Monday, April 18, 2011

Facebook Games or Where Has My Life Gone?

Facebook games seem to be the "thing" to do right now. Nearly everyone has a Facebook account, even those of the older generations who may not completely understand what it is. And what better way to make sure people spend as much time on the system as possible but to create addictive, time consuming games where the only way to get the best items is to either buy Facebook credits to purchase the items or to get an insane amount of friends to play with you and help unlock the goodies.

I told myself for a long time that I would not get sucked into playing these games. Farmville never sounded fun to me and the Sorority Life that my sisters play seemed akin to playing with Barbie's again. But I failed. Miserably. I have some friends who play a few of the games to support a friend. Their good friend got a job working for Crowdstar Games who makes 6 or 7 games for Facebook. In hearing them talk about the games I decided to try them out. Big mistake! Now I'm addicted to them! Everyday now I have to feed my fish, feed the animals in my zoo, collect the coins from my island and go blow up pirate ships! And on weekends I do this at least twice a day when at home.

My hubby made fun of me for weeks every time he would hear the music from the games. In Happy Aquarium he now knows the music that plays when I mate 2 of the fish and calls it "fish sexy time". I even stole his account and played the games there to send myself items in all the games. But I have my revenge! A couple weeks ago he found that there is a version of Dragon Ages for Facebook and since he has played through both full versions of it he decided to give it ago. Well that game is one where you only have so much energy to use at a time then you have to wait for it to refill, so one day while he was waiting he bounced over to the other games I'd started on his account. He seems to like Mighty Pirates the best, but he still opens the other games at least once every day also. After weeks of making fun of me he is now playing the games himself! He feeds his fish, takes care of his Zoo Paradise to the point that he is actually expanding and improving it, and of course he has now passed me in levels in Mighty Pirates.

We both spend way to much time on the computer but there are worse things we could be doing. And so far we've resisted spending money on any of the games. Though I have been really really tempted.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Noah's Ark

  A Guest Post by Eowyn, the cat.

Hello all you Human's out there! I am Eowyn and I happen to be a cat. But not just any cat, no, no. My human happens to be BlueRose who is the normal writer of this blog, of course I just call her Mom. Today she has been nice enough to let me write a post for all of you to tell you about Noah's Ark, a place for animals on the internet.

Noah's Ark is a new message board on Yuku for just us animals. It was started by my new friend Bayley (he's a dog, but that's ok, I still like him). There are several of us there already, both dogs and cats and we'd love to have more friends to talk to. All animals are welcome, just NO HUMANS!

The reason we picked Yuku is because our humans have been using it for many years now and they just love it! Not only is there a message board but we all get interactive profiles that we can customize and use to say hello to each other and post pictures of ourselves on. It's really very cool. Oh, and its all free!

You might be wondering what we talk about at Noah's Ark. Well, we talk about everything, from what we did during the day, our favorite games,  our favorite sleeping places, what we like to do to annoy our humans, everything!

So if you are an animal and would like to come join us, or if you are a human and you have a pet who you think might like to join us, please stop by and check us out! If you decide to join just make a free account and jump into the conversations! =^.^=
Now because you were so nice and read though all of this, I'm going to give you a present! A video of me playing fetch!

Become.com

Recently I've been browsing more and more shopping sites looking to see what's out there to buy online. I absolutely hate shopping so buying online is always a better option for me. But sometimes its hard to know if I'm getting the best price for what I'm looking to buy.

In my searching I found Become.com. This site is great for online shopping as it lists items from many different sellers all at once allowing for price comparison and bargain shopping. One of the things I'd been looking at recently were bedding sets. They have a lot to choose from and just about anything can be found, from Red Queen Comforter Sets to Old Fashioned Hurricane Lamps. Just type in what you are looking for and the site does the rest. All you have to do is browse and buy.

While looking at the site a little bit close I was surprised to find that Become.com has been around since 2004. Amazing that I'd not heard of them until now as they've done a wonderful job of creating a one stop shop for online shopping.

Brought to you by your friends at Become.com.