Monday, March 31, 2008

Lego Eiffel Tower Unboxing

Jessi and I got a new toy. We're going to be going to Paris for our honeymoon, so we thought it would be fun to build the Eiffel Tower out of Legos. This particular project is 3,428 pieces of pure fun. Check out the slide show for the unboxing and what we accomplished at the end of one day. More pictures are sure to follow.

Update: The slide show now includes our entire build process. Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Horton Hears a Who

This week Jessi and I saw the movie Horton Hears a Who and let me tell you, it is a good movie. This movie is an absolute must see film. Even though we've all read the book and know the story, it's still fun to watch it unfold. Jessi and I both agree that our favorite character is the little puff-ball kid character. I don't remember the name, but it's the weird one kid and I laughed loud (too loud?) at everything she did. Not sure if you want to shell out the bucks to see it? Go ahead and watch the trailer yourself to decide. Better yet, just go see it and thank me later.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Sunday was a good day. I woke up early and headed out to my local Fred Meyers. It seems that the only place to buy anything electronic, that isn't Apple, is at Fred Meyers. Seriously, Corvallis has made it a point to keep out as many big retail places as possible. So there are none of my beloved places such as Best Buy,Wal-Mart, Circuit City and Target. Wait, this isn't my point... Back on track.

I went to Fred Meyers early Sunday morning and picked up a copy of Super Smash Bros. Brawl - the latest in Nintendo's successful Smash Bros. series. The game has a great premise to it: Over the years Nintendo has been creating games with memorable heroes inside of fantastical worlds. Over time the inevitable question arose: Who would win in a fight? Mario or Link? Kirby or Donkey Kong? Nintendo decided to create Super Smash Bros. to answer that very question. So you pick a character, who has special talents based on the original game, and you battle against other characters in arenas that look like those character's original world. Basically, it's a fun way to play with friends and have a blast.

So, I got my copy and started brawling. If you're hooked into my twitter feed, you already know what I'm talking about. What? You're not using Twitter? Well it's time you join the revolution. Until then, let me tell you more about what I think of Smash Bros. Just like all the previous versions, this is an excellent game. They've done a great job of adding tons of characters and twists to make the game ever more fun such as a Nintendog popping up in the middle of the screen to distract you. Also, playing my friends over the internet is plain exciting. Let me put it this way, if you own a Wii, go out and buy this game and I promise you won't be disappointed. Heck, if you've been looking for some way to justify buying a Wii, the opportunity to play Smash Bros. is a perfect reason to make the investment.

To drive my point home (get the game!), Jessi even enjoys playing with me. We like being on the same team and beating up on computer players together. For me, that makes the system worth every penny. Nintendo really has come through on this game.

Friday, March 07, 2008

4 Things I'm Excited About

Here comes the list: 4 Things I'm excited about!!!

  1. I just purchased a new monitor from HP - ah... the employee discount is nice... It's a 22" wide-screen beauty. A while back I talked about having multiple monitors and how nice it is a work. I mean, it's soooooo nice to be able to see everything at once. This is especially true with the web development I do. Now I can have three documents open and viewable at one time PLUS have the browser viewable on the other monitor. Not having to flip back and forth is going to be amazing.
  2. Speaking of the browser, Google recently released a little program to sync Google Calendar with Microsoft Outlook. This, quite honestly is pretty cool. You see, I have all my personal stuff ongCal and all my work stuff in Outlook. It's fine keeping them separate, but it meant I was constantly having to memorize my schedule, or turn on my work computer to see what was going to be happening in the next few days. Well... now they're all synced up. I will no longer have to waste time memorizing my schedule or turning on my computer. The best part is that I can accessgCal on my iPhone which means I now have my work schedule in my pocket. Yeah, it's pretty sweet.
  3. Speaking of the iPhone, I can't wait until June comes about. Today Apple reviewed their SDK for the iPhone and some of the applications coming in June are going to be amazing. I'm excited about the corporate features, like push email, but I'm just as excited for the other programs. For example, Super Monkey Ball from Sega uses theiPhone's accelerometer for controls. It looks like it's going to be a wicked fun game.
  4. Speaking of games, this Sunday is going to be a Sunday of epic proportions. For those of you keeping score, especially you Wii owners out there, this Sunday Super Smash Bros. Brawl comes out. I've already set up time to play online against a bunch of friends. We all installed Skype on our computers so we can chat while playing. It's going to be a blast. More importantly, Jessi is excited for the game to come out too. We've played Smash Bros. Melee a few times and she's really liked it. I'm excited.

As you can clearly see, great things are happening and great things are going to continue to happen. I know you're jealous, but that's OK.