Nuclear Monopoly -- The Game of Senseless Real Estate Destruction. When regular Monopoly gets you down, try throwing in mushroom clouds, negotiations over weapons, fallout effects, and even technical failures. The add-on to the traditional Monopoly rules is small, but it'll make quite a difference in play.
Diplomacy (Wikipedia article) sounds fascinating. It really is Risk without the dice, and coalition-forming is the vital skill.
Fortune Cookies For Freedom
Fortune Cookies For Freedom are Eric S. Raymond's collection of quotables. Some are political, others zen-funny. Some are by him, most by others. And they're all here. Mmmm.
2003-08-26overheard on the London Underground
Ten best overheard remarks from various days this year. Some are dumb. Some are nasty. Many are surreal and cool, and a few actually made me laugh audibly. Most would make good food for a Markov-chain piece of randomness. Eavesdropping in public places, such as the Metro, is something I've been interested in before. Wonder what a shrink would say about that :-)
Update: Fed the whole page into a Markov chainer. It needs a pre-cull, but some bits were funny anyway. Highlights:
- Monica Lewinsky has an idiot.
- Peaches and Eliot, but he has struck again.
- Be careful on your skittles.
- Everyone claims he's nothing like the moral outrage and Mason's.
- No. I am going to pave over the misfits.
- Check out of society. Go figure.
- Oh! Your bourgeoise sensibilities mean nothing more than Elvis.
- Give me dirty looks.
- Bob Dylan is above the kingdom with a dark, dark tunnel.
- We were wearing curly wigs and will see.
- Don't worry. Only the credible end up with the London Underground. Sweet relief from all depends on the rubbing.
- Yeah, I'd string him up drinking.
- Cold blows the papers at the accordian in them.