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  1. Avatar NewDealer says:

    I am probably going to see the Grand Budapest Hotel on Sunday.Report

  2. Avatar NewDealer says:

    Speaking of movies, there will be no more In a world…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/movies/hal-douglas-89-superstar-of-movie-trailer-narrators-dies.html?hpw&rref=movies&_r=0

    I really like that it turns out Mr. Douglas is a Member of the Tribe.Report

  3. Avatar dhex says:

    “This means that I have purchased 6 copies of “Frampton Comes Alive!” (it’s the 7th Birthday Present) and will be purchasing 3 more.”

    are they all named frampton?Report

  4. I have a Phantom Quest Corps scroll to put up in the baby’s room. I had to choose between that and Moldiver. I decided that, lush that she is, Ayaka Kisaragi is a better role model.

    I got as couple of old CRT monitors I hope to dispose of.

    I have to make some tough decisions on a computer purchase (or not).

    I’m falling behind on Breaking Bad.Report

  5. Avatar Reformed Republican says:

    Next weekend, my son is coming to visit for a week. He stayed behind in FL to finish up the school year, and he will not be moving here until the end of the summer. This weekend, I need to start getting his bedroom ready for him. There are still some empty boxes and other things that need to be cleared out, and I need to find the sheets and such for his bed.

    I put up a doggy door this week, so the puppies can get in and out while I am at work. I need to put some sort of a fence around my carport so that I can get in and out without worrying about letting the dogs out of the yard, or having to pull the car out, go through the gate, then open the doggy door.

    Also, last week’s date went well enough to warrant a sequel, so we are going to go see a movie tomorrow.Report

  6. Avatar Boegiboe says:

    We’re taking Alice to Disneyworld! We pack up tomorrow and leave on Sunday. Alice has been very excited about it for a while, and now she’s gotten to the point that she anxious about the trip. This morning she said she didn’t want to go because she would miss her cat, and she burst into tears. I imagine we’ll be seeing more tears in the next few days, but I expect they’ll be outweighed by fun.

    Congratulations to your kith on their newest member!Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Boegiboe says:

      Oh, that’s *AWESOME*.

      I am always happy to hear that there will be one more person with “It’s A Small World” stuck in their head for the rest of their life.

      (I know that she’ll have the time of her life. The tears, if any, will be overstimulation.)Report

  7. Avatar dragonfrog says:

    Tonight the kid is going to a babysitter and we’re going to a bar to hear our friends’ band.

    Tomorrow we’re both packing for separate trips – my wife & daughter leave for two weeks of work at a theatre in the South of the province, I’m going to Ottawa for five days on a course.

    Time permitting I’ll go by a friend’s place for a drinks night he’s calling ‘nerd club’.Report

  8. Avatar Patrick says:

    I put Monday’s Babylonia in the bag already.

    I think I might do some housepainting this weekend.

    Oh, and I need a beer or nine thousand.Report

  9. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    Patrick, James K and I have been discussing (in the B5 post) the creation of a Game of Thrones book club, starting with the first season. Is anyone else here interested in that? Jaybird, do we have a day of the week that would be free for it? If any of you would like to participate and don’t have the DVDs yet, how long of a wait would you like before starting the first season?

    We could wait if it seems like too much on top of the B5 and Discworld book clubs, but we’ll be doing B5 for another couple years so I’d rather not wait until then, if other people are interested in this idea.

    I could do most of the recaps and people could request to do recaps of any specific episodes that interested them, like Patrick is doing for B5.Report

    • Avatar Patrick in reply to KatherineMW says:

      I’d probably participate in comments, but not in posting.

      I started a page for the bookclubs, so far I only put in the B5 stuff, but we should add the Sandman posts and the discworld stuff, has anybody been maintaining a list.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to KatherineMW says:

      I might be game for a rewatch if you waited until summer. (That sounds offhand but really it’s just that I cannot IMAGINE it being summer, yet.)

      Query: how would we handle spoilers given that the books are way ahead of the shows? Or perhaps I should say, I probably would have a great deal of difficulty not accidentally spoiling people ….Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to KatherineMW says:

      If I might make a request, it’d be to wait until after graduation. Once that happens, my bandwidth will no longer be primarily devoted to This: The Last Semester.

