Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Speak and Spell

Do you remember an 80's toy called the Speak and Spell? God this brings back memories. click here to be reminded of your days spent playing this educational toy.

PS. If you are having problems getting this to run, remember to turn off your pop-up blocker.

Burning Crusade Update

Well... as you can guess by the frequency of my blogs lately (or lack there of) I've been busy playing World of Warcraft:The Burning Crusade! Astir, my alter ego in the game is now Level 68 and I'm on target to hit Levl 70 and get my flying mount by Sunday.

After that... I've not decided. There's still a TON of things to do like getting money for an Epic flying mount, or level up my alts, or get keyed up for Karazan or starting a new character using the 2 new races included in this expansion. So much to do, so little time.


Sunday, January 21, 2007

Funny Commercial

Hehehe I love this commercial.

A little bit of a vacation from Blogging

Well I know its been a while since I last posted a blog, but World of Warcraft:The Burning Crusade came out on 16th Jan 2007 and I've been doing almost nothing else since. So I'm taking a brief Sunday morning break to post my leveling adventures in the Outlands.
This is Astir hitting Level 61 (of 70) in Pools of Aggonar in Hellfire Peninsula.

Here is Astir hitting level 62 (of 70) after turning in a quest in Honor Hold.

Astir hitting level 63 (of 70) while in Underbog, the 2nd instance in Coilfang.

Astir hitting level 64 (of 70) while killing Withered Giants in Zangramach just last night. (Or rather 3+am this morning)

And finally here's Astir in her new solo gear. Yes she looks very... funky in her multicolored outfit complete with green ankle high pants and a red fedora.


Monday, January 15, 2007

The 50,000 calorie Sandwich

This is the story of 2 boys who made a huge big ass sandwich and proceeded to eat the whole then. Of course they had to document the whole thing.

You'll also notice that they didn't finish the whole sandwich in one sitting. Now THAT would have been really news worthy.


Welcome to F*cking, Austri

I'm not being crass or crude. It so happens that there's a little town in Austra called Fucking. (I kid you not)

Tourists are causing a lot of anxiety — and are costing money — to a tiny village where signs keep disappearing. What do the signs read? "Welcome to Fucking, Austria." Pronounced "fooking," the little hamlet of Fucking is named after the man who founded the village in the 6th century. His name? Focko. The town sign has been stolen seven times in the last few months. With signs costing several hundred dollars apiece, much of the tiny town’s budget is being spent replacing the signs, says Siegfried Hoeppel, the Mayor of Fucking. He went on to express his hope that further thefts will be avoided through the use of increased concrete and . . . bigger screws.

I love Digg, it keeps coming up with some very funny articles.


Movie Review - Night at the Museum

Well its been quite a while since I last watched a movie. This is so damn sad, I used to watch a new movie and sometime 2-3 every single week, but as I grow older and I'll admit a lack of movie buddies, I watched 13 movies last year. I'll also place part of the blame on Hollywood cos a lot of the movies that came out were utter crap. I might elborate on this in a later post but don't feel like doing it right now.

Anyway, James Bond was my last movie and I don't think I reviewed it but trust me, watch the show. I'm not a huge Bond fan but Danial Criag redefines Bond and I LOVE IT!!! And I'm not just saying that because he looks gorgeous in swim trunks. the show really is good and gives depth to the Bond character.

Anyway, my first move for 2007 was Night at the Museum. It stars Ben Stiller and has been number one the US Best movie list for the past 3 weeks and was number 2 this week. Now if you're not a Ben Stiller fan, don't get turned off, this isn't his usual Zoolander kind of movie. This is more a Disney kind of movie with awesome special effects. In fact I was surprised that Disney didn't do this show, its really a very good feel good family show. It appeals to all demographics I think.

