Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Economic Crisis

I'm not normally serious in my posts on this blog, but I feel that this issue is something that needs to be discussed in an open and frank manner.

Thank you for your time.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

*cocks gun* Goodbye, Mr. Time. . .*BANG!*

Since work has been a little slow lately (thanks a lot, NIC!) I've had to find some websites to help KILL some time (now read the title of this post again. I'll wait. . . .HA! See? I'm funny late at night! Tee-hee! . . . .I should go to sleep now).

So here are some new favorites that I've discovered:

1. Falling Sand - This game is so simple, and yet it's so fascinating when you're bored!
2. Lunchtimers - A room favorite. Fight/Team-up with other people online to spell things or complete a puzzle.
3. Samorost - One of those fun problem solving games with fun graphics. And here's part two.

And here are some old classics from my Library Security days:

1. Kitten Cannon - it's just as fun as it sounds.
2. Home Run - Keep the drunk guy on his feet.
3. Subservient Chicken - He obeys your every command!
4. Line Rider - Draw your course and let the little sledder run it.
And, of course,
5. The Impossible Quiz!!! (Yes, some of us - 717 and 738 - conquered this one.)

So which ones do you like? And do you have any others?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Wouldn't Being Bitten Be Less Painful?

As I have mentioned numerous times before (both in person and on this blog) I like zombies. I like the movies, I like the comics and I like the various songs about zombies. So imagine my surprise when I found out there was a website that would take a picture of you and turn you into a zombie digitally. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Here's a sample of what Zombieme.com is all about:

Not bad, eh? And their website had a number of pictures that were pretty impressive. I figured this would be one of those fun sites like the celebrity face match or the baby generator that show you fun (though not terribly accurate) results - I was wrong.

This guy charges a MINIMUM of 30 bucks to do this! And that's the economy package. The "standard" package is upwards of 50 dollars! I wondered if this was a monthly fee and you could upload all the pictures you want - I was wrong again - this is for ONE picture of you turned into a zombie. . .so pick your photo carefully, I guess.

I checked out the FAQ page and it mostly discussed why this guy was charging so much. I guess he has to defend himself constantly because - let's face it - he's overcharging.

If this guy had taken an economics class or a business class (instead of graphic design) he would realize that he would make a LOT more money if he charged less. He'll only get a handful of rich people to use his product when he's charging that much. After all, this is just a doctored picture - it's not a mask or a costume that you can actually use. He doesn't even print out the photo for you!

If he just lowered his prices to something like 5 or 10 bucks a pop, he'd get a LOT more buyers interested and he'd make more than enough money. His product is good, it's just not THAT good.

So, in conclusion, if you have the money. . . you should probably spend it on extra candy for your trick-or-treaters as well as liquid latex, tissue paper and makeup so you can turn yourself into a zombie in real life.