|14 of us played 9 games.||
I needed a new vacuum cleaner since my old one (almost 20 years old) made a loud explosion and emitted smoke (which was kind of entertaining, I must admit). I've been doing some web research, and also asked friends for advice. Many people replied. Naturally there was no single clear consensus on The Ultimate Vacuum Cleaner. Thanks (in order of reply) to:
So much conflicting information! It's like the Star Trek where they confused the computer with logical contradictions! What to do? Luckily, Dudley went above and beyond the call of duty and brought his Dyson over to show me how it works - and I must say the Dyson is pretty cool, even though pricier than I was looking for. It has a satisfying "Lego meets Star Trek" geek appeal, bagless HEPA filtering, built-in 17' hose and very long power cord, and a transparent cruft container that you can easily empty when done, getting a visceral thrill at seeing all the cruft you sucked up. Plus, unlike other vacuum designs, its suction doesn't diminish as it fills with dust, thanks to its unorthodox design. And its HEPA filter doesn't need to be replaced; you're just supposed to wash it every 6 months. Dudley hasn't even washed his in a year and it looked pristine due to the Dyson's earlier stages of wacky cyclone filtering before the air even hits the HEPA. Very tempting. I think if Dudley decides to shift careers, he should become a vacuum cleaner salesman. Apparently he's already talked one friend into buying one, and is also working on Allen. Meanwhile, I am sold, so I went and got one at Best Buy and spent an hour vacuuming already. Woohoo! At lunch today a cow-orker talked about how waxing his car was a chore he enjoys and finds satisfying; I think vacuuming fills a similar niche for me.
There was some debate at work and at RussCon whether the Dyson or the Roomba is more of a geek's vacuum cleaner. The Roomba obviously has geek appeal since it's a robot that wanders around your house with AI. But the Dyson also has geek appeal with its nonstandard engineering and wacky manipulability. Depends if you're more of a passive "watch it do cool stuff" geek or a hands-on "make it do cool stuff" geek, I suppose. Ultimately I care more about getting a good cleaning done and I feel pretty confident that the Dyson's actual dust sucking is superior to the Roomba. Plus the Roomba isn't going to handle stairs or vacuuming surfaces other than the floor.
Fina brought along a mysterious envelope she received in the mail (with 12 cents postage due because of its nonstandard size, though the mail deliverer did not charge her the 12 cents). By holding it up to the light it was possible to see (but not photograph very well, alas) that the envelope was empty except for containing a 37 cent Happy Birthday stamp. If you looked carefully, you could see that on the back of the Happy Birthday stamp is written "Fina maybe late but Judy'd like it anyway Love Dad". It seems her stepdad mailed her a 37 cent Happy Birthday stamp for her to mail to her mom Judy whose birthday was in fact August 20 (the very night of RussCon).
Anyway, Fina donated the enigmatic artifact to the RussCon Museum of Curiosities.
Heads up that the Willow Band (the new project of Clandestine bagpiper EJ) will be at the Cactus 8:30 on Tuesday September 2.
I recently joined friendster.com, an interesting and potentially useful looking social networking site that seems to be becoming popular; if anyone else has an account there, let's add each other as friends. You can find me as Russ Williams (duh!) At this point it's not clear how useful friendster is, but it's an interesting idea and kind of fun to poke around and play with for a bit.
|CarcassonneHunters||3||Fina 2 RussW 0 Clayton -2|
|ZirkusFlohcati||4||William 3 Marty 1 Fred -1 Whendy -3|
|Mu||4||Ben 3 JP 1 MarkH -1 MarkG -3|
|Tichu||2||( Whendy Marty ) 1 ( William Fred ) -1|
|Exxtra||4||MarkH 3 MarkG 1 JP -1 Ben -3|
|UnionPacific||5||Matt 4 Clayton 2 RussW 0 MarkY -2 Fina -4|
|Zero||4||Ben 3 MarkG 1 JP -1 RussD -3|
|Bluff||5||Whendy 4 RussW 2 William 0 Fina -2 MarkY -4|
|Euphrates||3||MarkG 2 JP 0 Matt -2|
More Union Pacific action this week! We played with the option of letting you burn a share of Unpac for a share of Unpac, which seems silly and we decided we wished we hadn't.
JeffF emailed me (in response to last week's Carcassonne edge-of-the-table discussion) that "One of the Lord of the Rings card games that's been played at RussCon has the stay on the table rule. It also suggests a minimum table size." I'm sure there are other such games as well.
Jean Michel Jarre, Oxygene
Jean Michel Jarre, Equinoxe
Jean Michel Jarre, Les Chants Magnetiques
Jean Michel Jarre, Zoolook
Jean Michel Jarre, Rendez-vous
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