Don’t Play This Game

So like the other day, or months ago or something, my friend Jean mentioned a facebook game called Farkle in a blog post – talking all about the cruel mistress that this game was and how impossibly addictive and simultaneously pointless it was and it should totally have been warning enough to me not to bother playing – and in the immediate present tense of reading the post, it was. I didn’t bother searching it down or anything, it was just like, “Whatev.”

But then Jamie – my old college newspaper advisor who is also on facebook now (seriously, everyone is on Facebook – even Irina Derevko, and I’m pretty sure she’s dead …and fictional…) – he started playing the game and went one step further than Jean did – instead of casually mentioning the game in a blog post, he invited me to play the game. And I thought, “Jean plays this game and she’s awesome – and Jamie plays this game and he’s like a grown up with worthwhile things to do.” If they like it, I would like it, thought I. And forgetting about the cruel mistress bit, I added the application and played a game.

And I did good! Enough. And then I read the RULES. And I did BETTER. And I was hooked. I was like, “Farkle is farkling awesome.” And I kept playing and my score got higher and higher (it’s still not higher than Jamie’s though… hmpffff) and then suddenly the cruel mistress bit was revealed… and I got worse and worse… and then better… and then worse. And suddenly I’m yelling FARKLE at the computer screen every ten minutes and MM is all, “Momma what are you doing? Are you playing a GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME???” And I’m like, “Shhh, mommy’s working.”

Don’t even get me started on Bejeweled.

(The Last) Weekend Diversions (For Now)

Lately I’ve been feeling like this ship has run it’s course. It started out fun and then it started to feel like work and then I thought, “Woah – this is a blog – not a job!” I don’t think it should ever, ever feel like work around here – this is my hobby! So I’m bidding Weekend Diversions farewell for now. That doesn’t mean I’ll never post another funny video or game – I just won’t post all of them at once on a weekly basis – let’s divert our attention any day of the week!

Anyway – for old times’ sake – here are four of the diversions I’d had lined up, the four things I’ve been wasting my time with the most and / or consider worthy of mention:

  • Awesome New Facebook App: Who doesn’t need another way to kill time on Facebook? UNO has been all the rage in my circle lately – I’m not proud to admit that the first couple times I played it I could not figure it out! Word of advice – make sure you are trying to play UNO and not, say, Phase 10 or Rummy. They aren’t the same. At all. Thanks to Jean @ Working Momma 247 for turning me on to this seriously addictive game. My husband and son might not be so thankful.
  • Awesome Ryan Gosling Fan Page NOT Run By Daily Mish Mash: Check out F*ck Yeah! Ryan Gosling if you are into all things Gos’ or just like a good laugh combined with a good swoon. Obviously Jen pointed this one out to me, as a joke actually, but I thought – god forbid some poor Gosling fan out there not get her fix of all that goodness. Consider this my act of community service for the day.
  • Awesome SNL Video Where Justin Timberlake Basically Makes Fun Of Himself And It’s Awesome: My husband showed me this video this morning and it was too good to not share with you all. I’m betting you’ve all already seen it and I’m jumping on a bandwagon like way after the fact, but what else is new? Seriously, check this one out.
  • Awesomely Uplifiting Website That Makes This Economy Seem Less Sucktastic Or At Least Points Out The Silver Lining: Cards of Change is this great little collection of old business cards and notes written by the people who formerly held the job titles printed on them. It really kind of shows how life goes on and gets better and that all endings are really just new beginnings…

And on that note, have a great weekend!

Weekend Diversions: May 1st

This week I’ve got a new blog, a simulation game, a word game and the means to create your own timelines – essentially the ultimate in random assortments of diversion.

I’m guessing a lot of you have heard of Passive Aggressive Notes, but I am new to this little gem so I thought I’d pass it along for anyone else who’s been living in a cave with me – anyone who’s into LOL Cats, Cake Wrecks and the like should enjoy this one. Here’s a sampling:

So you know those fun games where you get to live out the life of a person – there are the kinds where you feed a pet or baby, clothe it, buy it things, etc. There are Sims. And then there is this. This simulator takes you through all the fun and exciting steps in the life of a single, minimum wage McDonald’s employee. It’s the epitome of mundane and yet strangely addictive. I think it’s worth looking at at least once, to remind you that (unless you are a single, minimum wage McDonald’s employee) maybe your life could be better? Or if you’re kids are bugging you about why they should go to college, maybe you could send them the link?

DeepLeap is a fun new online word game that is definitely addictively fun – it starts the second the page loads and you’ll see letters show up and letters disappear as time goes by – try to make as many words as you can with the letters you can. If you like scrabble or any of those other great online word games, you’ll like DeepLeap.

Okay, so say you wanted to build a timeline – maybe for a work project or just for fun – how do you go about it? Well if you are smart or maybe just happen to be reading this post conveniently at the right time, you’ll go to TimeToast, which lets you make a free timeline like the one I made here of my son’s life so far. And I bet you could come up with something even cooler than that to make a timeline of – I’d love to hear your ideas on this, or the other diversions, in the comments section below.

Weekend Diversions: Are You A Likaholix? Can you KenKen? Make NetDisasters!

I kind of feel like pulling up the covers and hiding today – but I get the impression that my absence would be noticed, so instead I’m going to share with you some of my current favorite distractions – sure to brighten up your weekend or at least provide you with new things to attempt to call “work” when your kid asks what you’re doing – will they be fooled? Or will they beg to “work” with you?

