Archive for January, 2007


Look for me on the next PGA tour

Now that I’m a golf pro, I should be able to tear it up with Tiger Woods, et al.  On my last 9 hole round, I finished 7 under par, with a hole in one.


In case you didn’t know where I’m from…

this sweatshirt (courtesy of Adrian) should clear up any uncertainty.


That is, if you know that the plural form of “you” colloquially used in Pittsburgh is “yinz” (or “yunz” – a contraction of “you ones”). Thus, a person who says this word is a “yinzer”. I get the sense that some people may view this word as an insult, to describe someone who’s not well-educated and talks like a moron. However, I know that it’s worn as a badge of pride by many Pittsburgh expatriates who are proud of where they come from, since one of the most distinguishing and recongnizable aspects of Pittsburgh is its dialect. What many people refer to as “Pittsburghese” is part of a larger dialect region known to linguists as North Midland U.S. English. If you’re interested in a reasonably scholarly examination of speech in Pittsburgh, see this webpage, put together by a professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  If you’re interested in finding words that are characteristic of colloquial speech in Pittsburgh, google “Pittsburghese” – there are myriad websites cataloging the various particularities of Pittsburgh speech, at least some of which come from the Scots-Irish, who settled the region after the Revolutionary War.


First Mii Contest

After having the Wii in my possession for almost 3 weeks, I finally got to play it when my family and I celebrated Christmas on Dec. 22nd.  One of the first activities was creating Miis for myself, Heather and other family members.  I spent relatively little time on mine, but got a satisfactory result after probably only 10 minutes or so.


With mine complete, we moved on to Heather’s.  This proved to be much more difficult.  In fact, we have gone through probably 4 iterations and we’re still not all that happy with the result.  So, since we are having little success ourselves, we thought it would be a good idea to have the first subject in the Mii contest be Heather, whose chose her name on the Wii to mimic the name she uses when she posts comments on my blog, namely “Your Wife.”

I had mentioned before that there is a flash interface online for making Miis.  However, once I started using the editor on the Wii, I discovered that the flash interface provides much more customizability than the editor on the Wii.  So, in order to ensure that the Mii contest produces winners that can actually be used on the Wii, I will restrict entries to the contest to those created using the actual Mii editor on the Wii.  Perhaps this will provide impetus for those of you who want a Wii but haven’t yet purchased one to get out there and buy one.  Incidentally, this site reports that Best Buy will have a ton (eg. ~150 each) of Wiis on January 15th.  So, if you’re still having a hard time finding one, this may be your chance.

For those of you interested in participating in the contest, pictures of my wife can be found below. Continue reading ‘First Mii Contest’


Blogging from my Wii

Some of you may know that a web browser is now available for the Wii. This makes it possible to log into my blog and write a post, which is what I’m doing right now. Of course, having only an on-screen keyboard makes the process slower than it would otherwise be. Fortunately, the on-screen keyboard also offers commonly used words that begin with the letters you’ve already typed, as seen in the picture. I wonder if I could plug a USB keyboard into the USB ports on the back of the Wii. That would certainly speed things up. As cool as this is, I suspect that this will be the last blog post I make this way. However, if I had a DS Lite, I could see myself posting periodically using the Opera browser for the DS while on the road.

(Full disclosure: I uploaded the picture from my computer, not the Wii.)


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