It's true. My Xbox 360 really does have its own blog, thanks to the magic of Xbox Live and my publically available stats there on. The 360 Voice throws some meat onto those statistical bones, providing an accounting of what I did the day before in narrative form. Thus, on the first day of my 360's blogging life, it wrote:
Like a king on his throne, NukeHavoc said 'awaken' and for him I did comply. 450 points represents the size of our growing kingdom. Ok, enough of this King Arthur stuff. That is a gain of 10 points over last time! He rallied Gears of War picking up 1 achievement, and after that powered me down without even saying good night. I mean what the heck?
Do you have a plan for when the zombies rise up and devour civilization? Huh punk, do you? Red vs. Blue offers their tips on saving your sorry ass from the zombie menace in "Planning to Fail", one of their funniest PSAs in a very long time.
Practical hydrogen powered vehicles are something that most geeks would love to see within our lifetimes ... and preferably much sooner. BMW's Hydrogen 7 series offers a glimpse of that future with a gas/hydrogen hybrid that puts a hydrogen fuel tank (actual liquid hydrogen, not fuel cells) and allows the drive to switch between gas and hydrogen at the bush of a button. Wired test drove one of the Hydrogen 7's in Germany and offers its insights into the prototype including the good (very low emissions that are mostly water vapor), the not-so-good (the eventual boiling off of the hydrogen over the course of 10-12 days) and the potentially nervewracking (refueling said hydrogen fuel tank).
No, not that kind of virgin. The kind that hasn't seen Star Wars. Entertainment Weekly found one in Michael Morrison, had him watch all six movies as they're aired consecutively on Cinemax, and then write-up his thoughts on the films.
The most notable question to arise from this is ... what is the correct order to watch the films in? Cinemax argues for sequentially, but as Morrison notes, watching them that way ruins all the surprises. Original trilogy preferences aside, I think for that reason the best order to watch the films in is the way they were originally released because you preserve the fun and the mystery of that is Star Wars.
Gaming blog Joystiq looks at the health and fitness mode of Wii. Like BrainAge for the Nintendo DS, the Wii's fitness mode runs you through a series of tests (in this case physical, using the Wii's motion sensitive baton-like controller), gauges the results and then awards you a "fitness age" based on your scores. Seems like a pretty cool use of the Wii platform, and all the more reason for me to get one come springtime.
Uncle Bear officially turned 10 years old last week. The venerable ursine is one of the few geek zines/blogs/sites/whatever-we're-calling-ourselves-now to have survived from the year of Nuketown's own genesis. Congratulations to Berin, and here's to another 10 years of geekdom and gaming goodness!
I spent the last week coughing and hacking (and taking care of equally sick kids) instead of going to the gym. The upside to all the phlegm though is that I didn't have much of an appetite, and as usually happens when I'm sick, I lost some weight. In fact, I'm now down to 208 lbs., which officially puts me at halfway to my goal of 190 lbs.
Usually I tend to regain the weight I lost while sick over the course of a week or two, as my body reaches equilibrium, but I'm hoping my return to the gym this week will allow me to keep some of the loss, and provide at least the slightest silver lining to the last week of hacking.
Reason recently redesigned their web site, making it smoother, easier on the eyes, and more modern looking. They've also added a new podcast category, and posted their first entry to it: "Scott McConnell and Daniel McCarthy: The American Conservative's editors on the big Democratic win".
J.C. Hutchins' podcast novel 7th Son will get a little touch of the Verse on Nov. 14 when Firefly's Nathan Fillion recaps "the story so far" for the book's listeners. This isn't the first time Hutchins has had such notable guest narrators; others include Robert J. Sawyer (Mindscan, Neanderthal Parallax trilogy), Mike Resnick (Santiago, the Starship series), Tracy R. Hickman (Dragonlance series) and Jeph Loeb (writer/co-executive producer for NBC's Heroes, Batman: The Long Halloween).
According to Hutchins:
7th Son is a free weekly podcast novel. The story chronicles the lives of seven strangers who have been brought together after the recent assassination of the U.S. president. These men quickly discover they all appear to be the same man, with identical childhood memories. Unwitting participants in a human cloning experiment, these "John Michael Smiths" have been assembled to catch the man who murdered the president. Their target? The man they were cloned from ... the original John Michael Smith, code-named John Alpha."