Here is a Before/After picture of my weight loss progress. I'm not done yet. But I am pretty proud of what I have accomplished up to this point. The before was taken in 2003 during our trip to San Francisco. I weighed in at close to 290 at that point. In the after picture, I weigh in at 205. The secret: diet and exercize.
Karen spend the last week and two weekends down in Florida helping her Great Aunt move to MN. This left me home alone to bachelor it. My luck that it pretty much rained the entire time. Gave me plenty of time to play on the Xbox 360 at any rate. I had a deal through GameSpy to get a free month of GameFly rentals so I used that to rent King Kong. Played that from beginning to end in a few days. The rest of the time I spent playing Burnout online with some pretty cool people I met online. Heya Spartan! 😉
Wiiiiiiiiiii! Nintendo decided to name the next-get console coming this fall the Wii. Uhhh, OK. Up to this point every had been referring it by the development codename Revolution. Most of us gamers felt that was a perfectly fine name and the big N should keep it as the final. There is speculation going around the net that this is a big ruse and the real name will be released at E3. Guess we will just have to wait and see.
I am starting to think this website needs a new face. That randomized picture you see of me in the corner is about 8 years old. Not that my face has changed all that much since then. I simply am no longer a fan of this design. It was always ment to be cheesy. I think I just need a different level of cheese. We will see what the next few weeks bring me in the shape of ideas.
For example, when it comes to games, I have a bad habit of buying a game and not finishing it. Usually because something "newer and shinier" came along. I have shelves full of unbeaten games. PC games are the worst for me. I'll start a game, then because of a system crash, hardware upgrade, or whatnot I'll loose the save game. I rarely feel like starting a game over from scratch once a save game is lost.
To start a new trend, I finally took up Zelda: Wind Waker after a 3 year hiatus. I know this because the last save game on the memory card was dated 2003. Ooops! I spent the last few weekends picking up where I left off and finishing the game. Just last night while waiting for Karen to come home I beat the game. Small goal, but accomplishing any goals you set for yourself, even small ones, are good thing.
It's been slow for any new game releases that jump out at me. Something I am actually quite happy about for a change. The only game I picked up this month was for the 360: Burnout Revenge. So far I like it. It is funny how much I did look forward to HD games. Now that they are here, they feel like the way games are supposed to be. The impact has not been as dramatic as the jump from the SNES to the Nintendo 64. I don't think we will ever see a dramatic jump like that ever again. At least not until we can jack ourselves into the Matrix.
On the 360 I have been spending time making new friends via Xbox live. There is just something inherently cool about chatting with other gamers with the headset while playing online. Two weeks ago I took a sick day *ahem* and spent the day playing Burnout Revenge online. I met a varied group of gamers. Everyone from the hyper-active 13 year olds, to the 50 year old grandma gamer. It was an amazing experience and makes the world feel just the slightest bit smaller. Now, If I could just avoid the "headset hair dent". 😀
Clatto Verata Nicto.
This does bring back memories of the PS2 launch back in 2001. I ended up getting the PS2 on eBay as well. Déjà Vu.
My initial impressions are a solid level of jubilation and satisfaction. I cannot express how impressive it is to manipulate the wireless joystick. There has been uncountable times where I have been reaching ultimate gaming bliss and then someone (not naming names) trips over my controller wire, ending said bliss with the death of my avatar. That, thankfully, is a thing of the past. Also worth mentioning is Xbox Live. Now, that is not new, but it is certainly improved. The ability to stream in demos and trailers is a feat that I have previously enjoyed as a PC gamer, never before on a console. In a word. Nice!
I picked up two games to go with the system:
At first I will be spending more time just experimenting and checking out demos. Once the dust has settled, I'll get into the above games more thoroughly. I will say that the Xbox arcade has the possibility of sucking up some hours with its promise of retro-goodness. I checked out Geometry Wars and I can say it is a unique mish-mash of old-school with modern eye candy. In my short play time with it I've managed to pass 100,000 points. Still, no where near the best scores of 12 million that I keep hearing about.
A few complaints while I am here. White! Why in the name of Zeus does everything have to be iPod white these days. The 360 sticks out of my entertainment center like a sore thumb. At least the faceplate can be changed. I'll try to keep my eyes open for a black faceplate. My opinion will always be that tech gadgets look better in black. I just hope this thing won't turn yellowish in 10 years like my old Apple IIc has. Lastly, Microsoft please update the dashboard so I can queue downloads and possibly do other things while downloading.
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Tomorrow we stuff ourselves. Revenge of the Turkey! He's going down... all the way to China-Town.
Today I'm posting my Xbox Live gamertag. If you want to find me on Xbox Live: look for my gamertag LaXDragon. No, it does not mean Laxative Dragon. Can you even imagine how messy a Dragon on Ex-Lax would be? Uhhh ish! Not a pleasant thought.
Also of note: Today provided the first snowfall of the year. It was only about an inch, but that qualifies. Butt cold outside today. The Mini handled the chilly 20F Minnesota air just fine.
Anyway... I added a few new games to the GameDB. Quake 4 and FEAR. Just the games I tweaked my system for. Speaking of tweak. I ran into an issue with the Dual Core CPU. Apparently WinXP has a bug on Dual Core CPUs. I noticed it when playing Battlefield 2 for more than 2 hours. After that it would get choppy and start dropping the connection. Only a reboot would fix it. Installing the hotfix and the AMD Dual Core CPU driver update fixed it. One the same note, nVidia updated the GeForce driver last week. That update boosted performance slightly. Always nice to get a free performance boost.
Yahoo really ticked me off this week. It all started when I got a email from them saying my account had been deleted for violating their "Terms of Service". It did not bother to tell my WHY or WHAT I did. I tried emailing them, but as you would expect, that is just a black hole. I even went as far as calling them. The lady on the phone, while very nice, just gave me the run around telling me that she can't do anything. She just gave me a different email to get more help. That email was also promptly filed to /dev/null. Finally tonight I got another automated email from Yahoo telling me my account will be reactivated for 10 days to fix the violation. At least this time it told me what that was. Apparently I have a GeoCities website that I created 4 years ago. That website was a redirect to this site. That is not allowed by their TOS. I'm still a bit ticked, just less than before. They could have warned me instead of just locking me out. I totally forgot that website even existed. It certainly was not being used. I really did not want to loose my Yahoo account. I've had it since 1998. That and Karen and I chat over Yahoo instant messenger during the day at work.
I noticed I dropped off the first page of Google search results again. Maybe I'm not mentioning my name is Jeremy Newman enough. 😀