March 8th, 2004

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Well, Marco forgot to bring in his serial cable today, so I am getting by with doing cheeseball time tabulation experiments on our new motor control board, while not having anything to compare them with.

The weekend that just passed was a good one, I must admit. Got quite a bit done.

Friday, I left here early, went home, and started watching Takashi Miike's Japanese actioner, *Dead or Alive*. Weird as hell, hyperkinetic, and interesting. The ending is mondo bizarro. For dinner, Trista, Kat and I went to Vinny T's (formerly Vinny Testa's). I had a decent Caesar salad with grilled chicken -- I like my home brewed one a little better, though, because breaded chicken goes better with the salad, in my humble opinion. After dinner, we hung out briefly at the apartment, then went to *Arsenic and Old Lace* at the Calliope theatre. Excellent show! Funny and touching and wonderful -- not as good as the movie, maybe, but good nonetheless. Next up at the Calliope is the comedy *A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum*, which is a send up musical of those old Roman plays.

Saturday was a gaming day. Kat's mom came to get her in the morning, Tater showed up around 1. I started watching Takashi Miike's *Dead or Alive 2*, before he came -- I still haven't finished it, but it's pretty good, too. Same two stars from the first one, completely different characters and story.

So, Tater showed up, while Trista was peeling plums for a pie (that pie was ab fab, probably one of the best pies I've eaten in the last coupla years), so he and I played Halo for a while. Then, around 2 or 2:30, we started into DnD 3ed. We paused for snack, interrum steps of pie baking, and dinner. We finally finished up around 10:30 or so.

GAMER ALERT: I prepped like a madman, and the game went slower than anticipated, so I've still got things plotted out for next week. Basically, the characters descended into the dungeon, faced an Ogre with strategy, a hellovalot of mutant mosquitos (stirges), and explored almost 1/2 to 2/3 of the first level (while making a brief foray to levels 4). They then descended to level 2, on the trail of the rune mage.

Sunday, Trista and I swept up the kitchen, did a little housework, started the laundry going. Kat returned home while T and I finished off Bab-5 Season 4. Amazing, is the only thing I can say about that Season. Near perfect television, for the Dan-o. Intelligent, inspiring, a gem of a show. On some level, I feel sorry for those who don't or can't get into that show. I've been regaling it as the best show made for TV, and yesterday, I started wondering what the other Great Shows might be... I made a list of my 5 Favorite American Network or Basic Cable TV Series (of all time):

Babylon-5
Roseanne
Twilight Zone
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
The Shield

Other great shows that didn't make the list include: Outer Limits, Buffy, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, CSI, The Simpsons, Friday the 13th: the series, Monsters, Tales from the Darkside. I figure these don't count cable pay stations shows (like Tales from the Crypt or The Sopranos).

Sunday afternoon, I worked on my banana short story: "Yes, We Have No Bananas" is an sf tale, and the first draft is finished. 3500 words. I already have some rewrite/revision ideas for it. Sunday evening, we had a chicken dinner, and Trista played Morrowind well after bedtime.

I finished Brian Keene's *The Rising* this weekend, and I was disappointed in the level of religion that showed up. Sheesh! Some of the concepts were nice, but it seems that horror is really heading back into JudeoChristian Religious territory, these days. Bummer. I started Robert Heinlein's *Sixth Column* and it, strangely, uses religion as a cover for sedition. Funny and ironic. I've also read a bit of *Self Editing for Writers* and it's really got my brain ticking on ways to improve my writing.

Woke up this morning to discover snow. Yuck. Ah well.

Tonight I will:
go grocery shopping
work on "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
revise "Moving"
maybe exercise
have a turkey burger for dinner
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