Category Archives: Games

A bird in the hand

I can accept the fact that The Angry Birds Movie won this weekend’s box office.

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Animated films have broader appeal and a wider audience. Plus, last week’s number one film and very close runner-up Captain America has been out for three weeks.

My beef with the Birds?

What took them so long?  This app used to be all the rage,  but Candy Crush and other games occupy the top spots now.  This movie is so late to the party,  there is no party anymore.

Obviously kids will still watch it,  but they — and their long-suffering parents — shouldn’t have to.

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When is a duck not a duck?

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When it’s a Lego duck that we made during a work event.

It’s customer engagement through play.

Quack!

Christmas in August

Dear Santa’s elves (cause let’s face it — the big guy is on a beach somewhere):

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I want. No…I need.

I have extensive experience creating Lego homes with far fewer resources, so I will appreciate the level of detail in this Big Bang Theory recreation.

I hope my advance notice helps secure my ‘order.’

Hi to Rudolph,

The Egg

Sightseeing dollar signs

I haven’t been to Washington DC in a while, but I think I might go on this scavenger hunt the next time I’m in town.

Got any cash? You can, too.

Just check the back of the bills and find the buildings depicted there. It should be a pretty educational tour.

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I also like the folded bill photo trick. Reminds me of squishing people’s heads between your finger and thumb.

I might add that to my tour, too.

Who’s laughing now?

I haven’t watched Cooking Channel much at all, but a commercial for Cutthroat Kitchen caught my eye.

Host Alton Brown is always good for a laugh.

Cutthroat_Kitchen_LogoIf you haven’t seen the show, four professional chefs compete in cooking challenges while Alton Brown sabotages them.

But there’s a catch.

He actually gives each chef money at the beginning of the game so that they can bid to sabotage each other, making the timed competition even more challenging.  The eventual winner keeps whatever money he has left at the end of the game.

As the episode comes to an end, I realize it’s not for me.

It reminds me too much of hazing…or those degrading initiation days that some of my high school clubs subjected new members to freshman year.  The folks in charge are laughing, but it’s more mean-spirited than funny.

Just ask Jon Hamm. That stuff comes back to bite you in the butt.

Wink wink nudge nudge

Congratulations to Jennifer B., who correctly identified yesterday’s featured image:

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Way to go, Jennifer!

I have never played the game myself; I’ve only seen it featured in ‘classic game collections’ in stores and catalogs.

I thought it was dead.

But then I came across this photo in an article about the English and American Tiddlywinks Associations…for adults.

They hold annual tournaments.  They have websites.  They publish e-newsletters.

Game on.

 

 

 

Brain teaser

I have a pop quiz for you today on The Egg:

Can you identify the objects below?

Hint: They are not candy.

(I know — it’s shocking, considering who is asking.)

Place your guess in the comments. The answer and additional information in Wednesday’s Egg!