While playing a game on my wife’s iPod Touch called Textropolis [iTunes Link] (good game, btw), I realized the game is flawed. The game calls forward the name of a city and asks the player to create words from the letters in the city’s name, similar to anagrams. As a die-hard Scrabble player, I pride myself on these types of word games. I truly enjoy their inner workings and the reasoning behind their creation. However, when I unlocked Port Louis, I found the flaw. If you look for anagrams, any word buff might see the word, “slut” in Port Louis. However, upon entering that word, I found that the app didn’t think my submission was valid. This is my problem with the current Apple App Store rating and submission system (more on this when I ponder a full post). What I’d like to point out is the fact that the developer felt the need to rid the game of a valid word choice in order to stay a harsh rating or the frat boy creators missed the word “slut” as an option (unlikely!). This simply seems ludicrous and I will post more, as I have more information on the subject of the rating system.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.