Friday, October 1, 2010

Monopoly Deal Review

A new craze has been sweeping the hallways at school: Monopoly Deal.

This weirdly addictive card game intrigued me when I saw it being played by three of the drama kids at my school. Apparently during the fall musical, one of them had brought it to school and it spread like wildfire. Let me see if I can explain the rules.

You are given a hand of 5 cards to begin with, which can consist of property cards, rent cards, money cards, and other action cards. The aim of the game is to end up with three (sometimes five) full sets of properties, or monopolies. You can play up to three cards from your per turn, which could include putting money in your bank, charging rent, adding a property to a set, or attempting to fuck another player over by making him go bankrupt or stealing his properties. It's competitive, and fun as hell.

For further explanation of the game's rules, go here:

My opinion? If you happen to come across a deck, you should buy it. It's more fun to play than normal Monopoly, much more portable, and you have many more opportunities to swear at your opponents. Play with your friends and kick their asses.

P.S. Happy October! Rabbit rabbit :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Awesome Song of the Week!

So I've decided to do a music-related post every week or so, and to start things off, I have two words: Bela Fleck.

God, I love this. To me, Bela Fleck is the perfect merge of jazz and folk/bluegrass. I actually saw him perform live this spring at the Nashville Earth Day Festival, and I was blown away. Let me know what you think of the video, and I'll try to find some more interesting pieces of music for upcoming posts.

C'mon, jazz bassoon? Really?!?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Concerning Hobbits

Hey you, do you like Lord of the Rings? Even if you don't (shame on you), you gotta admit, this is pretty cool.

The guy who built this house is named Simon Dale. He built it in four months for £3000 (about $4750) for himself, his wife, and his two kids to live in. It's dug into the ground, meaning that it's insulated from the weather, and was constructed wholly from materials found on his property in Wales. You don't have to be a green freak to want one of these houses. Check out the crazy awesome ceiling.

And he doesn't even do architecture. To see more pictures and learn more about how you can build a hobbit house of your own, check out his site: There's forums, a how-to guide, and other useful resources. I know what I'm doing this summer.

Happy Hobbiting!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

This will be a night to remember.

To kick it off, have a video.

How they got those dogs to do that is beyond me. It's awesome that OK Go is using their fame to raise awareness about the need for animal adoption and manage to make a kickass video at the same time. Props to you guys.