There are a lot of design groups that have websites out there. They make mockups of pretty neat products that don’t actually exist for consumer purchase. Most are just novelties, but every once in a while I come across one that demands someone to license and produce it.
Drinking Battleship is one such product. Someone can come up with a better name than I did, but this needs to be made. Jager Bomb? Irish Ship Bomb?
You guys work on the name. I’ll work on the drinking.
I was practically passing out while driving home, so I asked Michelle to wake up and keep me awake. She sat up and ten minutes later after I had almost run off the road three more times she said, “Okay let’s play a game.” The game we decided on was Twenty Questions. For those of you that don’t know how this game is played, one person thinks of something and the other person has twenty yes/no questions to figure out what was selected.
Me: Is it living?
Michelle: Umm, no.
Me: Wait, you don’t know if it’s living?
Me: Is it bigger than a bread box?
Michelle: It can be.
Me: Is it electronic?
Michelle: It can be.
Me: What? It can be?!
Michelle: Yeah, sometimes.
Me: Is it a video game?
Me: Huh? How is that possible?
Michelle: You lose! It’s Hello Kitty!
Me: How is that electronic or a video game?
Michelle: They make big and small Hello Kitty and make them electronic too. They also have Hello Kitty video games.
Me: What the hell? I can say there’s a tree video game!
I think she missed the point of this game, but it worked. I was no longer sleepy. Instead I was angry and felt cheated.
This post marks the creation of a new category, dedicated to posts about my famous girlfriend, Michelle Woo. The category label? She’ So Lucky.
As I type this from my work laptop, I realize that a lot of us would love to use our Macs 100% of the time, but unfortunately the sad truth is that Microsoft has a pretty good hold of the corporate market. So while you’re stuck on your Windows machines for work, you can make the best of it with a few applications I’ve come across.
Every time you take your hands off the keyboard to use your mouse or track pad, you are losing efficiency. Keeping your hands in one spot allows you to be more productive, whether it’s actual work you’re doing or chatting. I’ve talked about one keyboard launcher before, but here is another one. Qliner hotkeys is an application launcher, but it goes a step further than most other application launchers. Rather than being text-based, it has a very simple visual interface so you can keep track of your shortcut key binds.
If you are absolutely married to your mouse as an input device, there are some good mouse-based application launchers. We all know the Start Menu is absolutely worthless when you have a lot of applications installed. You have to look at a long list, which takes a long time, even when filed alphabetically. The Quick Launch toolbar built into Windows is also useless if you need to launch anything with a generic icon. Just try and figure out which document template you are trying to launch out of the half dozen you might use daily. You have to hover over the icon and wait for the name to appear. Stop wasting your time. Take a look at STabLauncher.
The last thing I want to share with you is not for work productivity. It’s for the productivity of your sanity. It’s an old game I used to play. Have yourself a break with Desktop Tower Defense.
I’m sure a lot of you are aware that Hasbro, the makers of Scrabble, gave a cease and desist to Facebook to take down Scrabulous. After they were forced to pull Scrabulous, Hasbro’s version of Scrabble for Facebook, made by EA, just plain sucked. Well, the guys that made Scrabulous are back with Wordscraper!
I don’t think the overspeculation of the housing market is all that is to blame for our recent economic downturn. It’s not just our foreign relations and declining dollar value. I’m pretty sure each of us is to blame for the recession by not working hard enough. Why aren’t we working? Facebook. How can you get anything done with this website around? It’s got Scrabulous and my latest productivity killer is Tetris Friends. Load this up and give me a challenge. Let the old people that aren’t on Facebook worry about the economy.