Final Post?

September 1, 2011 1 comment

I think I’m going to put this blog on the back burner. On a semi-permanent hiatus so to speak. I may pick this back up in the future but as life has become somewhat more complex and time consuming, I have to give up a few things. Thanks to those few who have read my blog.

Live long and prosper :D

Categories: Life, Me

August 3, 2011 2 comments
In my youth I used to play a lot of video games. Well actually I still play a lot but that’s a whole different story. Well anyway as I was saying, in my youth I played a lot of video games and typically I’d play with a select few friends. Now by select few I would actually mean only three friends. Of these three friends, I only keep in touch with one. The other two have long since fallen by the wayside and I have not talked to them for many a year. Now Stephon I still keep in touch with even though we actually live quite literally a thousand miles apart. I would go so far as to say he is my best friend.
Recently he came to visit me and my family and it was a time that I was excited for yet dreading. Now I was excited because it had been over a year since we had last been in each other’s presence. We talk on the phone often but really it’s not the same as enjoying the weather with beer in hand or visiting a local restaurant for lunch. What I was dreading was the hand off of all of his gaming hardware and software to me. Now this may sound like a good thing to most of you but here’s the problem with it. It signals to me that he has officially moved on from the gaming scene. We have discussed it before but through this physical exchange, it has become official and ultimately set in stone. My one greatest gaming ally has moved on and it saddens me to no end. It’s like ToeJam without Earl, Marcus without Dom or even Ratchet without Clank.
Anyway enough of the sob story. I’m sure you’re only reading this to find out what was handed over so here’s what was in the official exchange. I’ll even post some pics for you to enjoy.

Game Collection Handoff

 

Atari Jaguar and games

Atari Jaguar Console CIB
Alien vs. Predator CIB
Raiden CIB
Tempest 2000 CIB

 

NES Compact and games

NES Compact Console (NES ver2) CIB
Castlevania CIB
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse CIB
Contra
Donkey Kong Classics
Gradius
Life Force  CIB
Mario Bros.
Rad Racer CIB
Rad Racer II CIB
Rush ‘N Attack
Super Contra
Super Mario Bros. CIB
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3 CIB

 

Playstation 2 and games

PS2 Slim Console CIB
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence  CIB
Devil May Cry GH CIB
R-Type Final CIB
Resident Evil: Code Veronica GH CIB

 

PSOne and games

PSOne Console
Castlevania: SotN GH CIB
Metal Gear Solid GH CIB
Resident Evil 2 CIB

 

SNES Compact and games

SNES Compact Console (SNES ver2) w/Kirby Super Star CIB
Axelay CIB
Castlevania: Dracula X CIB
Contra III: The Alien Wars    CIB
Final Fight
Final Fight 2 CIB
Firepower 2000 CIB
Gradius III CIB
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy CIB
R-Type III CIB
Street Fighter II Turbo
Super Castlevania IV CIB
Super Mario All Stars CIB
Super Mario Kart CIB
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island CIB
Super R-Type CIB
Top Gear CIB

It pleases me that he thought of me to hand these off to. Unfortunately it still was a sad day for me. The end of an era so to speak.

A Tip for the Parent’s … or Perhaps a Parenting Tip.

May 31, 2011 Leave a comment

My son has some issues. Well actually, he has a lot of issues. He’s got eczema which isn’t uncommon but we think it’s linked to his severe allergies to eggs, wheat, milk, nuts and soy. Yeah, makes it difficult for the wife to eat since she’s still nursing.

Anyhoo with the extreme change in diet, we’ve managed to get the eczema under control but one major thing that we haven’t gotten under control is his incessant itching. He often has socks on his hands just so that he doesn’t cut open any skin that is uncovered. While driving him home one day he actually itched his head so much that his face was covered in blood. That’s no exaggeration. It was like a horror movie. He also had the horrible habit of pulling his hair out while itching. This caused him to look like he had a receding hairline. With great care, he has since grown that hair back.

Now comes to the topic at hand. Little man tends to itch at his lower extremities whenever that area gets open to the elements (most often getting his diaper changed). He’s actually bloodied some parts that, well… men wouldn’t want to discuss. This did not pose much of an issue when he was younger, smaller and of course weaker. I was able to hold both of his hands and feet with one hand while doing the changing with the free hand. As he has gotten older, bigger and of course stronger, this is no longer an option and the wife isn’t always available to help hold him down.

Here is a very simple trick that I came up with that allows me to change him easily without the need for backup. I’m sure someone else has also done the same but I’m pretty proud of myself for figuring it out on my own. I decided that I would share the tip since there actually have been people that have thanked me for this tip (namely my daycare providers).

First off you’ll need a long thin receiving blanket or a towel. Ideally it should be about three times longer than the shoulder width of the child. Thinner is better since it makes it easier to weave behind the head.

Little man

Fold the blanket lengthwise and place the child’s head and shoulders as pictured above.

Little man
Little man

Pull one arm up and wrap that side of the blanket over the arm and weave it under the head. Be gentle and don’t pull too hard. It doesn’t need to be super tight.

Little man

Repeat with the opposite side.

Little man

Now you can go about your business changing as you please without worrying about little hands flailing about. I highly doubt anyone will read this but if they do, I hope this has helped them out. Oh and don’t look directly into his eyes. That’s his look of “oh no you didn’t!”

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Xbox Live Update – Halo: Reach

April 11, 2011 6 comments

Halo Reach Preview Disc

How convenient! Look what I just got in the mail. I’m so friggin excited I can’t contain myself! I just got the Halo: Reach preview disc that allows me to update my Xbox Live! Whoop dee doo! I absolutely cannot wait to dig into… oh wait. My console is currently out of commission. Please see previous post. Nice Microsoft, nice.

