Sprout attack (and Saddam)

The rumours are untrue - the recent absence is not because the Poorhouse is actually Saddam Hussein and the recent (death) sentencing has caused an interruption in Internet connectivity. Still, let's not deal with that thorny issue now - other to note that Blair has amazed the Poorhouse in a good way by publicly (if ineffectively) stating his opinion that he is entirely against the death sentence. Beckett's comments that "we always try to persuade others not to use it" do seem a little unrealistic given our lot seem happy enough with America being into executions despite it totally breaching of human rights legislation the UK Government supposedly stands firm with. Oh, and co-incidental congratulations to Bush and the Republicans for managing to arrange this just in time for their otherwise embarrassing elections.

Time to lighten the mood. In a near-seasonal celebration, the Poorhouse recommends having a game of Attack of the Sprouts. Assume the role of a party-hatted-up Xmas diner tucking into his turkey whilst trying to defend himself from a sprout invasion into his dinner. Slightly noisy for the workplace, but you can tell the boss you're improving reaction time, hand-eye co-ordination, team building or other such corporately self-developmentally enough excuse.

Label for fun (and good search results)

Tagging (or in more conventional English - labelling) images, all very Web 2.0 but not always so interesting to do. It is however important for search engine semantics because as yet they tend not to be able to actually identify what the content of a picture is. Google image search et. al. tend to look at the text on the page with the image on, inbound links, its filename and so on. When you search for a "house", you're actually searching for a picture on a page with a lot of house-content on, which likely will be a house but on the other hand it could be, well, anything. What you really want is for a human to hand-label each image with "house" if it itself is a house and "donkey" if actually it is a image of a donkey on a page about houses.

retro gaming fun

I would like to draw the attention of the poorhouse readers that in the event you feel like a game of manic miner or any of the dizzy games or any of those absolute classics then: Abandonia is the place to be :) HAppy whit week everyone...

Give it a go my copy of dizzy magic has just about been the highlight of the bank holiday well just below completing that locked door game. too good :)

Time and Space

Dare you go in?Dare you go in?Old-skoolish computer game fans may remember a mid-term era where half the computer games around seemed to be about pointing and click on things to use them on something and move onward...not least the famous Monkey Island series.

Anyhow, thanks to the magic of Flash, you can now play The Mystery Of Space and Time online. The plot? Ermm...not so sure. You have to leave a room, but the door's locked. Use your powers of intelligence, logical and random-clickery to find some way out...inevitably to be confronted with another locked door. Frustrating, pointless, waste of time of course, but nontheless oh so addictive. It'll even save your progress should the boss come a-knocking.

Don't even think about not trying it out.

Deal or No Deal - Microsoft Excel edition

Countdown beware; there's a newish favourite daytime gameshow in town to take the shallow attention of you non nine-to-fivers: Deal or No Deal. If nothing else, at least it keeps Noel Edmonds of the cruel streets of England.

In case you've been asleep for years (being in foreign parts is no excuse - there are at least 23 national versions of the show). The premise of the game is as follows: There are a number of boxes with varying amounts of money in, from 1p to £250,000. The contestant picks one box, and it is opened to reveal what it contained, hence giving the contestant the knowledge of what is left to play for. At some point in the game, a mysterious "banker" rings up and offers the contestant a specific amount of money if they will take it and leave.

Solve the Da Vinci Code

Are you the Robert Langdon of generation web? If so, leave the real-world Catholic church alone for a few seconds and go pursue the Google Da Vinci Code Quest.

Even the Poorhouse couldn't write a more over-dramatic description of it than Google did, so in their words: "The quest, which began April 17th requires skill, intellect, and perseverance. Over a span of 24 days ending May 11th, you will encounter unique challenges. These daily puzzles will pull you deeper into the world of The Da Vinci Code. Answer all 24 puzzles correctly for a chance to win untold riches. Only the worthy will prevail."

Untold riches eh?

Laden vs USA

Readers looking for a in-depth political commentary over the "War on Terror" continue no further. This story regards the existence of a tacky 80s-esque handheld LCD screen based on the terrible events of 9/11 (as our American friends like to call it).

There appear to be multiple versions of this game going round, all using the same sort of marketing material. The Poorhouse first sighted the one that made say some swear words. It must be said that the use of such graphic illustrations and references to the Twin Towers tragedy is capitalistic mega-nonsensitivty; whatever sells wins, right?

Benny the Anatomically Correct Teddy Bear

Ribbed for your pleasureRibbed for your pleasureNo, it's not the seedy "adult toy" you're probably thinking of. Whether it is a friendly fuzzy teaching tool or stuff to inspire kid's nightmares for years is however as yet unknown. HEST of Europe has produced lovely Benny, the anatomical teddy bear. By outer appearance he's a normal child's-best-friend teddy bear. Delve deeper though and as per the illustration to this story you can view, touch and possibly even rip out Benny's oesophagus, intestines, urethra, windpipe, anus and at least another thirteen traditionally-hidden bits and pieces.


An inevitable bad-pun headline for a friendly little Flash game courtesy of Winterrowd "Solutions" (solutions to what is unknown at this stage). Do you have a steady mouse hand and the quiet concentration needed to breach "THE MAZE" (attached)? Just four quick little levels.

After you've played your way through, go visit their blog to see how you did compared to others.

Sudoku love

Valentine SudokuValentine SudokuSorry it's late, but here's a Valentines day treat courtsey of the Astraware Sudoku of the Day site. 8 beautiful Sudokus to give to a loved one, or perhaps you could solve them together in an aura of love-flled bliss. The art of romance is clearly not dead. For the more electronically enabled amongst us, Astraware's Sudoku game for PDAs is a worthy purchase.

But you can love Sudoku too much. It has been reported by the Wall Street Journal that British Airways have had to issue a memo to their 13000 cabin crew staff to instruct them that it is forbidden for them to play Sudoku (and related puzzles) during takeoff and landing.

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