My Microwave is Lame

My microwave is so lame that if you nuke a pint of room-temperature water in it for five minutes, the end result is an ice cube floating in a glass of otherwise boiling-hot water. Incredible but true.

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Movie: The Endurance

You know that scene in Fellowship of the Rings where Gandalf 'n' Co. are traveling over the Misty Mountains while Saruman drops lightning bolts and avalanches upon their heads in an attempt to kill them? And even though you've just spent an hour watching hobbits converse with wizards and dead guys ride around on horses, you're still sitting there in

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Skating vs. Gluttony

I watched half of the Women's Figure Skating Finals and half of The Glutton Bowl last night, and, I gotta tell ya, I found the Glutton Bowl to be a vastly more satisfactory viewing experience. No subjective judging or "style points" here, kids -- you either eat nine sticks of butter in five minutes or you don't. Oh, and the

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Best Picture

Who will win this year's coveted "Best Picture" Oscar? The critics weight in:Moulin Rouge: "Ends up leaving you starved for a single moment of unhyped emotion. ... This is the only time I've been to a movie where the ringing of someone's cell phone wasn't an intrusion. The sound of a human voice in conversation seemed a godsend." -- David

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Games: Adel Verpflichtet and Barbarossa

Klaus Teuber is an odd designer. Even before cooking up the stellar Settlers of Catan -- a game that was to boardgaming what Mark Maguire was to baseball -- Teuber already had two prestigious "Game of the Year" awards under his belt: one for Barbarossa and a second for Adel Verpflichtet. This is doubly surprising because these three games couldn't

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Curling

Yeah yeah yeah ... I know I swore that I wouldn't give a rat's ass about the Olympics, but that was before I saw televised curling. It's fascinating! If you don't have the slightest notion what those zany curlers are doing, you can bone up on the rules here.

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Worst Lyrics

Hello, Quester! I see from my referrer logs that you have come from the URL http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=song+with+the+dumbest+lyrics+in+the+history+of+western+music I don't know how that search led you to my weblog, but I suspect you'll find what you are looking for here.

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Rec.puzzles

Every high school math student has, and some point or another, asked "Why do I have to learn this?!" And every math teacher for the last 20 years has replied "Because you won't always have a calculator handy." It's true, you know. Yesterday, for example, I had to figure out a bear of a problem, and I didn't have a

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