February 17th, 2009



Thanks to Geena I have not gotten a damn thing done in 3 days, since she oh so nonchalantly mentioned Color Infection in her Facebook status recently. Oh sure, it came with a disclaimer: an "addictive" warning label, but it wasn't in really big neon-colored blinking letters with screeching sirens and strobe lights and police tape cordoning off the bodies of those who have died of starvation and/or dehydration because they can't walk away from this damned addictive little game. Best part? When you pass all the levels, you can google "Color Infection II" and play some more! XD

I am afraid to google Color Infection III.

Logic puzzle games like this are my favorite kind of computer game. Although I can also sit for mindless hours playing Typer Shark or Spider Solitaire or Noah's Ark or those Seek-and-Find image games, too. World of Warcraft leaves me, frankly, cold. I honestly don't get the attraction, though to be fair, I haven't actually played it myself, just watched...but mostly it just seems to be endless running and running and occasionally stopping and having conversations on the level of 13 year olds. I'm not into shoot-em-up games at all, and most of the stuff the kids play seems to be either that sort of thing or world-builder stuff like Spore or Age of Mythology. I'd rather read (and do).

Martin has an excellent mind for the Color Infection games. He grasps instantly the steps needed in the most convoluted levels, whereas Karin and I both hit restart a gazillion times using the trial and error method, occasionally getting lucky. I only sometimes know what do just by looking at it, usually I have to make a few attempts before I get what the trick is.

It's the same thing with the logic problems in the crossword magazines my mom always had around the house and which I grew up on. I love them, but I can rarely figure them out without help or at least peeking at one clue. It's not that I'm not a logical person, it's just that I'm ...not...really. Well, at least I'm not when it comes to REAL logic. The kind of logic that people who are good at math are good at. *sigh*

It's both aggravating and gratifying to know that at least one of my kids inherited the math/logic gene from my husband. What's weird is that it's the artistic reading kid that is most like me in so many other ways. It's fascinating to see the traits in my children that I recognize as coming from either myself or my husband and to know that they really ARE a blend of the two of us.


While I was coming up with synonyms for "contagious" (spreading, communicable, transmittable, carrying) I had a sudden thought that the Swedish word for to infect is smitta. Which made me think of the English word smitten, which we usually use in the sense of captivated or taken with something or someone. But when I looked it up, I discovered (or rather, re-discovered) that it is, in fact, the past tense of the word SMITE. Smite, smote, smitten. It means to strike. Or to affect, deliver, attack or afflict. Rather like an illness...or an infection or contagion. Interesting. I love language!


In case you missed it, I wrote you a Valentine on Saturday :)