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Friday Filler – Optimism -VS- Pragmatism

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Ah…another week of insanity. But, we aren’t going to go there.  The fact is, these days, you can’t even tell where “there” is, let alone actually “go there.”

Like so many things in life, it seems that those who are mostly optimistic have a life that is simply easier, and perhaps even beneficial to living longer. In fact, a recent study published last month, states that  “individuals with greater optimism are more likely to live longer and to achieve exceptional longevity, that is, living to age 85 or older.”

Now, THAT’S an optimistic view of optimism.

I would argue, that if one isn’t pragmatic, there is a good chance that one may not live to be 85, because you may be inclined to do something stupid, that cuts your life short. But, the experts don’t seem to agree. I’m guessing the experts are all women. Which I’ll get to in a minute…

This battle between the “glass half full” and “the glass needs to be washed” crew here at TSTO Addicts became evident once again, as Safi, Alissa and I gave our opinions about the “Future of the Game” during our Addicts Live taping (which airs Tomorrow, Live on Video).

I do wish that I had the capacity to be more of a “Bliss Ninny,” in life.  I think I WOULD be happier if I could ignore most of what goes on around me. But, I’m not. So I can’t. And because of that, I am branded as “cranky.”

Where do YOU fall in this debate?  Let’s take a little Pop-Quiz to find out…
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Friday Filler – EA Keeps Surprising Us…But In A Good Way?

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I mean it. I REALLY need a weekend off. But, we’ll get into that in a bit…

The big surprise, is EA surprised me, and allowed me to skip writing a DID (Designing In Downtime) post on Wednesday…because there was no Downtime!   Boom! 

Just when we were CERTAIN that we wouldn’t see anything until at least the first of week of October, we get this mini-update, filled with…uhm…let’s see…what is it filled with again?

I get it. It’s the start of Halloween, and the writing is pretty funny again…but, dammit…THEY STOLE MY SPLOOSH!!!
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Friday Filler – Entitlement in a Freemium World

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At the lofty old age of 65.5 years old (that .5 is important as you get older), I have come to realize that in my quest to remain young and vibrant, I have actually become weirdly entitled. I could give all sorts of instances, but as this is a blog about a mobile game, I will keep most of my comments to this topic.

More and more, I am beginning to feel like Grandpa Simpson, as almost all of the stories I tell my grandkids (the ones old enough to sit and listen without being bribed by an ice cream cone), are met with a look of incredulous wonder, as if I just told them that “cell phones are sucking your brain pan dry if you use them after 10pm.”  Of course, most of those statements could be true…there just hasn’t been some Swedish study on the topic yet.  But then again, they were wrong about bacon being bad for you, and eggs, and peanut butter… or was it nut butters with sugar added…I can’t remember…but, they were wrong.

However, what I know to be true, is that as more and more amazing technical advances are made every year, and we just grow to accept their existence and our habitual reliance on them, we forget the fact that most of the stuff that gives us real joy is actually FREE. Like TSTO. And updates in TSTO. And…well…you get the picture.

Are we too entitled?  Have we become whiny brats who expect sprinkles (never call them Jimmies around Alissa) on EVERY meal?

Let’s look a the evidence…(before some Swedish think tank does).
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Friday Filler – The Value of Dead Presidents in TSTO

I am writing this early again, because I am going to be on a plane, or will have just gotten off of a plane, or am sleeping off the final stages of my trip back East to see grandson Jake, with a little side trip to see Alissa, Sam and Riley.

For me, the 4th of July celebration this year was special, in that we didn’t celebrate it. It wasn’t a political statement, it was a choice of staying a couple of extra days and spending almost another $800 on airfare, or flying on the 4th, when everyone else is celebrating and airfares are cheap.

Flying is always a literal pain these days…less leg room, no free food (water and a cookie), and the knowledge that any connection could turn into a nightmare of cancelled flights can turn a short trip into a nightmare, (which has the vibe of current headlines for some people trying to become Americans).

But, it is a great chance to reflect…and take stock of the Presidents we have in TSTO…even if they are all dead, and just retreads from past events.
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Friday Filler – Da Mouse Don’t Run Dis House… A Frog Do!

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I don’t know about you, but the weather has been amazing in Eugene, Oregon (and the same in the REAL Springfield a few miles away).  I admittedly have not been following the comments on a daily basis, as I have been distracted by trying to get some form of my golf game back, after two and a half years of wedding planning, a new grandson, and a huge fund-raising event for my local Rotary Club.  My golf game is still struggling, but not nearly as much as TSTO.

But, when I do read the comments, I am perplexed by the fact that so many readers apparently don’t read what Alissa and others post, regarding Disney’s role in “The Great Lull of 2019.”

But, to put things in perspective…I will attempt to put this issue to bed…once and for all. Maybe. Hopefully. 

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Friday Filler- Casual Bonus Farming During Downtime

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Let’s be honest about it.  We’ve been waiting for a very long time for some fulfillment.   And when we finally get the  answer, and it’s not what we were hoping for, you can do one of two things.  Lament, or just roll with it.

And no… this is not a political post. It is the simple admission that while we were CERTAIN that an update… something really great…something that would answer our prayers would finally drop (and I’m STILL not talking about politics) it didn’t.  The answer to our prayers was actually just another “sorry…no real answers yet” that leaves us having to come to our own conclusions while we wait for the REAL answers. And yes.  Maybe this time I’m talking about TSTO and maybe something else.

So…when there are more questions than answers, and you have loads of time on your hands to burn, you might as well be productive, and get to  work making it EAsier to be happier in the future…when the real answer drops.  And at this point, I’m not really sure what the hell I’m talking about anymore.

Wait.  The headline.  That’s Right… increasing your Bonus XP to increase your Farming Yield! Making it EAsier to get more of what we don’t know we want yet!
In other words…improving your ability to earn more while doing less, by working a bit more now.
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Friday Filler – The Secret of TSTO Happiness? Play the Game Without Playing the Game

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So, it turned out that it wasn’t time for another Major Event…so we got another Mini-Event…which was proceeded by another Mini-Event. And in both cases, they are 2 week events, that barely stretch a week in real time. Which leaves a lot of down time to do what you want. Play. Don’t play. Stockpile. Design. Or just gnash your teeth that the events aren’t longer…or shorter…or more complex…or less complex.

But, this time, they have added an AMAZING twist on the Mystery Box. It is kind of a SUPER Mystery Box…with More than 700 items available!!!  It. Is. Overwhelming!!!
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