Monday, November 29, 2010

Reach Killing Spree

Another video showcasing my exceptional skills in Halo.

Raising A Genius

SpongeBob bed
Originally uploaded by Gemini Ace
I think I can safely say that my son is a genius. I know everybody thinks that about their kid, but I'm serious.

First off he can unlock Rhea's iPhone. He hits the home button and slides the slider with his finger. Then he opens up apps and even starts playing songs off the iPod sometimes! Genius I tell's ya!

Not only that, but yesterday we were sitting down for breakfast. He was looking out the back door at the dogs. I told him that as soon as I was done we could go give them some treats. Once I said that, he walked into the kitchen, opened the cabinet with the treats and brought them to me. It was amazing!

I have video of him unlocking the iPhone, but I can't get if off of my phone. I don't know why. Otherwise I like my phone. Read my impressions here. Otherwise, go look at the videos of Rhys on my YouTube. Adorable!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


With the money I sold my iPhone for, I was able to get my Focus with a little scratch left over. How much you ask? How about enough to buy Kinect? Woot!

All we have is Kinect Adventures, but it's a pretty fun little "Wii Sports" selection of games. I enjoy the river rafting one quite a bit. I also like how it takes pictures of you during the game, although I'm sure the people that see the pictures don't like that feature.

The living statue thing is pretty funny, too. I'm glad it lets you record whatever you want to say. That was an unexpected bonus.

Balls balls...suck 'em suck 'em...

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Focus Focus Focus!

I did the seemingly unthinkable yesterday. I bought a new phone. And not a new iPhone. I hooked my wagon to the newest iPhone competitor, the Windows 7 phone.

I know what you're thinking. "Dude, how can you not get the new iPhone? Are you a commie?" To that I say, because I didn't wanna, and yes.

Honestly, ever since I finally got my 3G updated to the (gimped) iOS4 update, I was thinking about changing. Being able to put apps into folders made me realize that I never used 90% of the apps on my iPhone. Once they were put into folders, that was it. I kept the apps that I used on a regular basis out of folders, which added up to roughly 1 screen of apps.

I use my phone for a handful of things. Phone calls, the camera, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, and music. I use it for some gaming as well, but there are only a handful of games that are worthwhile on the platform. Flight Control. Real Racing. The Spiderman game. Cut the Rope. That's it. And Game Center is a big bag of fail.

When they announced that Phone 7 would have Xbox Live support, that sealed the deal for me. Actual games with achievements supported by Microsoft. Not a bunch of 3rd party crap that is designed to get your cash in exchange for 10 minutes of tilting your phone.

Some of the great things that I've found so far in Phone 7 are the integration with my Gmail and Facebook accounts. I was worried it would be a nightmare getting my contacts updated on the phone. Fortunately, it took little more than me logging into each account for Phone 7 to have my address book populated and ready to go. The iPhone can't even reconcile your Gmail contacts between what you've sent on your phone vs what you've sent via the internet.

The Xbox Live application is amazing. I've played ilomilo and The Harvest so far. ilomilo was free and it's adorable. The Harvest looks awesome and plays very well. I plan on getting a few more of the launch titles like The Sims 3 and Need for Speed pretty soon.

Basically, change is good I think. After 2 years with the iPhone, I feel like I've seen everything there is to see on the platform. Not only that, but the performance was suffering.

I'm not saying this phone won't have issues. I started out with one right off the bat because it downloaded an update as soon as I got it and I finally had to hold the power button down to make it reset itself. Also, the memory is expandable via a microSD card, but once you put in the card, you can't take it out. It becomes part of the memory and can't be swapped out like most other phones. This is a small thing and something I can deal with.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Gamer In The Making

Who needs #Kinect?!
Originally uploaded by Gemini Ace
Since getting my new Halo Reach Xbox, I've discovered something interesting. Since it has the touch sensitive buttons, it's extremely easy for a little walk up to it and turn it off. As in, watching a movie on Netflix one second, Xbox power off the next.

He figured out how to turn on the Xbox using the controller a long time ago, so now I have to give him a controller with no batteries in it. Pretty soon he'll be pwning asses in Halo Reach.

Monday, November 01, 2010


Originally uploaded by Gemini Ace
Snikt! He's the best there is at what he does, and what he does is get candy!

We took Rhys trick or treating last night in his awesome Wolverine costume. We went around our new neighborhood so we can meet some of the people. He made a nice haul. He wouldn't say trick or treat, even though he will say it if you don't want him to. Once you ask him to say it, it's all "uh uh".