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  • Meg Simpson
  • March 18, 2016 12:23:48 AM
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A personal blog on gaming, travel and fiction. The author lives half in China and half in the US.

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Maiden

Two years ago, when we were looking for this apartment, we were so close to renting a different one. It was pretty, sunny, close to the train, and pretty cheap, but also a smallish walkup with no dishwasher. We talked … Continue reading →

Two years ago, when we were looking for this apartment, we were so close to renting a different one. It was pretty, sunny, close to the train, and pretty cheap, but also a smallish walkup with no dishwasher. We talked about how much money we could save living in slightly cramped apartment, and decided that we weren’t home all that much, we didn’t cook all that much and we could hand wash dishes to save money on rent.

I was completely shocked when they turned us down, and asked the broker if we had some kind of problem with our credit score or rental history. He said that the owner didn’t want to rent it to us because we were not married.  When I explained that we actually are married, and that I had said this on the application form, and that women aren’t legally required to change their names, and what year is it, anyway? he said I could submit our marriage license for reconsideration.

So then I took a picture of our marriage certificate, and my left hand wearing my wedding ring, and with my middle finger out and pointing to the 2015 date on the paper, because it’s not actually the 1950s anymore. Harold talked me out of sending that photo but he could not talk me into calling that broker back, and then I found this apartment on my own, and I forgot about the whole thing.

Anyway, that’s why we ended up not spending the pandemic in a cramped apartment handwashing dishes three times a day and walking five flights down to the laundry room, all conveniently located near the job I don’t have any more.


Imposter

In the craziness of 2020, I realize how lucky I am to spend another winter break playing stupid games with my formerly-work friends. It’s a nice bit of normalcy in pandemic life, because for the last few years, we’ve played … Continue reading...

In the craziness of 2020, I realize how lucky I am to spend another winter break playing stupid games with my formerly-work friends. It’s a nice bit of normalcy in pandemic life, because for the last few years, we’ve played Civ and other games together over our teaching breaks. Now that we’re not coworkers anymore, it’s extra nice to catch up, play together and just spend time laughing with good friends.

Also, I’m going to make a careful sneaky plan, and kill them all.


Book Review: Social Creature

I’m not saying that all I do in lockdown is read thrillers, but… I have new thriller review up on News Break: Social Creature, by Tara Isabella Burton, is a dramatic thriller about an intense, twisted friendship and about how … Continue reading...

I’m not saying that all I do in lockdown is read thrillers, but… I have new thriller review up on News Break:

Social Creature, by Tara Isabella Burton, is a dramatic thriller about an intense, twisted friendship and about how far someone might go to make it in Manhattan.

Louise “works as a barista at this coffee shop that turns into a wine bar at night, and also writes for this e-commerce site called GlaZam that sells knockoff handbags, and is also an SAT tutor.” Which is a perfect description of getting by in the city, endlessly busy and working all hours, but nothing that sounds like a career when you’re asked what you do, and nothing that leads to a career.

When she meets Lavinia, Louise is instantly pulled in. Lavinia is the other kind of busy in Manhattan. She’s constantly having amazing nights at amazing parties. Her nights out are the Met opera or an exclusive event, not the free night at the museum or beers at a friend’s apartment. She’s on an endless sabbatical from school, working on a novel that no one actually expects to see finished, while her parents pay for everything.

Via Book Review: Desperation, Murder and Instagram in “Social Creature”


Tips and Tricks for 2048 Blitz on Pocket7Games

2048 Blitz is a deceptively simple game on Pocket7Games. Good casual games are easy to learn and explain, but not so easy that you can get bored of it quickly. In 2048 Blitz, the rules are simple, the moves are … Continue reading →

2048 Blitz is a deceptively simple game on Pocket7Games. Good casual games are easy to learn and explain, but not so easy that you can get bored of it quickly. In 2048 Blitz, the rules are simple, the moves are simple, but players have a lot of choices that will change their scores. 

Although Pocket7Games is best known for their money games, players can enjoy 2048 Blitz without paying anything. This is perfect for new users who want to practice the game, or for casual players who want to enjoy a few rounds of these skill-based games before trying to win money. If you’re already a master at 2048 Blitz, try playing a head-to-head match to test your skill against another player, and win money from your phone!

