Category Archives: Friday Filler

Friday Filler – Sorry…But I’m Going There!

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Man…another one of “those weeks,” when trying to keep track of time, and the time space continuum, and how to make more time, when you have too much to do.

It got weird this week, in that we recorded an “Addicts Live,” on Tuesday. But, we had to kind of pretend it was Saturday.  Which was weird enough.  But, at the very same time, Wookiee and his amazing spousal unit Heather were getting induced, to bring their newest family member into the world.  An amazing new son, who was “early,” but still cranked up the scales at 9 pounds!  So, being early, during a broadcast that was early, but airing later, and not being able to talk about it, almost broke my head!

It’s an amazing little family we have here.  It’s absolutely crazy that I first met Joe (Wookiee) and Alissa just a little over six years ago. Six years…damn. That is a long time to do anything, much less blog about a game that nobody thought would still be around. That breaks my head.

I love them. They are like kids, or nieces and nephews, or something(somehow I fit the “crazy uncle” better than a Dad for them). And Safi has been a wonderful addition…his “Ying” to my “Yang (although if you watch “Live” tomorrow, Safi goes DARK!).

I’ve now “been back to Addicts” for twice as long as I was gone. We don’t really talk about “the unpleasantness,” these days. It’s kind of like the South losing the Civil War. It happened. We are over it. Mostly.

Of course, as much as I love her, there is one thing about writing for this site, with “Alissa’s Rules,” that makes me a bit nuts. And yes…I’m going to “Go There.”
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Friday Filler – When is Copyright Actually Copywrong?

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Wow…what a surprise! Every time I do a “Designing In Downtime” post…it seems to bring on an UPDATE!!!  You guys can take up a fund to pay me for my wasted time on those…if only to thank me for shaming EA into regular updates.

So…it looks like we have a pattern. And the pattern is a bit boring. But, it is clear that this game is now all about the writers, and not about some new way that EA programmers can make the game interesting. Writing- good!  Gameplay-boring.

But, I have to say…that a piece of the dialogue really caught my attention, and rung a little too close to home this week. The whole issue of copyrights in the digital age is only going to get more complicated and muddy, and has created a whole new genre of “slime-buckets” in the world of litigation…the Copyright Troll.

I wish I could say that I have never had to deal with these vermin…but even as I write this, I am in a battle with a Troll and their slum-bucket lawyers, over something that ran for three days back in 2015, on a test post.  Gotta love it.

But, it is a clear warning to anyone in this digital age of “sharing” that you really do need to know the law…and be prepared to do battle with trolls, if you get caught “borrowing” an image, or a song, or a video.  “Sharing” is one thing…re-use is another…and KRUSTY may very well be headed into a TON of TROUBLE!

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Friday Filler – Status in TSTO and Life

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Seeing as how Alissa’s musings ended up slipping into Friday from the regular Thursday slot, I thought it would be funny to change the regular salutation.

And then. I started thinking about the kind of week I’ve had since last writing something for TSTO, and realized that “Statusday” is really an appropriate label for the typical American weekend…as well as where we find ourselves in our “silly little game.”

I am not going to open the “Tagging/Not Tagging” can of worms again, but I will once again (and perhaps finally?) put the entire myth of TSTO status to bed without its supper.

The real question to be asked in TSTO (and yes, in life) is, “Does Status Matter?”
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Friday Filler – Gaining Perspective in TSTO and Life From the ISS

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Yes, it has been another week of multitasking. Finishing the bathroom(s), doing a ton of client work, and still doing the 24/7 caregiver bit to my wife. But, the fact is, once I found the rhythm, it fell into place pretty well, once I accepted my place in all of the chaos.

And it was made all the easier by the fact that I hardly had to play TSTO at all. As in barely, barely, barely…to finish this chapter.

I’m really not sure how I feel about the game right now. But, I realize that my emotions and opinions are slightly colored by the rest of the craziness around me.  Like accepting the weird choices in the sizes of the buildings in our game (come on…the Stadiums aren’t much bigger than the stores), and just having fun…it’s all just gaining a little perspective.
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Friday Filler – When You’re Out of Ideas Offer Donuts

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I’m not going to lie. This week almost did me in.  As Ringo Starr once screamed into a studio mic, “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!!!” (between Revolution No. 9 and Helter Skelter on the White Album). In fact, it is likely just blisters from juggling…and juggling…and juggling.

