I've figured out how to take screenshots with my iPhone ("m'iPhone"?). I thought I might share what is on my screen most of the time now.
I'm pretty sure I didn't get this Phone so I could play games on it. I'm more of an iBird guy than an Angry Birds guy. The birds I know are never angry - or not for long. Whatever it is that's bothering them, they shake it off, in a way that people can't.
I learned immediately that I don't have meFone primarily for communication, or even for the music-related apps (though I've found an amazing Theremin emulator if you're interested). It's for stress relief. Playing with a glowing rectangle might be our species' (flawed) way to shake off our troubles like my cockatiel used to (and doubtless still would, if she only could).
I'm not sure that it works. Animals shake off their stress and trauma completely. I think we just put ours on hold. We drive it into the neck and shoulders. We stay Angry.
What I've been is actually Tired. And more wholly and vastly than i've felt before. Deep-tissue, multi-demensional tired. It's not lack of sleep so much as it is the energy I put out as a teacher... and that it's the first time I've been a teacher every day. Plus, running a community orchestra ("still!?!" cry my friends when they find out), applying for school for next year (more later). Come the last two weeks of term, in any free moment, when there were free moments, m'iFone and i found each other.
Like most consumers, I'm all the rage for physics-based games. Figuring out how to get a candy to a little monster, or a ball from one cat to another (while both cats just *SIT THERE*) is surprisingly engrossing. It can be hard to remember that the world outside the rectangle is also physics-based. It is perhaps a symptom of our wacky economy that it is actually cheaper to play Cat Physics than it is to buy two cats, train them to hold still until a ball comes near enough to grab it with their tail, and build a series of environments with cleverly-placed obstacles to overcome.
I wanted to connect myself more to the world before smart phones. While making no effort to play fewer games. So I started playing Go - one of humanity's longest-popular diversions - against a virtual opponent of ever-increasing prowess. What's great about this is that my obsession with this game is possibly attributable to things beyond my phone's glowing screen. There are lots of people who are obsessed with board games played on actual boards. hopefully soon I can play against actual humans. I want to wait for the right moment, when they're really concentrating, and then yell "GO!!!"
You know what's great, though? The other edge of the sword is that since no one plays Go, I'm way cooler than someone playing chess against their phone. Some day, someone will say "what's that you're playing?" and then they'll be impressed. One day.
I've yet to try Angry Birds. Lots of people say it's ruined their lives. I shake my head at it.
Back to the game. See that screenshot? I'm getting my asp kicked, and I'm only on a tiny board.