Dagger in hand

A man of prodigious fortune, coming to add his opinion to some light discussion that was going on casually at his table, began precisely thus: "It can only be a liar or an ignoramus who will say otherwise than," and so on. Pursue that philosophical point, dagger in hand.

--Michel de Montaigne, Of the art of discussion.

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Friday, May 30, 2003
Newman Family Gaming Update:

Fusball championship of the world: U.S.A. v Italy: Italy has a 3-2 lead in this best of seven series. It doesn't look good for the U.S., because whenever we continue the series again Paola will be fresh, and the only way I ever win is by wearing her down through superior stamina.

Star Wars Queen's Gambit: Yes, the table top reenactment of all the climactic battle scenes from The Phantom Menace. Don't laugh. As Herr Doktor Suarez has learned, the quality of a piece of pop entertainment has no necessary correlation with the quality of the board game based on it. This is actually a quite engaging strategy game. You only have a certain number of moves you can make per turn, and you have to divide your attention between four separate (yet interrelated) battles at once. Status: Lucas (the Trade Federation...hiss) thinks he's going to take me this time. So far he's been concentrating most of his attention on Darth Maul, who has nearly finished off Qui Gon while receiving barely a scratch. This is a problem, because if he manages to kill both Jedi and still has any life left, he's going to be able to run through my palace guards like bullshit through the NYT editorial staff. Stay tuned.

Civilization III: Paola is assimilating the globe one city at a time through the sheer overawing superiority of her culture. Again. Resistance is futile.

Chess: Coming off his hard-fought battle with a very cheritable and wine-addled Pejman, Lucas got his posterior handed to him twice in a row by the good Professor Volokh, who even pointed out and encouraged him to take back various bad moves along the way. I was very gratified by this, both as a father (because I think it was a salutary learning experience for my son) and as a frequent opponent (because it's nice to see someone treat Lucas the way he usually treats me).

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