I Levelled Up: Ding! Now I need this World of Warcraft Level Up Button!

Greetings, Peasants, Minions and Peons! I almost can't believe this, but after months of threats and bribery, I've just got my 1000th Facebook follower!

(Go and join my page - it's probably back down to 998 now 😉 )

And, as if they were watching in admiration, ThinkGeek have just launched this licensed World of Warcraft Level Up Button:

World of Warcraft Level Up Button: 'Ding'! I might need this!

World of Warcraft Level Up Button: 'Ding'! I might need this!
Buy me one to celebrate! Or yourself. Whatever 😉



 
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A Pac-Man Diet? This Week It’s Really Silly :)

A Pac-Man Diet: Ready?

Ready? (Derived from original Pac-Man cookie photo by Maria Elvin. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0



This week's diet is for all us snackers, and it's in honour of the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man, that greatest constant snacker of all.

Who can believe that Pac-Man is 35 years old today?

That must be how Pac-Man and I were exactly the right age for each other when it launched 🙂

I remember playing Pac-Man in arcades as a kid, then Miss Pac-Man on dates, and lots of other versions, like Gulpman on the ZX Spectrum, and my favourite cutesy variation, Pac-Land.

 

A Pac-Man Diet: Does anyone else sometimes wish a fairy would fly in with a sign that says 'Break Time'?

(Doesn't anyone else sometimes wish a fairy would fly in with a sign that says 'Break Time'?!)
See Pac-land Classic Arcade by Arcade Madman on YouTube for a play-through

So, Pac-Man, what's your diet?

(wakka wakka)

Pick any sensible diet that allows fruit, say a low fat diet or high fibre diet for example.

Make dinners you can squeeze some lemon on, like fish and vegetables, or chicken and salad.

See? Looks just like a Pac-Man 🙂

Then each day, the only snacks we're allowed are the (Miss) Pac-Man fruits, in order.

And all through the week we get points.

Because... points!

A Pac-Man Diet: The Miss Pac-Man Fruits

And Extra Lives... 😀 The Miss Pac-Man Fruits: Image via The Ms Pacman Bozeman Montana Think Tank




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All Your Cake Are Belong To Us

All Your Cake Are Belong To Us

This Week's Diet: All Your Cake Are Belong To Us (Tweet this!)



This week's diet is in honour of retrogaming, and mistranslated fun:

All Your Cake Are Belong To Us!

Back in the heady days of the early 2000's, this scene from the not-so-well translated video game 'Zero Wing' was huge as an internet meme.

Here's the original intro sequence on YouTube, posted by TOMGC:

And I loved it, because I was doing something similar at the same time: I was working as a QA tester on a fantastic role playing game that was being translated from Japanese, first into an English version for North America, and then into French and German for a European version as well.

I saw the story emerge from Japanese through patches of English, into the polished final product. And then I got to improve on my school-level French and German, learning cool words for magic and fantasy items and characters: Magical amulets and talismans, deadly spiders, Princes of Hell and Angels of Light. Mein Handy and Mein Supercooler Lederrock! I loved that project so much!

So I've always been fond of 'All Your Base Are Belong To Us': so much so that I've even been given it on a T-shirt [ See on Etsy | CafePress | Amazon UK ] 🙂

'All Your Base Are Belong To Us' T-shirt from Cafepress.com.

'All Your Base Are Belong To Us' T-shirt from Cafepress.com. (Mine is like this but lighter grey 🙂 )

And that T-shirt, which I slightly need to slim back into, leads me to this week's diet: 'All Your Cake Are Belong To Us'...

It's pretty simple, although it takes a friend or family that's willing to cooperate.

If you've done any kind of diet before, you'll know there's usually some list of 'free foods' that can even be unlimited, because really, who even wants to eat unlimited grapefruit and celery?

So whatever that 'free' food is that you're used to, it's free this week. But anything else, any kind of 'treat', doesn't belong to us this week.

So if we really want it, we have to ask somebody else...
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Steampunk Gaming: Too Cool not to be an April Fool!

OK, so I know ThinkGeek have done this kind of April Fool's Day awesomeness before, but this Steam Powered SteamOS Gaming Cabinet is at the same time too cool not to be an April Fool, and (like the Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie before it) so fantastic it really needs to happen 🙂

Thinkgeek's Steam Powered Gaming Cabinet

Thinkgeek's Steam Powered Gaming Cabinet

Steampunk Game Controller

A Steampunk Game Controller for Steam games, with pistons and dials and everything! (Tweet this!)

 

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Got a Sick Munchkin so that makes this Pukachu Week

Welcome, Pukachu

Got a Sick Munchkin this week? Here's Pukachu, from Munchkin by Steve Jackson Games.

Pukachu, from Munchkin, by Steve Jackson Games. Find it at Target

I love these unexpected ways that my almost-teens and toddler cross paths- they all love the Munchkin cards, in their different, completely conflicting ways.

Have you ever had that kind of flu where you feel really achy and miserable? That's what my two-year-old has this week. 'Drooling Slime' might be more accurate, but I think Pukachu says 'Sick Munchkin' better (Tweet this!)

Drooling Slime, from Munchkin, by Steve Jackson Games.

Drooling Slime, from Munchkin, by Steve Jackson Games.

He's been so close to the edge, poor little guy, I'm starting to wonder if there's some kind of flu strain called Depression Flu (my version), or for his age, Tantrum Flu.

This morning he was furious that I threw his snotty tissue away.

Super fun. And now he's asleep 🙂

So looking through the Munchkin cards was much more fun. Munchkin is by Steve Jackson, who I first heard of as the author of Fighting Fantasy interactive game books (anyone else played those?).

Officially, it's a nice Dungeons and Dragons-inspired comedy game with funny cards and lots of cool expansion sets (we've got the space-themed Star Munchkin too). The rules are a little bit complicated, but much easier than Magic the Gathering. And the cards are fun to look at too.

Find out more at Board Game Geek.

When my older kids are sick, we can still play a table top game. When my little one is sick, there are stories, TV, and pictures.

Either way, there's no sci-fi diet plan this week, just an update about why not. I've got plans for the next few weeks though, so...

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