I had sort of an entire LJ post in my head last night. Then I went to bed and slept it out. So I present links instead of profundities, for which I am sure you are all grateful.
First of all is a new online game that I am thoroughly enjoying. It is called Funeral Quest (link is to the main page, where you can pick the server you want to play on - I'm on the non-tourney one). The basic premise is that you are the proud owner of a funeral home, and you have to get as much money out of your customers as possible without pissing them off and driving them to your competitors. Play is livened up by the ability to improve your salesmanship, by the opportunity to steal 'tags' from your competitors and/or beat them up or set their home on fire, by special events that occur at random, and by playing the lottery. You accumulate 'tags' (wood, silver, or gold based on the casket type ultimately sold) and 'bury points' (which correspond to how much you've pushed, but also on how you respond to various special events), and have 'luck' which seems to make a difference on the type of customers you get. One thing that bothers me is that if I know I'm within, say $200 of a person's limit, I can't offer items that are $200 or less. There are only 2 categories - Hard Sell for the big ticket items, and Soft Sell for everything else - but what I offer after that is random. I wish I had a little more control. The items offered for sale are quite funny - Professional Mourners, Full Body Burial Wax, In-Coffin Cell Phone (in case of premature burial), etc.
Second is I, Cthulhu, a short story by Neil Gaiman., and the Babycakes comic, by joni, based on Neil's short story of the same name. I listed to Maddy interviewing her dad on my iPod this morning, and it made me Neil-stalgic (nostalgic for Neil).
Via Metafilter, which I love and adore, I found this really neat website on pre-modern English handwriting called Paleography, and a cool game to go with it. The tutorials are fascinating. As for the game: Think you can save the woman from a witch's dunking by deciphering a few paltry hand-written words? I bet you can't...
Lastly, for links, is a link to the Flickr Group *Winter MADNESS* for those of us who would like a little snow with our winter. Can't play it in, but we can at least look at it.
And lastly lastly, I've decided to knit up a washcloth for my cousins. Definately not going with candles. This was its small, personalized, and very, very cheap (good for post-Christmas!), since I already have the needles and the cotton and the pattern I want is online. (Ok, so I lied about the 'last link' thing in the prevous paragraph. You don't have to click).