Saturday, September 30, 2006

Fall

Well, today was the day - first frost on the neighbouring roofs. It hasn't gotten down to the ground yet, but it's only a matter of time, so I went outside and collected a couple more green peppers and admired the last roses. I sure hope those David Austin roses make it through the winter - my Abraham Darby is still hanging on gamely, with one flower full-blown and 3 more buds left to open. The Winchester Cathedral I got is behaving a bit weirdly, though - it's supposed to be white, and although it did produce a few white roses when I first got it (it was an end-season clearance), the ones since then have been dark pink. Go figure. Unfortunately, the scent isn't that nice, so if this one doesn't do too well I won't be heartbroken.

Thomas continues to explore You Tube, and a few days ago he discovered Super Mario. This is a played game that someone must have saved and uploaded. Why would anyone DO this? You can't participate, and even if you might want to save it if you got a memorably high score, why would anyone else want to watch it? I think I've found the explanation. This is a match made in heaven for Thomas - it's just nonstop movement and sound effects, which is all he wants from games. He has no concept of trying to WIN; he just want to see and hear what's on the screen. So we just hear nonstop "Ping! Chingching! Whoopee!! TaDa!" coming from the computer as he watches this thing unfold. Unfortunately, judging from the progress bar at the bottom of the screen, the recorded game must go on for at least 2 hours; we get fed up with it after about 10 minutes and throw Thomas off, but he just serenely starts it all over again the next chance he gets. I think it might be time for earphones.

Meanwhile, James has discovered the theme song for "Pinky and the Brain", and plays the opening credits over and over. I suppose it's the strong beat that attracts him, and maybe the male voices singing, because he does prefer low voices to high. But I suspect that he sees himself as The Brain (and Thomas as Pinky).

4 Comments:

Blogger Peter said...

Now, here be a Canadian posting :-)

Many of our cousins down south don't get to think about this for months. Some, like Brad, probably don't know what the word means ;-)

Me, I come back from holiday and find frizzled tomatoes. Can't expect any more though, it's September, eh?

Peter - a long time lurker, sometime poster and now evil blogger type.

5:57 pm  
Blogger Peter said...

Now, here be a Canadian posting :-)

Many of our cousins down south don't get to think about this for months. Some, like Brad, probably don't know what the word means ;-)

Me, I come back from holiday and find frizzled tomatoes. Can't expect any more though, it's September, eh?

Peter - a long time lurker, sometime poster and now evil blogger type.

5:57 pm  
Blogger Peter said...

Heh, finger trouble :-)

5:58 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Always good to welcome another hoser! Glad to see you unlurked.

2:33 pm  

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