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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Let's see.. what have I been up to lately...

Saw one incredible kick-ass kung-fu movie last Friday, Fong Sai Yuk starring Jet Li, at the Royal with Paul and Yohanna. You can almost think of it as Twelfth Night with martial arts. Ever since Jet Li started appearing in Hollywood movies he's stopped dressing in drag, I wonder why...

You know, I wish the Asian actors and directors we know and love would just go back to Asia and start making the movies again that we want to see. None of Jet's North American stuff has been that great, John Woo's output has been variable, and Ronny Yu, who we will worship forever for Bride with White Hair, is stuck doing stuff like Freddy Vs. Jason. I mean, who cares?

Whet on a major clothes buying binge, which I sorely needed to do. My friend Evelyn came along as a fashion advisor to help me get a few new shirts, and I got some black shoes today. Considering I've also got new hiking boots, my brown shoes, walking sneakers, gym sneakers, and winter boots, I've got more footwear right now than at any other time of my life.

Benet's birthday party was Saturday night, with the usual gang and a lot of books.

Took another look at the (secret) hotel we'll almost certainly be having Anime North at next year. Once the sales people get back from vacation Monday after next we can negotiate the final deal and finally announce it to the world.

My brother rented the DVD of the Doctor Who adventure The Pirate Planet, a Tom Baker story and the second in the Key to Time sequence. Haven't seen that in years. Somehow completely forgot about the robot parrot, the Avitron. The best thing about the DVD was that it came with a pop-up feature. With it on, extra info appears on the bottom of the screen, like lines cut for time reasons, special effects info, problems with K9, etc. This story was written by Douglas Adams, at much the same time he was writing Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, and the pop-ups kept pointing out lines and planet names that were virtually identical between the two. Adams left us some seminal works, but he was really into recycling his material.

Played some Settlers of Catan with Colin and Shana the other night, a board game Jason's been extolling the virtues of for years. It really is a good game. I gotta play more games. But I need a bigger table first.

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I wasn't familiar with the "Settlers of Catan" game, so I googled it. Here's what came up: :)

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