Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Twofer Tuesday

Twofer Tuesday is a quick post where I focus on two subjects.

Usually by this point in the summer, I am ready for it all to be over and for fall. This year, however, the weather here in Maine has been so glorious all summer that I want it to go on and on and on and on. I can't believe that in a few short weeks, school starts and we will be back in the thick of meetings, concerts, conferences, open houses, etc. Maybe the fact that Boy-o will be a junior this year is part of my hesitation for the school year. If we delay junior year, that means that senior year and graduation are delayed as well. Yup, if truth be told, that might be why I am feeling this way. Where has the time gone?

I have been playing Family Feud on facebook. It is very similar to the television show except you play as a team of one except for the bonus round. Because of typographical errors and regional differences in language, they have a program set up to recognize answers that might not match exactly. For example, in this part of the country, we call carbonated beverages "soda" whereas in other parts of the country it is called "pop" or something else. If I answer soda, it recognizes that my answer is correct and gives me credit for it. Sometimes, however, the computer "recognizes" answers that do not make sense. For example, last night I typed in "machine operator". It matched me to "surgeon". One time I put in "wool pants" and it matched me to "sweater" and another time I put in "family" and it matched me to "love life" but then told me I had already used the answer when I typed "health". On the other hand, I didn't get a match when I put "Fourth of July" and the answer was "Independence Day" and I didn't get a match when I put "No One Laughs" and the answer was "No Laughter". I haven't decided if I think that the answer choices are done by someone in another country who doesn't know our language, etc. or if it is a bunch of computer geeks entertaining themselves by knowing that they are driving people crazy!

That's all that I have for this warm Tuesday. I hope things are great in your part of the world.

Here's to short posts!


  1. i can't imagine what that feels like having a junior...I don't blame you for wanting to delay it as long as possible.

  2. All my kids have gone well past the junior stage, I feel your pain. Mine are all grown and supposed flown the coup. (I have one coming back tomorrow night in fact.)
    I think you are right about the computer geeks having a fun time with you all on that Family Feud game. Sounds like fun at any rate...not that I am going to spend more time over at Facebook to play though.

  3. That was cute! My baby is in college and wants to spend 6 months next year on a mission trip ... in the Middle East. I'd kind of like to time jump back to the scariest thing coming up was graduation! :)

  4. Family Feud drives me crazy like that! I have a love/hate relationship with it. lol

  5. odd game issues!

    for YEARS my (Conn yankee) husband would go nutz when I'd ask "do you want a coke?" "sure, thanks" "okay, what kind? I have Dr Pepper, Sprite, and Pepsi".....!!!!!.......

    yeah, there's a few regional differences.....

  6. Just stopping by to check on you...hope you are doing well...huggers