Have you heard of Likaholix? It’s basically a website devoted to stuff you like – search for products, places, blogs & websites – and tell people why you like them – it can connect to Facebook for easy connection to all your other diversions (and friends). The more people you connect to on Likaholix the funner it is. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. (Let me know if that invite link doesn’t work for you – and I’ll see what I can do ::winks::)

Speaking of nothing related to that, can you KenKen? Do you know what a KenKen is? Apparently it’s the new big in math puzzles, similar to Sudoku but like on crack. Jen @ Stuff Jen Says wrote a post about it recently and I’m all sorts of intrigued and petrified by this new craze.

According to Wikipedia, KenKen “is a style of arithmetic and logical puzzle sharing several characteristics with sudoku. The name comes from Japanese and is translated as “the square of wisdom” or “cleverness squared.”

“The objective is to fill the grid in with the digits 1 through 6 such that:

  • Each row contains exactly one of each digit
  • Each column contains exactly one of each digit
  • Each bold-outlined group of cells is a cage containing digits which achieve the specified result using the specified mathematical operation: addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (×), and division (÷). (Unlike in Killer Sudoku, digits may repeat within a group.)”

Think you can KenKen? Try it out online here, here or here.

Okay, last diversion, and I promise this one doesn’t involve nearly as much thinking – no, this diversion focuses more on destruction – mayhem – breaking things – but without the messy clean up. Go to NetDisaster, type in the web address of your favorite website, choose your poison and then watch the magic happen. It’s severely addicting and easy. I spent far too much time than was probably necessary flooding my blog & making protesters picket up and down it (but not at the same time, which could have been awesome… hmmm….)

That’s all for this week – have a great, diverted weekend guys!

People You May Wish You’d Never Met

I’ve got a (not uncommon) bone to pick with Facebook‘s People You May Know. When you first join Facebook this little tool can be helpful – by connecting the dots between your friends and their friends, you can quickly assemble your friends list, take a stroll down memory lane and get connected. I get it. It’s useful. But after awhile the People You May Know list starts look more like, the “ex boyfriends you’d rather not be reminded still exist” list or the “these people used to be your friends but aren’t now” list.

I knew a lot of people in college (and others in high school). I do not want to continue my friendship with all of them (especially the ex boyfriends or the “took his side after the break up” old friends). And if I’ve already said, “Nope – no thanks” by checking the little x next to their picture, why show them again a day, hour or week later? Are they trying to cause me unnecessary grief? Don’t get me wrong, it’s not really that big of a deal – but it still seems silly. Why does Facebook assume we want to friend every person we’ve ever met or our friends have met or went to our school within a ten year radius of us. I guess for some people, this is useful or relevant information, but really. Enough is enough.

I think Reintroduction at Dear Old Love still says it best with:

Facebook keeps putting you in the list of People I May Know. Facebook has only slightly more tact than the guy who introduced us at a party and then said, “Oh, wait. Never mind. You guys totally did it.”

I may know you, but I don’t have to like it.

Weekend Diversions: Poladroids, Super Me, 50 People & The Random Phenomenon

I’ve got some pretty sweet stuff lined up for this week’s Weekend Diversions, a little bit of everything to cure your weekend boredom. So let’s get started, shall we?

Remember back in the day when Polaroids were like the norm and you’d tell yourself that shaking the picture while waiting for it to develop was FUN and everyone had their own opinions about how to get it to develop quicker or better or whatever? Well if you are missing the days of Polaroids, you can relive those glory days with the Poladroid a fun, FREE application you can download to your computer that lets you drag a photo into the “camera” and a few seconds later a digital Polaroid will drop out which, after it’s developed you can either print, save on your computer or shake around on your desktop, pretending you don’t know it’s done. You can wait (and wait, and wait) for it to develop, shake it, whatev. I discovered that I am very impatient and saved my picture THREE times before it was done developing – which is cool because now I can show you the progression of the development like I planned it or something:

The next cool thing I found was this web video project called 50 People One Question. Basically, they had the idea to go around and ask 50 people the same question and film their answers. The result was a really cool video (well videos, but I’m only posting the first one, because I want you to have enough time to browse ALL of my diversions, so no one can say they weren’t given a fair amount of fanfare. But if you want to see the other video, too, or more information on 50 People One Question, just click here). In the meantime:

Fifty People, One Question: Brooklyn from Fifty People, One Question on Vimeo.

Moving on? Jen @ Stuff Jen Says posted about this cool Hero Factory thing where you can make yourself into a superhero. It was actually a lot of fun selecting all the different options and feeling like I was all bad assed and important. But then kind of lame when I got the name General Shredding Blade. You have to admit, that’s pretty terrible. But look how awesome my comic book cover is!

Okay, last things lastly. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or don’t use Facebook, you’ve probably read or been tagged for the 25 Random Things meme. Never one to turn down a good meme, I promptly filled it out, but was surprised at how MANY people filled it out also, even the ones who did so begrudgingly, as though they were too good for a meme or something. I think they were just embarrassed because they don’t have a blog and thus haven’t been tagged to do this a gagillion times already in the blogsphere. Poor blogless people. We should start a program, like Sponser a NonBlogger. With just 5 comments a day, you can make a difference in this poor person’s life. Have a heart.

Anyway, my point is that this thing has gotten so freaking huge that seriously the Washington Post ran an article about it, essentially succombing to peer pressure and writing a 25 Things Meme as their article. And it was awesome. You should go read it now. And then go to your blog and write 25 random things about you or someone you know, then tag 25 people to do the same thing, and it’ll be like a revolution or a movement or something and we can all sing a few bars of Alice’s Restaurant and then WALK OUT. Who’s with me????