Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Small World

I've been playing online Scrabble (now called Lexulous; don't sue me) for less than two years, but it's hard to imagine life before it. It is the thing I turn to during times of boredom and procrastination, which times constitute about 92% of my waking hours. I've played thousands of games. The site allows you to "chat" with your opponent, which I normally do very minimally, congratulating them on good plays, etc. One of the few players who brought me out of my shell -- it didn't hurt that she seemed sane and friendly, which can't be said about everyone who frequents the site -- turned out to be a New Zealand artist named Susan Edge. (Her official site is here.)

Susan recently completed a painting called "Small World" that features several of her Scr... er, Lexulous, opponents around the world. I am, I believe, perched on the New York skyline. (Don't worry, I play from a much safer position, normally at the kitchen table or on the living room couch. Sometimes at Starbucks. Always at ground level, in any case.) How she knew to make me blond, I'm not sure.

As someone I know said upon seeing this, the fact that the web inspired something so sweet and friendly starts to make up for all the obscene and juvenile garbage on message boards everywhere. As always, click to enlarge:


Blogger Kraig Smith said...

Wow, that's so sweet and innocent. I almost feel some sort of movement in my left ventricle. Didn't Lexulous have to cut out the blank tiles in order to avoid the Scrabble lawsuit? That's why I haven't played Lexulous in forever. I do the regular Scrabble on Facebook now, so if you're up for a game...

3:30 PM  
Blogger JMW said...

No, they've got blanks. But you get 8 letters instead of 7, for one thing. Really, though, it feels an awful lot like Scrabble. Plenty enough to feed the beast of my addiction. Perhaps we'll fire up a game on Facebook soon...

6:41 PM  
Blogger Barbara Carlson said...

My sister is also addicted to on-line Scrabble and often beats her nemisis -- a Brit.

When she learned my British husband plays computer solitaire, she said, "Alone?"

7:53 AM  
Blogger lmha said...

I just love the painting. It's really cool. I hope you get permission to print and frame it.

3:44 PM  

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