Saturday, June 23, 2007

Yes, We Need to Discuss Sudoku

Let me just say that when the screen on a laptop won't stay up on its own (missing springs), it's necessary to prop it up. I believe in this term "laptop" -- it truly belongs on my lap, no? And when one is wearing capris (that "one" would be me), and one's leg are shaved and smooth (again, me), the object used in the propping makes a big difference. For instance, propping the screen with a suede pillow, while just the right size and oh so wonderfully soft on the legs, doesn't work at all. It just slides down to one's feet (c'mon - you know who "one" is by now!).

All that to say, have you tried the Sudoku puzzle at the left of the screen, a little ways down? If you have, do you find the level you usually play becoming too easy? Because I'm having this problem. (Darn screen! Stop!) And I don't think that it's because my brain is expanding, as proponents of the game believe. Then my skull would have to grow, and I think that all of my bones are done growing. I mean, it would be nice if they weren't, and if I grew another 3 inches or so. Then I would be taller than my blonde and beautiful sister-in-law. She would be horribly jealous of my colossal, Amazonian height, It would also mean that my great weight would be a little more evenly distributed and I wouldn't have as much to lose. But none of this will happen because my bones are done growing. Dang it!

Now why ... oh! Sudoku! I think that the puzzles are either beginning to repeat themselves, or that they are getting easier. Really -- how many moderate puzzles can exist in the Sudoku world? And I know what you'll say: "Why don't you try the next level?" Because I can't use a pencil on my screen! If I were using a regular computer with a hard glass screen, I'd probably use a grease pencil to mark possible answers. But have you ever tried grease pencil on a laptop screen? It just doesn't come off very well when you're done. Don't ask me how I know. And my ADD brain just won't retain the possible answers long enough in the difficult puzzles.

So go try the puzzle a little further down and to the left. Yeah ... right ... there. Okay, a little harder. That's the spot. I can never reach it, no matter how hard I try. And don't blame me if the grease pencil won't come off. I tried to warn you.

Until I write again ...

Flea

12 comments:

Marguerite said...

Hmm... most Sudoku games I've seen let you type in multi-numbers so you can come back to that space. Now you have given me a challenge. I must solve this problem for you so you can achieve my level of "professional". At least, that's where I'm at on my cell phone version of the game. :P

If you simply must play more sudoku, go to www.mousebreaker.com and look for the Daily Sudoku game. Or you can get an iGoogle homepage and add the sudoku gadget. Or you can go to any store and buy a sudoku puzzle book. You get the idea. :)

Anyway yes, it does get easier with time because you learn new shortcuts and other ways to eliminate numbers.

Flea said...

I have a couple of Sudoku books, one being almost finished and the other a Mensa nasty Sudoku (I haven't even done ONE of those). But there's no place for scribbling on the puzzles on my blog.

I try to limit myself to the blog and the books (in my bathroom) so I'm not spending all my waking hours playing.

I'm very impressed that you've reached professional in such a short time. Your brain must be HUGE. So has your skull grown? Narf!

Flea said...

See, I have an iGoogle page, but it's not my home page. So I never use it. Mousebreaker was cool.

dragonslayer100 said...

Nooooooo!!!!! lol no more sudoku i will go to were the make the books and bern them bern them all!!! jk and last but not least TAG YOUR IT MOM!! how do you like me now! lol when ever i say that i get the song "How do you like me now" but it is a sad song all the same.

Flea said...

I don't think I'm familiar with that song. And I don't spend that much time on Sudoku. You're just jealous! :)

Marguerite said...

Hmmm.. the multi-entry eludes me. You need a better sudoku game. :P

jeni said...

I say put the Sudoku away, shut the laptop, put on a little "Deadliest Catch" on Discovery Channel and sip some sweet tea! hahahahaha!!!! trade your addictions for mine!! :)

Flea said...

See, Deadliest Catch doesn't work for me. I can't actually SEE Mike Rowe. Those fishermen are all leathery and OLD.

Marguerite said...

You'd rather see him covered in poo? :P

And if you ever watch that new show on History Channel, Ice Road Truckers, you will never think Deadliest Catch guys are leathery and old again.

And I don't know your friend jeni, but I like the way she thinks. ;) Although, I tend to play my sudoku game on my cell phone while watching reruns of Deadliest Catch. Muhahahaha.

jeni said...

Touche, Marguerite! Touche! You topped us all. :)

Flea said...

I haven't seen Ice Road yet. Chris gets into the manly shows before I do. Is it as terrifying as Deadliest?

I don't have a cell phone for Sudoku! Waaahhh! My little sister tops me again!

Marguerite said...

Think about it, driving multi-ton trucks on a frozen lake... at -60F.

Everyone has to have a cell phone! Even if you only play sudoku on it (sometimes I play more sudoku than make calls on mine), you gotta get one. Join the modern world. :P

Thanks jeni. ;)