In Agar.io (the addictive, multiplayer, online game) you are a circle eating dot food and other circles (which are piloted by other players.) The more you eat, the bigger you get–but the slower you become as well. Press space (once you reach sufficient size) and you will quickly divide into smaller, quicker circles. It’s the best tactic to catch smaller prey. (In team play, hit “W” to throw a teammate a little of yourself.) Give the game a try and don’t take your circle of life too seriously–however long it lasts.
The Long Dark August 28, 2015
In The Long Dark, you are bush pilot whose plane crashes in the Canadian backwoods after a mysterious geomagnetic disaster. It’s cold, and you spend the game surviving alone, looking for warmth, food, water, and other goodies until you die. And when you die in the game, it’s permadeath (your auto-save file gets deleted.) Understandably, this game feature ups the stakes for the gameplay decisions you make.
Rather than buying games, I enjoy watching gameplay video of them online. One YouTube series I watched on The Long Dark was hosted by an interesting and (necessarily) loquacious fellow. Below is his last episode in the series. (Too long, didn’t watch: it’s like The Parable of the Rich Fool, Luke 12:16-21) And yet, you might be surprised how it ends.
Make Your Own Solar System August 14, 2014
And You said, “Let there be a planet, and another planet, and a dwarf star, and… oops!”
The April Madness Weather Challenge April 12, 2014
With the NCAA’s March Madness Basketball Tournament behind us, and crazy spring weather upon us, perhaps you are in the mood to fill out another bracket.
The April Madness Weather Challenge is to correctly pick which U.S. cities had the higher high-temperatures on given days in the (arbitrarily-chosen) month of April, 1984. Without cheating by searching the internet, print and compete your bracket, and then click “more” below to reveal the answer key. Then finally, score your bracket and post a proud or humble comment.
Notes: In matches with tied temperatures, the lower seed advances. Cities are seeded according to their all-time average temperatures for April (with the better seed awarded to the more southern city wherever average April temperatures are equal.) The source for all historical temperature data is Wunderground.com.
Click to reveal the answer key:
The Power of 2’s April 7, 2014
Catholic Youth Mission Trip Bingo Cards March 15, 2014
This summer, a youth mission trip from the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin will go to do flood relief work at some mystery location in the United States. The kids don’t know where to they are going, but it will be to somewhere outside of Wisconsin and our neighboring states. To make their trip more interesting, I’ve created Bingo cards for them to play as four competing teams. Feel free to use and adapt them for the joy of your kids and the glory of God.
Sample Bingo Square Goals:
Make a Call Using a Payphone
See New York and Idaho License Plates
Help Another Team Achieve One of Their Goals
All Sing the National Anthem at an American Flag
Beat Another Team’s Champion in Arm Wrestling (Three Tries Max)
See a Jail or Prison and All Pray an Our Father & Hail Mary for the Inmates
Each Goal Square Achieved (Including FREE) = 1 Point
Each Bingo = 2 Points
First Team to Score a Bingo = 1 Bonus Point
Achieving the Goals in All Four Corners = 2 Bonus Points
(Highest Possible Score = 52)
The Angel’s Puzzle September 18, 2013
The Lord Jesus recently hosted a dinner party in Heaven to which he invited some of his friends. As they reclined at table, an angel serving in the kitchen became curious as to who was in attendance and snuck the briefest of glances. It wasn’t long enough to immediately identify those around the table, but his angelic intellect was able to intuit a number of facts about them. From this, the angel deduced who the famous saints and blesseds were and where they sat with Jesus.
Can you solve the angel’s puzzle?
Puzzle Solution [Highlight to Reveal]: (By Seat Number) 1. St. John the Baptist 2. St. Paul 3. Blessed John Paul II 4. St. Peter 5. Blessed John XXIII 6. St. Mary Magdalene 7. The Blessed Virgin Mary 8. The Lord Jesus Christ (Other valid, though more obscure, answers are possible.)