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Thursday, January 26, 2012

All Consuming

Oh wow, where did the month of January go? Is it possible I blew through it obliviously, due to my newest obsession?

Paul and I have been playing a lot of Go this month. A LOT of go. Like almost everyday. To the point where it like starts seeping into your dreams.

What is Go? It's a strategy game that is mostly popular in Asia, where the object of the game is to outline the most territory for your color on the board. It;s been fun learning how to play better, but it's also been frustrating. Paul and I have actually gotten in some pretty heated discussions about playing style and the feeling of futility that often comes along (at least for me) while playing. It's kind of a love-hate relationship with a board game, where you want to like and want to be good, but it also irritates you sometimes to play. You know what I mean?

I guess a certain level of drama is inherent in the game though, especially if Hikaru No Go (2001)  is to be believed. Oh what's that? I forgot to mention that in addition to obsessively playing Go, we're also watching a cartoon about playing Go? Yes. Yes we are.

The show follows Hikaru, the boy with awful two-toned hair as he enters and excels in the world of competitive Go. What's his secret? He is possessed by the ghost of an ancient Go master (the girly purple haired guy), who escapes from a blood-spattered board and into his heart (aw). It's a show that takes the mundanity of playing a board game, and makes  it seem like a drama-filled epic adventure somehow. I still haven't quite figured it out. The show is really good though, and actually inspired a new trend of playing Go amongst young people across Japan, Korea, and the USA. 

So, in conclusion, play Go, watch this show about Go, and become a board game zombie like us. Jooooin usssssssssss!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Particle Man is from the Water Nation

I haven't been this excited about a video I stumbled across on the internet in awhile. This is so good!

Who knew that all the characters from "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and the relations between them could be summarized by the 1990 TMBG hit "Particle Man"?

OF COURSE - Aang is so Triangle Man. But my favorite part is Universe Man's watch.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Caturday XXXIX- Say "Meow!"

Most of my dear readers probably know that my wonderful husband got me a new camera for Christmas. It's a beautiful Olympus F1.8, and I'm enjoying taking pictures a lot more since I've gotten it.

Obviously, one of my most frequent subjects is our adorable/crazy fur monster, Kitty Roosevelt. Caturday seemed like as good an opportunity as any to share my latest shots of our shameless beast. Enjoy!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Snow Saureses

Can you believe it hasn't snowed, like, at all yet this year? It's kind of a relief. I would only like to see big piles of the white stuff on the condition that somebody makes me an amazing snow sculpture like these:

I would put on my snow pants and ride them! These Dinosaurs are from the Saporro Snow Festival in Japan. They are truly in the tradition of Calvin and Hobbes!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Late Arrival

1. Happy New Year! Ok, I'm a little behind...but I'm ready to commence a new year of blogtastic blogasms. In 2011 I wrote 178 posts- about one every other day. That's pretty good! I hope that I will endeavor to be as prolific in the new year. I've decided that my New Years resolution is to create more in the coming year, so there will be ample opportunity to post on the fruits of my crafty labor (I hope!). Thanks for your continued readership!

2. Here's another late arrival- This was intended as a stocking stuffer for Paul, but it turns out that it takes a really long time to ship things from Singapore.

It's a keychain featuring his favorite Bleach character: Urahara Kisuke AKA Hat and Clogs. The small girl with a big gun, Ururu is there too. Neat-O. Purchased Here!