Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Cue the Crickets

5 Minutes Of Random Thoughts:
Start.The blogs have been awfully quiet lately. In situations like this I usually check three things for fault: pits, teeth, breath. But that's real life. Unless someone has invented (and is testing) smell-o-vision... in which case forgive me, I ran out of after-coffee-mints. There just doesn't seem to be a reason for the lull. Are we on the wrong bandwagon? Is this one running out of gas? Are people getting bored with the internet? I have a problem about getting interested in things long after they've hit their peak. I put my house on the market just as the real estate bubble burst. I usually get into games that are too old to have tech support. I look for clothes they stopped making five years ago. I started adopting the slang, "Sweet!" just as it's was being switched over to, "Tight!" So it wouldn't surprise me. But it does bum me out. I have grown to really care about the people I've met through blogging. I'm not ready for this trend to die out. Maybe we can start a campaign like, "Save the Whales?" Or "Feed the Hungry?" Direct and to the point.... I'm thinking, "Save the Bloggers." And "Read the Blogs." Or maybe more along the lines of, "Save a worker: BLOG." Cause Lord knows my mind would be mushified by now if I didn't have all your blogs to fill my time with. Start.

Simology: A few months ago I bought Sims 2. Of course my first project was to make a virtual Hoop and Tink. Who could resist? In the original Sims game I created a house full of sims that resembled people I disliked. Mostly old roommates. I told them to jump in the pool, and then I removed the ladder so they couldn't get out. They died.

Don't look at me like that. It's just a GAME.

Anyway, last night Tink-sim and Hoop-sim had a baby boy. I've been watching Tink-sim's belly grow for a few days. It really is amazing how far our technology has advanced. They've even got the puking and frequent urges to pee down. And then Tink-sim went into labor. After one minute of strained pushing (don't you wish it was that easy?) out popped a bouncing baby boy.

Do you know where Hoop-sim was during this ordeal? Practicing golf in the living room.

Sweet Dreams: I had a dream last night that I was in charge of filming a carnival for a major news station. One of the main events was seeing who could jump from a tall platform and land on their feet. Another was a wrestling match where people were encouraged to bite and scratch. And then a newscaster came on and announced, "Welcome to the second annual 'Construction Workers Pretending To Be Cats' festival." I remember thinking it all made sense after that.

What's up with the cat dreams? I'm a DOG person. Not that construction workers pretending to be dogs would be any more logical.

Around The Water Cooler:
Tink: So then you go-
New Employee: Uh huh.
Tink: -to the login-
NE: Uh huh.
Tink: -screen and type-
NE: Uh huh.
Tink: Could you please stop that?!
NE: Uh... Uh huh.

Days Til Hoops Back: 2

30 Comments:

At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Newt said...

Maybe it's just summer lulls. I have a feeling the blogging will pick up when it gets cold outside. Blogging is therapy for me, and it's free. I can't give up a deal like that!

I tried Sims, I must be doing it wrong cause I just couldn't get into it. And the people that do play it are addicted to the point of forgetting to go potty because they are so worried about their sim going potty..........

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Newt said...

Sorry, one more thing, is it just me, or is getting word verification right a major accomplishment? I mean, I look at the word, the tongue comes out (that's how I think), and then the careful typing takes place. Like I mentally have to try to remember where the letters are on the keyboard. It's probably just me.

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Tink said...

Newt: Did you know sticking your tongue out when thinking is a sign of genius? Or so "they" say. :)

I've noticed that about word verification too. They keep getting longer and more tricky. I think it's a conspiracy.

Sims is fun, but I'm in no way addicted. Hehe isn't that always what an addict says? I think I've played it all of four times since I bought it... 3 hours each time but hey.

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Mary said...

You work with some cool people...cough...

I like playing the sims, but it takes up too much time. So I never got sims2. Maybe once I haVe free time again I'll get it.

I had a weird dream last night too. I was supposed to be watching this deranged patient who had a bomb strapped to him. They had us wear our lead aprons, even though it wouldn't do anything. He shot me. Because the book I gave him to read was boring...

Tom told me to just run next time I was asked to do that ;)

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger mrspao said...

I think it is an August thing. So many people tend to clear off. Hehe - cats will take over the world :)

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger mamalujo1 said...

Does Tink-sim run around after Hoop-sim trying to tickle his balls with her vibrator? Or does Hoop-sim ejaculate creamed corn?

I don't think this blogging thing will ever go away, but maybe it is fading a bit. I can't seem to get motivated to just think out loud much these days. It's all been said so much better everywhere else.

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

I am not "going away." My sister has just been in town for a few days. Her husband had to officate a wedding. They left today! :(

You and Hoop are too cute! Can I adopt you?

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Kell said...

"I have a problem about getting interested in things long after they've hit their peak"
I know the feeling! I rarely see a movie when it's in the theaters and really popular. I still haven't seen Titanic! How pitiful is that?

I'm with Newt, I think blogging will pick up when the cooler weather comes in.

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

I think it's summer - the end of summer is in sight, and people are feeling the need to get out there, away from the computer.

Of course, I have nothing to support my theory.

Hmm, I'd love to hear Hoop-real's take on the Tink-sim ordeal situation!

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Tink said...

Mary: I think Tom is giving you some sound advice! Geesh. That's more like a nightmare than a bizarre dream. Want to trade for a night?

MrsPao + Kell: I hope so! About the blogger thing MrsPao, not the cats hehe.

Mamalujo1: LMAO! I think it's too PG for that. Sex in the game is nothing more than some moving sheets, some fireworks, and a Tarzan yell at the end.

Chelle: Oh there was no confusion about you leaving Chelle. I won't LET that happen. You or Mike. Lol. You're already very much a part of my e-family.

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Tink said...

