Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Cool Toys and "Web 2.0 or Star Wars" quiz

Ok, let me just start off by saying that there is nothing wrong with my Flickr badge on my blog menu. For all of those who keep telling me it doesn't work it is because you're still using crappy Internet Explorer which I've been ranting about in previous blogs. So please switch over to "Firefox" (it's FREE) and avoid all these dumbass stupidities that IE is known for causing.

Alright now that I've gotten that out of my system lets get back to what's important here and that's toys...Yes...toys. My patients at work were laughing at me cause I told them I still buy toys if they're cool. Honestly, has anyone check out the toys kids play with these days? Most of them are freakin cool. Now nothing can ever beat G.I.Joe's, Transformer's and Ninja Turtle action figures from the 80's (those rocked!!) but when you look at some of the stuff coming out nowadays you can't help but say "Woooooo", such as my superposable Spider-Man action figure that has over 30 points of articulations!! Seriously, who can resist?? Let's take Lego for example, back then you had the basic themes, Space, City and Medieval....BUT now we have Star Wars Lego, Spider-Man lego, heck they even got Batman lego now!?! I'm not afraid to admit that I actually collect Star Wars lego (c'mon it's freakin Star Wars in lego form!!), you can all laugh but really how many of you actually wished they had something like this back when you were kids? Besides how can I give up the chance to own Chewbacca, Darth Vader or Han Solo in lego form? I even have Jabba's Palace set with Princess Leia in her skimpy bikini in Lego form, haha. Even Transformers have gotten cooler with Takara (Japanese toy manufacturer) coming out with the Binal-Tech series where they took original Transformer characters but now made them transform into modern cars that you and I drive or see (I actually have Smokescreen and Bluestreak, both turn into Subaru Impreza WRX's). They're 1/24 scale with multiple articulations in robot mode and are diecast (not cheap ass plastic) which jacks up the price making it definately an adult toy/collectible. So toys aren't necessarily made for kids even if it does say "For ages 8-12". I'm pretty sure some of the people who makes these toys had our generation in mind when coming out with new products.

Anyhoo check out this neat quiz called Web 2.0 or Star Wars Characters. It's a quiz where you have to be able to distinguish between Web 2.0 names and Star Wars names. I actully got 42 out of 43.

Friday, March 24, 2006

KINFIT Update and Mario Kart Madness

I got my new external mic (Sony ECM-HST1) and Sony "Professional" headphones for my camcorder Tuesday. I have to say the delivery was freakin fast, I got it the day after they emailed me saying it was just shipped. So I tried it out Thursday at practice (I looked liked a professional cameraman) and I was really impressed, the mic was small but very powerful, you can seriously hear a pin drop from across the room. It also came with a wind screen that looks like a lump of fur and when you put it over the mic it looks like a "Tribble". I was also able to find a friend that helped me fix my Kinfit logo, so now it looks professional and not like something I made with Microsoft Paint.

In other news, I ended up buying that GameCube that I was talking about in my last blog. I couldn't help myself, I got too addicted to it when my cousin brought his from Ottawa. Yes, I know, my will power is weak, but now everyday after work I play Mario Kart: Double Dash and its sooo much fun, zipping around, hitting other cars, exploding (BOOOM!), falling off cliffs. So much fun that I only turn it off when I have to eat dinner and I can feel numbness in my thumbs (no blisters yet). I'm already thinking about what other Mario game to buy next cause they're so much fun to play and they make great party games. I just like to note/make a reminder to all my friends that my birthday is in July...hint hint...hehe

Anyhoo, for those from kung fu/lion dance, I like to announce that we are now officially on Wikipedia if you search under "Lion Dance", thanks to Wong Tao for adding it. I also updated my flickr photo page and for those who ever wanted to know what their dreams meant, you can go check out the Dream dictionary website which I have also tagged on my del.icio.us page.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Microsoft's Origami project & Firefox vs Internet Explorer (IE 7 Beta preview)

For those of you who haven't already heard about Microsoft's Origami project, Microsoft is coming out with a "Ultra Mobile PC" which is a tablet PC with a 7" screen that you can touch and write on, one model will even have a swivel out keyboard for you to type on and it will run on Windows XP. It'll have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in as well. You can check it out on their official website or from this community website. You can also view an unofficial preview/commercial for it that was leaked out on YouTube. Note in the video how you can also use it as a wireless remote for your desktop PC...Now I'm not a huge fan of Microsoft, even though I use XP only cause I still prefer PC's over Mac's and I haven't quite gotten use to Linux yet, but I have to say this is a neat little gadget.

