Complicated Board Games

This is for all the board game geeks. Some games are simple to learn and simple to play, like Ludo. Some are simple to learn but difficult to master, like Go. Some are difficult to learn and difficult to master, where the Rise and Decline of the Third Reich comes to mind (I’ve never met anyone who learnt ALL of the rules to it). Anyone remember Magic Realm? I’ve never known or heard of a gaming group that has the patience and stamina to work through all six or seven stages of gameplay required to learn all of the intricacies of it.

How about a game where it is difficult, if nigh on impossible, to work out who plays first?

 

 

With gaming friends like these, who needs enemies..?

The importance of grammar and punctuation 

To those who consider grammar and punctuation to be unimportant in today’s fast-moving world of 140 character soundbites, I urge them to consider this example.

If anyone is offended by the text on this image, they'd better not watch

Whether you use a comma or not can make all the difference in even a simple sentence.

Microsoft due to end Vista support on 11th April 2017

For the half-a-dozen people still using Windows Vista (for the love of all things good about computers, why?) I would like to draw your attention to CNET’s advisory that Microsoft will be ending support for Windows Vista on 11th April 2017.

Geekonomicon would like to apologise for any inadvertent flashbacks this image may cause.

Windows Vista – the logo was the only decent thing about it.

 

If you’re still running Windows Vista then, Microsoft will no longer support it. In practical terms, this means you will get:

  • no more security updates.
  • no more non-security hotfixes.
  • no assisted support options (free or paid).
  • no more online technical updates from Microsoft. The fiends.

For the hard of thinking, I’d like to point out that if you’re still using Windows Vista, it sucks to be you regardless. Every single day.

On the upside, I have even less reason to test on that particular platform anymore.  🙂

 

45 Writing Tips

The wonderful Caitlin Lambert has written a post with 45 Writing Tips From Actual Writers. I am truly honoured that she’s chosen to include a writing tip that I suggested:

Try to write every day, even if it’s just for a minute. Next week, aim for five minutes, then ten, then fifteen. Good habits are difficult to get into but if you can write every day it will give you the best possible start.”

I’m somewhat embarrassed to say that I don’t always follow my own damn advice. Some days I just don’t get around to doing it, or I’m just not feeling that the muse has struck me (or is stood behind me with a mallet threatening me with a beating if I don’t hit that keyboard), even though in those moments I should write about what it’s like to not feel those itchy writing fingers. Mea culpa, dear reader; despite any rumours to the contrary, I’m only human. ;p

This is me after five minute with Gmail's new layout

Writer’s block, thy name is evil.

The Secret to the Stickiness of Frog Spit 

Have you ever wondered how frogs’ tongues get their prey into their mouths? It’s a combination of a super soft tongue and spit that’s a non-Newtonian fluid rather like tomato ketchup, as explained in this fascinating Sciencium video: