Friday, July 04, 2003

the alfar internet cafe

I was finally able to set up another computer system in the bedroom, which brings the number of PCs in our home to two.

If you walk in at the wee hours of the morning, you'll most likely catch Nikki and I playing games - with a PC devoted to each. It's funny because suddenly there is no waiting in line for one of us to finish using the computer. With the addition of connectivity, we can even do multi-player.

The next stp is to open services to the people next door and charge by the minute or something.


At my grandmother birthday bash last night at Club Filipino (she turned 90) I was struck by the ratio of women to men in our clan. We males are simply outnumbered by a huge margin, something like 6 or 7:1. Which means that the patriarchal agenda of passing the family name is doomed to oblivion.

We didn't bring Sage due to the lateness of the hour, and indeed, she was sorely missed by everyone.


I just finished Christine Norrie's Cheat, published by Oni. This thin volume of india-ink illustrations took the term maudlin up a notch and failed miserably to engage. I don't know. It just reads wrong, like something Andi Watson would write.

The only thing I liked was the miserable ending, which should really come as no big surprise.


Better developed was the collection of Mark Waid's first arcs on Fantastic Four (I know it seems like comparing apples to oranges, but the bottom line is the quality of truth in the narrative).

If you put aside the elements that make it a four-color adventure, you'll see the delightful interplay of character and agenda - a family that is enjoyable to observe.


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