Recently I found out that some of my friends are still using Internet Explorer (gasp!), so for those who are still using it (god forbid), I suggest...no I highly recommend that you switch over to Firefox, cause it's just such a better, faster and safer/more secure browser. It uses tab browsing (so no more gazillion windows opened on your task bar) and the fact that you can add all sorts of extensions makes it so cool. I even recommend that you dump Outlook Express as well and use Thunderbird. Both of these are by Mozilla and you can download it for free from their site. (Microsoft recently released a Beta version of IE 7 that uses tab browsing but I still prefer Firefox).

Meanwhile my 6 yr old cousin came down from Ottawa this weekend and brought his Nintendo GameCube with Mario Kart: Double Dash and Super Mario Strikers, which prompted me to think about getting a GameCube again. I thought about getting one last fall after I saw it on sale and got hooked on Mario Tennis again, but I never got it because it didn't make sense for me to buy it for just one game. Now I haven't bought a game consol since my Playstation, and thats Playstation 1 not 2, so maybe its time to get one again. If you're wondering why it has been so long since I got one, well it's cause 1) I prefer playing PC games and 2) it didn't make sense for me to keep buying game consols when they're just gong to come out with a new one in 3-4 yrs, and 3) its way cheaper to just upgrade your PC than to buy a new console. In any case though, after today I got this urge to go buy a GameCube($99.99) to play all these cool Mario games but that would mean spending almost $200 total, which I sorta have but can't spend cause I'm still saving up for stuff for my video podcast and possibly a pair of hockey sticks before they discontinue my model. So many things to buy with so little money...ACK!...days like these are when I wish I won the lottery...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Random blog - nifty gadgets

I seem to have stumbled upon bloggers block if there's even such a thing. Not much has really happened lately thats worth writing about and I don't have any updates about my in the works video podcast. Although I did somehow get mentionned in Glen's blog about sexual predators, not sure how or why but I find that hilarious. If Glen wants to make some big bucks we can go shoot some porn with my high def camcorder and sell it on DVD or the internet. It can be called "Glen's Shaggalicious House of Whores" haha.

So has any of you ever wanted to make your own "Sausage Egg McMuffin" at home but could never get the poached egg to cook into that disc shape properly like McD's or it was just too much of a hassle to even try? Well there's this really cool toaster called the "Egg and Muffin Toaster" that you can get at Walmart for $50 or so. I bought one back in January and yes it's really cool and it toasts your english muffin, cooks your egg in that disc shape and reheats your precooked sausage, ham or bacon all at the same time in separate compartments. Total cooking time is only 4 minutes! You can check it out on their official site and view the demonstration video that they have to see for yourself how easy and cool it is. I've been using that to make my breakfast for the past 2 months.

For those Star Wars fans out there like me (ya you guys know who you are), Master Replicas just released their Force FX Darth Maul doulble sided lightsaber ($119 US). Yes you read correctly "Double sided lightsaber"!! It comes out to about 7 ft long, and the cool thing is that it can actually break into 2 seperate battle damaged lightsabers like in the movie when Obi Wan cuts it in half. Check it out on their official website. If you're wondering what's so cool about a Force FX lightsaber, well its the closest thing to a real lightsaber.

Anyways I uploaded new pics on my Flickr photos page and posted/tagged some new links to some cool websites on my del.icio.us page so go check those out if you like and I'll leave you with ths funny video on YouTube that you can check out about white guys and asian girls called Yellow Fever. Asians will find this particularily funny...