The rules of 2048 Blitz are very easy to learn. The player’s goal is to combine matching and adjacent number tiles to get the target tiles and the highest score. Players swipe right, left, up, or down moving the number tiles around the 4X4 board in order to add two adjacent tiles of the same number together. Keep swiping and combining tiles to get higher and higher tiles, until you reach all the targets. For Pocket7Games, players have smaller goals, this helps to create fast-paced matchups.

The targets you need to reach are displayed above the game board.

 Each time you swipe, adjacent tiles combine, and new tiles are added. Don’t let the board fill up with tiles you can’t combine, the game is over when you can’t make any more legal moves. There’s a skill aspect to these games for money, too. Be careful to swipe wisely! Remember, whenever you swipe, all the tiles will move that direction. This is great for making combos and clearing the board, but if you’re not aware of all your tiles, you can block those higher numbers in and quickly fill up the board.

 

When the tiles are blocked, the game is over.

2048 Blitz can be played as a simple solo game, but the Pocket7Games app can match players with a similarly skilled opponent and the same game board for a head-to-head match. This is where players can make money — the winner of each cash game gets a real money award.

 

It’s always so exciting when you win a cash prize!

For players new to playing 2048 Blitz or new to playing money games, there are practice rounds to learn about the rules before playing with real money. The practice rounds can help you formulate your winning strategy — which way will you swipe for the highest tiles? There’s also a chance to earn tickets with daily check-ins, and then you can use these tickets to buy into different kinds of real money casual game tournaments. This way, you can try out these games for money without needing to worry that you’ll keep getting inconvenient tiles.

You can choose from Tournaments, Cash Games, and Ticket Games in 2048 Blitz.

You can start playing 2048 free on Pocket7Games, along with Solitaire!, Bingo Clash, Bubble Shot, and more fast, casual games. They also have a phone version of Blackjack — 21 Gold — for that casino feeling while we’re all stuck at home.

Have you ever tried reward games or money games on your phone? Have you ever won cash prizes through iphone games? Let me know in the comments!


Book Review: Astrid Sees All

Basically all I do in pandemic isolation is read books and sometimes write about them. Astrid Sees All tells not just Phoebe’s story, but all about the clubs and drugs and adventure of Manhattan in the eighties.  This is a great … Continue reading...

Basically all I do in pandemic isolation is read books and sometimes write about them.

Astrid Sees All tells not just Phoebe’s story, but all about the clubs and drugs and adventure of Manhattan in the eighties.  This is a great setting, but telling so many stories leads to the kind of overfull and meandering plot that gets novels labeled that backhanded “ambitious.” There’s just so much crammed in, including a storyline about missing girls in the village. I thought the constant references to the Missing posters were heavy-handed reminders of all the dangers awaiting young girls in Manhattan, and I was totally unprepared for the resolution of that plot. Actually, that sums up my feelings on most of the book. Whenever I thought something was leaning too heavy-handedly symbolic, there was a dramatic, surprising twist.

via Newsbreak: Books: Astrid Sees All


Lovecraft Country

The Lovecraft Country book has the same characters I liked in the show, but with more scifi nerdery, more character development, more of a subtle creeping horror and less bloody-body-parts horror. Continue reading →

Spoiler: The Lovecraft Country book is so much better than the show.

The book has the same characters I liked in the show, but with more scifi nerdery, more character development, more of a subtle creeping horror and less bloody-body-parts horror. There’s a constant, mundane threat in daily life under segregation, and it’s used to make all the dangers and supernatural horrors frightening and intense. Also, at the risk of a mild spoiler (I hope it’s not too much of a spoiler to discover that a character can die in an HBO horror show?), there is a person who dies in the show who doesn’t die in the book. I can’t say any more without spoilers, but basically every scene that I wasn’t into didn’t happen in the book, and every relationship that I wanted to explore was developed in the book. I felt like I was reading my own Lovecraft Country fanfiction.

Full review is on my book blog.


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