Saturday, January 26, 2008

Save Scrabulous!

I joined Facebook for no other reason than to play Scrabulous(a free online, but not officially licensed Scrabble game) with my daughter and my friends. Scrabulous, developed by two guys unrelated to either Hasbro or Facebook, is wonderful as it closely emulates the board version of the game. Now Hasbro is asserting its trademark rights (and probably rightfully so) and is threatening to force Facebook to take the application off its site. They will probably be successful and 600,000 other people and I are going to have to get our Scrabble fix some other way.

Many of us who enjoy the board game can’t always find a partner to play face to face. Scrabulous allows us to play any time of the day or night – we just make our move whenever we happen to log on. A game can go on for days or weeks.

There are numerous petitions and groups organized trying to get Hasbro to relent, but so far, to no avail. Hasbro may be a bit shortsighted on this one. Scrabble is addictive and fun, and making it available online does not mean people will not buy the game. In fact, I own two versions of the board game. Think of the free advertising--think of the many more games they could sell!

It’s not over till it’s over. We’re going on with our games until we are locked out.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Eight Things To Do in Utah in 2008

Today's Trib has a list of some great (and inexpensive) things to see and do in Utah. I highly recommend the Hwy 12 drive before the state "improves" it. It is spectacular, accessible, and an easy, safe drive (even the Hogs Back while a little scary, offers wide lanes and pull-outs for viewing). If you do nothing else new this year, take this drive (in good weather).

From the Trib:
Drive State Highway 12
This necklace-shaped road along the northern boundary of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a glittering jewel in the Utah highway system. Its 120 miles offer stunning views of Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Boulder Mountain and Capitol Reef National Park and also cross the Hogsback, a dramatic ridge with thousand-foot cliffs on both sides. No wonder Car and Driver magazine named it one of the top 10 scenic drives in the nation.