Day 50b – Winner x2

Okay, so I wasn’t cheating in the game before, although my pacifism was causing Ken some grief. I was however cheating a little with my post, but here is the make-up post to settle that debt.

I ended up winning both games of 7 Wonders we played. This time we had two expansions included, which added a bit of time and complexity to the games we played.

What is annoying about this game is that you start the first turn with a hand of 8 cards (7 in the base game), and you get to play one card of the hand and then the rest of your hand gets passed along to your neighbour. Both games there were hands we wanted to keep completely… so you end up calculating which cards you may get back after they have been around the table, and which cards you have to get rid of so your neighbour cannot play them.

In the first game, I ended up hiding the bricks that Ken and Abbey needed to get into the later stages of building their own wonders, which proved very effective. In the second game I was less devious, but equally effective by picking a simpler strategy… I think they were expecting sneakiness and thereby didn’t notice how quickly I was accumulating simple points.

Day 49 – Just Dinner

Today was a hectic day at work, so tonight I do very little. It balances out the world in the most wonderful way.

I narrowly escaped a cycle class at the gym tonight on account of Holly (who is sticking around a little longer) cancelling on me, and then my work-day overflowing into the gym time slot. I am going to have to do something about the latter, because it has happened more than I care for. I think I get enough done during the workday that I don’t need to let it expand to fill available space at the edges.

Anyway, we have agreed to try for Cycle again next week.

Tonight was for dinner. For sausages and vegetables. For the apple-and-pear cider I bought on my way home.

On a side-note, Abbey was very put out by absent items she had put on our shopping list. I was talking to HR at work as they arrived and I glibly said they were to-do items that could wait. I shouldn’t have forgotten them altogether though. Alas, no carrots with dinner.

Cow-pattern Milka
Cow-pattern Milka

Chocolate makes everything better though, especially when it has cow-print on the block itself. Isn’t it odd how I can resist a drawer full of chocolate all day at work, and then when I get home I cannot help myself raiding the supplies?

And now, after concluding an episode of Hercule Poirot, there is nothing more for me to do but slowly and incrementally migrate towards bed.

Day 48 – Podcasts

I was completely stuck for something to write about today. Nothing I had done seemed at all interesting and worthy of a post. I was almost resigned to the fact I was going to have to write the dullest post yet.

And then it occurred to me that I listen to my podcasts when I commute. I used to have a longer list of subscriptions in my DoubleTwist on my Android, but I found some although interesting enough were just not worth the time investment.

Currently my subscription-list consists of the following:

  • The Nerdist: Chris Hardwick’s podcast interviews Nerd icons across the spectrum. Often funny, sometimes rude, always worth listening to
  • 99% Invisible: a very recent addition on design; so far the signs are good for this being a keeper
  • Common Sense with Dan Carlin: an almost-weekly independent’s view on American and global politics
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: a ready-when-it-is-ready podcast using 4 hour episodes to dig deep into historical topics
  • Hanselminutes: a podcast by Scott Hanselman on a range of programming topics, very large back-catalogue of episodes to choose from
  • Savage Love Podcast: Dan Savage gives a broad mix of acerbic and insightful relationship advice to callers… warning to the intolerant or easily icked – he covers everything and anything
  • TEDTalks: often inspiring talks (video) on topics from architecture to nature and science to religion and anything and everything else
  • This American Life: long-running radio show where each episode has a theme, and consists of a variety of stories on that theme… both factual and fictional… touching and hard-hitting
  • This Developer’s Life: inspired by This American Life’s format, and created in collaboration by Rob Conery and Scott Hanselman on topics in software development
  • Writing Excuses: a weekly podcast that has run since early 2008 on topics surrounding writing by Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells and Mary Robinette Kowal

If you have any other quality podcast recommendations, please feel free to leave me a comment!

Day 47 – Gardening

I always hurt myself with gardening implements. I’ve got soft IT hands, unaccustomed to hard labour. 😉

It’s a good thing I don’t do this for a living.

Photography is a much safer outdoor activity for me.