Yes! It’s the Third Annual Mindless Diversions Unsolicited Shopping Guide For The Perplexed!



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  1. Avatar Maribou says:

    Notes from Maribou:

    “I know that Maribou loved it and listened to it for a while.” : Actually I still listen to Random Access Memories all the damn time, just mostly when I am trying to put my head down and focus, thus not near other people who can observe my listening habits. I LOVE it.

    I was actually COMPLAINING about The Very Inappropriate Word! As in, “this book is cute, but, dude, it is aimed at grown-ups, not at kids, the ending totally drove me up a wall”. An incomplete list of kids’ books that I actually LIKE that I read in the last month or two: Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, by David Almond; Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives, by Lola Schaefer; Whale Shines: An Artistic Tale, by Fiona Robinson; The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths; Tiger in My Soup, by Kashmira Sheth; Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic, by Mark Tatulli; Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman, and Maude The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton, by Lauren Childs.

    Finally, a note about the Young Wizards series: please get your hands on the new-and-improved revised versions, if you can, and not the originals. I mention that because NORMALLY I run screaming the other way at “updated” versions of things, but in this case there are some important things that were vastly improved.Report

  2. Avatar Chris says:

    I’ll add that A$AP Rocky is definitely for people who are already hip hop fans. You’re not going to listen to that and think, “Oh, this is why people like hip hop.”

    Oh, and thank you for telling me about the Poetry for Young People series. My son has been into poetry for a few years, but I’ve had trouble thinking of things other than just compilations to use to encourage him. I’ll definitely be trying some of these. Starting with Wallace Stevens, because the only emperor is the Emperor of Ice Cream.Report

  3. Avatar Glyph says:

    I think you have the wrong del Toro in there.Report

  4. Avatar NewDealer says:

    I just want these shoes:

    I’ve become the adult where someone buying me clothing especially nice clothing is kind of exciting!!

    Music can be downloaded, movies can be netflixed (usually). Nice clothing is nice clothing!!!Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to NewDealer says:

      There’s a very sardonic and funny book by the late John Sladek called Roderick, about the first robot with human-like intelligence. He’s placed with a childless couple, who raise him like their son. One Christmas, his Dad builds him a completely human-looking body to replace the metal one.

      “Here, son, now no one will know you’re a robot.”


      “‘OK’? Is that all you have to say?”

      “I mean ‘Thanks, Dad’. But, really, clothes?”Report

  5. Avatar Kazzy says:

    What’s a “movie theatre”?Report

    • Avatar Reformed Republican in reply to Kazzy says:

      It is a place where you go to watch a movie when you want to spend a lot of money on drinks and snacks, and you want the bright glow of smart phones to keep you from getting too focused on what is going on.Report

    • Avatar Kim in reply to Kazzy says:

      A place where you go to be surrounded by people making fun of the awful movie you just paid $3 to see.Report

      • Avatar dragonfrog in reply to Kim says:

        Way back in the day there was a movie theatre in town that ran double features for a couple of bucks – maybe even triple features, I don’t recall. It was downtown, so you could get bored and walk out on a movie, bum around the mall or window shop or get a coffee or annoy the clerks at the record store by digging through every last rack and buying nothing, and come back for the next movie.Report

  6. Avatar Patrick says:

    My apologies for not participating in the email thread.

    I had literally no good ideas. I have been elsewhere pretty much all year.Report

  7. Avatar Fish says:

    Remember when I wrote some crazy post mildly criticizing Enemy Within? I take it all back. If you loved Enemy Unknown, you’ll love this one, too. This game is at it’s best when it is kicking you in the teeth, and the improved AI, new mission types (including a couple of unique, on-time thrillers which I will not spoil here), new enemies, and new (and reimagined?) maps find clever ways to deliver kicks all too often. And Meld is like crack. Once you’ve had a taste of it, you’ll find yourself chasing it all over the map, sometimes to the detriment of advantageous positioning.Report