      At that point, I’d just say… pick a day that seems most likely to be the day that you and yourn will have recaps ready and fruitful episode discussions. I’m fairly sure that I’ll be able to accommodate any day you pick… so long as it’s after graduation.Report

    • As I’ve gotten older, I find myself less interested in sci-fi and fantasy in movies and on TV. Oh, I’ll watch the Blu-ray at some point to see the current state-of-the-art in CGI world building, but I’m even more inclined to print than I used to be.

      That said, I have been sorely tempted to send e-mail saying, “George, neither you nor I are as young as we used to be, so would you get on the stick and finish the damned thing?” For that matter, a similar e-mail to David Weber is tempting just because I’ve invested too much time over the years not to see how the Honor Harrington series winds up (I admit to a weakness for some military space opera, especially as time-killers during flight delays or when stuck in a hotel room). If it turns out that either of them was lying when they said that they had it all at least broadly plotted, with a definite ending, they are in serious trouble when I find out. (And yes, I’m aware that Weber had to replot a bunch of his after he gave Eric Flint the Mesans as the bad guys for his parallel series now rather than 20 years after Honor’s death.)Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Michael Cain says:

        I only read the first Honor Harrington and wasn’t impressed enough to keep going. It felt way too much like spaceship porn, and the fact the the McGuffin would get used at the climax was really obvious.

        A series I love, which seems hardly to be discussed this days, is Lois Bujold’s Vorkosigan books. She’s back to writing them again, with somewhat mixed results, but the ones from, say, Borders of Infinity to A Civil Campaign are almost uniformly excellent, and none are bad or in the last bit bloated.Report

      • too much like spaceship porn

        Sex ruins everything. (Well, sex has a detrimental effect on my enjoyment of certain fiction, anyway.)Report

      • Avatar dhex in reply to Michael Cain says:

        @will-truman

        “Sex ruins everything. (Well, sex has a detrimental effect on my enjoyment of certain fiction, anyway.)”

        it probably synergistically improves reading a story about white water rafting, but doesn’t your partner get annoyed after a while about the lack of eye contact?Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Michael Cain says:

        By “spaceship porn” I meant “obsessive description of spaceship minutiae” not “sex in space”.Report

      • Oh! Well, then, that sounds boring instead of tacky.

        On the other hand, if I can put up with Tom Clancy’s long-winded explanations…Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Michael Cain says:

        @dhex – IIRC Will listens to a lot of audiobooks, so it’s fine.Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Michael Cain says:

        I’m trying to imagine the inner dialogue:

        “The wife and I have the place ask to ourselves tonight. I need to set the mood. What should I play? Luther? Peabo Bryson? Maybe a little Patrick Stewart reading Star Trek fan fiction?”Report

      • I got started on the Harrington books when I was practically commuting between Denver and NJ to lecture the East Coast people who were trying to redefine the project we were paying for. Me: “We’re paying you to be methodical within this framework, not to tell us the framework sucks; in response to your memo of the 3rd, stating that X can’t be done within the framework, here’s code demonstrating a working version of X within the framework; either STFU and do the job you’re being paid to do or we go to the SVP’s office right fishing now and you explain to him why we get our million-and-a-half dollars back.” Or bizarre trips like Denver-to-Seattle for one side of the company, Seattle-to-NoCal for the other side, NoCal-to-SoCal because something had caught the CTO’s attention, then back to Denver.

        Thick and relatively mindless were priorities. All I wanted were words in a row and don’t ask me to think about it. Honor kicking the crap out of somebody arrogant and stupid in a space battle modeled on sailing ships was fine.

        Now I have enough hours invested that I just want to see how Weber wraps it up.Report

  10. Avatar Maribou says:

    Brought over the baby’s only slightly belated 0th birthday presents, and food for his parents, tonight (Jerry Pinkney did an Aesop’s! who knew?). then we came home and Jay played video games and I watched the new Veronica Mars movie (eeeeeeeeee).

    tomorrow errands and dinner with Fish. Sunday either conking out or a little more visiting with our accumulated relations.

    I have to do homework, but WAY LESS OF IT than usual. (march break! a little bit.)Report

  11. My wife’s Tibetan Spaniel is getting old (~13) but insists on continuing to stand guard in the front bay window. When she was younger she almost literally danced across the furniture to get down — astoundingly sure-footed little animal — but now has quite a bit of trouble. So this weekend’s project is a ramp to make things easier for those short stubby elderly legs, and teaching the dog to use it.Report

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