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I finished reading Chapter 2 of the programming book, am 12 pages out from finishing Hodgman's Areas of My Expertise, and finished the Barenaked Ladies biography (EDIT) that the most awesomest person in the universe D'Toaster (/EDIT) gave me for Christmas; all three books have appendices. DID YOU KNOW?? I'm not sure if this is sheer coincidence or a sign of things to come. I do know I shall be watching the skies tonight, my friends.

Oh - another coincidence - this whole Squirrel thing Colbert reported on ties in nicely with Hodgman's book. Hodgman has a giant section on the various types of squirrels. I liked that section much more than the 700 Hobo names. But then, I'd rather be a squirrel than a hobo so my preference is not surprising.

Anyway, one of the BNL appendices is about road games they play. They spend a lot of time traveling, so have created new games or modified classic games. One of theirs is called Slint - where instead of using city names you use band/muscisian names to take turns shouting out bands that start with the same letter the other person's band ended with. Yeah, I did a bad job explaining that. If I say "Yes," you say "Sting," I say "Guns N Roses," you say "Supertramp," I say "Poe," you say "Eagles," I say "Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs," etc. As you can see, loads of bands end in "S" (Beatles, Monkees, GoGos...). So one road trip Ed said a band ending in "S" and Tyler spent over an hour trying to think of an "S" band because so many had already been used. He was mocked and taunted. He finally said "Slint" and everyone insisted that wasn't a real band. He gave some odd fact about their bass player, which garnered more insistence he was making it up because as we know from Balderdash the more unique the detail you put the odder the answer seems. The next afternoon Ed found a Slint CD on his amp (or something) with a note from Ty saying "Lick my hairy a$$, Slint *is* a band." Apparently Ty had gotten up early before the show, found a used CD shop, and sought out a Slint CD. Ever since then, their game was called Slint. Monkeys and I played it on the way home the other day, and it's actually quite a lot of fun! We played it for nearly two hours straight, and it really made the trip fly by. (And Monkeys even worked in "Slint.")


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Jan. 19th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Ahem. Barenaked ladies that TOASTER gave you for christmas.
Jan. 19th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
FIXED!!! Eeeps! :-D

It was a really fun read, by the way. I have even more respect for them now. But I feel bad for their wives and kids that the boys had to be on the road so much. It must be very hard to be married to a musician unless you can be in the band with them.

Also, they can be quite silly.

Edited at 2009-01-19 06:53 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)

Dat's right!
Toast is the most awesomest person evar!
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