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Monday, September 26, 2005

So, I Have to Wonder…

...Who will be talking smack after the Monday Night Football game tonight? Will it be Zombyboy, the Denver Bronco lovin’ faux undead guy, or will it be Nathan, the Chiefs-lovin’ sinophile?

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Sorry, man, it’s gonna be Nate. And you know how much it pains me to agree with that guy. smile

on Sep 26 2005 @ 12:30 PM

I hope you’re a bad prognositcator.

But I think you’re probably right.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 12:34 PM

If KC wins tonight I win the office pool. Nothing personal ZB.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 12:44 PM

Well, I’m only 15 and 14 picking the last two weeks straight up, and I picked the Chiefs. That definitely points to a Broncos win.

Hello, .500!

on Sep 26 2005 @ 12:44 PM

Trench! That hurts!

on Sep 26 2005 @ 01:25 PM

Hey, I’m in it to win it. But don’t feel bad. My Steelers got beat by those filthy New Englanders.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 01:33 PM

...maybe the bigger question is: will Nathan even arrive to put in his input?
Sheesh, 6 comments before I even get a chance to put in a word edgewise!

Yeah, I’ll be talking smack after.  I think.

This is probably the most difficult game to predict.  The Broncos have 2 quarters of good play this season.  Can they continue it?  Can KC blow ‘em out at home?  Or will the Mile-High Zone have an effect, and Ron Dayne rushes for 300 yards and 7 TDs?  Or will Plummer-Smith start looking like Young-Rice/Manning-Harrison for one night?

Who knows?  That’s why they play the game, and it’s why we watch.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 02:06 PM

I always thought that we watched because we needed an excuse to drink beer.

Huh.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 02:38 PM

Since when did we ever need an excuse to drink beer?!?

on Sep 26 2005 @ 02:47 PM

...if anything, MNF is just a way to chase off most of the ladies so we can drink beer in peace.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 02:48 PM

Heheh. See, if I said something like that to the g-phrase, she might actually agree.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 02:51 PM

btw: Sinophile?  You mean that in the singular sense or the general sense?

...did I tell you I’m reading “The Door Into Summer” in Chinese now?

on Sep 26 2005 @ 02:51 PM

I mean sinophile as in a person who appreciates China and its culture.

And, no, you didn’t tell me that--although it does kind of confirm the appellation, doesn’t it?

on Sep 26 2005 @ 02:55 PM

Oh, I wasn’t ob<i>ject<i>ing...just looking for clarification. [grin]

Yeah, I also picked up translations of “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”, “Puppet Masters”, and 4 Lois McMasters Bujold books in the “Miles Vorkosigan” series.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 03:04 PM

daggumit.  I managed to hose up a Jeff G. partial italicization, didn’t I?

In some places, “Sinophile” can be a perjorative.  But yeah, it applies in the general sense.  But also in the specific, based on the outstanding results of my latest Journey to the East.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 03:06 PM

Nah, you didn’t screw it up--Expression Engine gets caught up on some weird word and code combinations. I just tried to fix it, but that isn’t going to happen.

I tried to read one of the LMB books (since the g-phrase and her best friend’s husband both swear that those are great books), but I just couldn’t get into it. Apparently it’s just me, though, since everyone else seems to love her.

But, no, that wasn’t meant to be read with a dig or anything, just the general, descriptive sense of the word.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 03:20 PM

That might depend on which one you read first.  The later books in the series (or even her 3 fantasy novels) should probably be read by an already-committed fan.

She crafts stories nearly better than anyone else.  But sometimes she lets her social views influence her writing, i.e., social conservatives are always proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to not just be wrong, but lacking in honor, sense, humanity, etc.  That sort of problem isn’t quite so pronounced in the earlier books.  And if that wasn’t your problem, consider that in the later books, she’s dealing with established characters...someone reading the 7th book, say, as an introduction to her writing won’t have the same reaction as someone who has read the 6 previous books and so sees it all in context.

Of course, if you started with the first one, then I’m full of crap.

But she does seem to understand and communicate the nature of love better than most people, has the ability to make me laugh out loud, make me think, and is excellent at raising the stakes as the novel goes along.  All starting with a 5-ft tall megalomaniac dwarf as a protagonist.  Which is quite a feat, when you think of it.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 03:26 PM

I honestly don’t remember the one that I tried to read first. I might give it another go sometime, though. It’ll have to wait until I clear off the current stack of books sitting at the bedside, though.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 03:34 PM

Matt,
Don’t worry, it’s not like you actually agreed with me or anything.  The phrase “agreed with” implies “opinion” and “sentient thought”.  But fandom excludes both of those.  I have to believe the Chiefs will win.  It’s in my blood.  But you looking at it dispassionately and assessing the Chiefs’ chances are better is the result of an entirely different process.

...now, if you are a Steven Brust, Lawrence Block, Donald Hamilton, or Lois McMasters Bujold fan...well, then we have to deal with being in agreement.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 03:40 PM

17 to 0. See what I told you? I can’t prognosticate worth shit.

Nathan - No, no, no, and no. Ahhh, that feels better.

on Sep 26 2005 @ 06:52 PM

Lois Mcmaster Bujol has more hugo awards than any other sci-fi/fantasy writer.  Uh think about that for a minute: Asimov, Heinlien.....

I read one of her books all night once, just could not stop.  Then I reread it when I had more time.  I did it again!

Her fantasy books are great too.

on Sep 27 2005 @ 10:45 PM
Rae

So, I guess this means that someone got smacked, or was a smacker, or was smacking?  Erm. Z gets to talk.

on Sep 28 2005 @ 02:57 PM
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