Archive for May, 2009

Farm Town Madness

Friday, May 29th, 2009

My parents (of all people) got me on to this new Facebook application called Farm Town (made by SlashKey). Normally I don’t add these kinds of applications because they’re generally time wasters, but since my parents were spending so much time on it (and had roped in my sister) I gave in.

Ploughing some fields with some onions growing in the background.

Ploughing fields with onions growing in the background.

You basically have your own farm where you can plough fields, plant crops, harvest crops, sell crops (the main source of income), plant fruit trees, sell fruit, buy animals, houses, barns, fences, paths and even increasing the size of your land.

It also keeps track of various achievements and awards trophies based on that, which can unlock new abilities. For example, if you get enough neighbours (other Facebook friends playing the game who agree to be your neighbour) you will be able to sell items you’ve purchased instead of just deleting them.

If you’re short on funds you can go to the Market Place to ask for work harvesting other people’s crops. People have incentive to hire people because it doesn’t actually cost anything and the resulting crops sell for more than if they did it themselves.

It’s quite addictive when you start out but now that I’ve hit level 24 it’s starting to lose its appeal. There’s simply too much land to deal with and it’s not challenging to get large sums of money with valuable crops like onions and pumpkins.

I don’t really know why I’m posting about this game. Maybe I just feel it desrves it because of how long it has kept me entertained for 😉

Phil Ken Sebben’s Twin Brother

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

As a big fan of both Steven Colbert and Harvey Birdman, I was pleasantly surprised to come across this striking similarity between Colbert and the character he voices. Check out these two screen grabs:

The resemblance is uncanny.

The resemblance is uncanny.

Apparently Phil Ken Sebben’s twin brother (Bill) looks just like Phil, except that he wore his patch on the other eye 😉

Job Change

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Yesterday I finished up working at Interspire. It was sad because I have made a lot of friends there and I really enjoyed working with them. It’s a really good place to work with all sorts of perks and cool projects. I had spent the last year with them working on Email Marketer. I know it’s really busy and me leaving will really increase my team mates’ work load – sorry about that guys! 🙁

I’m taking the rest of this week off and then starting at Morgan Creative on Monday. This is a company started by a couple of friends of mine which has started to really take off. It’s similar kind of work but more contract-based with clients rather than product-based with customers. They head-hunted me around Easter and managed to make me an offer good enough to get me to join. It’s going to be great working with them again!