All entries for August 2008

August 26, 2008

Scrab–tab–u–lousy–result.

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/2008/08/scrabulous_users_stunned_bemus.html

Well it's not that much of a surprise that Scrabulous has now been removed by Mattel, but I have to say personally I'm a little bit gutted. Not that I think they had the right to continue, and despite certain arguments I never could see how scrabulous wasn't a pretty near carbon copy of Scrabble (c) so the outcome was fairly inevitable all along.

I would agree though that Scrabble (c) would have been wise to have made something equally good, either by utilising the skills of the scrabulous creators or simply copying them (tit for tat!) but from what I've read (admittedly I've not tried the official scrabble game application, I can't make myself add it because I know most of my friends won't bother and that's the main reason I played so that I could play against them, I don't want to play randoms!) the official version is nowhere near as good as scrabulous was. I think there's a time limit within which you have to make your move or the game is abandoned. This, to my mind is a bit naff. Not all of us have 24hr access to the internet, and I don't know about any other users, but if I'm on holiday for the week I'm hardly going to log in to make my move.

As per any game, you have people who are more involved than others. For some this will have been a genuine blow and real cause of distress, for others it's a loss but they'll find something else to play in their lunch hours and for the rest they'll probably not even notice it's disappeared from their pages. I'd say I fall into the middle category. I played it quite a lot, usually had 6 or more games on the go, and enjoyed looking up new words. I'd say it had increased my vocabulary and word regonition skills to some degree. I will miss more the interaction between friends who played it - I loved the banter you could have in the little message box to the side. Some very amusing conversations passed between us! Especially playing against people I don't get to see very often - an old school friend used to thrash me at the game, and then I beat him - the joy!!

I think I'd still go out and buy the board game, I never owned it or really played it before scrabulous so by rights I probably should have bought one at some point anyway, and I don't go with the whole boycotting of the Mattel group products (Barbie was a very important part of my childhood) because I don't think it will prove anything. I would probably argue that sales of scrabble (c) have probably risen as a result of scrabulous (I don't know if they have, I have no stats to say either way) or at least it hasn't done them any harm (their legal action may have though if some of the comments are anything to go by) but I think they were always going to keep selling the board game/offline version with or without scrabulous.

So there you have it. If anyone's interested I'm now playing Pathwords. It looks like the blockbuster board ("I'll have a P(eee) please Bob") but it's nothing like that. It's not as good as scrabulous and it never will be. Sigh.


August 15, 2008

Facts you would find hard to dispute.

These are things I have been thinking about today.


  • The Bus Lanes in Coventry really are a joke. Particularly the one on Tile Hill. Despite the signs, cars still use it as an escape route from those ridiculously out of sinc traffic lights around Blockbuster and KFC and then there's that one on Hearsall Lane...great idea to do the whole sensor-on-the-road-so-the-traffic-lights-automatically-turn-the-bus-lane-to-green...if it works. Which, as I saw today, clearly doesn't. The lights are broken. Naturally. Sigh.
  • Miss Potter is a sweet film with a propensity to make mildly hormonal females weep.
  • David Tennant is actually beautiful.
  • Earl Grey tea is yummy.

There were other things, but I've had a large Friday cocktail and I'm being distracted by Cassanova and I just can't remember what they are. Well, I suppose I'd add...

  • Friday night cocktails are yummy also. Yummier than Friday night Earl Greys.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

August 14, 2008

Appreciating the morning

So this morning I was awake at 6.30am and driving back from my Friends house to work at just gone 7am. The weather was glorious sunshine all the way back and the views were at times quite stunning. It made me realise the error of my lazy behaviour - if I only went to bed an hour or so earlier I'd be less tired in the morning and so able to get up and enjoy this lovely summer (ok, so less so on the rainy days, but perhaps I'd do something useful then instead) before the dark mornings start again.

It's less inspiring, I suppose, getting up when you aren't surrounded by nice countryside views (ah, those were the days) but still, even town can be OK when it's sunny! And the earlier I wake up, the more likely I will have time to walk in to work, which will make me feel all virtuous and happy. Win-win!



August 07, 2008

Random thoughts of the day…

Has anyone else noticed that of all the groups on facebook that people join, one of the most often seen recurring themes is "I've dropped my phone down the toilet, numbers please".

Now is it just me, or does that not seem like a rather ridiculously careless thing to do? "Oh no, I was playing a game of solitaire while texting my friend Dave and also talking to my mum all at the same time as using the little boy's room and it accidently fell out of my hand and into the toilet."

Just a thought.


August 04, 2008

mmm. Shoes.

There's something infinitely satisfying to me about buying shoes. So buying 4 new pairs on Saturday was rather exciting...made more so for the fact they cost me about £15 for the lot. OK so they will fall apart the 2nd or 3rd time I really wear them (the last pair of the same I bought fell apart when the glue got wet in the rain) but as long as I only wear them on sunny days or days where I don't have to walk too far I'll be fine.

What I didn't manage to get was a pair of new trainers. I'm not exactly known for my sporting prowess (although our doubles side won in a rather great game of Badminton yesterday) but even so I think that I need new trainers. My current pair I've had since I was 15 - in fact I bought them the first time I went to America which is almost 10 years to the day ago. The only reason I had to get them out there was because I went canoeing in a river and didn't dry my old ones out properly so they went mouldy in the heat... but I digress. So anyway, trainers have moved on a lot since then. I have no idea what trainers are good/bad or otherwise! However I don't want to spend a fortune on them but I would like a brand name like adidas, Nike or New Balance. I don't want ugly trainers either. Anyone got any suggestions?

In other news I finally got round to putting up some photos - or rather updating the frames I already had! Had a few of couples that aren't together anymore so I thought it was best that I changed those! I ordered prints from snapfish, which I then picked up from Jessops in town. They gave me 30 free 6x4" prints for joining the service and they are very good prints. Am very pleased!

Also went to see Wall-e on Friday night - the little guy is so cute! A very nice film, not as funny as Kung Fu Panda, but sweet and lovely and clever all the same. I'd definitely recommend it!


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