My smallest brother turned 11 on Monday. Forgot to mention it here. Was going to mention it on Cooper's May Day thing but I got caught up quoting Led Zepplin and then there were references to spring lust and well you know how that goes. My gift to him was this:
The Nerf AB4 "Reactor." Pump action. Fires foam balls at a decent rate of fire, and those things kill if they say, hit you in the ear from close range.
of course, I knew that as soon as I armed the kid he'd thank me for perhaps a moment before turning his gun on me. So I came to the table armed as well, with my weapon of choice:
The MR6 "Maverick" A six-shooter, which delivers the Nerf microdart ammo quite literally as fast as you can cock it and fire it. This piece of plastic was not designed for the child on the box, who clumsily held it between two hands. That photo was a lie. I am utterly convinced that it was designed so that one such as myself could hold it, which is more than I can say for a number of devices up to and including just about any game controller. It combines two of the coolest things that are done with guns on film; the barrel twirl and the pullback cocking.
Needless to say, fun times were had, and the lad was taught a lesson
There is, in fact, a large Nerf following online. There are many my age who collect and modify Nerf weapons and give detailled instructions as to how. Penny Arcade did a comic a while back in regards to Nerf warfare, and I didn't stop laughing for a long while.
Had rehearsal for Medea today. Only problem I have with it is the performance by the male lead. Of course it may be that I'm inclined to have a problem with it seeing as I was up for the part as well, but whatever. For some reason, my lines haven't been sticking in my head. It's kinda weird. Shakespeare always sticks with me, but translations of Greek plays, however poetic they may be, tend to slide. Of course, I have several problems with the premise of the play. When asked for comment, Euripides creaked a bit and didn't give a damn.
I loved Boston Legal tonight. Pia quoted it in her latest, which is great even for a Pia entry. The scene containing that quote got me to thinking. In our lives it is inevitable that we become role models for someone. Coming from a large extended family I am thus to several. Which means a constant balancing act between keeping true to one's self and, well, being a good example. Err one way and you're a bad example, another and you're a hypocrite. Or at least that's the feeling I get. So far I've been able to present a side of me that's both honest and wholesome in the ways that matter to the chilluns around me, I think. I'm good with kids.
I've also been keeping up with Doctor Who, which I'm dying to go in depth about but I doubt anyone's interested. If you can get your hands on any episodes from the new series I wholly encourage you to watch them, as they're fantastic. This last one was especially brilliant
Well, it's late. Not that it's a problem for me, but there seems to be no one else around so I'll catch youse all later.