Monday, November 30, 2009

Addicted to Farmville

I already wrote about Mafia Wars, one of the games I play on Facebook.  Well, I thought MW was starting to take up too much of my time, but let me tell you, it's nothing compared to Farmville.

It starts out innocently enough.  You plow a few squares, plant a few seeds and add a few of your friends as neighbors who then gift you some trees and animals.  But after a week or so you begin to realize that you are plotting out your plots, arranging trees, zealously seeking gifts of new and better animals and watching your coins so you can buy even more land with your riches.  At this point, you're hooked.

Soon, you find that you are trawling the Farmville fan page, looking for strangers to add as Farmville neighbors.  Thousands of names all begging you to add them, extolling their individual virtues:  "I gift daily"  "Level 30" "I need neighbors, please add me".  It's all too tempting and so you add a few, safe-looking Farmville players.  It never stops there because they have friends who add you and their friends add you and so on, and so on, and so on.

Needless to say, I completely forgot about Mafia Wars and began farming as if my real future depended on it.  If they added a new animal, tree or decoration, I had to get it.  Before I knew it I was level 47 and watching the levels of others to see if they were getting past me.

Truly, Farmville is addictive.  I am trying to wean myself off by planting long-term crops and selling off some of the animals.  I mean, I didn't really need 50 sheep.  

If you've successfully beaten the Farmville addicition, please let me know how you did it.  I need to beat it before they come out with the Easter specialty decorations...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Woman Marries the Eiffel Tower

A woman who says she has a fetish for inanimate objects has married the Eiffel Tower. Erika La Tour Eiffel -who had her name legally changed to that of her new husband - is one of a number of women in the world whose objects of affection are... well, objects.

Erika follows in the footsteps of another woman who has been married to the Berlin Wall for 29 years. Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer, whose last name means "Berlin Wall" was the first woman to declare herself Objectum-Sexual.

According to psychiatrists, women who fall in love with inanimate objects enjoy the ultimate control they have in the relationship.

In addition to having married the Eiffel Tower, Erika La Tour Eiffel has had other objects of affection including an archery bow and a piece of fence.

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Sunday, November 08, 2009

What's In a Name? Cars

Rollo has been spiffing things up around here for Spring and part of it is this new and shiny site design. In honor of my new template, I offer a little automotive post. Car companies think long and hard before choosing a name for a new model vehicle. Animal names have always figured highly, but it's got to be the right kind of animal. For instance, you might be enticed to buy a car with a sleek and fast image, like a Cougar, but you'd never consider one called Possum. But some names seem to come directly out of hometown America, named for cities and towns across the country.

For instance, Ford is in Mississippi while Chevrolet is in Kentucky and Buick , Plymouth and Pontiac are in Michigan. You can find a Dodge in both Kansas and Massachusetts, but only California has a Honda.

There's a Thunderbird in New Mexico and a Seville in Ohio. If you want something sporty, there's Mustang, Oklahoma or Monte Carlo, Kansas.

For a full list of automotive-related town names in the US, visit this site. They also have lists of other types of unusual names for towns and some will make you laugh aloud.