Do-It-Yourself Oscar Pool Creator
In case you missed the announcement: the Do-It-Yourself Oscar Pool Creator is available here.
The Spheniscidae Candidate
The flight from Seattle to D.C. only took 4½; hours, as we had a 100 knots-per-hour tail wind; consequentially, the return trip took 6½ hours. It was so long that they showed two films: March of the Penguins and The Manchurian Candidate.
The woman sitting beside me watched the first hour of Penguins and then fell asleep with the headphones still on. She slept through the rest of the film — in fact, she didn’t wake until several hours later, as Denzel Washington, in full uniform, kills a man and woman with an assault rifle.
The woman next to started awake to the sound of the gunfire, gawped at the television screen, and looked sublimely confused. I could almost hear her thinking, “Man, I’ll have to rent this March of the Penguins movie when I get home — there must be some major plot twist in the middle!”
How much does an adult, male, African elephant weigh?
Go’wan, take a guess. Please don’t do any research in advance — I want your off-the-top-of-the-head reckoning. If you happen to know the answer (because you’re a professional zookeeper, or whatever) please participate as well — I’m trying to get as random a sampling as I can, so I don’t want anyone to self-select themselves out of the pool.
Let’s Sleep On It
We bought a new mattress. As The Queen and I put it on the bed, I noticed this tag.
The guys at the mattress company are fans of the blog, I guess.
Games For Toddlers
After my rundown of Games For Kids, a few people wrote and asked me to suggest games for toddler. Here are a few that The Squirrelly and I are playing (or will be soon):
- Go Away Monster: We’ve been playing this since The Squirrelly was 18 months (though not exactly by the rules) and he loves it. Whenever the perennial “what should my child’s first game be?” question is posed on any of the boardgame newsgroups I haunt, Monster is always the consensus pick.
- Snail’s Pace Race: I just bought this for The Squirrelly last week, but he already says “want snail game” at least once an evening. A relaxing, non-competitive game that teachers twerps colors, turn-taking, and dice rolling. Plus, the wooded snail pieces are awfully nice.
- Cranium Cariboo: Not a party game, like the others in the Cranium line. Instead, Cariboo is designed to teach youngsters shapes, colors, numbers, and collaboration.
- Hisss: Draw tiles from a bag and try and build snakes by matching colors. Total luck, but fun nonetheless.
- Max: Another cooperative game from Family Pastimes, this one for the 4-5 year set. Try to race the tiny animals to their homes before they are caught by Max the cat. One of the rare games for the very young that actually has the players making real, meaningful decisions.