More seasonal updates

Tonight I have one last bunch of games that have had a seasonal update, enjoy!
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Laura Croft: Relic Run
Another game released a Christmas themed update, Laura Croft Relic Run. The update isn’t as major of an update as some, as far as I can tell they only gave her a Santa suit and no other changes. That said, there may be something on a level farther on than I am.

 If you are already playing Relic Run er, than get the update, if you aren’t playing it, it’s not a major enough upgrade to get you playing.
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Subway surfers:
Subway surfers is a game I just recently stumbled across, it’s the next I wish I had known earlier. Right now it also has a Christmas theme, you’re running at the North Pole, trying to escape from Santa Clause after he catches you spray painting a subway tunnel wall… plus I think you’re now on the naughty list.

 While the graphics are a tad cartoonish, it’s a fun game to waste a few minutes with.
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Cradle of Empires:
Cradle of Empires latest update includes a Christmas theme to its challenges. As you search for items to help build the ancient civilization, you can find colored candy canes which can be turned in for something I have not yet gotten far enough to know. It is somewhat fun, but candy canes and decorated trees in the ancient desert setting are a bit odd.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed these game update posts.

Thanks for reading and have a great holiday season!

Dec-the halls

’tis December, which means ’tis the season to go around slugging anyone who is named Hall… What’s that? I’m wrong about that? Okay, that’s fine, let me start over….

’tis December, which means ’tis the season to go around offering your skills as a demolition crew for hallways… What’s that? I’m mistaken again?  Fine, lets just skip ahead…

This is also a great month for using leftover Halloween stories, there are many that fit this month, such as a possessed snowman running around town.
If stories aren’t your idea of seasonal fun, how about people going door to door demanding treats, only  instead of candy and tricks, they expect hot chocolate or they’ll keep singing? Sometimes these people may even dress up to go door to door.

 The best defense against either possessed snowmen on a rampage or singing beggars is a piping hot chocolate chip cookie and a slingshot. If people come to your door, just hand them the cookies, if a snowman attacks your house, hit it with a cookie, the hotter the better.

 Food is also a large part of this month’s celebrations, I think the only things that aren’t well loved this month are root beer and ice cream cakes, however if the weather warms up a little more, maybe they will be enjoyed year round soon.
 Thanks for reading!

Secrets inside Christmas songs

With Christmas drawing close, in fact most people are likely counting down to it in hours, Christmas music is all around us, tonight I’m going to point out some of the dark secrets hidden in the words.
Prepare to be amazed… or is that amused?

White Christmas
This song is all about wishing for snow for Christmas and recalling white Christmases that the person singing remembers. This song is one of the first written about climate change/global warming, which just about proves that Irving Berlin was a time traveler.

Deck the Halls
This song seems to be a song about decorating, but alas it has a much darker hidden meaning.
From women named Holly knocking one another out while fighting over a sweater to riots ending in burning books (logs), this song seems to be nothing more than a glorification of violence in the name of gift giving.

All I want for Christmas is my too front teeth
Another song focused of volence, for where else would someone lose their teeth? The poor singer most have been shopping on Black Friday.

Rudolf the Red nosed Reindeer
The first song ever written warning about the potential threat from both nuclear radiation and Genetic Engineering.
The mother of this poor reindeer must have been exposed to the nuclear testing around WWII after having escaped a mad scientist that was trying to create a mutated race of reindeer to use in place of horses for his army to take over the world.
This is a song that should be studied further in case it contains other clues that might one day help us defeat an army of killer reindeer.

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
This song recounts a terrible forest fire in the middle of winter that must have been the first to be fought from the air.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
You knew this one was coming, one of the most terrifying Christmas song ever writen.
This song warns about Operation Santa Claus which was initiated by the spy agencies of the world to begin spying on everyone.
Either that or it warns that Santa Claus began a spy ring that eventually became the NSA, complete with drones and reprisals if you are caught doing something illegal.

I hope this post has opened your eyes. I hope you think twice about the songs you sing in the coming days.
Thanks for reading.
Have you found any hidden meanings in other Christmas songs? Let me know in the comments below.

Holiday weather

The weather isn’t quite frightful, but it still has a hint of holiday in it. Those two facts can be used to determine that it’s not Halloween, but rather Christmas and New Years.

This is the time of year that everyone has big plans, plans for eating, drinking hot chocolate and just generally celebrating.

This is also the time of year that cats plan out attacks on whatever is bringing the outside in, be it a tree, wreaths or other decorations, so watch out. Cats can also plot to unwrap gifts, particularly gifts with ribbons on them, so a bit of extra caution is called for.

Nothing says that you’re celebrating a winter holiday like hot chocolate, the first taste of that scorching liquid that reminds you that it’s winter, the sweetness of the marshmallows that just shouts Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and whatever holiday you might or might not celebrate.

