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Tune Out Turn Off Drop In: Belkin Conserve

August 31st, 2009 by

I have a big pile of media equipment under my TV, so when Dieter suggested that someone try out the Belkin Conserve, I got all excited and started running around the house plugging random things into holes. Turtle-y Media CenterThe Conserve is designed to force electronic devices – which usually continue to slurp and gargle power even when they’re off – to truly dislodge and leave the power in the wall where it belongs. We have one 26” Samsung flat-screen TV, as well as an Apple TV, an electric sheep, and five video game consoles (Wii, PS2, N64, Super NES and NES), which means we have ample equipment with which to test out the Conserve. (more…)

A contest! Ten words!

April 6th, 2008 by

Penny Arcade, a vulgar and hilarious video-gaming comic, has posted a challenge. It’s simple: write a ten word story about World of Warcraft. I think we should have our own mini contest and post our best ones here.

You don’t have to know anything about WoW (I don’t), it just has to be fantasy-related. Here are the suggestions they gave:

His father’s sword, shattered to the hilt, fell like stars.

It doesn’t have to be especially epic, it merely needs to ring true. For example:

“Help,” he cried. “My dick is stuck in this Treant!”

See what I mean? It paints a picture. You know everything you need to know about the dick and the Treant. You’ve got until Thursday, the 10th of April. We’ll announce the winners next Friday.

See? Piece of cake! I’ll make a secret post Wednesday night so we can each put in our final entry (don’t forget to send an email to the one they give in the post, so that you can officially enter the contest).


October 10th, 2007 by

Hey I’ve been chillin around on the internet lately and I came upon a rad twist to the classic artillery and dome wars, it’s Turret wars! And I’ve really gotten addicted to it really quickly and has stayed a permanent application on my desktop for a couple weeks. The demo is here: I like it a lot.

October 5th, 2007 by

I would like everyone to go here “” now.

And click on the movie.

Mom Scores a Wii!

November 19th, 2006 by

HPIM0668.JPGHPIM0666.JPGHPIM0664.JPGThe Mom unit got in line @ 5 am at our local BestBuy and at 9 am got into the store and scored a Wii and Zelda and an extra controller for Tyler’s birthday. We strategized last nite and targeted this BestBuy ’cause it’s the newest one and many people don’t know it’s open. I got credited with an assist since I took care of the dogs and brought her a Starbucks hot caramel apple cider. She’s a little cold and wet, but I made her and Dieter a nice hot breakfast. See you in a few days!


November 6th, 2006 by

Hi Amicks and Friends!

I don’t have any literary or story-driven posts for you today, but I thought I’d check in and update you on my life through my words (and not Tyler’s “yeah, she’s doing pretty well…”).

I’m still bored at The Big Suck. I can’t wait till this job ends, but I did decide to let them renew my contract until January 31st. I figured it would hold me through the holidays since the job market stalls during that time.

I spend the majority of my work time playing on the interweb at Etsy, which is an orgasm of crafting and shopping. I don’t do so much of the shopping part, as I’m still very poor. But I did indulge in these really cool organic and healthy dog treats called Pupcakes. The name made me so happy, I couldn’t help but buy them. Mary probably won’t get all 12 “pupcakes” as that would make her fat, so I’ll probably bring some down for the “Mother unit.”

I am taking the GRE for grad school next Monday, and I’ve been slacking on studying. For the programs I’m applying to, the GRE is required as a threshold to weed out non-serious candidates. However, no one looks at the scores most of the time—unless you’re at the very bottom of the acceptance pile. I still want to do as well as possible on the test, and since I never work at work, I thought that I should use this time to study. But then I felt kinda odd about installing my GRE prep software on their computer. And I also felt kinda odd about bringing my giant GRE book with me and studying in the open office I share with four other contract workers.

So instead of studying for the GRE, I’ve been editing some of my older short stories. The majority of my application rests on writing samples, and then a wee bit rests on letters of recommendation. Most of my former instructors want samples of work before writing their letters, so I’m trying to crank something out. I choose to use my older stories because they had been through class workshops and received feedback from former instructors. I also thought they would be easier to edit and strengthen as I can examine them more objectively.

Oh, and back to the GRE. There really needs to be a video game for the Nintendo DS that helps one study for the GRE. I say this because there are already two “brain-training” games for the DS that are quite fun. And I really do feel like they make me smarter. Well, they’re not supposed to “make one smarter,” but rather exercise one’s brain and wake it up. Though that’s really just making one’s brain smarter, right?

I need a gaaaame

July 15th, 2006 by

Ok, I’ve been twiddling my thumbs for too long and I need a good game. I’d really prefer a good RPG, but other games are good too. I don’t even mind buying a Nintendo DS if they’re are good games out there, any ideas?

Workin’ Stiff

July 10th, 2006 by

I remember when I first made this website, I was afraid that I would be the only one to post.


Anyway, a newer Mac OS X version of the software for that USB Missile Launcher I got you guys was recently released. Someone try it and tell me if it works.

Mindy went to San Francisco and while she was gone I saw Pirates of the Caribbean 2. I think I’m going to have to watch it again. Lots and lots of people said it was crappy, but I liked it.

Mindy took her Nintendo DS Lite with her to California, and in its absence I’ve gone kind of insane. I think I’m going to buy a black one from the UK for way more than it’s worth. On Ebay. I think my hour and a half commute to T-Mobile also is making me insane. I hate Ebay.

T-Mobile still hasn’t fired me yet, so I’m still going strong on my third week. I’m even shaving regularly. :o

Ooh, that reminds me, I need to ask my boss for a day off. Mason and I rescheduled our visiting-the-home for next, next weekend, because this weekend a friend of mine is having a bitchin’ house-warming party.

Also, Uncle Jack should be making a post soon. :D

That’s all! I hope everyone’s having a great summer!

Nintendo DS Lite

January 31st, 2006 by

Nintendo DS LiteI really, really want one of these. The Nintendo DS has been out for a while, but they just announced this redesigned version in Japan a few days ago. I hope it comes here soon. This is what money is for.

Oh and Mason, you might want to be careful about posting homework before the due date. A professor might find that stuff and get all pissy. If you want to post something ahead of time so we can revise it or something, you can make it private using the “Post Status” bar on the “Write Post” page (this will allow only the family to see it when we’re logged in). If you want specific people to be able to look at it, you can use the “Password-Protect Post” bar instead. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but some teachers might freak out.

Time Management

January 28th, 2006 by

Something to make Mason’s life easier while he plays World of Warcraft.