Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Draw Something and book geekery

Blogging always feels weird when you haven't done it in awhile.

Well, hello! Maybe you want to know why I haven't posted anything in so long. (Probably not, but I'm going to tell you anyway.) I have two reasons. They're not very good reasons, but, you know, they're all I've got, so here we go.

1. Draw Something

If you've played this, you'd know how incredibly addictive it is. For those who don't know, it's basically Pictionary for touchscreen devices, but simpler, since you're given letters to unscramble and don't have to wildly guess. It also helps if you play Scrabble or other word-unscrambling games!

People who play Draw Something on iPads are at a distinct advantage, since they have more room for their drawings (which are simply scaled down on smaller devices). I play it on an old model iTouch, and I don't use a stylus, so my drawings aren't exactly works of art. Here's one I'm rather proud of, though:

P-p-p-poker face.

You know, it's a really good thing you get letters to choose from, because sometimes people present you with drawings such as these:

The answer was 'BALCONY'. Oh. Okay.

To conclude, Draw Something is really fun, and pretty much anyone with decent English and at least some pop culture knowledge can play. Forget Temple Run, forget Angry Birds (anyone remember that?) -- this is the app to have right now!

2. Boooooks

When I'm not playing Draw Something (say, when my iTouch battery dies and I purposely don't charge it so I don't waste all my time playing a stupid -- but oh-so-entertaining -- game), I'm reading. I've got a ton of new books thanks to the recent Times clearance sale at SS2 Mall and the 1Malaysia book vouchers. Have I expressed my love for the 1Malaysia book vouchers? No? Well, I love them. I love them a lot. Thanks, government! Appreciate it, man!

I only have three fingers on each hand. I am a Disney character.


Books I got from the Times clearance sale:

  • The Time In Between by David Bergen
  • Baby X: Britain's Child Abusers Brought to Justice by Harry Keeble with Kris Hollington
  • Only a Mother Could Love Him: How I Lived With and Triumphed over ADHD by Ben Polis
  • Cupcakes & Muffins: 100 Everyday Recipes (Hehehe.)

Books I got with my book vouchers:
  • Kafka On the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky
  • Psychology Made Simple by Nicky Hayes
  • The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are by Dr. Kevin Leman
  • The Other Side of the Couch: A Psychiatrist Solves His Most Unusual Cases by Gary Small, M.D. and Gigi Vorgan

I've finished The Other Side of the Couch, which was a bit of a letdown. Sure, the accounts were interesting, but I was hoping for more hardcore mental illnesses, I guess. Also, I'd have liked it more if Dr. Small (I keep accidentally typing 'Dr. Smell') had focused less on himself and his personal life and more on his patients in his stories. He talked about his feelings quite a bit, which I found a little annoying sometimes. The last story, Sigmund Fraud, was touching, though. Bittersweet.

(From Fausto)

Right now, I'm in the middle of The Birth Order Book, which is so darn interesting. When I was little, I remember seeing my mother reading books with super boring titles like this one, and wondered why she put herself through it. I mean, she could've been reading, like, Harry Potter or whatever, right? Maybe I never really gave books like those a chance or maybe my reading tastes have matured, but I really am enjoying The Birth Order Book. It talks about how your birth order (firstborn, middle child, lastborn, only child) affects your personality and the way you are, and how various other factors come into play to influence one's birth order, which most people think is concrete. It's well-written, and a lot more interesting than its title sounds, I promise.

I'm excited to get started on Kafka On the Shore (which I bet will take me as long to read as Norwegian Wood did, but be every bit as worth it) and the ADHD book. Not sure when that will happen, since trials are next month and Edexcel exams (my last round!) are the month after, but it will happen!

Okay, I'm done geeking out. There are Draw Something games to be played and books to be read and I guess homework to be done. See you guys!


  1. You're so lucky that you can buy so many books! I have to resort to second-hand shops!

  2. In their efforts to encourage reading among the people, the government granted every student in the country RM200 worth of book vouchers. To give you some sort of gauge, a Haruki Murakami book is like RM35. Very happy. :B

    I'm not even sure we HAVE secondhand bookstores here! We used to have Pay Less, but I'm pretty sure that shut down. It smelled musty sometimes, but it mostly smelled like old books, so I liked it in there. (':