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Goodbye, Stevia, Indy--hello, 4th ed--

I had a tray of stevia seeds theoretically germinating in the backyard. Stevia seeds are like dandelion seeds, but smaller. So, it might have been dryer lint and dirt that I was trying to germinate. At any rate, it doesn't matter, because 1) stevia's notoriously difficult to germinate anyway, particularly for an amateur, and 2) 40-mile-an-hour winds flung my germination tray across the backyard.

Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull is easily the stupidest movie I've seen this year. I don't know what Lucas has about killing successful franchises. Characters repeat dialogue so they can be sure you heard it, plot points that are obvious to anyone but a developmentally retarded chinchilla are hammered in with the force of a pod racer driven by a six-year-old crashing into your childhood memories, and physics is applied quite, quite randomly. Oh. And there's a big CGI finish. Hope that doesn't spoil anything.

The one gripe I'd heard before was that Indy was a bit old to be doing that much twisty flippy stuff. I don't really see that--there was a fistfight that he should have been knocked flat in, but that's it. Indy was actually pretty appealing.

If you're a fan of the franchise, go see it, but do expect to drown your sorrows after. Personally, I didn't find this one to be particularly fun, there was so much suspension-of-disbelief-mangling.

It is just possible that I was the first person in Austin to get my set of 4th ed D&D books. I turned around and found myself at the head of the line at Dragon's Lair's release-o-thon at midnight, and the first person who's name they called (well, the only one, they got over the name-calling thing pretty quickly). The jury is still out--some of the changes are cool, but some are kewl.


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Jun. 6th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Maybe you'll end up with random stevia populating your yard.
Jun. 6th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Problem is, it looks an awful lot like a milkweed, I'd never know! It's possible, tho...
Jun. 6th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
I'm personally vouching for the special chinchillas. They get a tough break, but I think they can be depended upon to accurately assess movies. ;)
Jun. 6th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Sadly, short-bus chinchillas are NOT the lowest common denominator. I think Hollywood executive producers have that down.
Jun. 6th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
You will have to let me know hoe 4th ed plays.
Jun. 24th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
Once I play, I'll be sure to! It looks good, but nobody's running a game right now. It's a bit less flexible than 3.5 in certain respects, so I think characters are going to be a little harder to twink, or at least harder to twink in unexpected ways. And multiclassing has been severely limited, very much like 1st ed.
Jun. 6th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
z0mg! 4th edition! We must have a D&D event soon! Cooommmeeeee onnnnnn.... invite me for roleplay and half-elf warrior shenanigans!
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