Friday, December 28, 2007

The EVIL Distraction!

Here's another challenge for you all. Name the thing that recently has started sucking up all your time.

For me, it's easy. It's an insane game called Sudoku, which seems deceptively easy. All you have to do is fit the numbers 1 through 9 into little boxes.

The catch is that each digit appears only once in each row, column or 9-box group. There are 9 nine-box groups in the puzzle.

Oh, sure, they lure you in with the easy ones, where all you have to do, basically, is count the numbers in the boxes and fill in the obvious blanks! That makes you feel like a genius.

And then...

Before you know it ...

You're hooked!

You may find yourself stealing off to the break room with the newspaper and a pen -- it has the same sort of academic thrill that working the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink has.

Starting on Monday, many newspapers suck readers in with the "easy" level puzzles. And many don't realize that it progresses to "intermediate," "advanced" and "F@*@#% HARD!"

Sometimes you'll do a Google search and find the online "Web Sudoku" site. You can select the level of difficulty you'd like. I still maintain, however, that the site has a cookie which remembers which puzzles you've worked and surreptitiously jacks up the difficulty. Kind of like boiling a frog in a pot of water -- just turn up the heat a notch at a time and he'll never notice until it's too late.

Yeah. Just call me Kermit. Well done.

7 comments:

Jolene said...

I hate to say it, but it's been blogs--not to mention the rest of the Net!

I tried those puzzles a couple of times. Have I ever mentioned I hate numbers?? ;)

Trixie said...

Blogs are getting me too. I'm particularly addicted to "Confessions of a Pioneer Woman." There are some beautiful crafting blogs that I can't live without also. It's like getting a favorite magazine, almost every day! Some people have mad skills.

TECH said...

Happy New Year, Trixie! May it bring you many blessings!

Trixie said...

Children? Does that count? Or child more specifically. I am not complaining. I rather like it :) Happy New Year!!!

TECH said...

Ahem. It's time for a post, young lady.

Erudite Redneck said...

Blogs!

drlobojo said...

Life.