The whole show is about a guy who has trouble holding on to a job and finally get's a job as a night watchman in the Museum of Natural history in order to remain in his apartment and continue seeing his son. (It might sound a bit serious but its actually well done). Anyway, he discovers that at night, everything in the Museum comes to life. The rest of the show is about his discovering what he has to do and to prevent some evildoers from doing evil and in the process saves the day and becomes a hero to his son. I'm being deliverately vague here so as not to give away the plot. So if you're in need of cheering up or want to keep your kids quiet for a couple of hours, go watch Night at the Museum.

I give it an 8.5/10


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Those Crazy Japanese and their Roller Coasters

This is the Eejanaika Roller Coaster in Japan. Before you scoff and say that looks fairly tame, note that the seats have no ground, so you're legs are hanging, and the seats are fully independent of each other meaning it can and does turn 360 degrees, plus the ride goes backwards and partway thru, there are NO TRACKS beneath you, all you see is the open air.

Here's a video to show the ride. Hmmm.... best not let my niece see this. She's a bit of a hell raiser and daredevil, I can just see her wanting to go on this ride... with an adult of course.


Nintendo's Bottom Line.... WOWZA!!!!

Here's the latest revision that Nintendo made to their sales forecast.

Bottomline, Nintendo's net income is 120,000 million yen. That's over 1 Billion dollars or more accurately $1043478260.87 which is very impressive. Of course that's Net Income, profit is a whole other matter. It involves subtracting taxes and operating costs, etc. So this number should be whittled down quite a bit.

Me thinks that this poster on Digg never took accounting classes. He equated Net Income with Net Profit. However, unlike Microsoft and Sony who lose money with each console system they sell, Nintendo actually makes a profit with every single unit. And with the success of the Wii, I think its good to be Nintendo right now.

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World of Warcraft - Update

This is me with the Best Staff from AQ40, the 2nd hardest dungeon instance in World of Warcraft. I now have ALL the best staffs from the end instances except for Nexxramas. Staff of Dominance from Molten Core, Staff of the Shadow Flame from Black Wing Lair, and now Blessed Qiraji Augur Staff from AQ40. Essentially it means I've spent wayyy too much time playing this game.

Ahhh... but its about to get worse. The expansion to Warcraft comes out on 16th Jan 2007!!! There are about 7.5 million WOW players around the globe and we're all getting the game roughly the same day. So on the 16th and 17th, expect many of your friends/family/colleges who are geeks to be pre-occupied that day or even on vacation.

I'll be taking the 17th - 21st off from work. I figure that since I hardly ever take sick leave and since I've got the vacation days I might as well. This game has occupied and entertained me for 2 years 3 months. So I don't feel too bad about taking another 3 days off work. After all its not like I'm going to be doing anything productive anyway.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A Cure for the Flu

That's right. Forget all those old saying about medicine being able to cure cancer but not the common cold. It took a killer flu (bird flu epidemic) for companies to spend million, perhaps billions on a cure but we're almost there.

Clinical test will start later this year and mass production is targeted in 5 years. Why so long? Its a safety precaution, all such Vaccines must under go a minimum of 5 years of human testing before mass production. This new Vaccine will essentially prevent any and all kinds of flu from the bird flu to the common cold.

So in about 10 years, the flu might well be a thing of the past. Hmmm.... Don't know how I feel about that. I kinda enjoy the occasional sick day. Ah well, we'll adjust somehow.

Happy New Year!!!

Let's Kick of the New Year with a comedic post. Here's BBspot's Top 11 things that Geeks did on New Year's eve.
11. Kissed their WoW avatar at midnight.
10. Watched the BIOS date change years.
9. Hoped for a Y2K+7 bug.
8. Too busy playing nethack to notice.
7. Listened to Auld Lang Syne on their iPod.
6. Popped open a bottle of caffeinated champagne.
5. Updated their New Year's Resolution database to reflect the passing year.
4. Defragmented their hard drives.
3. Stayed up for 24 hours to wish all their online friends in different time zones a Happy New Year at the appropriate hour.
2. Had to come in to work to upgrade and reboot servers all night long.
1. Nothing. Real Klingons don't celebrate puny holidays like New Year's Eve.