Today I drove home from Syracuse. To prevent falling asleep on the ride I stopped at many rest areas. I made sure to hydrate at each one or every other one. It was good to get out and move around every 30 to 50 miles or so. While I was in one of the rest stops I saw this sculpture. Beginning to feel like a tourist myself all over the country visiting rest stops I decided to take this picture.

When I got home I picked up a new supply of Bumble Bars for Allison and I on our trip to PA this weekend. I also ran to WildTime Comics to pick up my subscription. I got The Transformers Art of War #2 and G.I. Joe #12, and G.I. Joe Declassified #1. I also got Astonishing X-Men #15. I am missing #9 in that series and have yet to read a single book. I want to be able to read the whole story all the way through.

I was able to see Last Comic Standing because Allison taped it for me. I like Gabriel’s strategy, very fair and yet very smart, don’t make enemies this early in the game. Also he is a great talent and will be tough to beat in the competition. I’m glad that Stella didn’t make it to the next round but can’t believe that Michelle was funny enough to beat April.

And we watched Rescue Me. That show still manages to make me laugh, be shocked, disgusted and interested all at the same time.

I am now almost halfway through Eldest on CD. I’ve done 9 of the 20 CD’s. The author, Christopher Paolini is so amazing, the characters, the story, the epic scale of the adventure, it is so much fun to listen to and he is only 23, such talent at such a young age. How he can think of the detail and the subplots and the distinct characters, is just incredible to me. There is still no trailer for Eragon the movie yet, and I just learned that it was supposed to have been with Superman Returns but it is not. However I did hear that the Transformers teaser trailer would begin being shown on July 7th with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

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  1. andycamp says:

    Randomly picking names out of a Hat is not a strategy. Remember the alphabetical voting that occured in season one of survivor and how it backfired.

    Picking names out of a hat and letting things go entirely based on luck is not strategy. However pretending to pull names out of a hat at random so an not to seem like you have an agenda and they reading the name you choose before you went in now that is a great strategy.

  2. Drew says:

    I disagree, picking the names out of the hat is a strategy for the first round. Why? Because at this stage of the game he’s remaining neutral to the proceedings. He’s not picking a side or an alliance or anything, he’s remaining neutral and letting randomness pick his opponent. I do not think that this will be the strategy all the way through but for week number one appearing neutral and allowing randomness to prevail is a good strategy.

    Of course your strategy idea of making it appear random is also very good. Remind me never to play these types of games with you.

  3. andycamp says:

    I understand you call point on not making alliances and randomness in the 1st round. My point is that the randomness in and of itself is not a strategy. The removing yourself from any perception of an alliance opinion etc is a strategy.
    Additionally since if you are the selected comic you can only pick among the people that votes for you it behooves you early in to vote for someone who will not get a lot of votes. Using a random selction process you have a good chance of voting for someone who does not have enough votes to lose thus you are safe.
    Ideally you never want to vote for anyone who ends up going in. This removes you from the ability to select who gets thrown out but protects yourself. The whole goal her is self preservation it has nothing to do with getting rid of the people you don’t like. Those that are sucessful remove all personal conflict from these things and just play the game. Emotion clouds rational thinking

  4. Drew says:

    I agree that randomness is not a strategy, but that pretending to be operating from randomness is a strategy. I now see the point you were originally making.