January 27th, 2005


Games and Fascism

Last night was fun; dinner at Quiznos with ocyn, satyric, and orangepaisley, followed by a couple of hours of gaming where I got to try out three of my new games -- Greed Quest, War & Sheep, and Drake & Drake. They all were fun, but Drake & Drake proved to be unplayable by the color-blind, and we agreed that Greed Quest benefits from having more than three players. Everyone else at the group was really into a game of Carcassonne, an understandable affliction.

I had to leave a little early to go make the 9:30 showing of "The Conformist" at the Paramount with poyboy. I didn't know a lot about this film going into it except that it was the one that made it's director, Bernardo Bertolucci, an international star. I can now understand why. It's a story of a man, born into prosperity, that's trying to find a normal spot in society, but who keeps finding that normality isn't there. The setting is mostly Fascist Italy of 1938, although the movie is liberal with jumping into the past, and the ending is set near the end of WWII. The film is a criticism of the behavior of Italy's Fascists, painting them as decadent and weak, and the main character is never very sympathetic. I highly recommend this; it's not out on DVD yet, so the screenings tonight and Friday at the Paramount are your best chances to see this. It's paired with Bertolucci's later film, the infamous "Last Tango in Paris".

Austin's New Calendar

One of the threads of conversation last night was about the weather here in Austin; we decided that Austin needed it's own set of seasons:
  • Summer (May-June)
  • Double Summer (July-August)
  • Springfall (September-April)
Someone wanted to squeeze in the Feast of Elevensies there, although I'm not quite sure where it goes. I'll stick it in January, but floating around to match the occasional cold weather we receive.

(Clarification: The Elevensies refers to the outside temperature when this Feast is active.)