Spend a Couple Minutes »Toca Boca Games

tocaGreat Apps for Kids

I’ve been meaning to recommend the catalog of charming, well designed and fun toddler apps from Toca Boca for some time since they are an invaluable resource for parents.

I’ve downloaded all of them and find each one delightful but am personally partial to Toca Tailor (where you makes clothes for quirky characters). Van’s interests rotate but he has always loved Robot Lab and playing Toca Kitchen Monsters with his dad.

Some games like Toca Doctor and Toca House have objectives, while others like Toca Salon are more open ended.

I never feel guilty about letting Van play with these games for a bit, in fact, I usually join in the fun. With so much junk targeted at kids it’s nice to find a company that seems to actually think of and enjoy children when designing for them.

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Posted on January 31, 2013

Spend a Couple Minutes »Draw Something


Welcome to my latest dumb obsession, Draw Something. Sure, like all game apps I’ve recommended here, I’ll tire of this Pictionary-esque game in the not too distant future but for now draw some is awe some.

(Oh, and for the record, just writing the word is cheating and beside the point and I end games with such swindlers.)

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Posted on March 16, 2012

Spend a Couple Hours »Talisman

The Magical Quest Game

We used to be pretty avid D&D players but over the years, as adulthood has taken over, avid turned to occasional, which turned to rarely.

We were excited then, to find out about Talisman, a D&D like board game, recommend by a former gamer himself in a similar situation (thanks Chris!).

It’s perfect. In theory it can be played in one night/afternoon. (Though we’ve yet to finish a game in the three hours we’ve aloted for play.)

While there’s not the same customization and open endlessness of a real D&D game, (let’s face it there’s no substitute for a good D&D game) it is satisfying for that particular nerd itch and it’s even made gamers out of friends that use to refuse up and down that they’d ever get involved with such foolishness.

Plus it’s far more social that WoW (another abandoned but well loved past time of ours). We like to combine the evening with a special home cooked meal – like my recently recommended pork ssam for example.

Rumor has it that expansion packs are also pretty great but we’ve only tried the original.

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Posted on March 8, 2012

Web Sites »Title Scream

Type + Graphic Inspiration from 8-bit Games

Welcome to 8-bit nostalgia heaven video gamer nerds!

Title Scream includes many of your favorites and some that might not be so memorable but certainly leave me wanting to know more.

Anyone out there ever play Monty by Gremlin Graphics? It looks insane!!!!!

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Posted on October 19, 2011

Spend a Couple Minutes »Words With Friends

Iphone App

I’ve jumped on the Words with Friends bandwagon and it’s as addicting as I had expected (very). I seem to win about 50% of the time.

If you are my real life friend, my name is brixpicks – come find me.

If you’re not my real life friend, I’ll still play but won’t respond to messages, like “What’s your name cutie?” and “You keep blocking me!”

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Posted on June 7, 2011

Songs »Pizza Party

30 Day Song Challenge – Day Twenty Eight: Best Song for a Terrible Looking Board Game:

Pizza Party by Unknown (1987)

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Posted on May 28, 2011

Spend a Couple Minutes »MorphThing.Com

What Will My Baby Look Like?

There’s little that could be less intriguing than a promise of seeing what your baby will look like when you’re over eight months pregnant. MorphThing is a free site that also lets you morph your face with any other (see Jim plus Brittany, aka Jimany below). According to my sister, the morphing of what your kid will look like in inaccurate (well, it would have been really shocking if it was spot on) but it sure is a fun way to spend a couple minutes and I think my fake, computer generated Van looks pretty cute. Bet he’s actually even cuter!

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Posted on September 26, 2010

Drinks »Fancy Asshole AKA Orgy

orgy drinking game

Try it at Mercat

My friends and I have been enjoying what has been come to be called simply “the game” at Mercat and Mercat Negre for some time now. It’s not really a game though, it’s actually just a vessel/carafe that allows one to chug wine through a funnel; the goal is to pull the carafe away from you until the thin stream is at arm’s length – without spilling all over your face… so I guess it’s kind of a game.

