Knitter-in-Chief


Social Gaming

Fall of Man game box

I see the lure and I want to bite. I have been bitten by the social gaming bug.

My friends have a PS3 and play Resistance: Fall of Man. I’ve played a little. It’s not easy by all means, but it’s really fun playing with my friends.

Resistance is a first person shooter game. The background of the story is that instead of WWII happening, monsterous creatures called Chimera arrive on earth and start killing everyone. These creatures overwhelm Asia and Eastern Europe then begin to invade the U.K. The player 1 character is Nathan Hale, a United States soldier, although the story is told by another soldier who had a brief encounter with Hale.

The game has recieved excellent ratings. The gamespot score is 8.6, the critic review is 8.7 and the user review is 8.7 on gamespot.com.

The design, controls, environments and weapons are all great. I would compare the fright factor to that of Resident Evil but with much better graphics.

I have not yet played it online. I don’t have a PS3. I doubt I’ll get one, but I know I’ll be playing it when I get the chance.

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This is the first book that I’ve read this school year. I came upon it in the library. After convincing the librarians that I could indeed finish it before December (the book club is going to read this book in December apparently), I checked it out and began to read.

 First of all, I had read a couple pages of this book last summer at a Barnes and Noble. That was the main reason I picked it up in the first place. Anyways, I guess I have a horrible memory, because the whole tone of the book surprised me. It was nothing like what I expected.

 The main character is a 15 year old boy. He’s tested into this school for gifted high school students, but soon finds he’s in over his head. He’s overwhelmed by all the schoolwork and is numb except for when it comes to smoking pot with his best friend and his best friend’s girlfriend (who is complicated in her own way). He starts to develop disordered eating habits and overall depression. He has the idea to kill himself, but ends up in an adult mental ward instead. That’s as much as I’m going to tell you about that.

This book deals with pressures from school, drugs, sex, depression, mental illness and the overall teenage experience. I would say I’m surprised that Mr. Russell, the new librarian that I’ve yet to meet, would pick this book for Literary Club but I’m totally not. Most of the librarians at our school seem pretty open when it comes to books. That’s how it seems to me anyways.

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I liked it, but I do think it was a little stiff. Still, it’s a good read.

 Does anyone read anymore? Just kidding. I’m not EVEN tackling that one!


Mittens in progress

I’m knitting some mittens. My main use for them besides outside will be for the jlab, because it is so cold. My fingers are chilled to the bone and it’s only the beginning of October.

Pictures of progress? Well sure! I’ll show you!
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I’m working on the second mitten now. I will do the thumb and opening for a flip top on both after I finish the main body of the second sock. I just finished the cuff and have 9 rows to go until the thumb gusset starts. It’s a really quick knit, because there are only 45 stitches to the round. Gotta love it!

Speaking of the jlab, look at the reflector girls hanging out in it right now!

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