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Holiday Break!

I’ll be back in January, Folks!

Merry Holidays!

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Tuesday Two.Oh! My absolute FAVORITE Collection of Web Games.

Tuesday Two.Oh! is not meant as an endorsement, but as an exploration of the tools that are out there. Click at your own risk. 🙂

Today I’m going to introduce you to one of my all time favorite game sites on the web. Now, before we get in too deep, I want to tell you these aren’t your normal collection of flash games- they’re more like layered brainteasers. You must solve the game in exactly the right steps, or you can’t win. And the deceptively difficult trick is that there are often few options to choose from- it’s just that these options have many “levels.” You must max out each level to win- but each step, no matter if it’s the wrong order, will produce a different result. So, on this rainy, cold, miserable day, let’s take a look at Eyemaze.

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There’s really not much for me to walk you through, but I honestly can’t recommend these games enough. I will link to some of the major games, but if you poke around there are mini games galore. The interesting thing about this site is that the games are labor intensive to create- so the site doesn’t have new games all the time. BUT, if you enjoy them as much as I do I recommend bookmarking them and checking back every once and awhile to see if new games have arrived.

And, I have to brag, I’ve solved them all. But I won’t help you- what would be the fun in that? At the bottom of this post I’ll post some screen caps of what it’s like to win a Grow Eyemaze game.

The first Grow Eyemaze I’d like to show you is called Grow Cube- this is the game that brought me to this site. It’s fun, maddening, and just addictive. Click here or on the picture to play.

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The game that started it all is called, hilariously enough, “Original Flash Game.” Click here or on the picture to play.

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One of the most interesting and inventive is “Grow Version 3.” Click here or on the picture to play.

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Remember earlier, when I said that these games could be deceptive? Well, “Grow Version 2” is an example of just how deceptive these games can be. Click here or on the picture to play.

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The next game is completely whimsical. There is a solution to this puzzle, but getting there via any series of clicks in totally fun. “Grow Version 1” is definitely one of the less maddening, but equally satisfying games on the site. Click here or on the picture to play.

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And now, one of my all time favorites: “Grow Island.” Click here or on the picture to play. Believe me, you’ll like this one.

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And last, but not least, I’ll show you “Grow Tower,” as it is when you start and when you solve. Grow Tower is one of the newer games on the site, but I really enjoyed it.

Here is Grow Tower, fresh and unsolved. Click here or on the picture to play.

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Now, keep in mind the solution is LONG. So, I can’t really do it justice with screen caps. I did my best, though. This of it as a representation of what the solution actually looks like.

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Now, that’s not perfect and I know it. But it’s dynamic, the solution moves, so it’s hard to capture.

This site and series of games has been around for awhile. In fact, for several years. So it’s possible that some of you have run into this series before- but if you haven’t, I hope I’ve been able to introduce you to a site that is really rewarding and fun. Not only does it test your patience, it will test your reason. Good luck, and let me know what you think!

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Tuesday Two.Oh! Tools for the Social You (and me).

Tuesday Two.Oh! is not meant as an endorsement, but as an exploration of the tools that are out there. Click at your own risk. 🙂

Today on Tuesday Two.Oh! we’ll be taking a look a tool that puts you out there: you can represent your pictures, your music, your tweets! Anything, really, provided you belong to the included social networks. And, as a bright spot, this Tuesday Two.Oh! goes out by request for a lovely friend of mine. Hopefully it’ll be the tour you’ve always wanted! 😉 And to the rest of you, enjoy enjoy enjoy! Let’s take a look at Flavors.me.

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I could not find them on Twitter.

They don’t have an “about us” page, per se, but you can learn a bit about what they’re all about by looking at the homepage.

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There isn’t a lot of initial “depth” to the site- but it is what you make it. Essentially, from what I could see, Flavors.me is all about what you want to display to the world. If you’d like a great tour, check out their video posted on Vimeo.

The first thing you need to do is sign up for an account. If you need a hint, look here. Signing up could not be easier.

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Once you’ve gotten an account, you need to set up your identity.

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Once you’ve accounted for your basic information, you choose which social networks you would like to represent on Flavors.me.3

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One interesting thing, you can’t “flavor” your tweets unless you have them unlocked. So when I entered my twitter handle, I got:

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No big deal! I protect them for a reason, so threading them on Flavors.me wasn’t exactly high priority. I do wonder how google might search the content on your Flavors.me, though. If you protect your facebook under layers of blockage, will connecting them here lead to pictures or other information being shared in a fashion you might not want it to? At any rate, as with anything, protect yourself on the web.

I did go back to see what Facebook information was linked, and there appear to be holes in what’s displayed on Flavors.me. So, if you protect your Facebook, it appears that only things you don’t protect will show up.

Once you’ve chosen to connect to the various networks (I chose Last.fm and Facebook) you’ll be given your blank Flavors.me page.

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From here, you can sort of take it anywhere. You can upload an image, play with the font, change themes. Though, I thought changing themes was a little more annoying than it had to be- but overall, it was still very easy. You can change the orientation of your information, the placement of your picture, and basically create anything you want within the confines of the page.

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Your information will appear once you or the user clicks on the (+) button. My last.fm appears like so:

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My facebook like so:

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It seems like only pictures from facebook are linked. The music that shows on my last.fm feed are probably correct- it’s been awhile since I synced.

Overall, I found it to be an interesting and fun site to use, but I’m not all that convinced of it’s usefulness. That said, I’m willing to be convinved. I suppose you could send a link to this site to your internet-wary parents who may just want to be checking up on you in one place as opposed to on several different networks.

Have you used Flavors.me? What do you think? Comments and thoughts are welcome!

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