This is also a great time to carve out a few minutes of your time to catch up on your comic book reading. There have been plenty of holiday/winter related comic books printed over the years, grab one, read it and relax. You’ll get a laugh or two, which will help you enjoy your holiday a bit more.

While there is over a week left in the year, it a great time to begin thinking about what comic books you’re planning on reading next year. A new year is a great time to get into that series you’ve been wanting to read, or to catch up on an old favorite.

The most important thing this holiday season is to relax and enjoy whatever you’re doing… and to keep your cats safe and calm, that can be a full-time job in itself.

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment.

Last minute gifts

Tonight in the last of my three gift posts, we’re looking at last minute gifts.
Everyone has at least once realized that they needed a last minute gift. I’m going to give you a few suggestions.

Thumb drives, everyone can always use a spare thumb drive. They are readily available, not too expensive and simple.

Screen cloths: everyone has at least one screen to clean, be it a smartphone, a tablet or even a laptop or TV. These are fairly easy to find and not too expensive.

Laser pointer: everyone has seen these, many people think that they don’t need one, but I very one will find a reason to play with one. These shouldn’t be too hard to find, though they do cost a bit more than my previous suggestions.

Flashlight: everyone needs a flashlight. While not a normal gift, some people will appreciate them, plus they are not too expensive.

A bag full of candy: while I mentioned candy in the first of my gift posts, it’s worth mentioning again. Almost everyone likes candy so it’s hard to wrong.

Comic books: many people fondly recall reading comic books as a kid, a comic book can bring back those memories and be a thoughtful, quick gift.

These are just a few ideas, with a little knowledge about the person you need a gift for, you should be able to think up many ideas like these.
Thanks for reading and good luck shopping!

More Christmas distractions

Since I wrote my post a week ago about games with a christmas theme, several more have suddenly released new versions with Christmas spirit.

TempleRun 2

Once again you can run as Santa Claus, this year you can also run as Mrs Claus.
I do enjoy TempleRun 2, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a quick distraction.

Rail Rush

Rail Rush is a game similar to TempleRun and Angry Gran Run, only you ride in a mine car.
There is a winter/Christmas world you can ride through, but that seems to be the only thing Christmasy in the game.
This is a fun game, but watch out for the falling candy canes.

Panda pop

This is just you normal bubble popping game, only at the end of each level the panda wears a Santa hat.
This isn’t a bad game, if you like bubble popping games it might be worth taking a look at.

These are the games I’ve tried over the past week with Christmas themes. I hope you can find a bit of fun with one of them.
Feel free to offer your opinions in the comments.
That’s for reading!

How to ruin any food: Eggnog

Tonight we’re going to do our best to take eggnog and ruin it. It is my goal to destroy eggnog once and for all, or make you laugh.

Yes, eggnog is our target for tonight, why? Because it’s in season right now, what better reason is there? Are you ready?

Before we begin, once more I feel compelled to offer these words:

WARNING: DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU ENJOY GOOD FOOD.

The rest of this post in intended to be humorous and not to be taken as new culinary treats about to sweep the nation.Any attempt to ingest the substance described below is not suggested and should be avoided. If you do attempt to taste any of the following food related ideas, please be warned that disgust, nausea and possibly even death could be the result.

 

History:

Eggnog has a long history, one that seemingly doesn’t have a beginning, though that simply means that the origin is lost to history, which seems to be something of a habit for these posts of mine.

The name is even lost to history, though a few theories exist. One theory is that the nog referred to a wooden mug called a noggin. Another theory is that it’s a corruption of Egg and Grog, either way it is now eggnog and the rest is lost to history.

What it is:

Eggnog is basically a drink of eggs, milk or cream, sugar and traditionally some kind of alcohol. Now many people buy eggnog which doesn’t have alcohol in it.

You’ll often see it topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

How to ruin it:

Ruining eggnog takes a bit of doing, however if you don’t like eggs you are all ready finished.

First off let’s look at the eggs, now I’m sure you’re wondering how I’m planning on ruining eggs, the truth is I’m not, I only suggest you check to see how many of those chocolate Easter eggs you have left, if you have enough, simply put them into a bowl with some heavy cream, whisk just enough to break the chocolate into pieces and serve.

Now assuming that you don’t have leftover chocolate eggs, we’ll look at other options:

Milk:

The milk can be changed slightly, try sweetened condensed milk, the different texture and extra sweetness may be enough to ruin it.

Another option is to use sour cream instead, that should create a nasty mixture.

Sugar:

While you can’t ruin sugar very much, substituting honey wouldn’t even change much, you can try using molasses or sorghum, the difference in color will help ruin it, as will the change in taste, the bitterness of the molasses should be enough to turn most people off of eggnog.

