Thursday, September 30, 2004
- The Lost Treasure
Fly through a small tunnel, blow up a munitions truck on a suspension bridge, then nix a zepplin and a bunch of enemy fighter planes
- The Bomber Heist
Shoot down a mess of fighter planes, including an ace pilot and two bombers. Then sneak up on a third bomber so your pilot can jump out of his plane, land on the bomber's wing and kick out the enemy pilots (this last part is done in an animated cut-scene)
- The Secret Invasion
Blow up a British base, including point-defense air balloons.
Phil skipped the part where you blow up a forced-labor camp because it's really easy to crash your plane while strafing the guardtowers, barracks and pillboxes.
Fun. Fun. Fun.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Run for the Borders
Last month's was 20% of a book.
So this would be different.
Coupon expires 10/4 (good buddy).
Monday, September 27, 2004
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Phil sat in his seat until the final dance number when he ran up to the front of the theater to boogie down. We'll have to wait until the DVD comes out to find out what happens to Donkey and Dragon, since we didn't stay through the credits (shouldn't of bought the big soda to share).
Good movie. Good times.
Friday, September 24, 2004
Weekend Homework Assignment: Book Review
I've moved on to a novel by James Patterson, When the Wind Blows; I'm kinda hoping the book's a stinker (the other books of his I've read have been mixed bags) so I can title the review "It blows all right" and the blog entry "Thar she blows: Another book review." I don't think I can use a "blows" pun if it's good.
Why you should read my review of The Fly on the Wall: If you've been following the CBS memo flap - and who hasn't - you know all about what technology was or wasn't extant in the early 70s. While avoiding the political angle, I look at what else passed for high tech way back when. It isn't pretty (the tech; you can decide for yourself if the review's pretty after you read it).
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Another Gadget Review
Why you should read my review of 20-Q: In the event you aren't blessed with one of these this Christmas, I include a URL where you can play it online (but that's no reason to stop behaving).
Monday, September 20, 2004
Don't Miss This Deal
Phil and I stopped in at the Eugene store (I'd say "the local store," but it's really not) this afternoon. He wanted Nuclear Physics: A Preschool Primer, but I reminded him that Christmas is coming and to put it on his Santa List. I was stymied as to what to get until I saw Baudolino, by Umberto Eco, which has been on my Santa List for the past two years. It was marked down to $5.99, so even if they hadn't accepted the coupon I wouldn't be out a whole lot. But they did take the coupon and I saved $1.20 and got it for $4.79 (original retail was $27). What a deal for me.
Don't miss out on your chance to steal a deal - the coupon expires tomorrow.
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Birthday Party Double Header
As the photos (and blog entry title) show, there was a baseball theme:
A Tale of Two Johns
Thursday, September 16, 2004
I Spy a Book Review
Why you should read my review of I Spy Ultimate Challenger: I go into detail about the book's shortcomings, as well as exploring what exactly "ultimate" means. Plus, with the help of Mssrs. Strunk & White I deftly avoid the hideous less/fewer trap. That's worth the price of admission right there.
Monday, September 13, 2004
Me First Dollar
After 2 weeks with the Google ads, I've already earned my first dollar (actually, I'm up to a buck-ninety-six).
Hopefully you've found some good info, those of you who've clicked on the ads. I've actually had some come up that I've been tempted to click on; but, alas, that violates the rules of the game. So, thank you for your support.
Sure beats selling seeds.
Friday, September 10, 2004
Welcome to Thr'Philville
Right now we have his Thomas the Tank Engine set built around part of it, making an extremely small (both in size and scope) amusement park (the amusement is also limited). Here are some pix:
If you haven't voted on a review lately (or ever), please check them out. Links are over to the right as well as in blog entries with reasons why you might want to read the review.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
No More Vacation
The first review is for John Sandford's stand-alone novel, The Night Crew.
Why you should read my review of The Night Crew: I use the phrase "manly-men." Unless you are a "girly-man" you will read my review right now.
The second review is for Dorothy L. Sayers' first novel, Whose Body?. Although I read this book before The Night Crew, I submitted the review for TNC first. Must be the jet lag. In other news, I've only got 4 more Sayers novels/collections to go before I've read them all. I believe they give golden monocles to people who finish the series.
Why you should read my review of Whose Body?: I confess to being a "backwards individual" - read the review and find out why.
Then, on the plane from LAX to SFO Phil got his hands on the camera and took these pictures:
- Phil says this is a picture of his eye
(since he hasn't been walking into walls it doesn't seem to have caused optic nerve damage)
- Philip seems to have considerably more leg room than Mom
- A Phil's-eye view of California mountains
- A Phil's-eye view of California coastline
- A Phil's-eye view of an airplane wing
- Lovely airline upholstery
- Phil's sippycup and tray table
- Plane mates
- Mom is holding up well
- Photo of the artist as a young man
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Phive Philip Photos
California "Cuisine" Hat Trick
This afternoon I made it back to three of them. I went to:
Chili Cheese Dog
BBQ Bacon Dog
- In-N-Out Burger
Grilled Cheese with Mustard & Tomato
Well-Done French Fries
- Hot Dog on a Stick
Hot Dog on a Stick
Fortunately, there's no Erik's Deli Cafe in the neighborhood or I'd have made it a "fourfecta" with a Marrakech Express and bypass surgery.
Meet the family:
- Uncle Bob
- Aunt Cleo
- Cousin Steve
- Cousin Laura
- Cousin Keira
- Cousin Scott
- Scott's Girlfriend, Cindy
- Phil & Mama in the Comfy Chair
- Cousin Keira Tries to Get Some Rest
- The Boy with Some Toys
- Phil in the Garden
Monday, September 06, 2004
Labor Day Special: Another Book Review
Why you should read my review of The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing: I use the phrase "deal-a-mealy." I like that phrase. Plus, if you don't know what to do with yourself with too much time on your hands (welcome to my life), head on over to Amazon and kill some time checking out the review.
Sunday, September 05, 2004
The Great Outdoors
In other news, their back yard has been designated a SuperFund clean-up site due to hazardous toxins in the soil and water table.
Oh well, it looks like it was worth the damage to the ecosystem.
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Philip and His Cousins
- Profile in Philage
- Cousin Nick Attacks the Philster
- Cousins Will, [Phil,] Jack & Nick
- Chowing down with Jack and Will
- Being Cool with Jack
- Faces Only Their Mothers Could and/or Would Love
- Pitching a (well-mannered) Fit
- Before Saying Goodbye to Uncle Bill, Aunt Brenda & the Boys
And here's a shot I neglected to post yesterday of Phil with his 3-Wheel Motorcycle.
Friday, September 03, 2004
Ansel Adams or Allen Funt? You be the judge:
We're down in Ventura with her folks (Grammy and Poppa) for a few days. This afternoon we're doing a Thomas the Tank Engine thing in Fillmore (shhhh ... Phil doesn't know about it yet). Tomorrow we're getting together with my brother and his family for some exciting Labor Day shopping opportunities in Oxnard.
I'll try and post pictures of the goings-on while we're down here, but things may have to wait 'til we get home.