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Solitaire and Other Genetic Mysteries

My grandmother, who turned 91 last month, is very fond of solitaire. She plays it so much that backs of her cards have worn grey, which makes me sad sometimes. My mother just bought her mother-in-law a new deck for when I go to Ames, Iowa to collect her next week.1

I have never been able to stand solitaire. I played the Windows version (Windows 3.0, in case you were wondering - installed from 5.25" floppies) for one semester - namely fall, 1990. I solved maybe 10-12 games, and have never felt the slightest urge to finish them all as I have heard some people brag about. Or were there a couple of unsolvable ones? See the lack of interest. Maaaarvel at it.

It's too much like homework! Myst, Riven, 7th Guest, The 11th Hour, Three in Three (yes, the Mac game that was hot in 1991). If I wanted to solve more constraint logic puzzles, I'd just go work on research. :-)

I just can't sit still for games like that. I have patience for "real-world" problem-solving, but the variety that is contrived for entertainment just makes me fidgety. Of course, my gran is also the lady who does watercolor, which takes considerable discipline in itself.

Another genetic mystery, like my whole family being extreme sticklers for punctuality and neatness, except for me and my aunt Camille, the pack rats and procrastinators. I'd attribute it to mutation, but then I'd want some special powers to go with it.

1 Oh, BTW, my itinerary for the next two weeks: a CRGer visit on Wednesday, another next Thursday. This Saturday and Sunday I will be en route to Ames, IA to bring my gran back to Kansas for a month or two. Next weekend I'll be in Austin, TX for CCCT-2004. 11-hour drive, whee. Maybe I could convince my gaffer to share the drive? Cool off in Austin's 95F weather?2

2 Achtung, visitors! Manhattan, KS is doing its annual impression of Eidische. The hot part. I mentioned this at Media, yes? 97F (36C) right now. I do hope it'll be cooler when folks come over.

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Banazir

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banazir
Aug. 2nd, 2004 05:33 pm (UTC)
Aw, y?
Acos, she's lonely in her house alone, and has nobuddy to play wif.

I am in love with worn out cards.
It gives them... you know... y'know?

Umm... no, acksherly I dknot know.
Enlighten moi?

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Banazir
angharad
Aug. 4th, 2004 09:45 pm (UTC)
Like the velveeta bunny, right?
One of the reasons I prefur crumply paperbocks to shiny hardbooks.
banazir
Aug. 6th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Like the velveeta bunny, right?
One of the reasons I prefur crumply paperbocks to shiny hardbooks.
Hrm, yes.

Who is that beglassed gril in the icon?

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Banazir
angharad
Aug. 7th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Like the velveeta bunny, right?
Yomiko Readman, aka Agent Paper, protagonist of the sadly not-long-enough series (3 OAVs and 4 manga prequels) "Read or Die":
amazon link
fansite
gondhir
Aug. 3rd, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
Old eople and cards
My grandpa plays solitaire all the time and euchre and shoot the moon (a version of bid euchre) and rummy and other card games with us and others. He has been known to wash his cards. He says they get dirty. He also insists that when he plays solitaire, he's not really playing by himself, he's playing against Sol. Oh, and his version of solitaire is exactly the same as everybody else's except that once you've gotten yourself into a corner you cheat. And count how many times you have to cheat to win. The less you have to cheat, the better you did. Personally, I like that version better. Try doing THAT with a computer game. ;)
banazir
Aug. 3rd, 2004 07:43 am (UTC)
5000th Comment!!
Blaring alarm and falling confetti

That was the 5000th psot in my hellyay!
You win a prize!

Here... have a soap carving.

And... um... wot else would you like?

I'd like to wash my puzzle game CDs.

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Banazir
gondhir
Aug. 4th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
Re: 5000th Comment!!
Blaring alarm and falling confetti
eeeek!

That was the 5000th psot in my hellyay!
You win a prize!

W**H**!

Wot do i win?!

Here... have a soap carving.
YESSS!

Wait...

Is this carving fine dwarvish craftsmanship?




(or crappy hobbit "craftsmanship"?)
banazir
Aug. 6th, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC)
BHA!
Here... have a soap carving.
YESSS!
Wait...
Is this carving fine dwarvish craftsmanship?
(or crappy hobbit "craftsmanship"?)

It's hand-milled from Borg Fremen soap!

And quit inslutting hobbits!
Yew want sumfink crazy lieka pineapple, ah keel you!

And... it's dwarf- and hobbit-make, not craftsmanship!

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Banazir
zaimoni
Aug. 5th, 2004 08:47 pm (UTC)
Well, at least it's cooler tonight. (Over here, at least. 82°F at 2AM two nights ago was a pain).

Off-topic:
I finally managed to figure out that I had a Yahoo Groups ID ;) Show me the course-tracking groups when they are relevant.
banazir
Aug. 6th, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC)
Course-tracking groups?
You mean my course groups such as ksu-cis690-summer2004?

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Banazir
zaimoni
Aug. 6th, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Course-tracking groups?
Yes.

More precisely, whatever is required for me to audit your courses.
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