Game Review: Cards Against Humanity

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I don’t think I’ve laughed as much as I did while playing “Cards Against Humanity” in a very long time, I laughed so hard I gave myself the hiccups.

Cards Against Humanity is a fairly simple game, each player is dealt a hand of 10 “White” cards with a random phrases on them like (The expansions give you blank cards to fill in with your own in jokes):

  • “Being a Dinosaur”
  • “Goblins”
  • “Stephen Hawking talking dirty”

Players then take turns drawing a “Black” card which has a phrase with one or more blanks in it such as:

  • But before I kill you Mr. Bond I must show you ___________________
  • In M. Night Shyamalaman’s new movie, Bruce Willis discovers that _______________ had really been ______________ all along.
  • Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s_________________

The other players have to play in one or more white cards which are shuffled and then read out. There is a mild element of strategy to this, because the player who played the black card picks the winner, you have to pick not the funniest card but the one that you think will appeal the most to that player’s sense of humour.

Whoever’s card is picked wins that round, everyone draws a replacement card and the next player draws a black card for everyone else to play.

That’s it… There are house rules, some of which are genius, but that is pretty much the game in it’s entirety. It’s a really good way to get to know people and some of the bizarre/sick combinations that people come up with are hilarious.

I liked this game so much that having played it I ordered it off Amazon the next day, I can’t wait to play it again…

  

Nexus 7 Not an iPad Killer But It’s not Meant to Be

Right now people are probably composing millions of blog posts singing the praises of or deriding the Google Nexus 7 that was announced yesterday. Here is a summary of what you are likely to read:

Blah blah blah blah iPad, Blah Blah Blah Nexus 7 Blah Blah Blah Blah competition heating up Blah Blah Blah,  Blah Blah Blah Google Blah Blah Apple Blah Blah Mountain View, Blah Blah Cupertino Blah Blah Blah 7 Inches, Blah Blah Blah Steve Jobs said it’s too small. Blah Blah Blah Could this be an iPad Killer? Blah Blah Blah I’m a pundit I know what I’m talking about, Blah Blah Blah probably not an iPad Killer.

The thing is if you looks at the specs for the Nexus 7 there is no way it’s aimed at the iPad, sure it might eat into it’s market a little, but compare there is no way that a $199 device is going to compete with a $399 device, for one thing the iPad 3 is resolutionary, whatever that means (I really wish Apple would hire someone who spoke English).

People are making the wrong comparison though, the Nexus 7 is priced exactly like the Kindle Fire, it even comes with a gift certificate for Google Play store that is pretty much exactly what Amazon introduced to raise flagging Kindle Fire Sales  earlier this month. Just look:

It’s practically an upgrade to the Kindle Fire at the same price point! I’m not saying that it’s not going to eat into iPad sales, but that’s not what the intention is, Google want a device that people will use to consume it’s content, they sell books, movies, games and other crap, the Nexus 7 allows you to give Google money to view the content they sell, plus if you have big pockets it might just fit in there which the iPad doesn’t.

Code Babies: Give your Kid The Skills They’ll need for the Future

The job market is cut throat, and every parent want to give their kid whatever edge they can to get ahead in it. What better way to do this than to start them off learning HTML and CSS before they can even talk? The above HTML for Babies and the below CSS for Babies are both available from Code Babies for just $8.99 they are also available at Amazon in the US but not in the UK 🙁

Via Code Babies

Ad supported Kindle 4 let’s you disable the ads later by paying for the rest of the device

This is genius on Amazon’s end, can’t afford a full priced Kindle 4 well you can buy the ad supported on and pay the rest later. A $30 upgrade on the device will disable the advertisements.

I see this being a hit on two accounts, i you can’t afford a Kindle outright then you can buy the ad supported one and then disable the ads if they annoy you a few months later, also for people buying the kindle as a gift, they can buy someone the cheaper ad supported Kindle but safe in the knowledge that if they want to remove the ads they can just upgrade the device themselves.

Via engadget

Amazon UK’s riot gear sales soar

 

 

Apparently sales of aluminium baseball bats on Amazon have gone up 6000% due to the London riots…

I had a look at the list just now and it looks like the items on the movers and shakers list are for the most part part stuff you can use for self defense, although the top item is currently a camping stove:

The next few Items are mainly baseball bats, nunchucks and other hitty things…

Hopefully by the time they arrive in the post they wont be required.

I’m surprised that there are no cricket bats on the list, this being the UK, although I am heartened to see that one of the items is not a baseball bat but in fact a rounders bat.

I wonder if in the aftermath of the riots there will be a sudden interest in people playing baseball in the UK? at least one of those kits comes with a ball…

See the list for yourself here it’s nice to see that despite the chaos a trampoline and a hammock still make the top 20…

Although it looks like it’s just the netting for the trampoline, I wonder if people are using it to seal up their houses and shops.

The comments on the reviews don’t leave you under any illusions as to why there has been a sudden rise in the purchase of these items:

I think a solid wooden one may do more damage, but these pretty good. The grip is very firm.

This item also doubles as a bat, for playing rounders. [link]

 

I never go to Hackney or Salford, without it. It feels much more solid than a wooden bat, and makes a substantial impact when it hits a ball or bone-like structure. I store it under my bed, for easy access.

Either size is fine [link]

Via CNN MoneyAug

That’s one hell of a discount…

I was looking at a Wide angle Lens on Amazon.co.uk after reading this article at digital photography school. At first I thought the price was a bit high given that DPS listed the Lens at just $400, then I noticed the RRP of this lens… 6 AND A QUARTER MILLION POUNDS!

With that kind of discount this lens is a total steal! Although I’m a bit sceptical about the %100 saving, thats not how maths works, we have this invention called fractions.