Life Takes Visa

I just read this article called Monopoly ditches cash, goes plastic. My understanding is that this is relatively old news but then… Visa Takes (on) the Game of Life.

This is nuts! Games are meant to teach things. One of the only redeeming qualities of Monopoly is that it teaches small kids to count cash and, hopefully, use it wisely. Life is similar. For little kids, who are realistically the only people who will enjoy these two games, should be learning arithmetic. The Visa Card essentially puts a branded calculator in the boxes. Except it’s worse. Research, which I heard somewhere once, says that people spend about 15% more with credit cards than with cash so we’re certainly teaching them something, but what?

What is a good game to play when you’re sick?

Do you have folks to play with? If you do, you guys probably have your own games you can play and you probably don’t want anything structured anyways. But let’s say you have 4 or more folks who you can play with: ASSHOLE. It’s a fun game because you can roleplay the with the Great Delmuti terminology. Just now the President is the Great Delmuti and can be a kind and benevolent ruler or a mean one. The Vice President is the Lesser Delmuti to be respected not as much as the Greater Delmuti. And the Asshole is the Peon, who can be either subservient or rebellious, whatever.

The real fun of the game comes from playing your role. If you’re sick and the peon you can moan and be miserable and oppressed. If you’re the Great Delmuti you can just lie back and order around the commoners who kiss up to you.

But the real issue about being sick is not what to do with your friends, it’s about what to do when you can’t think and you don’t want anyone around and you’re too tired and irritated to do anything creative. You’d stare at a computer monitor but it gives you a headache. Nope, you need something low key but interesting, yet something you can put aside so you can drool and stare at the wall.

Knitting? Yes!!!! but if you want to a game, i highly suggest Choice (also called Dice Solitaire in Sackson’s Gamut of Games). All the rules you need are downloadable from All you need are 5 ordinary dice and pencil/paper to keep score with.

Learning new games is no fun when you’re sick so I highly recommend learning these before getting sick and adding a deck of cards and dice to your “Sick Kit” (you have one don’t you?). Even better, don’t get sick.

Anyone know any more games?

In the Shadow of Fu Manchu

Imagine a person, tall, lean and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, a close-shaven skull, and long, magnetic eyes of the true cat-green. Invest him with all the cruel cunning of an entire Eastern race, accumulated in one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and present… Imagine that awful being, and you have a mental picture of Dr. Fu-Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate in one man. –The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu

You can learn more about the 1933 series here. Kitchy to the extreme.

how people find my blog

I just put a statcounter on this blog. A lot of people come across blogs because they typed some words into google and google spits out some relevant sites. Well, statcounter can tell you what people typed in that brought them to your blog. This is mine:

Let’s just comment on these:

  • There is no real schedule for lanchas in Iquitos. You just head to the docks and see which boat is leaving.
  • The halter should fit snugly. The plow should have two blades.
  • Don’t eat sardines in Peru. Period.
  • This is the only thing on the list that my blog actually addresses. Yes, you should have said yes.

Game Costumes: The Chest Set

Awhile ago I signed up to take an experimental design class. It’s funny cause I have no idea what it’ll be about or involve but it sounds pretty exciting. One thing I’m a little worried about is that it will involve making clothes. What I really want to design are games. Board games. A game box would be cool too. I dunno. Anyways, I don’t really want to make clothes but just in case I’m already coming up with ideas.

Gentlemen, I give you the Chest Set:


In reality in the context of a clothes class I would make a tight shirt out of it and have it so you could play chess with felt velcro pieces. Perfect for smart college parties…

errr… something like this:


one year later…

It’s been about a year and a half since I left the states and about a year since I’ve been silent on this blog. It hasn’t been intentional… But the fact is that it’s super super hard to write when you know the folks you’re around. Not just because they might read it and judge you for it but also cause you feel like you’re spilling intimate secrets. It’s ugly to spill your guts out for all to see but i’m also scared to sanitize all, focusing only on lowest common denomenator, the pithy messages that tell little about my own life and experiences.

But I think that now it’s time to start writing again. In about 3 weeks I’ll go home and I want to document as much as I can.


This blog is not dead. Ony resting. It’ll probably wake up on Friday, October 21 (at which point i will have both a laptop and a camera).

thanks for reading,

First Entry

I’ve just finished setting up the blog. I’m hoping it’s readable and will end up looking OK. It’s good to have it out of the way. I still have some things to do for the school. Then I also have to move out and clean the apartment.

I’ve been debating whether or not to invest in some more memory, batteries, and a portable harddrive to for my camera. On the one hand there’s no sense in going halfway. On the other, I firmly believe that I will either lose or break the camera within a few months.

It’s funny leaving a place. For a little while I was just overwhelmed with stress. I felt like I had lots of things to do but I had to keep entertaining people instead of actually doing work. It’s weird. Only a week and a half or so and then it’s VROOOM.

I’m leaving on a jet plane…

don’t know when I’ll be back again…

anyways, I hope that I can update this every so often and that when I do it’ll be worth reading.