An Elegant Time-Waster ~ Early Afternoon Thoughts

Let us leave the world of children’s toys in space .. (AKA “Kid’s Toys In Space”) and enter another time-waster. This is titled Snake Squad.  It’s an interesting combination of several game themes but just like Mario – remember to “gather” the money!!  It’s totally controlled by your mouse …

Failure to remember to “collect” the money will result in a fairly low score ..,..

As always, I’m not responsible for time wasted, broken keyboards, or smashed objects (in frustration) .. ENJOY!!!!

An Elegant Timewaster – Lovecraftian Lore ~ Early AFternoon Thoughts

It’s VERY hot here today – just the kind of day to stay inside and get all those nagging things done that I have been putting off doing . . . and after discovering –>this delightful site<–, will put off even further … The site is devoted to those dark and deadly seeming card games. Somewhat like playing Dungeons and Dragons, but it moves much more quickly and even somewhat darker. Alas, no gnome tossing or princess rescuing …

The start of the game looks like this ….

And once you press start game (I would suggest reading how to play first!!!) you will see this —

Nice creepy music and sounds accompany the game play, and no I’ve lost each time I’ve played, but there’s always the next time

To play the game …. –> CLICK HERE <– and as always, I'm not responsible for lost time, jobs or – in this case – sleep!!

An Elegant Time Waster ~ Late Evening Thoughts

With this month marking seven months of sobriety, I was invited to attend a rehearsal for a production number of a club show – and possibly offer help. This involved going to a country-western club here in Houston. After some thought, I decided that as I had a purpose in being there ~ I would be alright. And I was … uh … except for one tiny problem. In order to smoke in Houston, there has to be a porch. This club had one, so out I went to have a cigarette. (Nasty habit, I know!) They even had two tents with seating under them. I am heading to the seats under one of the tents, which should have been no problem ~ right?

Alas and alack… I didn’t see the cinder blocks that were holding up the supports. I, stone cold sober, sprawled flat on my face, after hitting my knees. Fortunately, the only thing hurt was my pride … and sipping on my cold sprite made me feel even better. Note to self: watch for obstacles on floors!

Tonight I am posting a wonderful – elegant time waster for the mathematicians in all of us. Well, the mathematicians in you — I have NO math skill.

The object is to convert the numbers of PI to musical notes …

This is the 2nd screen you will see ….

A truly lovely time waster ….


Oh and some of the other time wasters listed there are quite fun as well!!!

Flying Spaghetti Monster ~An Elegant Timewaster

I found this elegant game one afternoon, and spent quite a bit of time playing it.

As you can see from the picture – the method of playing is quite simple — But getting to the end? Ah, that’s another story …

Oh – If you are at work, you might want to turn the sound down on your computer …

To start getting caught-up enjoying a break –


According To Einstein ~ An Elegant Time Waster

Normally, the timewasters postings like these involve the computer. You can solve this one on paper, but I think a computer spreadsheet might make it a little bit easier. I am not responsible for nibbled pencils, too many cups of coffee or the fact that you might growl at people as they try to talk to you while solving this puzzle.

According to legend/myth – Albert Einstein wrote this as a small boy, and 98% of the world can not solve it.

Two things wrong with that sentence – 1) if I remember rightly he was too busy getting in trouble as school to be this creative and 2) I would imagine that 98% of the world would simply be uninterested in the puzzle. This puzzle has also been attributed to Lewis Carroll, and various other authors.

The version below is quoted from the first known publication in Life International magazine on December 17, 1962.

1. There are five houses.
2. The Englishman lives in the red house.
3. The Spaniard owns the dog.
4. Coffee is drunk in the green house.
5. The Ukrainian drinks tea.
6. The green house is immediately to the right of the ivory house.
7. The Old Gold smoker owns snails.
8. Kools are smoked in the yellow house.
9. Milk is drunk in the middle house.
10. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
11. The man who smokes Chesterfields lives in the house next to the man with the fox.
12. Kools are smoked in the house next to the house where the horse is kept.
13. The Lucky Strike smoker drinks orange juice.
14. The Japanese smokes Parliaments.
15. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.

Now, who drinks water? Who owns the zebra?

And before I get strung up on a yardarm – let me offer a couple of “clarifications”:
Each of the five houses is painted a different color.
Their inhabitants are of different national extractions,
own different pets,
drink different beverages
and smoke different brands of American cigarettes.
One other: In statement 6, right means your right.
One more: The houses ARE in a row.

As always, I have been known to be bribed talked into sharing the solution via email.

Boomshine ~ An Elegant Timewaster

It’s been awhile since I posted one of these…and this one really is elegant and a massive timewaster good way to build your computer skills.

The premise is deceptively simple … click the ringed dot to allow it to engulf the required number of dots to make level 12.

This is screen one:

And please remember the words deceptively simple ….

To start the game —->CLICK HERE<—–
It may take a few moments to load the game – it is a flash game.

Note: I did make it through level 12 – but I’m not going to admit how many tries it took …

Not An Ed Wood Space Movie ~ An Elegant Time Waster

The folks at Game Show Network have “launched” this fun little game – just to make sure you don’t get everything done today you’re supposed to … and a little space love thrown in for good measure … oh, and of course, it’s not as simple as it looks!!!! (oh yes, click on the sound button to get rid of the space sounds ..)

My thanks to one of my favorite blogs: The durnMoose blog.

(UPDATE: A technical problem developed with the game, it has been “retired” for a bit, until I can solve the issue … 😦 )

For now — GO HERE to play this delightful space(y) game!!!


Uh…OK-I Think ~

I’m never quite sure how to “take” these little items, but – OK, I’ll go along …LOL … Normal, eh? Well, that’s somewhat nice to hear on a Saturday afternoon when I’m not exactly feeling very well!!! But … “unique..not frightening so…? What’s frighteningly unique? Any ideas?

You Are 60% Normal

Otherwise known as the normal amount of normal
You’re like most people most of the time
But you’ve got those quirks that make you endearing
You’re unique, yes… but not frighteningly so!

For The Fun Of It ~ An Early Evening Timewaster

This game based on Boggle is still somewhat in developement, but is quite fun to play.

WordHunter Xtreme was created for the Google Gadget University Awards, and won for Most Addictive. It was made during the numerous Google Gadgets workshops that I held for UPE in the fall. I’m proud to say that USC won for top university submission in the awards, and that another USC student, Ryan Brown, won Most Useful gadget with his WebClip gadget that lets you turn any webpage into a gadget.

Anyway, WordHunter Xtreme is inspired by the classic word game, Boggle, where you scramble up a bunch of letters in a grid and try to find words in connected chains of letters. It’s got a twist though– it uses the WordNet and UrbanDictionary APIs, so it lets you guess slang/acronyms/etc., and shows you the definitions for each. Seeing the definitions is the best part for me– the UrbanDictionary definitions are hilarious. There’s a user preference for showing the WordNet or the UrbanDictionary definition first, and I recommend choosing UrbanDictionary for a good time.

When you start the game – there are two games one allows you to use the urban dictionary, and the other has a regular dictionary focus … although “urbanisims” are still allowed.