one, but that's all we got.
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