In other, other news: Hanging out with theotherchicago was every bit as awesome as I figured. It pointed out something interesting. I think I got terribly lucky with the old group of game night people. theotherchicago picked up cribbage after one open hand round!
In other, other, other news: Top gear + water = awesome! For two reasons. Firstly, that I had a great deal of unexpected fun (and scared the heck out of poor theotherchicago) when my car started to spin out today! Secondly, because I just watched the Top Gear episode in which they go to Vietnam.
In...well, you know: I managed to get a lot of reading done in "The Worst Journey in the World". Reading about the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration is really odd because of the differences that ~100 years make. It really was one heck of an adventure. It reminds me of a bit that Douglas Adams wrote about how places are explored. But I'm woolgathering.
Additionally: For some reason, my attention was turned to a chess AI today. I was wondering why chess isn't a solved game already. In the process of considering that, I began to write a program to exhaustively compute all possible ending boards in chess with the theory that I could backtrack all of those boards to sequences of play. Then I found out that -- like most good ideas -- someone already thought of it. I wrote a bunch of code before finding that, as it happens.
Last, but not least: I've been working my way through some math and physics problems to keep myself sharp. It's interesting to analyze what bits I remember vs. the ones I don't.