Plants vs. Trucks

(Originally posted at on July 4, 2011 9:35 AM)

Near Eco Village in Pili, Camarines Sur, I found two abandoned trucks overrun by plants. (Plants were also starting to take over an abandoned tractor near the two trucks.) Elsewhere, the game is Plants vs. Bikes.


Plants vs. Zombies: Going Cobless

(Originally posted at on April 17, 2011 11:58 AM)

In a previous post, I mentioned that I was able to get 16 flags in Survival: Endless.  If you search the Internet for ideas, you’ll find that using Cob Cannons can take you to more than 2000 flags.  But I’m more interested in “going cobless.”  I created the setup shown and was able to get 34 flags. (But this was before I found this and this.)

I currently use four spaces (the two leftmost corners and column 4 of rows 2 and 5) for replaceables (Ice-shrooms, Potato Mines, and Imitater Jalapenos).  The sleeping Puff-shrooms slow down the zombies (very useful for Gargantuars).  The Gloom-shrooms on the left take care of the Digger Zombies and the Cattails take care of the Balloon Zombies.  Pumpkins are necessary on the ground because of the Imps.  The Gloom-shrooms on the pool make the inner ground rows pretty strong.  The Spikerocks are for Gargantuars and Zombonis (two of the three deadliest zombies in Survival: Endless, the third is the Jack-in-the-Box Zombie.)

I haven’t seen any setups on the Internet that use Magnet-shrooms.  Although very useful for Jack-in-the-Box, Digger, Pogo, Screen Door, Buckethead, Football, and Ladder Zombies, they say that at higher levels the Magnet-shrooms will overload and be practically useless.

My setup can still be improved.  The Spikeweeds on the right will get destroyed later by Jack-in-the-Box Zombies, Gargantuars, and Zombonis.  Pumpkins on the four leftmost columns of the pool are unnecessary.  Melon-pults should be replaced with Winter Melons.  The Kernel-pults inside Pumpkins should be replaced with Fume-shrooms without Pumpkins.

Cobless setups can last up to more than 600 flags.

Plants vs. Zombies: Endless

(Originally posted at on March 28, 2011 12:23 AM)

Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense action video game developed by PopCap Games.  The version I have is for Microsoft Windows and is the older version (the one with the Jackson-inspired zombie).  I will say more about this game in a future blog.

I’ve completed all the levels (for my version of the game) and the best I’ve done so far for the Endless stages are 11 levels for Vasebreaker, 12 levels for I, Zombie, and 16 flags for Survival.  For the Endless stage of the Survival mode, I use Cattails, Winter Melons, and Spikerocks.  (I suspect I could do better if I use a Cob Cannon, but I haven’t tried this yet.)

If you have a longer streak (or more flags) for these stages, please leave a comment, and perhaps give me an idea of how you did it.  Thanks.

Look Around You

(Originally posted at on March 7, 2011 10:03 AM)

Look Around You is a British television series devised and written by Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz. (Additional links are here and here.)  I watched the “Maths” episode thinking it was a serious educational TV show from the early 1980s.  (My favorite part was the segment on “What is the largest number you can think of?” from 1:19 to 1:41.)

Duck Duck Go

(Originally posted at on February 18, 2011 7:43 PM)

If you have concerns about privacy, you might want to avoid using Google as your search engine.  I tried using AltaVista, but found it somewhat annoying.  (I couldn’t use it to search for exact phrases using quotation marks.)

I’m currently trying Duck Duck Go and it seems quite nice.  (Try using it to search for The Simpsons characters [without quotation marks].)  I searched for Combinatorics on words and my short presentation about it was listed as the sixth entry (at the time I wrote this blog entry).