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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons


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Weekend Update

Many small things went on this wekeend. In no particular order...

Picked up a new Puzz-3D down at Game Trek, the Citadel of Minas Tirith. 819 pieces, rated difficult. Thanks to Alex for putting it under the counter for me earlier in the week till I could stop in to pick it up. You have to be careful on what shirt you're wearing when you work on one of these, or static cling will have pieces sticking to your sleeves and they'll end up everywhere.

Had dim sum with my brother and Dave and Louise with little Paula down at the Kowloon. Great as always.

This month's meeting of the science fiction book club went really well. We were doing Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem, a noir with many fantastic elements. Concensus was that the author had a lot of good ideas and excellent turns of phrase, but the plotting needed more work. As a first novel is was a good achievement, and I'll probably try his later books. During the discussion Philip Chandler's advise on what to do when you've written yourself into a corner came up: "Just have someone come thru the door with a gun." I almost killed myself laughing.

Picked up the second volume of Ian Kershaw life of Hitler at Balfour Books, an excellent used bookstore near me on College. Also got a Christmas present for someone (no details!). Found out that the sotre is actually two different book stocks mixed together. Those with the price written on the inside page belong to one sellers, those with a price stickers belong to another. Not a bad system to keep them straight.

I got the bio on Hitler from the library a while back, so I was glad to find it here. Have to watch for Vol. 1. You know, it's always awkward to be reading books with giant picture of Hitler on them on the subway.

Had to go into work for a few hours so some results could be sent off first thing in the morning. With Christmas coming more billable hours are always nice.

Dropped by an art show opening at Gallery Neubacher. Show openings are always good for some wine and cheese, and a little Culture. I really liked the Inspirational Bat series, polished aluminum bats with various phrases engraved on them in the vein of "You never listen". Also a series by Steven Powers consisting of parrots and Russian military aircraft painted on old gift wrap. His explaination of What It All Meant is too convoluated to relate here.

This weekend's episode of X-Men: Evolution turned out to be the series finale, which disappoints me, as I really like the show and thought it still had plenty of stories to tell. I guess they should always leave you wanting more.

Wow, that's a lot. I can't believe I also managed to do some dishes and pick up the living room. I rock!

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You know, it's always awkward to be reading books with giant picture of Hitler on them on the subway.

*LMAO*. They should put out a version with a relaxing meadow on the cover, with the title in tiny little letters.

I want to like X-Men: Evolution, I really do, but it always strikes me as vastly inferior to the 90's Fox version. Oh, and Scott McNeil should not be Wolverine. Is there perhaps an exceptionally good episode I should start with?

They should put out a version with a relaxing meadow on the cover, with the title in tiny little letters.

That what they did for the Harry Potter books, so "adults" wouldn't have to be shamed by reading a "kids" book in public.

I want to like X-Men: Evolution, I really do, but it always strikes me as vastly inferior to the 90's Fox version.

I'm the exact opposite. I thought that the story-telling in the 90's series was handled badly, they were constantly trying to cram long comic stories into half-hour episodes, and they suffered for it. Plus there was way too much Gambit. Gambit is a punk!

The new series, by taking the basic characters and situations and nothing else, was free to develop its own stories, instead of just warming over old ones, and I thought they did a good job.

Yeah, I guess I could see how the 90's cartoon would be irritating to someone's who's read the comics. Especially with the toned-down violence (Wolverine merely waving his claws at people, Gambit's charged cards making miserable puffs of smoke, Jubilee's intense lameness... no, wait, that's canon, right?).

I'm guessing that you haven't played the new X-Men: Legends game, since AFAIK you're not a gamer. LOL, I wonder how you'd do on the trivia mini-game.

Especially with the toned-down violence ...

Yeah, and they completely wimped out in their version of the Phoenix saga. They just put a check or something an Jean power's instead of her killing herself.

Although I did really like the one where the Professor's id was running amok in a cape zapping people.

Yeah, and they completely wimped out in their version of the Phoenix saga. They just put a check or something an Jean power's instead of her killing herself.

No. The Shiar toasted Jean from orbit (she allowed them to kill her - I'm a little fuzzy on the details), and then the Phoenix ressurected her, using a portion of each X-Man's life force (after Wolverine and Cyclops had a chance to argue over who was going to get to sacrifice himself entirely). They may not have been willing to keep her dead, but she did die.

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