Jan. 12th, 2017

Thursday

Jan. 12th, 2017 12:10 pm
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Picasso: "The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?" ... ... Thomas Mann: "How dare you smile like that! No one is allowed to smile like that!" [Death in Venice] ... ... Free Cell is back in my Solitaire repertoire. I badly needed a third game. It helped that I won right off the bat, then tried it a second time to see if it was a fluke, and won again. In truth, you are supposed to win this one almost every time that you play, though it can be a little intense to see your way through. One of the reasons why I had given up on it was the frustration that I was not able to find my way through it. In the clarity of morning, I focused on trying to secure my Kings on their own columns as readily as I could, in addition to the usual strategy of trying to free up my Aces as soon as I can. This seemed to be the key to opening up the game for me. Of course, I generally try to get my King-runs going, but I guess I got lost in the notion that an empty column was like an extra free cell, and I focused on freeing up cards rather than concentrate on getting my Kings going. Incidentally, Agnes fell out of my rotation. It was essentially a Klondike game with a couple of variations, but I decided to simply incorporate the one variation I particularly liked into Klondike: after dealing out the tableau, I deal out the next card on top to start the foundations, hence serving as my low-card, and my first fan of three cards to start play is only two cards. The way I have settled on treating my stock, by the way, is to go three times through the deck in fans of three cards, but then I allow myself two more runs using the single-card method, and that is my limit. So, in sum, I had Klondike and Spider, and now Free Cell is back. I have not been hunting for new games in my books, because I am very doubtful that I will discover another winner. With Free Cell back in my life, my incentive to look for more is not really there at this point, though I might become restless for a new drug in another few months. ... ... Michael Moore: “Democrats would be better off if they ran Oprah or Tom Hanks ... why don’t we run beloved people?” After the shock of this election, the 'celebrity strategy' might become more tempting for Democrats. He suggests Oprah or Tom Hanks. That is not really a joke. Maybe that is just where we are as a republic. [New Republic] ... ... Trump always has a paid audience at his press conferences. They jeer and boo reporters that he hisses at, and they cheer and echo his intended applause lines. It is a new America alright. Trump says, "We have a movement. It’s a movement like the world has never seen before." He is a character straight out of a cheap dystopian novel. I wish he smoked a cigar. That would make it absolutely perfect. [Politico]

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