Archive for the ‘fun’ Category

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New toy

April 3, 2008

Got an iPod Shuffle, the new clip-on kind, 2GB. I love it. My old iPod (2nd generation) was excellent, and I’ve had a lot of use out of it, but it was a bit difficult sometimes to know where to keep it, because it is too large for a trouser pocket, and also its battery only lasts for about 40 minutes these days, which is not even a return journey to Uppsala.

The new one has one single drawback, which was obvious before I bought it: there is no display. On the other hand, that hasn’t caused any problems for me yet, in particular because when I plug in the iPod to change the play list, I can see in Itunes when I last played a track. This is important, because so far I’ve pretty much only used it for audiobooks. (Anna Karenina, as I mentioned in a previous post.)

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Hirsuteness

February 17, 2008

I just realised that the linkdump the other day was truncated: the winners of the 2007 World Beard and Moustache Championships link was lost. Follow it. You will not be sorry.

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Assorted oddities

February 13, 2008

Good afternoon. Here is a mixed link dump.

National Awareness Awareness month. Er, yes. Can’t add anything to that.
Gesellschaft zur Stärkung der Verben want to strengthen the verbs in all languages, including English, Swedish and Latin, to make them as strongly verbed as German. (They have haikus and other amusing German language exercises as well.)
A 5-minute reenactment of the Princess Bride, so funny I pretty much fell off my chair.

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October 3, 2007

Here are some fun games I’ve discovered over the past couple of months or so. Most of them I found at the excellent site Jay is Games (or is it Jayisgames?).

In Bloons you get to throw a dart through a lot of balloons. It’s as silly and satisfying as it sounds, and it gets very difficult after a while. (posted at MCiOS, I can’t remember by whom)

Hoshi Saga is a Flash game where the object is to find a star that’s hidden in each of the 25 levels. Sometimes easy, sometimes quite difficult.

I’m tempted to call Trapped a point-and-click game, because that’s what you do in it, but the author says it isn’t. It is an escape-the-room type of game, with some rather difficult puzzles; I found it very intriguing and fun to play. It’s my favourite kind of game, I think, the kind with a lot of clicking, puzzling and pondering with no time limit or shooting. Part one is available, out of three. I’ve signed up to be told when parts two and three are finished.

Remember the GROW! games? I’ve linked to several different ones over the years. Here is GROW! Tribute, not created by the original GROW! creator, but managing to be very similar. Not as fun, I didn’t think, partly because the music is more annoying. Still worth playing for a few minutes’ entertainment, though. There is a new GROW! game, too: GROW Nano. Which is… less challenging 🙂

Bodilies is another solve-the-story point-and-click puzzle game, and a very beautiful one too, with great music. It’s a while since I played it now, but I really loved it.

I can’t remember if I’ve already linked to Ring Pass Not; I played it all the time a few months ago when it was posted at MCiOS. Beautiful and hooking solitaire-type game.

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September 27, 2007

There is a Facebook application called “Compare” where you get to compare your contacts (all right, your friends) within a number of different categories – you get the names of two random people in your friends list, and choose which one of them is the more famous, more talented, cuter, a better singer, a harder worker, or whatever. This can get rather amusing, such as when I was asked to choose which one of two bald friends has the better hair, or whether person A (male) or person B (female) would be a better father (though I think the latter was actually a bug.) In any case, it makes me wonder if my friends know me at all. At the moment, I’m ranked as the most organised person in my network – eleven people think I’m more organised than some other friend of theirs. Well, maybe they just have very disorganised friends, what do I know.

Looking at the bottom of the table, I find that nobody thinks I’m more outgoing or more talkative than anybody else. (Well, nor do I!) And almost nobody thinks my smile or my taste in music are better than their random friend’s. Hmph! I’ll just stick to the top of the table, where people would rather have dinner with me. Not to mention that 11 out of 18 people would rather get stuck in handcuffs with me than with their other friend – which probably means they think I know how to pick locks.

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September 10, 2007

Lemming-like, I have joined Facebook and find it entertaining. Somebody asked recently in another blog: “But what do you do with Facebook?” and it’s a good question, I guess. I see two different functions with it: one is pure amusement value, find old friends (yesterday I added a link to somebody I haven’t seen for 20 years, and there was much rejoicing), play Scrabble, send virtual mugs of tea and growing seeds, post your status to let people know what you are doing at that moment, join groups with like-minded people, and generally play around with shiny toys. So it’s fun, and that’s the main reason. The other thing is that I feel vaguely guilty about not knowing much about current Internet trends – after all I am supposed to be some kind of expert. Myspace is pretty much a whitespace on my personal Internet map, for instance – I know very little about it. I do hang out at LiveJournal, and I read a (very small) assortment of blogs, but not the ones that I read in the papers that “everybody is talking about”. So Facebook is also a window into the current trends of the Internets.

But mostly it’s just a shiny toy. The groups function, and also the networks, are not particularly interesting I think; it’s the individual interaction that makes it something I come back to. (That, and Scrabble.)

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September 2, 2007

The Chronological Donald was fun, I’d seen it before but it’s the kind of thing that bears re-watching many times. I’d forgotten how annoying Leonard Maltin’s commentary was, though: he pops up before some of the movies to tell the audience that the movies are very, very old, and so we should not be offended by the contents. Instead, we get offended by his assumption that we’re too simple-minded to understand that a movie from 1935 will reflect a different time than our own.

Or, no, I shan’t be unfair: I’m sure it’s not Maltin personally who makes the assumption – he’s just hired to do the job. That the Disney corporation doesn’t think much of its audience is something we already knew. But they did make good short films back when.