Oh I forgot to post an update for the last post. To put it simply, they told me it’s out of warranty. I need to pay em 120 bones if I wanted them to fix it or I could go through the online hoops to get it repaired for 100 bones. This is of course sans shipping costs. I don’t think so. It can sit on the shelf and rot for all I care. Glad I hadn’t invested that much into the system but it still pisses me off cause my lady bought it for me as an out of the blue gift :(

E 74 Error

April 2, 2011 2 comments

E 74 Error

Great. I rarely if ever use my 360 Elite (If I’m lucky I average 3-4 hrs a week on it). I tend to play my PS3 more for the simple fact that I’ve had it longer and it has free online play. Now while watching a DVD on my 360 I noticed some vertical bands across the screen and the video seeming very low res. This is even considering it’s always looked fine with the HDMI connections to the HDTV. I decided to check the video settings to see if something was amiss. Everything looked proper. I decided I’d just restart the system. Typically that would fix any issues but what ended up happening was that I got a flashy quarter red ring and a screen that said I had an E 74 Error. I am not pleased at all. If anything I’m pissed! I’ve probably not even logged in a tenth of the hours into this system as my PS3 and it has failed me. I don’t have it enclosed in an entertainment stand and I dust it often. There would be absolutely no reason for it to fail considering the way I baby my systems. Totally unacceptable no matter how you look at it.

According to the xBox site, the warranty for this type of error is 3 years from purchase date. Get this, I have the original receipt and guess what? It was purchased by my wife as a gift to me exactly 3 years and 21 days ago. Coincidence? I think not. I’ve contacted xBox support regarding this issue. I guess we’ll just have to see how they respond on Monday or Tuesday. I’m really not expecting much from them considering they pretty much still deny they had any wrong doing considering bad consoles. This kinda $#!t infuriates me! Today I hate Microsoft almost as much as I hate Gamestop.

Dead Space 2 Collector’s Edition

March 1, 2011 4 comments

I’ve not updated anything in a long while and I’d like to say that I’m lazy but that would mean I have time to waste. Totally not true. Family always comes first and the past few months have been family heavy. It’s been tough. Anyway we’re not here to discuss family, we’re here to discuss my opinion on Dead Space 2.

Dead Space 2 Collector's Edition

First I’ll fill you in on what’s in the Collector’s Edition. First and foremost it comes with the game (manual, case and all) but as a bonus it’s the Limited Edition version of the game. What makes it a limited edition is that the disc comes with a full copy of Dead Space Extraction on it. If you don’t know what this is, it’s essentially a HD version of the prequel to Dead Space that was originally released on the Wii. It’s a great bonus to an already awesome game. I had always wanted this for the Wii but never got around to purchasing it. Now I have it for the lowly sum of FREE and it has a full trophy set also. EA dun me proud.

Plasma Cutter

Secondly it comes with a little plastic replica of the plasma cutter in Dead Space 2. Now when I say little… that’s exactly what it is. It seems to be about 1/2 – 2/3 scale model of what you’re using in the game. Makes it look comical and actually feels rather comical when equipping it in real life :D
Lastly there is a soundtrack CD and art cell in the box which aren’t a big deal on their own but a nice bonus overall.

I finished up my platinum in Dead Space 2 last week so I figured I’d comment on the game. Simply put, it’s great. If you loved the original, there isn’t a darn thing about this game that you wouldn’t like. It’s everything you loved in the first one but more of it… Oh and there isn’t an asteroid shooting gallery to slow you up this time round ;P
Story is pretty good though can get old on multiple play throughs. Wouldn’t be a problem but you can’t skip through scenes or anything. You just have to let everything play through on its own. Kinda sucks but but overall not bad considering that’s my only gripe. Make sure to stay through the entire credits. There’s a little bit at the end of it that I’d say is an important piece of the puzzle.
Gameplay and controls are essentially identical to the first one with very minor tweaks. I guess they felt that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. One nice fix is that you can now reload without having to hold the aim button at the same time. Simple change but helps tremendously when you are trying to skeedaddle away from some necromorphs.
Music and sound is just as good as the original. It’s excellent. Surround sound is the only way to go when playing this game. I feel sorry for any of you who only have your tv speakers. Just the thought of it makes me sad.
I won’t comment on multiplay. I never tried it and don’t really intend to.

I honestly can’t say there was much that was added that was new. Basically if you liked the original, you’ll love this sequel.

I’d give the Collector’s Edition a $75/80. The game with bonus Extraction is already worth that amount. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
I’d give the standard edition wo/Extraction a $55/60. Definitely a great game and worth your time.

Well I must be off. Dead Space Severed just got released today. Gonna go kill me some more necromorphs… or would I be RE-killing them? Who knows? It’s gonna be a great ride anyway!

Allergy Issues

January 31, 2011 6 comments

Egg White Allergen – Class 6

Peanut Allergen – Class 5

Wheat Allergen – Class 4

Milk Allergen – Class 4

Cat/Dog Allergen – Class 3

Soybean Allergen – Class 3

Immunoglobulin E – 898 Whereas 0-230 is normal

My 7 month old son is a wreck and the next many many years of his life will definitely be interesting. Not quite looking forward to it. His special formula alone is going to cost roughly $140 a week. Even after he finishes up needing formula, what the heck do we feed the kid?

On a good note, I think we figured out where his incessant itching and horrible skin rashes are coming from :D

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