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#MicroblogMondays 128: Combinations

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Justine told me about a game her child was playing called Little Alchemy.  You start off with four elements (earth, air, fire, and water), and you combine them to create 560 other items — from werewolves to cookies.

I love this game.

I’ll admit that I cheat and will pull up an item — let’s say, the sun — and then try it against every other item that I’ve already found.  You end up finding a lot of things that way.  Most of the combinations make sense: Wax and thread form a candle (of course!).  Others do not make sense:  Sugar cube and campfire form a marshmallow (what?).  And others are sobering: Gun plus human equals corpse.

Considering that I am not making actual candles and marshmallows, this app probably qualifies as a time waster.  But it’s a really fun time waster.

What is currently your favourite time waster?

And if you want to try Little Alchemy, it looks like you can play it via the website.


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1 Nabanita { 02.06.17 at 5:39 am }

Ahh didn’t know about this game. These days it’s the phone that I use to pass my time when there is nothing to do

2 Beth { 02.06.17 at 6:39 am }

I am looking at boots online. I want/need to replace a pair but can’t find exactly what I want, or what I see is more than I am willing to pay. I do not like to shop in brick and mortar stores, so I’m checking various sites, reading reviews, day after day. Mostly I don’t want to pull the trigger because then what will I do to distract myself from what is happening in the world? So I’m going to keep wearing the old pair until they finally fall completely apart or I find a new distraction and just buy one of the pairs I’ve bookmarked.

3 Different Shores { 02.06.17 at 7:30 am }

I waste time looking at scarves online. I developed a scarf fetish when I turned 40. I hated them before that. Is this something compulsory that happens in middle age? If my hub is away I play Tetris for hours on my phone on the sofa til I have a migraine. I waste most of the day at work doing my own stuff (a waste for my employers, that is). Hoorah for time wasting!

4 Middle Girl { 02.06.17 at 7:40 am }

Watching or reading something I’ve watched or read before I suppose could qualify as a time waster. And playing Words With Friends.

That game sounds fun.

5 Modern Gypsy { 02.06.17 at 7:57 am }

That’s sounds like a fun game! My no 1 time waster is also my biggest guilty secret – a certain game that involves crushing candies. Yes, I want to go hide in a cave right about now. 😉

6 Lori Shandle-Fox { 02.06.17 at 8:24 am }

I have 2 that are such favorites I even hesitate to call them time-wasters. I don’t think anything I like to do is a waste of time. 1) Taking baths 2) reading US magazine. Sometimes, of course, I combine the two.

7 Cristy { 02.06.17 at 8:26 am }

Now this sounds interesting. Do all the combinations lead to something or is it just specific combinations? And what happens with the failed experiments?

8 Pom { 02.06.17 at 9:18 am }

Watching trashy reality TV is my time waster/guilty pleasure. I look forward to by Monday night Bachelor franchise. For some reason playing games on my phone can never hold my attention long enough. I guess I belong to the ‘TV’ generation than the ‘phone’ generation.

9 em { 02.06.17 at 9:43 am }

I waste time on realtor.com. I look for land I could build a tiny house on. Or tiny houses that already exist. I also look for vans that I could convert in to camper vans on craigslist.

10 Turia { 02.06.17 at 9:44 am }

I have an addictive personality, so I won’t put games on my phone. I can get caught up in reading random stuff online, like articles on my Facebook feed or sites like Scary Mommy. I have to be conscious of that or I will lose an hour or two in the evenings.

11 Ashley { 02.06.17 at 11:31 am }

Facebook is a big time waster for me. And my current internet search obsessions – vermicomposting, I’m thinking of getting some worms in the spring and home purging/organization because I started a home purge last month and want to keep myself motivated. Pinterest gobbles up a lot of my time (I swear it’s like a black hole of time!) and playing card games on my computer accounts for any left-over time I need to waste! 🙂

12 Ryan { 02.06.17 at 12:16 pm }

I’m definitely a social media zombie sometimes. FB can really cause time to get zapped away. I’m getting better at tuning it out though since it’s kind of skewed towards depressing stuff more and more lately.

13 Lavonne @ the OCD infertile { 02.06.17 at 12:48 pm }

I’m not really a game player, my mom says it’s always been that way because I don’t have the patience. She’s probably right. My time waster is usually social media, Pinterest, and/or online window shopping.

14 Deepa { 02.06.17 at 1:20 pm }

This looks like a fun game. Never heard of it before but would surely try.

15 Shail { 02.06.17 at 2:16 pm }

I play endless Solitaire Suite. 🙂 There are more, of course, lol.

16 JustHeather { 02.06.17 at 3:06 pm }

I’ve played that game before! It was fun.
time wasters…I have lots. hahaha. Playing on the computer, watching a show with or without hubby and crafting. Although, not sure if crafting it really wasting time. I do enjoy it a lot at least.

17 Traci York { 02.06.17 at 4:39 pm }

Ooo, that looks dangerous – thanks, Mel!

I’ve had a number of time wasters over the years, but my current one (like Modern Gypsy) involves candy. 😀

18 Amber { 02.06.17 at 5:02 pm }

I’ve heard of that game before, but can’t remember where. My biggest time waster is Facebook.

19 torthúil { 02.06.17 at 5:56 pm }

I read comment threads and all the people yelling at each other. I find it fascinating and oddly hypnotic. Sometimes I skip the article and go straight to the comments. It’s not doing much either for my social life or faith in humanity 😀

20 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 02.06.17 at 6:14 pm }

I’m not sure why, but that sounds strangely addicting!

21 Brianna { 02.06.17 at 8:31 pm }

My favorite time waster has got to be FB. It sucks away too much of my day, but it’s always there and so easy to hoop on and see what’s newly posted.

22 Mali { 02.06.17 at 8:42 pm }

Oh dear. I also have lotsof time-wasters. Sometimes I’ll combine them, like reading social media (or links from social media) or playing a game whilst watching TV. I like to think that that is making the best use of my wasted time? I spend too much time reading political articles (a lot from friends on FB but not all) these days, but I try to tell myself that it is important to be informed.

My friends would probably think reading and writing blogs is a timewaster, but I don’t want to say that!

23 Jess { 02.06.17 at 9:37 pm }

That game sounds interesting! I don’t really play games though, not phone ones. I can get sucked into Pinterest though, or despite my New Year’s plans, Facebook. I had a little fancy book of word searches, I love those, but I haven’t done them in a while. Maybe People magazine is my timewaster. I love that strange window into celebrity, and I actually really like their book recommendations.

24 Chandra Lynn { 02.06.17 at 9:59 pm }

Pinterest and TextTwist (word game/app).

25 Anamika Agnihotri { 02.06.17 at 10:15 pm }

I have played Little Alchemy and it used to be fun, combining and creating something new. How do I waste time these days? Scrolling down Facebook page on my phone.

26 Justine { 02.06.17 at 10:40 pm }

I am wasting time on Facebook, following the long scream. I should be playing Little Alchemy. But I love that you love it enough to post about it. 🙂 You must be close to world domination by now, no?

27 Jessie { 02.06.17 at 11:21 pm }

I spend WAY too much time playing a Game of Thrones based game on FB

28 a { 02.07.17 at 5:06 pm }

Blossom Blast Saga – blooming flowers make me feel better.

29 loribeth { 02.07.17 at 7:04 pm }

Facebook. Spider Solitaire. I don’t go on Pinterest very often but when I do, I’m there for hours.

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