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2005-04-20 RussCon Report

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11 of us played 10 games! Welcome new guy Fool, an ex-cow-orker and new skating buddy. Next week will be the last of BobK's recent return to RussCon: after next week's RussCon, Bob will be heading out to his new post in Qatar (if I remember correctly) and we probably won't see him for a while.

Veganism: A few weeks ago I started eating vegan. I mentioned it in my blog and got possibly the most comments I've ever gotten - which I guess isn't surprising, since as a long-time vegetarian I have noticed that unusual eating choices often elicit energetic (and sometimes tiresomely argumentative) responses. (I have zero interest in debating the subject nor in receiving lame old vegetarian/vegan jokes which I've almost certainly already heard more times than I can recall.) Anyway, just a heads up that I am vegan now, i.e. I have quit eating eggs, cheese, milk products, etc. which pretty much only matters to you if you are intending to give me food. I thought going vegan might be difficult (in terms of food cravings) but so far it's not. There is logistical difficulty, though, since a whole lot of pre-made food is not vegan. E.g. as many visitors to my home know, I have eaten a lot of Morningstar Farms vegetarian foods - but they are not vegan (they have egg whites and milk), so I won't be buying any more. The end of an era!

Spanish/Esperanto: 2pm Sunday at Texspresso on Anderson Lane (by Alamo Drafthouse Village) is the weekly basic informal Spanish RussCon study group as well as the Esperanto formal study group.

If anyone in Austin wants about 5 shelf feet of Doctor Dobbs Journal and some other computer magazines from the past decade for free, let me know.

If anyone in Austin wants size 10 rollerblades (a used pair which _fool passed on to me) for free, let me know.

Game Results

EnGarde2BobK 1 TimG -1
BigBoggle6RussW 5 Tim 3 JP 1 Ben -1 Clayton -3 Whendy -5
Zero4William 3 Ben 1 Tim -1 RussW -3
RicochetRobot3Ben 2 RussW 0 Tim -2
Cartagena4William 3 Tim 1 Fool -2 RussW -2
Bluff5William 4 Tim 2 RussW 0 Fool -2 Ben -4
ZirkusFlohcati4William 3 RussW 1 Tim -1 Fool -3
Guillotine3Fool 2 RussW 0 Tim -2
PuertoRico5TimG 4 JP 2 SarahM 0 BobK -2 Clayton -4
DurchDieWueste4BobK 3 JP 1 Clayton -1 SarahM -3

The 2-player fencing card game En Garde apparently hasn't been played since 2001-06-20 (between Clay and PJ)! Glad it got played again finally...

I had an awesome round in Big Boggle, scoring words like "mangle", "mangled", "angle", "angled", and (my pride and joy) "aorta" and "aortas", ultimately scoring 22 points in one round! Needless to say I won that game...

They played Puerto Rico with an expansion, which was apparently the "make it take three times as long" expansion!


Rank Ratings:       
 5.7683 William
 1.3863 BobK
 1.3863 JP
 0.9163 TimG
 0.1178 RussW
-0.3930 Ben
-0.9932 Tim
-1.3863 SarahM
-1.6740 Fool
-1.7916 Whendy
-2.9318 Clayton
Win Ratings:
 5.7683 William won 4 of 4
 1.8563 BobK won 2 of 3
 0.9163 TimG won 1 of 2
 0.4055 Ben won 1 of 4
 0.3001 Fool won 1 of 4
-0.1054 RussW won 1 of 7
-0.1824 Whendy won 0 of 1
-0.5108 SarahM won 0 of 2
-0.6931 Clayton won 0 of 3
-0.6931 JP won 0 of 3
-2.0794 Tim won 0 of 7

William is the Devil! BobK is Vice-Devil. (Luckily he will be here, probably his last RussCon in a while.) TimG and JP are Co-Vice-Vice-Devils.

If you are confused how the ratings work, you could peruse the FAQ.

I used GraphViz to generate the graph image.

devil graph

Meta Game

Matt was the distracted Meta Devil and mailed out no Meta Game, nor did I. By default, the previous Meta Game continued, but once again no one expressed an interest in being mummy-wrapped, go figure. I shall break the unusual cycle of lack of meta-ness and design this week's Meta Game. Meanwhile, enjoy the vacation from meta-ness.

Evening's Soundtrack

a flavor of india
Irshad Khan, The Magic of Twilight
Ustad Vilayat Khan, Sitar
Manilal Nag, Live in Woodstock
Ravi Shankar's Festival From India

The meta-meta theme continues... since there was again no new Meta Game this week, there was again no new Evening's Soundtrack...

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