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He Said He'd Be Back

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-03-26 05:06:48


I just watched the original Terminator last night for the first time in years. I'd forgotten how good it is. And I hadn't seen a Schwarzenegger film in ages either; I'd just gotten used to him making appearances as my state governor.

The comic strip works better if you accurately translate the last line. You know; it's that exuberant rage/laughter guttural noise he makes when words fail him. He has uttered some of the most magnificent one liners in cinema history. And they're only magnificent because of his delivery, like:

"Konsidah dis a divooorce." (while shooting his villainous wife)

"Aye eet greeen berets foah breakfahst, and right naow I ahm vehry hongry."

Even his DVD commentaries rock: "Dis iz da paht vhere Chames Uhl Chones iz HYPMOTIZING me vith hiz EYESSS..."

Now Playing - Modern Warfare 2 (360); level 70, 10th prestige, 2.12 kill/death ratio (dropping due to chasing ridiculous challenges); Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-03-25 03:48:38

Diplomacy V - Fall 1903

Austria's trust in Italy has paid off handsomely. Survival was never an issue, and now the Balkans have been consolidated. The next few turns will be critical for Austria; whither shall he expand to? All potential targets are fraught with potential pitfalls.

England's turn was epic flail. Aside from her confused, panicky orders, a French army reenacted the Norman conquest, backed up by the growing French navy. The conquest of Sweden prevented the loss of any units, but her situation grows increasingly dire.

France looks to be the proverbial horse that made a deal with man to slay the lion. Italy assisted in the invasion of England, and I doubt that Italy will dismount anytime soon. Nevertheless, France has had extremely limited options this game, and this slick play cannot be enthusiastically gainsaid.

Germany expended yet another turn aimlessly shuffling about his hitherto impressive forces. Tick tock.

Italy has honored his deal with Austria, peaceably returning Trieste. This places Italian forces in an awkwardly stretched array, and the two of them in an interesting situation. The political necessity of faithfulness cost Italy critical momentum, and I'm curious to see their routes of further expansion. They would normally be in competition for the same supply centers at this point. Just look at that hilarious oasis of Italian green that is Serbia, completely enveloped by Austrian forces. Also, in aiding France, he strengthened France. Yes, the longer the Western Triangle remains embattled, the better for Italy, but this balancing act is becoming increasingly volatile. My personal dossier on the Italian player reads, "Smartest player on the board; so much so he may outsmart himself." I'm currently marveling at his play wondering if his machinations will come to fruition or if his fanciness will undo him.

Russia remains politically isolated, and is slowly being chipped away at piece by piece.

Turkey appears to have despaired, and awaits annihilation.

@Italy and Austria: congratulations on your superb coordination. Just in case, I wanted to assert that there are no "joint victors" in Dire Diplomacy. Somebody must reach eighteen supply centers. I wanted to clarify this because it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which you two race each other cleanly toward victory (e.g. Kang and Joel's game of Chicken in Diplo II). If this game continues on its current course, I'm all a titter wondering who will blink and make the stab...

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