January 10th, 2002

birthday

Zendo Nuts

First Zendo Nuts meeting went well. It ws 2 hours instead of 1, and that seems like a better length for the future ones. We played three games, and all the rules had nice little phrases with them. "United we stand; don't tread on me." "Don't eat the green ones, they're not ripe yet." "Little, yellow, different, better." I wish I were good at coming up with rules. I think I'm a bit better at disguising rules than coming up with them.

And Jason had the idea of registering a domain name for it and putting up our rules on the web site, so I said I'd do that. I wonder what all we want to track about the game. Last night, we just kept track of the rules. Maybe it would be interesting to track the number of rounds? And who got the rule? And maybe track all the guesses? I think it would be too much to record the koans, but, maybe if we could come up with a decent short-hand, it might work for most rules. As I was saying last night, it's pretty much impossible to exactly capture a koan, but it might be possible to at least capture its essence insofar as it's important for that rule. Actually, the master could be responsible for recording guesses, since the master is aware of what's important as far as the rule. Might be interesting. Anyone else have any thoughts on the matter?
birthday

Party

Oops. In my rush to get invites out last night, I forgot to post the invite here. Tomorrow, Friday, I am having a word game party at my place. Any local people are welcome to attend. We'll play all sorts of word games. It goes from 7 until whenever. Let me know if you want to go, and I can forward you the invite, which includes my address.