Don’t Fix what Ain’t Broke: the Scrabble Application on Facebook

I’ve discussed my Scrabble addiction before, but I’ll say it again… I believe that scrabble is the most perfect game ever created.  In fact, the creator of Scrabble, Alfred Mosher Butts,  studied the front page of The New York Times for an entire year to calculate how frequently each letter of the alphabet was used.  Words with Friends cannot even compare…

So, today when I went to play my daily game of Scrabble through the facebook application, I was surprised to find this:

What is that madness?  It looks like they hired the web designers of Myspace circa 2003 and Zynga’s Farmville to make this terrible eyesore. Continue reading


The Zombies are spreading: Zombie Run now in 3 new cities!

Back in September, I told you about the Zombie Run, a Zombie Infested 5k Obstacle Course Race (say that three times fast).  Originally the cities were:  Los Angeles/San Diego, Baltimore, Atlanta, Boston, Indianapolis, Seattle/Portland and Austin.

Well the Zombie pandemic has spread to Minneapolis, St. Louis and Denver.  And you only have 10 days left to register for the Atlanta Event!  Because being chased by brain munchers is just how I want to spend my Saturdays!

You can register at their website, which describes the “festivities” in the following blurb:

Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies — and all parts awesome.

Runners will navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies. At the end of this adventure race, you get to celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with live entertainment and music, local celebrities, vendors, food, and of course, beer!

Wanna be a Jeopardy Contestant? TOO BAD says the show

My original intent of this blog post was to inform you that the Jeopardy Online Test to qualify to be on the show is happening this week.  I was so excited.  In fact, I couldn’t wait for my chance to fail it (hey, what can I say, I’m a bit rusty on state capitals).  Maybe I would inspire some follower to apply, and when they asked who referred you to apply, you would say “” and then Alex Trebek and I would be best friends.

A girl can dream…

BUT THEN… I went to their website and found that the registration was closed.  I seriously had a verbal yell that was a cross between “GJLJKNRNICPJOFVDARGGGGHHHHH!” and Fizzgig doing this.  It wasn’t pretty.  When you click the link it says:

This feature is currently unavailable.  Please enjoy the rest of the site and check back later for updates.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

-The Producers of Jeopardy

UH OH!  People on the Jeopardy facebook page are not happy.  The online test happens Continue reading

Weekly Wiki: Chess Boxing

So I’ve decided that every week, I will feature a weird wikipedia page that interests me.  This week, the link is CHESS BOXING.  Yes, you read that right… CHESS BOXING. The definition of it is what you would expect, it’s a hybrid game of chess and boxing.

From wikipedia:

A match consists of up to eleven alternating rounds of boxing and chess. The match begins with a four-minute chess round. This is followed by three minutes of boxing, with rounds of chess and boxing alternating until the end. There is a one minute break between rounds. Speed chess is used, a form in which each player has a total of only twelve minutes for the whole game.

Competitors may win by a knockout, achieving a checkmate, by the judges’ decision, or if their opponent’s twelve minutes of chess time is exceeded

I bet it’s hard to find great players for this, since I would imagine that the two sports seem semi mutually-exclusive.  OKAY OKAY, I know that I’m just following stereotypes for jocks and for nerds, but I just can’t see Bobby Fischer in the ring or Mike Tyson check mating someone.

Has anyone else heard of this before?  Also read the wikipedia page for more info.

The Wonderful World of Sweepstakes Winning!

I’ve been semi-employed the last few months.  And even semi-employed is an overstatement.  Really I mean I’ve dedicated my time to re-watching cancelled sitcoms (woot Party Down woot), playing scrabble, and on a good day, going to the gym. WAIT. I didn’t even mention my job: I sometimes work in a law office where my boss sends me illegible post-its about the German Embassy which has NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING.

Though German barmaids would be an interesting addition to the office 

So, as an added source of income (and yes, that is how I rationalize it), I’ve decided to enter as many sweepstakes/contests as I can.  And in reality, it’s kind of like a job,but instead of getting paid in cash, I get paid in chocolate, eye cream and the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook.

I did a less intense version of this before a couple of years ago, focusing on contests held in my city of residence, and I did pretty well:  a few show tickets, a pair of tickets to Beefest, and a pair of tickets to a Twilight event (the experience of trying to scalp these $4 dollar tickets to preteen girls marks one of the low points of my life).

Few things are scarier than this

BUT NOW, I am full-fledged sweepstakes fanatic!  In fact, I’ve actually won some stuff!  (NB: You can follow my my contest twitter account @lizzycontests to see everything I enter)

To show that people actually win stuff and to give props to the websites that provided me with happiness, here are some items I’ve won in the last month:

I wasn’t joking when I said I won the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook because I did.  I originally thought it was a joke, but it’s actually a real thing that is unintentionally a joke.  I have yet to receive it, so in the meantime, I just post Gwyneth Paltrow quotes on Tumblr (yes, hahabuda has a tumblr)

 I basically love everything about hot dogs, except the hot dog bun – hahabuda

I also won a guacamole prize pack from Wholly Guacamole and Surviving a Teacher’s Salary.  Since coupons for guacamole and sandwich Continue reading

Trump: The Game – Because Donald Trump doesn’t know when to stop

I went thrift store shopping last week for two reasons: find some of the components for my costume of Harley Quinn and find a nice inexpensive present for my mom’s birthday… I was seriously searching for a Sun Tea Jar (because all moms love sun tea).  BUT THEN…  I found this:

The game I found was the ORIGINAL 1989 Board Game by Donald Trump, called (whowouldathunk) Trump: The Game.  With the ingenius tagline “It’s not whether you win or lose, but whether you win”

I haven’t unwrapped it, but as far as I can tell, it’s just like Monopoly, but not nearly as fun (actually I never really liked Monopoly, but that’s besides the point).  To read a description of the gameplay in case you really want to know, read THIS.

Although industry insiders predicted glowing sales and Milton Bradley was planning on producing 2 million copies (wait what), The game was a huge failure.  Trump attributed it to the fact that the game may be too difficult for the masses (he really did say this).  During the christmas season many toy stores had to drop the price of it from $40 to $29 or $20 before it sold. (Tangent: I don’t think I would pay $40 for a board game in today’s dollars, even if it combined my favorite things ever).

I searched "sushi scrabble chocolate milk puppies" to find my best board game ever, but instead found Obama Sushi.... It happens.

The game was re-released with slightly easier rules in 2005 because of his new Apprentice Show, because you know there’s always a market for blowhards.

Scrabble Addiction: Word Wars

There’s something you will figure out about me soon enough, so I might as well put it out in the open now.  No, I don’t have any weird fetishes like Plushophilia (attraction to stuffed animals), Spectrophilia (attraction to ghosts),  or eproctophilia (fart fetish).

The truth is, I’m obsessed with Scrabble.  I play 3 games a day (usually online) and I spend my free time writing themed word lists about such things as Feudalism, Alcohol and Currency.  It’s a hobby and since it’s a mildly intelligent hobby I can justify it as not being a total waste of time..

A day well spent

So I was very excited when I learned about a movie focusing on Scrabble tournaments and the people who compete in them.  The movie is called Word Wars and is available to rent on Netflix.  It falls into one of my favorite movie genres: documentaries of people with weird, obsessive hobbies.  [tangent] If you have not seen the King of Kong: A fistful of Quarters see if NOW (it’s streaming on netflix) [/tangent]

Here’s the trailer for Word Wars: