Sunday, April 22, 2012

New Yorker

I found this article in THE NEW YORKER, that I read for today's procrastination (see what I did there?).
My favorite part was
You may have thought, the last time you blew off work on a presentation to watch “How I Met Your Mother,” that you were just slacking. But from another angle you were actually engaging in a practice that illuminates the fluidity of human identity and the complicated relationship human beings have to time. Indeed, one essay, by the economist George Ainslie, a central figure in the study of procrastination, argues that dragging our heels is “as fundamental as the shape of time and could well be called the basic impulse.”
So yeah, that's what I'm going to go with. "Stop yelling Boss, playing solitaire  illuminates the fluidity of my human identity!" :-P
Go read the rest of the article if you have an important deadline coming up 

Friday, April 20, 2012


It was about time I posted again about webcomics right? So, I give you Balderduck! Say what? Is that even a real word? No, my dear reader, it is not. But it is one of the funniest comic strips out there. And what a wonderful set of characters it features: among others there is mr. Luther that as every barman does listens to his clients problems, the Dupont family meets the eligible bachelor their daughter brings them and my all time favorite Josephine and her questions!
If you are more fluent in Greek than in English you can also enjoy the surreal humor of Balderduck here

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Youtube interactive videos

Do you remember back in the 80s, the novels where the reader could choose his "own destiny"?
They used to be either fantasy or sciffy oriented and at the end of every chapter you decided from a number of proposed actions, what would the main hero do. Then you would be redirected to a page where you could read about the consequences of your chosen action. I've tried reading a few of those books in my preteens and let me assure you that halfway through, they wouldn't make absolutely no sense. They just gave me a dizzy feeling and I would just leave them. Or maybe the translation is to blame, dunno.

Anyway, after 25 years or so, youtube has transformed these "choose your own destiny" novels (well, their essence to be exact) to a new medium that serves them better. Not exactly a game as it demands less involvement but not a video either, youtube interactive gaming is a fun way to spend a few hours. My favorite one is the ever so popular "A hunter shoots bear" which was created as an ad, but there are several hundreds of them out there, so enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Falling Moon

Well, today is the first day back to work for us in Greece, so working is even harder than usual days. So I thought that a little, cute game might help the clock to move a bit faster and it has a dreamy quality about it that I find suiting for a cloudy (at least in Athens), blue, non-Monday. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Is procrastination evil?

When you google the word "procrastination", thousand of results will show up explaining why it is bad and a variety of methods in order to beat it. Prioritizing and getting things done are the most popular keywords in those articles. But have you considered that procrastination might, in fact, be less evil than we originally thought it would be? My good friend Rosenred suggested this article from Lifehacker to me that supports my belief that a moderate amount of procrastination is actually productive and too much of prioritizing can lead to a state where you are constantly running in panic without any time to breath. So I agree with the article's author, I've been there and trust me, it's not a fun place to be...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Procrastination by Johnny Kelly

A very pretty video about procrastination. I'm pretty sure that its creator wasn't procrastinating, AT ALL!

Friday, April 6, 2012


Samorost 1
I have to admit that I really like indie games.
According to wikipedia:
Independent video games (commonly referred to as indie games) are video games created by individuals or small teams without video game publisher financial support. Indie games often focus on innovation and rely on digital distribution. Indie gaming has seen a rise in the last few years, primarily due to new online distribution methods and development tools.
Cool huh? One of my all time favorite developers is AMANITA DESIGNS. Not only they are really good games but also they are a total eye candy. Most of their games are really cheap to buy, but you can check out for free the entire SAMOROST 1