It’s fun and we coined it the “fancy asshole” but I recently learned from the blog, Chained and Perfumed, that it’s actually called Orgy.

But it’s really, actually, really called a porron and you can buy one to get your friends pleasantly tanked in the privacy of your own home at Despana.

Forgive the vaguely porny images of myself and friends doing the orgy after the jump/below.

Click here for the rest of Fancy Asshole AKA Orgy

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Posted on November 22, 2009

Drinks »From A WOW Stein

alliance wow steinThis WOW stein will make you say wow! Hand crafted night elves, dwarves, mages, draenei, and gnomes! This was an excellent birthday gift to Jim from our friends who wanted to acknowledge his love for the game and for drinking beer from elaborate ceramic ware.

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Posted on September 14, 2009

Spend a Couple Hours »Wii Fit

mii wii fitWiiFit is fun and good for you with those cute little graphics that Nintendo is known for (though I wish our instructors were more wobbly head looking and less realistic) but I have to say, it's not the toughest workout ever – though some of the balance games are hard to master and I never do well when it comes to following dance steps.

Taking virtual jogs with miis and wiis and Nintendo doggies right beside me is quite a joy and the system will also be great for accurately measuring my progress as Jim and I have begin a new summer time get back to eating right and exercising phase.

There is a definite focus on balance, a focus that I think seems foreign to westerners but I hope that, as it promises, will improve my posture.

I haven't gotten any additional games to go with the system yet, but anything called Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party must be fun, right?

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Posted on May 4, 2009

Places to Visit »Atlantic City

borgata in acHey guys, we didn't get around to a day trip this weekend like I planned, so Jim submitted this brief Atlantic City overview.

Not too, too long ago, my former boss and I headed down to AC to scope out the annual Imprinted Sportswear Show. The conference was pretty off the hook, but my companion was antsy for some real entertainment, so not long after arriving at the Convention Center (located at One Miss America Way, by the way), we hit the Borgata.

In most of the anecdotes I've heard, AC's always been derided as a low-rent dump: one friend got bit by a spider in a moderately priced hotel; another (guilty of nothing more than wearing a backpack — which is only a crime on the subway), was invited by a scruffy looking dude to check out the local soup kitchens. My friend (and this happened years before the concept of 'hipster or hobo?' became mainstream), didn't initially comprehend that the scruffy looking dude was homeless and that he (the scruffy looking dude) thought my fairly scruffy looking friend was homeless as well.

But the Borgata was magical! And not sleazy at all; kind of like Mohegan Sun. We played roulette, my gracious employer purchasing all the chips, dined at a Wolfgang Puck-branded restaurant, and we're back home before 8:30. Despite the fact that many of the guests were dressed in shorts, t-shirts and sandals, the place still maintained an upscale and just-built vibe.

I actually returned to the Sportswear Show last year with a former coworker and, I've got to say, the experience just wasn't quite the same. We left a little bit late and hit some heavy southbound traffic, which would have been fine if the iPod we were listening to hadn't kept playing really explicit R. Kelly songs — not that there's anything wring with Sex in the Kitchen or Puttin' My T-Shirt on or Ignition or Bump 'N Grind, but we just felt like the randomizing software was somehow having a joke at our expense as it continued to generate R-rated audio content we were both too comfortable to skip while we idled in stopped traffic.

By the time we reached One Miss America Way, all the adjacent parking lots were full and we had to fan out a little to find a spot. As we drove away from the Convention Center, the seamier side of this fairly seamy city (seemingly unchanged from the days of the Dernsy/Nicholson masterpiece, King of Marvin Gardens) began to reveal itself. My advice is that if you're planning on visiting Atlantic City plan, just like you would in every other metropolitan area, to stick to the inskirts of town.

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Posted on May 4, 2009

Laughs »All your base are belong to us

All your base are belong to us See it here

The History:
1.Toaplan creates the Zero Wing video game.

