Couple married in line at Best Buy Sunday, November 29, 2009 | comments
Article with video:
Nice try, Katie/Katy Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | comments
Well then she comes in by surprise and says she has everything with her, she's ready to move in. I tell her that she needs to apply first and that she can't put that much money down ahead of time. She gives us $135 as a cashier's check which we deposit at the bank. She also tells a sad story about a failed singing career from the first email she sents.
When she applied, I told her that, if she were denied, she would get $100 of her deposit back within 30 days by check.
The next day (today) she came in saying she needed to cancel her application and that she wanted her $100 refunded on the spot. We explained that that wasn't possible and that she had signed the agreement, but she kicked up a bigger and bigger fuss and kept repeating that "most places write out a check".
So basically, it would seem that she probably tries to put down as much money as possible, tries to cancel and get a check in her name, and then puts a stop payment on the money order and tries to get that money back, doubling her money.
[actual first name changed]
The experience of Home Depot in crayon form Sunday, November 22, 2009 | comments
As shown on digg, wikipedia even has a list of lists that contain lists.
Sean McNally has been fudging die rolls Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | comments
What I find most interesting, however, is that he assigned himself a wisdom score of 8. Average Wisdom (statistically) is 10 or 11, so he's basically saying that he has below average Wisdom.
Better home that your designer job doesn't require saving throws, Sean, or you might not make your check.
Ha, nice choice as Caffeine as your Deity though.
Viral Video Film School is Great Saturday, November 14, 2009 | comments
WHERES MY PANCAKES Thursday, November 12, 2009 | comments
From the NYTimes Full Article:
His defense lawyer, Robert Reuland, told a Brooklyn assistant district attorney, Lindsay Gerdes, about the Facebook entry, which was made at the time of the robbery. The district attorney subpoenaed Facebook to verify that the status update had actually been typed from a computer located at 71 West 118th Street in Harlem, as Mr. Bradford said. When that was confirmed, the charges were dropped.Bonus quote:
As for those pancakes: “I used to really like them,” Mr. Bradford said. “Now I love ‘em.”Note to self: If I ever want to commit a crime, have someone post a status update from my home computer.
Update: According to the Gothamist, the direct quote of the unclassy facebook status update is actually "ON THE PHONE WITH THIS FAT CHICK......WHERER MY IHOP".
Ken from Glee, Why are you strangling Apollo? Wednesday, November 11, 2009 | comments
Pretty neat. Anyhow, go check out the cool charts.
Before I even tell you about how the game works, perhaps the best review of it is the fact that Karen liked the game. Karen is more prone to like games that are rules light, have cute themeing, and don't take too long to play.
Battlestar Galactica is not cute, has a decent sized rule book, and took hours to play. But still, she enjoyed it, as did players that have never seen the show. In fact, it's one of the only games I can think of that is based on a show, movie, or book that
1) is good
2) doesn't require that you like the show to appreciate it
So here's how it works. Everyone is a on a fleet with the Battlestar Galactica as its flagship. Everyone picks out their character (picking from different political leaders, military leaders, pilots, and support staff). The humans, while dealing with other crises, have to fend off robots known as Cylons that appear in ships, send boarding parties, and cause havoc. The humans are trying to reach earth by making a certain number of jumps through space before they run out of resources.
Now where BSG gets interesting is that at the start of the game, everyone gets a loyalty card and an unknown number of players find out that they are actually secret cylons. So while the humans are trying to make sure Galactica makes it through things ok, the Cylons win by sabotaging the fleet. And on top of this, there's a second phase where it's possible for a human to find out that he was a cylon all along.
The main mechanic for sabotage in BSG is in skill checks. Every turn, a crisis comes up like a potential water shortage, riots in the fleet, or a call to impeach the president [characters can become admiral or president and receive special powers along with their title]. Each crisis has a target number that the humans have to reach by playing skill cards. Everyone plays cards face down. First, you take two random skill cards and put them out face down, then players go around the table and secretly add cards to the pot. Cylons are out there adding cards that work against the humans to make their checks. And so it's up to the humans, based on the type of skill cards played, to try and figure out the aftermath of the cards and figure out who might be the cylons messing things up for everyone. So if there are a lot of red piloting cards in there, it could be because they were among the random cards, it could be from one of the pilots that is a cylon, or it could be someone trying to frame the pilots.
Figuring out who is and who isn't a cylon is the most fun part of the game, and it's fun to play a game that's team based where you have figure out who is even on your team to begin with. If I had to compare it to other games, it is like a mix of Bang, Clue, and Arkham Horror [but far less rule intensive than Arkham horror].
So that's Battlestar Galactica. You can read/watch more about the game over on Drakes Flames or Board Game Geek. And there's always FFG's somewhat-cheesy but informative trailer [direct link to .mov file].
Be watching for future posts about games (board games and otherwise) I like
I agree with Jem Monday, November 9, 2009 | comments
I just keep gaining levels in Nerd. Saturday, November 7, 2009 | comments
YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Thursday, November 5, 2009 | comments
Thanks as always, Know Your Meme
Annotated edition Wednesday, November 4, 2009 | comments
Are people going to have to explain why David Sedaris is funny like people have to explain why 16th century literature is funny?