Some People Play “Candy Crush” …

... still others play angry birds

… others “Angry Birds”

Lately have acknowledged my observations lean toward narcissism.  As if I’m a moral authority in a position to cast condescending judgement on society.  Well, if the brand fits.  Although I own only 3 pairs of shoes, all more than a year old.  So perhaps I’m a frugal elitist.

I can’t help be perplexed by number of people playing games on their phones,  or otherwise well adjusted folk sending invitations on Facebook.  I’ve barely made a dent in books I’d like to read before kicking the bucket.  Perhaps because I’m a child of the eighties, had my fill of arcade games growing up.  As graphics got more sophisticated, requiring less imagination,  lost interest.   I am still intrigued, however,  by what goes on behind the controls.

Microsoft Virtual Academy

… MVA

My latest obsession might be more rewarding than earning a high score.  I stumbled onto Microsoft’s “virtual academy”, offering developer oriented training using Microsoft tools.  Arguably the site is a move to promote their products, however the material goes beyond platform, offering generic lessons on languages and techniques that could be used anywhere.  There are even business oriented sessions on enhancements to Excel and productivity innovations.  It is difficult to avoid Microsoft outside of academia.

I still get a competitive thrill when my profile makes the MVA “Top Students” list.  A questionable honor as anyone could cheat.  There is no limit to number to the number of times self-assessments can be taken.  Points are earned for simply watching lessons;  learning isn’t required.

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