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09/30/06

  01:53:08 pm, by Nimble   , 280 words  
Categories: Distractions, Languages

Esperanto Day: December 15

Okay, the warning is perhaps premature, but it could take a while to learn enough Esperanto to go along with the official 'day'. Having encountered Esperanto a long time ago as one of the more durable 'universal language' attempts around, it was funny… more »

09/24/06

  01:15:44 pm, by Nimble   , 429 words  
Categories: Reviews, Television

Fullmetal Alchemist

This anime series seems a lot like many other anime series to start with. Many of the typical anime drawings, character reactions, exaggerations and the like are present. There's a strength of story and characters that show up as you continue watching… more »
  12:49:11 pm, by Nimble   , 257 words  
Categories: Reviews, Games

Half-Life: Episode One

I wasn't quite sure what to make of this when I saw it in the store. If it was different from Half-Life 2 itself, wouldn't it be episode two? Is Half-Life 2 actually episode zero? Well, it is a sequel to Half-Life 2, and picks up pretty much at the… more »

09/15/06

  02:58:43 am, by Nimble   , 398 words  
Categories: Reviews, Games

Prey

This is a profoundly bizarre game. Cherokee plus science fiction. It's entertaining, but it will totally mess with you, at least for a while. Alright, the stars of the show are admittedly a little stereotypical, but it does square with the occasional… more »

09/11/06

  11:44:35 pm, by Nimble   , 252 words  
Categories: Reviews, Television, Science

Mad Labs

Caught this show on television tonight. It's a science show of the type that's been desperately missing from television for the better part of a decade, apart from perhaps Mythbusters: fun, madcap and informative. The episode today featured a dairy… more »

09/10/06

  11:20:11 am, by Nimble   , 312 words  
Categories: Reviews, Restaurants

Coco Brooks

Right next to Memory Express on 32rd, though the sign outside may bespeak a fancy bistro, it's nothing of the sort, really. It's a pretty casual place with lots of seating that serves individual pizzas, calzones, pasta and salads. The pizzas are… more »

07/17/06

  11:09:53 am, by Nimble   , 196 words  
Categories: Reviews, Toys, Travel

Nexxtech Desktop Alarm Clock with Flashlight

Much as we may lament the takeover of most Radio Shack store by Circuit City, it has imparted to the store a "cool gadget" mentality, with pretty reasonable prices on most things, to boot. We were looking for an alarm clock to take on safari. Well, The… more »

07/11/06

  10:47:46 pm, by Nimble   , 333 words  
Categories: Reviews, Books

A Passel of Swahili Books

Colloquial Swahili What this book has going for it are a number of natural conversations, some good attention-gettings ("Hebu!") and the likes of how to invite people and turn down invitations, and some pretty clear grammar sections. What's… more »

07/02/06

  11:29:42 pm, by Nimble   , 290 words  
Categories: Reviews, Games

Crib Wars

My wife and I gave her parents the game Crib Wars for Christmas, and I got to see it in action yesterday. You can play regular crib on the board if you so care to. There's a spot marked "121" for the number of regular holes in the path. What's the fun… more »

06/21/06

  09:29:42 pm, by Nimble   , 302 words  
Categories: Reviews, Television

Firefly

After seeing the movie Serenity, Dena and I decided that we might like to see the series. After picking it up from HMV for a modest $25, we can see now why Firefly fans were choked about the very first season being cancelled when it was. Fox only aired… more »

06/11/06

  11:46:40 pm, by Nimble   , 232 words  
Categories: Reviews, Restaurants

The Broken Plate

This is a fine little restaurant in the northwest of Calgary up by Crowfoot Crossing; a good spot for Greek food. Reservations are recommended for Saturday. The appetizers were nice; we got the Greek platter, which had dolmades (stuffed grape leaves),… more »
  11:12:07 pm, by Nimble   , 431 words  
Categories: Reviews, Toys

BrainAge

I got to play with this oddball gem of a program for the Nintendo DS the other day. The idea of this program is to help you keep up your prefrontal cortex activity. Dr. Ryuta Kawashima designed it, and I'm guessing it is he that is embodied in the… more »

05/27/06

  12:18:06 am, by Nimble   , 133 words  
Categories: Reviews, Movies

X-Men : The Last Stand

We went to see this today, and quite enjoyed it. It's a little uneven in some plot points and flat in some interaction and fight scenes, but it was overall very enjoyable, and they certainly upped the stakes here. Grand altercations and a few surprises… more »

05/11/06

  11:21:25 am, by Nimble   , 360 words  
Categories: Reviews, Games

Oblivion

I've liked Bethesda's series of games for quite a while now. Daggerfall, Morrowind and now Oblivion. Oblivion is an epic quest in the same style as its predecessors. The same use-it-and-gain-it skill system is there: if you run a lot, your Athletics… more »

04/21/06

  11:57:24 pm, by Nimble   , 988 words  
Categories: Reviews, Books, Politics

The Truth (With Jokes) : Al Franken

This is a much angrier, more serious book, only lightly seasoned with humour this time around. There's not so much focus on the right-wing hacks this time, though they are still present, but this focuses more on the upper echelons of the US government.… more »

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