So when one of my true escapes from my “clown circus life” starts getting lazy, it really bums me up. TSTO/EA/Gracie is really dropping the ball in regards to content for this update…unless you are a new player…which I am not.

I hate whining at this point…as we should all just be happy the game is still around. But, come on… a dozen donuts instead of a Major Premium Character?
Have they lost their minds??????
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Friday Filler – Dear EA…Meet Safi!

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Yes…it has been a week to remember.  Wife got a new hip (I’m on CareGiver Mode)..I am almost done with the 2nd bathroom remodel (I’m also in builder/fixer/painter/plumber/carpenter mode), and TSTO/EA continues to keep feeding us characters and content. Two of those make me happy…

I know some of you love this update (CJBrown, you know who you are…). But, I guess I have to just “go with the flow…and throw in the towel” as it comes to anything resembling the Time Space Continuum.

And man…. EA…have you met Safi??  He’s the one who has been doing Bracket Battles to bring us ideas of the most anticipated and coveted characters and content in the game. In short…he is doing YOUR JOB…but you are apparently ignoring him.  But, I’ll get to that. 
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Friday Filler – How Old Is Too Old to Be Creative?

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What a week…

The news this week was full of awful stuff…with very few bits of good news worth watching.  So mostly, I didn’t. I knew what was going on…but it all felt the same, like we had been here before.   Kind of like this update….which is a whole lot of the same.  Some interesting writing…but otherwise, not much of a “game.”

It made me remember some of the crazy updates we used have as “normal.”  Chasing stuff…being chased by stuff…killing…maiming… No, wait…was that the news, or highlights from my home improvement projects?   I’ll get to that too.

And then, just when I thought things couldn’t get weirder, the  long-time, and now former Simpsons music  score composer filed a lawsuit against FOX, alleging  “wrongful termination and age discrimination.” And I was surprised that I had mixed feelings about that too…

So…many…mixed…emotions.  So many ants. And yes…I’ll get to that as well.
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Friday Filler – Turning Off to Stay In the Game

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

I wish that meant something. Firday is melding into Mernday, and Mernday feels a lot like Weedsday.  The fact is, with my  huge remodeling project, my regular business duties, all of my volunteer work, and still trying to play a round of golf once in a while…something had to give.

This week may be a first…where my time writing about the game, and moderating comments, far outpaced my actual TSTO game play time. But, in all honesty…that isn’t saying much, as I only checked my game twice…in seven days…and part of that was to write the DID column Wednesday.

This raises some interesting questions regarding TSTO.  Am I no long an “Addict?”  Did I leave the game, or did the game leave me?  And what part does TSTO play in “the rest of my life?”
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Friday Filler – Of Family, Friends, and Fripperies

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I think the old saying goes, “You can’t pick your family, but you can pick your nose.”  Or something like that. But, the reality is (and has been since there was family) you may be related by blood, but you may not be friends with members of your family.  In other words, it comes down to that other old saying, “I love you, but I don’t LIKE you right now.”  I hear that more and more these days as politics and religion become the unsocial side of social media.

However, in our game,  Family, Politics, Religion and all sorts of other related topics became fair game…and the writers did themselves proud, with some of the funniest dialogue in years!

I’ll dive into some of it, right after I answer this question.  “Since when are “mini-events” (which Flanders Family Reunion Clearly Is) two weeks long???”  The answer?  Since EA and the writers have decided to stretch everything out, in order to make less work for “the team.”

EALP or SLAW?  You decide.
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Friday Filler – TSTO Is Going to Pot!

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Wow…so we actually got kind of a “normal” update after the larger event…and didn’t have to wait 6 weeks!  Cool! Great! Wonderful! Will wonders never cease?

And the content, but even more important, the dialogue is hilarious.

And yes…like it or not (for all of the other Springfields of the world) once again, the writers are giving a tip of the hat to the REAL Springfield, Springfield, Oregon!

How do I know? Because the game has turned to pot for it’s humor, and no town in America has gone to pot more, than Springfield, Oregon!
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