Earlier this year I tried a workshop called "Brain Gym" which is supposed to improve one's focus and organizational skills. It was quite effective ... (I did the exercises once this past summer before washing my car and wound up detailing the thing with a Q-Tip .... fun, eh?). The exercises can get a little boring after awhile. A game called SET was mentioned on BoingBoing the other day which I tried and appears to have a similar mental kick.
They have an online version of the game which changes every day and there's even a handheld version. I'll have try digging around for my old CIS PalmPilot so I can play this on the train.
I can't tell you how much I wanted something like Lego Factory to exist when I was a kid. You can upload the schematics of your "masterpiece" for others to purchase, or you can design something virtually and they'll ship you the exact parts. Now the bricks have computer chips, sensors and scripting languages which would have added an extra dimension to terrorizing the family pets.
I've been trying to squeeze in a lot of chess lately but have been stuck at a certain (beginneresque) level for some time. I'm not sure if / how / when this particular program (Pawn 2) makes mistakes but nonetheless after winning the following game I seemed to connect a few more dots.
There is a standard notation format that I can generate with these programs and also tag moves and games with comments ... it will be interesting to see how this works, what I can learn from analyzing any future "a-ha" moments, and if there are any collaborative uses of syndicated data.