Chris: Well maybe you can get it out of him personally. He's promising to make a guest appearance on my comments section sometime soon. :)

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Arabella said...

Yeah, I think it's just a late August lull.

I love that you vented your anger on your former housemates with the Sims. I never thought of that. Oh, the possibilities...

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger eric said...

as long as it hurts to write pages of words down with a pen or pencil, i will do this.

it's my substitute for a journal.

whether a million people read what i write or no one does, i'll still do it.

if i'm the last person on earth to do it, that's fine, too.

it's not so much a fad or phenomenon. it hurts to write. you can type it in. put it in a word document on your computer? or go ahead and put it out there where people might share in it?

kind of a no-brainer for me ...

e+

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Kim: The Mom, The Myth said...

It's way too quiet in Blogland, I agree. My morning diversion from work is to plop down at the laptop with my coffee and apple/blueberry oatmeal and read blogs. It's not taking too long to do that these days. Where are y'all???

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger EE said...

Oh god...I ALWAYS fail the word verification thingy *at least* once. [shaking head] At least it's not just me that sucks. LOL (or maybe it is...who knows)

I think Bloggers go through lulls. But if it comes down to it, I'm all about a "Save the bloggers, bloggers unite" campaign. Count me in!

(btw, I failed the word verif thingy, ROFL!)

My husband bought the Sims game and played it for a month before he had to throw the thing out bc he said it was too stressful, his chick was always in a corner crying and he said he got enough of that at home. LMAO!

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Jay said...

I've never played Sims, but I am going to make a list of people to drop into the pool and take the ladder away too. Who needs to pay for therapy when you can do that? LOL

I think it's the last summmer push before school starts or something like that.

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Betty said...

I think the word verification thingy is an evil plot against the elderly.

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Peevish said...

Hahaa. I always kind of assumed that's what the Sims were for, really.

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Pamer said...

i just started using "groovy". Are we suposed to say "tight" now. Ok, I can dig it.

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger FA said...

I'm with you on the "sweet" band wagon. My rule of thumb is if you're ahead of what commercials think is cool lingo then you're still cool. Groovy man!

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger Mike Y said...

Hey Tink,

Nope, I ain't goin' away anytime soon ;)

And "sweet" is out??? Crap!

I'm pretty bad about the timing thing too. Know what I mean?

Uh huh ;)

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger F&W said...

"Do you know where Hoop-sim was during this ordeal? Practicing golf in the living room."

ROTFLMAO!

 
At 22 August, 2006, Anonymous mamatulip said...

Dave's on vacation. That's why I'm not blogging as much...I have to share the computer.

LOL.

 
At 22 August, 2006, Blogger graymama said...

For all of those who hate the word verification like me (visually impaired) the verbal verification is SO much easier! Just click on the chair :-)

Okay, so if Hubby and I ever have another child it will totally be in the SIM world where having babies sounds fun and easy.

My blog is always quiet on the weekends, or when Buddy decides naps are optional, or when Hubby thinks cuddling ;) is a better option.

Hooray only 2 more days!

 
At 23 August, 2006, Anonymous TB said...

Whenever I think my dreams are odd, I like to come over here. That's when I realize I got nothing on you. I love that.

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger KTP said...

For me, when crap is going on my life that I feel like I can't blog about, then I can't really blog at ALL. I just post pictures. I hope that's not what's wrong with EVERYONE.

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger mE said...

1. The e-lists are quiet, too... I think lots of people are out doing their Last Minute Camping/Vacationing before the school/college year starts up again.

2. Or maybe other people are experiencing the same bizarre set of circumstances that the Vampire and I are having, where after months of relative quiet, we are suddenly BURIED in demands for our time and attention. Not a completely bad thing, mind you, but it makes it hard to spend as much time on the blogs as one might otherwise prefer. I'm starting to think that once a week might be a bit ambitious... :(

3. The Cat and Chaos are obviously sending you psychic Feline Rays of Doom at night. I'll see what I can do, but the old girl is pretty sneaky, and I think she's leading Chaos astray...

4. Sims are an evil plot. Somehow it's not enough that *we* have little pointless lives that keep us racing from one chore to the next and end much too quickly... now we spend what little time we *do* have for ourselves in running the little pointless rat-races of nonexistant people, as well.

...yes, I have Sims 2 as well. I currently have a Mommy Creche going with 'aging' turned off. I am forcing them all to make tons of babies, with which I will populate an entire town, at which point I will turn aging back on. No, I don't want to simply *make* a population. I am experimenting with just how random and/or non-random the genetic characteristics of the babies end up being... I have 10 moms and only 3 dads, and the moms are not generally picky about who plays Daddy.

(Interestingly, there are two supposed moms who either can't or won't attract men - I'm suspecting that they are spending some real Girl Time together during the long stretches of time during which I lose interest and stop playing the game)

I'm keeping track of which kids are from which parents, and what the kids' physical and personality characteristics end up being. I am SUCH a nerd...

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Tink said...

ME: >>Interestingly, there are two supposed moms who either can't or won't attract men - I'm suspecting that they are spending some real Girl Time together during the long stretches of time during which I lose interest and stop playing the game<< Ok now you're starting to sound like me. I think the game is warping us girl. I'll turn it off on the count of three OK? One... Two...



Well, just five more minutes.

 
At 24 August, 2006, Blogger mandee said...

hey, i used to build little huts outside of my sim house and then take away the door once they were inside. they'd pee themselves, cry, clean it up and eventually die. once i had to due to the fact i made an all gay house and there was a viscious love triangle and they were all beating each other up because their lovers were kissing another man. it was not pretty.

 
At 24 August, 2006, Blogger Tink said...

Mandee: *Snort* Serisouly sick and twisted. I don't know you, but I like you already! :)

 

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