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24 August 2010 @ 12:27 am
Little Wonders of Technology  
Today I suddenly realized that technology has granted one of my childhood wishes - it's not a new or complicated gadget, just a program that quietly fulfilled a simple geeky childhood desire. 

I've always been a fan of solitaire, but I'm terrible at shuffling and would get frustrated when a game got "stuck" because it was nearly impossible to back it up and try again. (Unless, of course, you dealt and then labeled the cards with little bits of paper... not that Little Jean would have done that. Nope. Clearly not OCD.) Then there was the portability issue - once you started a game, it spread out and if you were interrupted or had to leave a location, chances are your game would be lost. (Ditto due to the ravages of a marauding little brother or a sister who wanted to build a house of cards while you stepped away for a bathroom break...) Even when you got to play straight through, moving long stacks was sort of a problem and winning a game meant returning to the hateful task of shuffling.

But now solitaire is on my phone, I can play to my heart's content, save games that are interrupted mid-way through, take a step or ten backward with the tap of a finger, or start again completely. And, you know, I think I have found it to be more satisfying to complete a game that I failed the first time than to shoot straight through an "easy" one. There's this great satisfaction in unraveling the puzzle and putting everything neatly into orderly stacks... And then you get to tap a button and ZOOM! all the cards fly into their correct homes. Very pleasing.

Ah, teh intarwebs - satisfying childhood dreams and facilitating adulthood OCD. :) 
Current Mood: geekygeeky
birdkillerladybirdkiller on August 24th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
I was just thinking about this earlier this evening. =)

I've been playing hours and hours of solitaire when I can't sleep or just don't have the energy to do anything. Then I remembered watching my great-grandma play hand upon hand of solitaire when I was a kid and wondered what she would have thought about playing on machine without cards. I don't know that she would have approved.
eithnieithni on August 24th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, I play it as a meditative thing when I need to clam down for bed or am otherwise just overly anxious. A few electronic hands work magic...
whymcwhymc on August 24th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
Freecell is even better... because, iirc, every game has at least one solution, unlike solitaire... my little netbook has been a marvelous train riding companion. =>
eithni: greeneithni on August 24th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
It's the little geeky pleasures in life. :)
Aaron (Rusty) Lloydrustmon on August 24th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
and for me, it's mahjong, but I felt a very similar kind of pleasure myself playing solitaire.