Scarlett of Suburbia

Field Notes from The Motherhood


November 2010

Mobile game revenue to top $11 billion by 2015

Mobile game revenue is expected to nearly double by 2015, Juniper Research predicted today.

According to the market researcher, mobile game revenue topped $6 billion last year. By 2015, Juniper predicts, that figure will be over $11 billion. However, the research firm noted that as time goes on, a shift will occur with revenue migrating from the “traditional pay-per-download model” to in-game purchases.

Juniper expects that by 2013, more revenue will be generated from in-game purchases than from actual downloads of mobile games. The research firm said “discoverability remains a problem for developers and publishers on some app stores,” so offering a free title and then getting people to pay for more levels or virtual goods is becoming the more desired way to attract gamers and revenue.

It could be a smart move. Earlier this month, research firm In-Stat reported that virtual goods revenue is expected to reach $7.3 billion this year. In 2007, consumers spent just $2.1 billion on virtual goods. By 2014, the firm predicts, customers could spend more than $14 billion on in-game virtual goods. Although those figures include data from social-networking titles, in addition to mobile games, it effectively highlights the growth in this area.

Interesting trend that more revenue will be generated by in-game purchase than from downloads. Is a future pricing model to give away the games???


On Tangles

The Dad: Can you guess what movie we’re going to see? Here’s a hint: it has to do with a girl and hair.
The 12 y.o.: Hairspray?
The 4 y.o.: Tangles?
The 8 y.o.: You mean Tangled?
The 4 y.o.: No, my hair gets tangled. It’s great hair, but they wouldn’t make a movie about THAT.

Ok, ok. No more pie. This is it. You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.

The 4 y.o. (who actually does listen from time to time)

Menu Plan for Week of 11/28/10 to 12/04/10

Sunday 11/28

B/ Shrimp Cocktail w Bagels and Cream Cheese

L/ Beef Stew, Cornbread

S/ Mixed Nuts and Pretzels

D/ Eggs Benedict and other Leftovers

Monday 11/29

B/ Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Toast, Orange Slices

L/ Cheese Sandwiches, Grape Tomatoes, PopChips, Blackberries

S/ Apple and P’nut Butter or Honey w Milk

D/ Pan-Fried Pork Chops w PW’s French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms

Tuesday 11/30

B/ Cereal, Banana, Ovaltine (or Carnation)

L/ Sliced Pork Sandwiches, Sugar Snap Peas, Red Pepper Slices, Squeezable Applesauce,

S/ PW Blueberry Crumb Cake w Milk

D/ Sloppy Joes over Baked Potatoes, Tossed Green Salad

Wedneday 12/1

B/ Leftover Blueberry Crumb Cake, Milk

L/ Brocoli Cheese Soup, Crackers, Orange Slices, Cookies

S/ Chips and Salsa

D/ Fancy Macaroni and Cheese, Haricot Vert

Thursday 12/2

B/ Poached Eggs, Toast, Orange Slices

L/ Cheese Cubes, Red Pepper Chunks, Crackers, Apple Slices

S/ Rice Krispy Treats w Milk

D/ Chicken Nuggets, Baked Potatoes, Peas

Friday 12/3

B/ Orange Marmalade Rolls w Milk

L/ Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Cherry Tomatoes, Fruit, Chips, Cookie

S/ Mixed Nuts and Pretzels

D/ Spaghetti and Meatballs, Toasted Garlic Bread

Saturday 12/4

B/ Panera Bagels w Cream Cheese

L/ Leftovers

S/ Banana Bread w Milk

D/ Out for Dinner

So this Google Earth app on my iPhone – it’s just limited to earth, right?

The 12 y.o. who didn’t appreciate the Mom’s retort around Google Street view not yet being available on Saturn.

Hey! There’s a bunch of crowd in my way! I want to feast! Where’s my drumstick? Hey Dad – show me some skin! Ewww – what’s that? Skin? Uh, no. I don’t think so. Where’s the pie?

The 4 y.o’s stream-of-consciousness Thanksgiving banter

Timeline of 20th Century Art Movements

Amazing timeline / infographic that accurately maps the major art movements of the 20th and early 21st centuries and important theorists/scholars/critics against social changes, political upheavals and scientific breakthroughs. Love that it includes digital media and gaming-influenced trends. The artist is currently teaching and pursuing a Ph.D. at my alma mater UCSB.


Menu Plan for Week of 11/21/10 to 11/27/10

Sunday 11/21

B/ Pancakes, Turkey Sausage, OJ

L/ Chicken Noodle Soup w Toasted Cheese Sandwiches


D/ Chicken Breasts in Cream Sauce w Baked Potatoes and Mixed Veg 



Monday 11/22


B/ Cereal, Milk, Granola Bar

L/ Pasta and Mascarpone Cheese 


S/ Sliced Apples in Honey or P’nut Butter


D/ Broiled Shrimp Scampi on Noodles (use med-size shirmp), Steamed Zucchini w Butter and Salt, Creme-Filled Cupcakes (FHE activity) 



Tuesday 11/23

B/ Orange-Ricotta Pancakes; Turkey Bacon; Apple Cider

L/  Bagel and Cream Cheese Sandwiches, Grapes, Smoked Salmon (Lox) Pieces


S/ Chips and Fresh Salsa (pico de gallo)


D/ Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Tossed Green Salad 


Wednesday 11/24


B/ Rachel Ray’s Suffed French Toast; Grilled Ham Slice; OJ

L/ Pasta Bar (Pesto Sauce, Mascarpone Cheese, Butter/Salt); Frozen Veg

S/ Banana Bread and Milk


D/ Spaghetti and Meatballs; Garlic Toast; Roasted Yellow Squash Salad

Thursday 11/25 THANKSGIVING 

B/ Sliced Strawberries, Easy Monkey Bread , Milk    

L/  Roast Turkey, Sourdough Apple Sausage Stuffing, PW Corn Pudding, Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Carrots and Parsnips, Green Bean Casserole, Apple Pie (freezer) 


Friday 11/26

B/ Turkey Hash w Eggs

L/ Leftover Thanksgiving Food Buffet

S/ Pretzels and Nuts

D/ Pizza Night


Saturday 11/27

B/ Poached Eggs Benedict (use spinach instead of meat for 2 servings); Hash Browns

L/ Baked Potatoes with Onion Sour CreamGreen Bean and Yellow Pepper Salad

S/ Orange Slices

D/ Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake; Grand Raspberry Trifle

On Facebook

The 12 y.o.: Can I have a Facebook account?
The Mom: No – you’re not 13. It’s breaking the law.
The 12 y.o.: Well, my friend L is only 12 and she’s on Facebook. Her mom is ok with breaking the law.
The Mom: If your friend L jumped off a bridge would you jump too?
The 12 y.o.: It depends on how high the bridge is…

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