Friday, December 16, 2011

De Ja Vu Blogest:

Today's Post is a part of The Deja Vu Blogfest.  I decided to participate because of how lazy it is.  All you gotta do is repost your favorite blog post or one you didn't think was fully appreciated at the time.  So I've chosen my live blog of the Hunger Games.  Pretty under appreciated as far as genius/and getting to see the reading process unfold goes.  Hope you love it this time around.

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I've decided to finally read Hunger Games this week.  Pretty spectacular.  I have already read 80 pages.  I will live blog as I read the rest.  Pretty sure that's never been done.  Another first brought to you by Chris Phillips.

11:21 - Found a typo on pg 117.  tsk tsk scholastic.

12:20 - I like how they weave romance in here without making me gag.

2:34 - Decided the game makers should have had a huge plastic hippo devour a tribute, then rename the book The Hungry Hungry Games.  

2:45 - Had to look up copse.  Who uses that word ever?  "Hey I gotta pee, but like, I'm outside."  "Just go find a copse!"  not likely, all I'm saying.

3:10 - Almost died in a deck chair mishap.  On Chapter 17 now. 

3:25 - I just looked up the song Katniss sings hoping it would be a real song I could listen to.  Disappointment.  Others on youtube have made a version.  Kind of scary. 

3:52 - The rule change seems kind of out of place so far. 

4:12 - Now it fits better. 

5:07 - completely unrelated. My wife just hooked up our new dvr and it's set for 1980. Did they even have dvr's yet? Heck, they didn't even have Nintendo.  Wait a minute!  Is my dvr a time machine?  Great Scott!  I'm at the feast.

7:54 - Done.  Plotting a way to get book two tomorrow.  Need to eat now.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Clean Bill of Health

If you've been by the blog in the last two days (you're probably a googlebot) you may have noticed a warning page about malware and herpes and other atrocious things you could get by coming here. I guess a website I linked to a year ago got hacked and so the picture link would have unloaded a virus to anyone who read that post. Whoops. Got er fixed, so now my blog should just be dormant instead of contagious. Hope all is well with you peoples. 

-Chris

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Chris Phillips' Mailbag: Christmas Season

This week's letter comes to us from Steve in Wichita, KS.  Steve writes:

What's the most annoying thing about Christmas?
First of all, you are probably dead from blaspheming the infant Messiah's B-day.  But if not, let me tell you that there are quite a few things amiss about the season as a whole.  First off there are the people who whine and complain about those who take the season out of context.  Christmas is a holiday made up by the Catholic church to offset pagan festivals.  The Winter festival is offset by Xmas, the Spring festival is offset by Easter.  The Festival of Sobriety and Moderation is offset by St. Patty's Day and so forth.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say to celebrate Xmas or how to.  It does however say, "Though shall not kill," so think about that before going to the Christmas tree farm... murderers!  

Also there are the people who complain about how much weight they will gain because of the holiday season.  Ham and stuffing taste the exact same in August as they do in November and December.  No one is making you eat.  Note how Aunt Bessie stopped trying to get you to eat more of her (in)famous pistachio Jello mold a decade ago.

But most of all there is the lingering memory of not getting a pony from Santa when I was six.  Sure, you may say, "But he gave you one when you were seven!"  Great, but I really wanted one the year before and it still stings a little, you know.  Great question, Steve.  Now it's everyone else's turn.  What bugs you about Christmas?

-Chris