Dean Rivers (dean_r) wrote,
Dean Rivers

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Skyped, Scrabbled & Changed My Name

Some of the things that caused mild discomfort to my psyche have been worked on over the last few days.

I finally got back into contact with my family in Britain via Skype. So, now I am on another bandwagon, alongside MySpace and Facebook (alongside livejournal, evidently) please tell me how I can contact you on any of these services; if you haven't found me yet those links should direct you to me. I'd like to hear from you. Quite literally in Skype's case.

I inadvertently began another process. I'm usually swift enough with fads that my username is always "dean_r". I'm very lazy in terms of creativeness. However, someone on Skype already swiped that name. I had to pause and reflect and decided whatever name I invented for this program, I wanted to use everywhere - it would be a universal change on AIM, MSN and Yahoo, to make it easier to contact me, as being easily contactable is something I enjoy.

My username for pretty much any way of contacting me is: tacomaelstrom

I like this change. The name features my location and a little joke at the storm in a teacup I have to deal with, and let's face it, there's nothing more unequivocally British than teacups, if we're going to go into deeper meanings.

Of course, MSN needs an email address at the end, so add on the standard to find me.

So. Again, please add these new names if you want to tak to me, and pester me to ensure they're all working right. It'd be much appreciated.

What else happened today? Well, I got my highest individual score ever in Scrabble, but then Jamie helped me along. I love playing Scrabble mutually, where the players collectively try to help each other with positive playing to aid in the highest collective score possible. Me and Jamie ended up with a total of 591 between us, but we did have some extra tweaks to our game.

An online version of Scrabble gave the ability to exchange any blank(s) on the board with the letter it was stated to be in your rack and we tried this in our game with great success. For example, if a blank was used in the word "WI_ES" and the blank was stated to be an N, any player with an N can exchange their N for the blank at the very start of their turn, and may still put a word down on the board afterwards. However, if the blank was stated to be an R, the N cannot be used even though it makes another perfectly sound word.

Also, at the end of these mutual games, any tiles not placed on the board once one player has cleared their rack - and everyone else has taken an equal amount of turns - are ignored and not subtracted from the cumulative score.

I recommend trying Scrabble this way if you have friends who aren't really competitive. It also develops communication and it also means the clever-clogs can put down that ridiculous word that nobody else has heard of, because it helps everyone along. Normally I feel a bit rude using a bizarre word which I don't know the meaning to, but I've seen enough AIs use it in Scrabble games that I know it's allowed. For example, did you know both XI and QI count as words in Scrabble these days? QI got Jamie 22 points near the end of the game for our total.

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