Archive for December, 2006

20
Dec
06

Mii Contest?

Once upon a time, my friend Adrian and some other friends from high school had a covers contest.  In it, they would pick a song a week and each member of the group would record his own version of the song.  This proved to be far too labor intensive to be sustainable.  However, in the spirit of the covers contest, I now propose a new contest: a Mii contest.  Here’s how I envision it working: each week a real person (alive or dead) is chosen and each contest participant makes a Mii of the person.  The chosen person could be a celebrity, politician, athlete, family member, or anyone.  At week’s end, each participant’s submission is presented and the blog readership votes on which Mii is best (however that is defined).  The winner gets some big prize, like getting to choose the person for the following week.

The Mii functionality of the Wii has received a lot of publicity recently.  In fact, a lot of people are reporting that groups of people who have gotten together and intend to play Wii Sports wind up having so much fun and spending so much time creating Miis of all the people there, that they wind up not even getting around to playing Wii Sports.  In addition, people have spent a bunch of time creating Miis for all kinds of public figures, like directors and politicians.  Not only that, I discovered tonight that there is actually a flash applet that mimics the Wii’s Mii channel.  So, even those of you who do not own a Wii could get in on the action.

Anyway, if there is interest in this contest, I would consider starting it up after Christmas, when I get my Wii.  If there isn’t enough interest in the contest, I’ll probably periodically post Miis that I make for my own amusement.  Perhaps I’ll start with Don Slaught/Chris Isaak…

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18
Dec
06

This just in…

Former Pirates catcher and current Detroit Tigers hitting coach Don Slaught looks just like singer/songwriter Chris Isaak:
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18
Dec
06

My philosophy of gift-giving

As the deadline approaches for thinking of that great gift for friends or family, I thought I would pass along my thoughts on what makes a great gift:

  • Something that the recipient doesn’t NEED.  By buying something that is needed, you are essentially just paying for something that the person would have bought for him/herself anyway.  That’s no fun.
  • Something that you know/think the person would really enjoy but would probably never buy for him/herself.  This especially includes gifts that you know the recipient has been coveting but could never justify actually buying.

Thinking back to some of my favorite gifts or gifts that I know are favorites of my friends and family, I would say that most of them fit the above criteria.  Do you have any criteria to add?

12
Dec
06

Nintendo update

Just in case people aren’t totally sick of hearing about Nintendo stuff, I thought I’d provide an update.  On Saturday I beat Super Mario 64 on N64.  I’ve been playing it for awhile, collecting stars, and on Saturday I finally got the minimum number of stars required to face the final boss.  There are a total of 120 stars in the game and 70 are required before you can face Bowser to win the game.  It took me a long time to beat him, but I finally did.  I’m still interested in collecting as many stars as I can, but it was satisfying to beat the game.

In other news, after a lot of searching online, I finally managed to track down an extra Wii Remote.  They’re sold out pretty much everywhere.  On Sunday, I found that WalMart.com had them, but I waited around, debating whether I should go ahead and buy one.  Because the Wii is going to be a gift, I felt like maybe I shouldn’t buy one and just wait until after Christmas.  However, a couple of hours after I discovered that Walmart.com had them, I refreshed the page and it said they were out of stock.  So, that was a bust.  However, it convinced me that I should go ahead and order one if I could find one, since the chance of me finding one in a store around Christmas was basically zero.

So, yesterday, I looked around on a bunch of websites.  Best Buy was out of them.  Circuit City didn’t have them.  Newegg said they were expecting them, but when I checked back later in the day, it said they were out of stock.  Target didn’t have them.  I could buy them through GovConnection for like $38 instead of $40, but they won’t ship for another 2 weeks or so.  There were a bunch of sketchy online stores that had them, but they charged like $20 for shipping.  Some of the stores allow you to sign up for an email alert that they’ll send you when they get them back in stock, so I signed up for a couple of those.  I got an alert that Amazon had them yesterday, but it turns out that it was actually one of Amazon’s partners and they cost like $48 instead of $40, so I decided to hold off.  Then, last night, I checked Amazon again and Amazon itself had them for $40, so I pulled the trigger and ordered one.  That’ll complement the Nunchuck controller I got when I bought the system.

Ideally, I’d like to get 3 extra controllers, but they’re $40 each, so if I ordered 3 of them, that’d cost $120, which is pretty steep.  That said, I wanted to get at least one extra controller so that when I’m at home over Christmas my family and I will be able to play games together.  I think my parents and I will be celebrating Christmas on the 22nd, so I have only 10 days to wait!

05
Dec
06

The early bird gets the worm.

If you’ve been following my Wii posts, you’ll know that it has been agreed upon that I am getting a Wii for Christmas. However, as I noted before, actually finding a Wii to buy at a reasonable price is not easy. So, I watched various websites with information on the Wii in order to figure out which stores would be getting them and when. From the websites I saw, it looked like Sunday, December 3rd would be when it all went down. The preceding night I called around and, from talking to various stores, it seemed like the Circuit City in Somerville was the most promising. It sounded like they had lots of units and a plan for how to deal with the situation in an orderly fashion. So, I set my alarm clock for 4:30am and tried to go to sleep. Eventually, I succeeded.
Continue reading ‘The early bird gets the worm.’

03
Dec
06

In lieu of 1000 words

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