Cinnamon:

Here is the easiest place to ruin eggnog, whether you make it yourself or buy it. Here are a few spices you can use instead:

  • Cumin
  • Curry powder
  • Cayenne powder
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Celery seeds
  • Red or pink salt

  Other ways to ruin:

A few other thing you can do to ruin the eggnog are to add something to it, such as Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, cola, root beer or ginger ale.

 

That about does it for ruining eggnog, but I have one last surprise for you:

Eggnog for cats:

It’s a fact of life that cats are always going to be interested in what you’re making/drinking. So take a few minutes and make this eggnog for your cats, remember they shouldn’t have too much at any one time!

Eggs

Milk or cream

A dash of sugar

Catnip

Mix well and serve.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed ruining eggnog and I hope you’ll join me again next week when we ruin something new!

Please feel free to leave any comments, I’d enjoy knowing how you’d ruin eggnog.

Thanks for reading!

Gifts for cats

Tonight I have the second of my three gift posts. Tonight I’m going to give you some suggestions on what your cat wants for Christmas.

Food

Cats are like people in that food is always welcome. You might consider a special fancy can of moist food, or premium dry food.
Favorite treats are also sure to please your cat.
Perhaps your cat would like a nice bowl full of catnip tea?
Speaking of catnip, you could always give your cat a tin of premium organic catnip as a gift too.

Toys

Most cats like to play, why not give them a new toy?
A ball to chase can provide hours of fun, as can a paper sack to jump in.
With the number of toys out there for cats, I’m sure you can find something your cats will enjoy.
Toys are also a way you can interact with your cat, so keep that in mind when you look at them.
I personally don’t recommend laser pointers for playing with a cat, I don’t think cats really enjoy them, though you might have one that find them irresistible..

Comfort

Comfort is something else that all cats love. A nice new bed can be a good gift for a cat.
A soft blanket or pillow are two other options as well, just make sure that they are soft, also a plain color rather than a pattern is likely more enjoyable for your cat as well.

I hope these ideas help you decide what your cat wants for christmas.
Thanks for reading.
Feel free to comment with any more ideas you might have.

Christmas distractions

Need a bit of a break from the stress of shopping? Need s bit of fun before you get back to baking cookies? I have the answer for you.
Every year many games release an update with a seasonal theme. I’m going to give my two cents worth on a few of them:

Hayday

Hayday once again has their winter/Christmas decorations out. While this is a game that requires a fair amount of time to play, it does manage to drag you in and keep your attention.
I heartily recommend this game to anyone who has the time to play it.

Angry Gran Run

Once again this endless running game has released a winter theme. This year it’s even better than last year with the addition of a secondary game within it, if you can find 100 candy canes this month you win the Santa Claus costume to run in.
This is another game I can whole heartedly recommend.

Xmas swipe

A simple connect the pictures game, you swipe your finger over an image, say a Christmas tree, the more you can connect the more points you get and the more time you have, you can connect them diagonally.
This isn’t a bad game, but it didn’t keep my attention very long.

Christmas sweeper 2

This game is a Christmas themed match three plus game, like many of the popular games out there.
If you like this kind of game you’ll enjoy this one, as long as you can put up with all the ads in it.

Winter slider
This game takes a slightly different approach to the typical connect game in that you move a whole row at a time. If you take too long on a move, it locks one tile, I’ve had it lock three or four at a time.
This isn’t a bad game, but it didn’t hold my attention too long.

Four pics one word

This game shows you four images that suggests a word. You get a bunch of letters to put together the word.
The daily challenge this month is Christmas related.
This game I recommend, it can be frustrating, but it makes you think.

I hope you’ll give a few of these games a try.
Do you have a favorite game with a winter theme? Is love to hear of it!
Thanks for reading!

Fisticuffs are in the air

It’s that time of year, time to punch the boat and take a bow in joy, as the song doesn’t say. Sure, I changed the words a bit, but decking the hall is much mure fun when you replace hall with hull and get someone to punch it.
To be serious for a moment or two, this seems to be the time of year that everyone goes crazy and starts attacking one another over some hard too find item. It’s surprising that this still happens since we can find anything we want online and have it shipped free.
As for the boughs of holly, we typically choose just to bring a dead tree or reasonable facsimile there of inside just to cover it in decorations,, the point of the decorations is basically to hide the fact that you’ve brought a tree inside.
But what if you want to do something different? It’t not hard, take clothespins and some comic trading cards, you’ll be the only one on your block with a super hero covered treee..
Marshmallows easily replace popcorn, though why you”d want to put popcorn on a tree I’ve never understood.
One you get done, you can sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and admire your work all while wondering why you did it in the first place.
So enjoy your week, drink as much hot chocolate as you can and laugh at the foolishness of everyone.
Thanks for reading.
Feel free to comment.