Sunday, February 25, 2007

Miranda and sleep problems

Overall Miranda is doing great. But sleep has always been a point of contention. She doesn't like sleeping unless she naturally just falls over tired. A lot of times we will do certain repetitive things that tend to lead to sleep, but most of the time it just doesn't work. That said, she slept in on Saturday (which gave me some time to place some crackdown which is super addictive) and had 2 long naps in the day, so needless to say she didn't go to bed till midnight and then didn't sleep very much. So today she had one long nap with little sleep last night so we are hoping that that is enough to have her sleep long and well tonight.

Congrats to Dr. Bucko and Mrs. Bucko (although I am not sure how she can stand him :) ) on the birth of the first child. Another xbox live user that will find it is sometimes hard to get some time at the machine. But it is worth it.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

First Impression of Crackdown for Xbox 360

Mmmmmm.... tasty explosions. I just got my copy of Crackdown in the mail today and that lead to me taking out some aggression on some violent criminals violent like. The premise is you are a genetically engineered cop trying to clean up the streets from a number of games. Kinda like reverse Grand Theft Auto. You have to be careful about going rogue or maybe you want to. You do gain abilities as you play which makes this extremely addicting. The agility skill puts the crack in Crackdown. Leaping between buildings has to be one of my favorite things to do.

Overall, I bought the game for the Halo3 beta, but I am definitely sticking around to play this one.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sinus infection

Well, Miranda and Michelle both got sick and I managed to follow them by a couple of days. Oh well. Sometimes, there is no helping it. I have managed to make it so far with no football. Well no games, as I am able to to follow the off season news. We have watched a couple of movies which were not to bad. Underworld: Evolutions although mostly seen as crap and as a typical popcorn flick, I kinda liked. I thought they took the mythos they had created and moved it forward quite a bit. Special effects were special so a good flick. Cars was another one that I found more than acceptable. The story was typical Disney and Owen Wilson played the same part he always does, but it was still a fun movie and just plain beautiful to watch.

I watched Unleashed (or Danny the Dog) and was pleasantly surprised that I liked it. I like hong kong action flicks but a lot of the recent forays into the genre have been hokey and just not fun. This however used fighting to help with character development as well as moving the story along. Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins, Jet Li and cast did a great job as well.

I bought Michelle Viva Pinata for the xbox 360 so that I wouldn't hog the magic white box. She loves it and I have to say that I find it strangely addicting to watch. There is a absolutely huge amount of variation in the game which makes it have lots of playability and sometimes the complexity (and the horrible Pinata AI) can overwhelm and irritate, it still redeems itself in colorful, musical cuteness. I recommend for those with this to pick it up as it is just weird enough to make it fun, however I won't call it exciting, but it is very relaxing.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Miranda attacks!

M: I see you have a camera.
A: Please be cute.
M: But look what I am wearing. I mean, I am still in my PJ's.
A: They are cute, though.
M: Get it out of my way!
A: Just one cute smile.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Go Michigan Tech!!!

Evidentally they are allowing more than just snow and ice in their ice sculptures... Enter the ice speaker cabinet. Ah them Michigan Tech students, crazy I tell ya.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

She found the power button

So, this morning I was playing a game of NHL 07 on the 360 and Michelle was reading. Miranda was playing with some of her toys on the floor and dancing to music in the background of the game. Now I get up 6-0 in the 3rd period (which I haven't done before on Pro level) and just generally doing a good job when Miranda walked up to the 360 and hit the power button.


For that Miranda, I am posting this picture:

miranda 005

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Video: Windows/386

Ok I am starting to feel like a link farm, or a video farm, but I couldn't resist posting this 80's video about Microsoft...

As a bonus, after the link is Mario Theme played on 15 different instruments

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Nintendo is the king of Nostalgia?

Nintendo seems to be the best platform for older gamers as they pull our heart strings by releasing many classics from the early 80's and also releasing games that maintain that original feel. Substance over graphics? Fun versus wow? Either way, I like it.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

New router

Well my new router has shown up. I decided to go with the Linux friendly version of my previous one. Even though I was able to install it on the 54G, it was not optimal as it didn't have enough memory. My new router is the WRT54GL. L is for linux :)

So right now I am killing time as the flash program is installing the new ROM for it. Of course I spent about an hour on it, but most was troubleshooting why my stupid laptop would not connect to teh schminternet via wire or wireless. So hopefully I will be done in the next 5 minutes or so.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Finito: The Superbowl

Well it is all over and Andy had a much closer prediction than I did. Lots of turnovers which are fun to watch but as for game execution, I am disappointed. The Bears defense were definitely caught on their heels after having what I thought was a great start with some great blitzing. As for the Colts, there were a lot of initial mistakes but when they settled in, they did play some very straight-forward football.


Only 3 months to the draft.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

R.I.P. Linksys WRT-54G

Well my linux installed router took the fatal plunge today. All lights were on and it was not responding after several resuscitation attempts. What it all really means is that I can't play xbox live until it is replaced. Nor can I watch my videos on my TV. Well it's service was short but it did well. I am replacing with the same.

Friday, February 02, 2007


Ok. Why did I post this? I posted this because the songs are hilarious. If nothing else, go in and listen to the samples.