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Last night, Jeff invited over a bunch of our friends for a "Warcraft" fest. Warcraft, in case some of you didn't know, is a computer game in which you basically build towns, build up firepower, then go out and get rid of everyone else in order to win. I've never been a big fan of the game. Jeff and I tried playing when he first got addicted to the game, and I actually did enjoy cultivating my farms and churches...but I always tended to get upset whenever Jeff's nasty knights and ballistas charged over the neighbouring hill and stomped my poor peasants into the fields. Jeff gently pointed out that the game was called "Warcraft", not "Nurturecraft", and I reluctantly conceded that perhaps this type of game was not for me. I gave it another go last night just for the social aspect, this time concentrating on building up defenses and shoring up my cannon towers in a little corner instead of going after other people. It worked all right at first, but I always got smushed in the end by enemy mages who turned all my peasants into sheep or called down devastating icestorms. The one person who was nice to my town was Michael Cecutti (7 year old son of a friend of mine), but I suspect that was only because he couldn't find it. Today's Site is: The Universal Currency Converter. Sounds dull, but I've already used this site quite a bit. Besides, where else would you find out that ten bucks Canadian exchanges for 24.90 Polish zloty??? [ 2:58 PM ] The hallway outside our apartment is packed with film equipment and people right now. Found out that the name of film is "A Cool, Dry Place" (not the most inspired movie title, is it?) and stars Vince Vaughn, who was in the Jurassic Park sequel.

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