2.Toaplan releases a port for the Sega Genesis console with the addition of an intro scene, which is then translated into english (very poorly) and released in the United States.

3. Toaplan goes out of business.

4. Someone from a Zany Video Game Quotes website notices the poor translation, and highlights the game.

5. Overclocked.org does a humorous voiceover of the Zero Wing intro in a fake Wayne Newton voice.

6. Dozens of game-related messageboards begin to post quotes from the parody, and images altered to show the phrase.

7. Most of the threads lose interest and die off quickly as the trend is pronounced dead countless times.

8. The Flash movie/video is released with images from the threads and music taken from the original game someone had added the phrase “all your base” to.

9. AYB explosively expands to the general (non game messageboard-reading) public.

10. The original site for the video is shut down within hours due to excessive traffic, and moves to PlanetStarsiege.

11. Lycos ponders how “All your Base” was transformed from obscurity to a top 50 search practically overnight.

12. Mainstream media begin to notice the trend, and stories appear in Time Magazine, USA Today, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, Tech TV, Wired, and many others.

13. As the 'remix' used in the video goes from 58 hits a day to several thousand per day, mp3.com notices the track has been ripped directly from the video game and pulls the music off their site due to copyright violations. It is later returned unchanged.

14. The trend continues to grow as it expands into nearly every corner of the web.

15. Large websites like Angelfire and Hewlett Packard sneak “all your base” references into their designs.

16. “All Your Base” is pronounced dead several times every day, yet it's 15 minutes of fame continue for some reason…

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Posted on December 18, 2005

Web Sites »Thottbot: WoW Database

Thottbot: WoW Database The other day I just could not find the location of this specialized leather working trainer (Peter Galen,the dragonscale leather working trainer). I knew he was in Azshara, but I didn't have the time to fool around looking for this guy in some very dangerous territory. That's where Thottbot comes in. It's not cheating, it's more like a tool to help you maximize the amount of quality time you put into playing WOW.


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Posted on December 5, 2005

Spend a Couple Hours »Play D&D

Play D & D This week Dan's character, Nab Dabney, who's made a break with the main land in an attempt to find the bad news roofer who ripped off his mom (according to a nude sketch Nab Dabney's mom made of the roofer, the guy is the spitting image of actor Dennis Farina) fell under the sway of a powerful Genie that had been kept in a plain looking sugar bowl for weeks on end. Then Nab tried to seduce Mike's character, Fucshia Bloodmir, but she cast a charm spell on him and then magically put him to sleep. Oh, and the players all visited a steak house called Mikey's Pump and Rump where the Genie possessed a waitress and laid out its plan for vengeance. There wasn't any fighting, but sometimes those are the best games.

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Posted on December 5, 2005

Movies »Joysticks

Joysticks Joe Don Baker (I don't know if you've ever seen “Mitchell”–if you haven't, rent the MST3K skewering right away) wants to close down a video arcade run by a guy who can't have sex or play video games because of what he saw reflected in the darkened screen of a broken Miss Pac console one terrible night. The theme song “Totally Awesome Video Games” brings a smile to my face every time I hear it, as does another awesome song from the soundtrack, “Vidiots”.

Characters called Dorfus and King Vidiot are involved in a video game contest with the future of the arcade on the line. There's a scene where a hot dog gets stuck between a girl's' tits and no one really does anything for like 2 minutes. “Joysticks” is a little hard to find, it will probably never make it to DVD, but we usually watch it at least once a year.

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Posted on December 5, 2005

Spend a Couple Hours »Play Loaded Questions

Loaded Questions This is a particularly fun board game.
Everyone answers a question, such as “What would you title your autobiography?”
And you have to guess whose answer is who's.
You can play with family for the holiday.
Or play Loaded Questions loaded, questions?

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Posted on November 21, 2005

Laughs »Leeeroy Jenkins World of Warcraft video

wow leeroy jenkins Even funny for those that don't play the game. I did tests.

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Posted on November 14, 2005