Sunday, December 31, 2006

Nintendo Wii

After much searching and an absolute refusal to wait in early morning lines, I managed to get a Nintendo Wii.
Target had at least 8 of them and the checkout guy seemed puzzeled at my excitement. Heres my early review:

  • Nintendo Wii:
    The graphics are the only disapointment on the Wii. The controls are the best of any console. This is the first time I haven't missed a keyboard and mouse on a console. The Online store could learn a few things from Microsoft's marketplace, but I expect it to improve over time. I have not been able to find a second Wii controller, or component video cables.

  • Wii Sports:
    No one expects the sample disc that comes with a console to be worth much, but I have spent as much time playing Wii Sports as I have any of the other games I have.

  • Rayman Raving Rabbids:
    Think of Wario ware style mini-games that make you laugh. This one is really fun and should be fun to show your friends when they come over to gawk at your Wii.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess:
    Wow! Apparently I haven't really even started the game yet, and I'm already 3 hours in. The story seems to be complex and the controls are spot on. It's supposed to take 60 hours to complete this game.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Oops, Site was broke

Hmm, looks like the site has been broke in Explorer for more than a week. The problem became visible when we added the Amazon links.
Apparently there was a missing greater than on a script end tag. Firefox was fine with it, but Explorer freaked all out.

Problem fixed, there's nothing to see here, move along.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Interesting YouTube

I've recently saw mention of an elderly british man, with
the handle of geriatric1927, who has been talking about his life on YouTube. I also
found another gentleman, with the handle jimsan1, who was
inspired by geriatric1927 and began doing the same thing.

Their stories remind me of my Grandfather and all of things he has done during his life. Their just normal people talking about their life.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

XBox 360

Well, we got an XBox 360 and it's pretty damn cool.


  • Very nice interface.

  • Playable demos of almost everything.

  • 1080i HD output to our TV.

  • Playback of MP3's from our XP server over the local network.

  • Viewing of Pictures from our XP server in HD.

  • XBox Live Arcade games are almost more fun than the full XBox games.


  • Can't play movies from the local network server without Windows Media Center OS.

  • Games are slightly more expensive than PS2 and PC games.

  • Very loud cooling fans.

Here is my XBox Live Profile info.

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Fun with the new camera on the 4th of July.

I had fun taking pictures on the 4th this year. Here are a few of the them.

There was a car fire at a neighbor's house. I managed to get a few pics.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

New Camera

I just got a brand new digital camera. The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT. This camera is simply amazing. I have a bunch to learn when it comes to photography, but it will be fun learning with this camera.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Dragon box

I saw a box of dominoes at World Market with a dragon picture on them. The box was $30, way too expensive. So I took a box I bought at Goodwill for a dollar and
made a Dragon to place on top of it. Then I took a box of dominoes we have, that cost maybe 6 dollars, and put them in.

Thursday, June 8, 2006

More New Clay

Some more clay things I have been working on. Nothing too great, but here are the pictures anyway.

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Friday, May 26, 2006

New version of FindInJars app.

I made a minor update to the "Find In Jars App". It's now at version 1.1 WooHoo! Man I need a better name for that app. Change Include:

  • You can now use periods in place of slashes in the class name field.

  • User preferences saved in users home directory.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Dr. Who

Added a new toy to the collection. This one had to come through customs direct from the UK.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006


No, it's not some kind of weird sex act. It's a super cool site and program that will
take any image and break it up into smaller parts that can be printed. So you find
some cool image you want to hang on the wall, use the website or the standalone
version of the software, and create a pdf. When you print the PDF you can take the pages
and lay them out in order to recreate the image at the size you selected.

New Games

  • Spore
    I fully expect to spend way too much time playing this game. This is the game
    I have always wanted to create for myself.

  • Loco Roco
    This one has the potential to be just as addictive as Katamari.

  • Brain Age
    I don't have a Nintindo DS yet, but when I get one, this will be the first game I
    purchase, and I won't as embarressed when I put it on top of the copy of Nintendogs I'm also going to get.

Sunday, April 9, 2006

New Games

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Warning this game is very addictive. Think single player warcraft, but with better quests. I've been playing for 30 hours and I have barily touched the main storyline. I have been spending my time with side quests that I found interesting.

Kingdom Hearts II
Much better than the first game. I think the ability and players system is a little too complicated. But how fun is it to run around in Disney movies. I can't wait for the Tron section.

Katamari Damacy
A very strange and addictive game. I can't do it justice. You just have to try it.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Just Say No To DRM

I wasn't happy with the no HD image from my previous post. So I created a new one.

Just say no to DRM

Thursday, February 23, 2006

It's time to fight back against DRM

Well the collective powers are doing their best to make me stop watching TV.
This article does a good
job of describing the basic problem. Hollywood and the collective of money grubbing scum are using their
power to restrict fair use. You will no longer be able to save shows for later, make backups of movies, or hell
even use the HD tv that you already own. And, while they're at it they will make sure to kill any competition that
might spring up by requiring outrageous fees to even think about connecting your new device into their DRM controlled

That fancy HD TV you bought won't even work with the new players coming out. Why? Well, because it doesn't restrict you enough. Thanks for buying our new technology early, now bend over!

No DRM control HD for me.

Friday, January 27, 2006

No pain no gain

This was taken today. The work from the 3rd session has healed and I go back in a few days for more work.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Welcome to the Metaverse

That little green guy is me in the online world of Second Life. I'm hoping to open a store in SL soon. More to come.