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Do not adjust your monitors by jenifesto
November 21, 2006, 1:25 pm
Filed under: links, news

On up to $10 a day

I was alerted to this website from a colleague and thought it was definitely cool enough to share on Flotsam/Jetsam. Well I’m not sharing for the first time ever, but everything old is new again on the web, so if you haven’t seen it before, check ‘er out – Worldmapper. A work in progress and put together by a whole bunch of academics from England and the US, Worldmapper uses cartograms to show data variables around the world. There’s a whole lot of geo-techno-babble that I don’t understand (I’m a historian, dammit, not a geographer), but once you start investigating the site a bit, you’ll get it. For example, the one above is people living on up to $10 a day.  If you’re loving it, they have an RSS feed so you can be kept abreast of new maps.  I’m totally signing up for it.

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Wii Component Cable Update (It’s Good News) by jimmycanuck
November 19, 2006, 7:26 am
Filed under: gadgets, gaming, news

I was heart broken a few days ago when I found out that I’d have to wait until the end of the month.  As it turns out, that’s not so. 

I just recieved my “Order Shipped” notification from Nintendo.  w00t!  Since I paid for expedited shipping, it might get here in time after all.  Cool beans!

This should give some hope to those of you in my situation.  Go check your inbox!



The Official Skinny on Wii Component Cables by jimmycanuck
November 15, 2006, 9:18 pm
Filed under: gadgets, gaming, news, shopping

Color me disappointed.  First we were told that component cables would only be available online.  Then we were told that they would be available in certain retailers at launch.  Now it looks like things have changed again.

I recieved an email last night that I didn’t get around to until today.  It was to let me know (as I’d inquired before) that cables were now available for order from the official Nintendo store.  I called Nintendo to place my order, only to discover that they were already sold out.  I could place an order, but it wouldn’t be shipped out until November 28th.  So the logical thing for me to do would be to just buy a set of cables when I went in to pick up my console on Sunday, right?

Not so much – according to the recording that informed me of the cables being out of stock in the Nintendo store, we won’t be seeing component cables in retail outlets until mid to late December. 

And now I’m depressed.  My GC looks like shit on my shiny new HDTV – I’m not expecting much better for the Wii until I get my components at the end of the month.



EGM Gets a New Look by jimmycanuck
November 10, 2006, 11:10 am
Filed under: gaming, news, pictures, shopping

EGM 210 - A New Look

Checking my mailbox this morning, I was surprised to find that the latest issue of EGM was sporting a snazzy new logo. Ok, more crappy than snazzy. But still.

The inside of the magazine has gotten a bit of an overhaul too, although the tweaking seems to stand out a lot less than it does with the cover. Everything just has a smoother, polished look on the inside. Take a peek at the new review pages, for example;

EGM 210 - inside

They’re clearly trying to copy the look of their web counterpart, 1Up.com, and even though I don’t like the new logo much, I’d say that overall the changes are a vast improvement. Now go pick up a copy for yourselves and tell me what you think.



Rubber Grips? FUCK YES!!!! by jimmycanuck
November 9, 2006, 10:05 am
Filed under: gaming, news

A few days ago, a handful of XBox Live subscribers were e-mailed a survey to gauge interest in a number of possible products and services.  The best of the bunch?

RUBBER. FUCKING. GRIPS.

I’ve always been furious with first party designers for avoiding the single greatest advancement in the history of controllers – rubber.  You may think I’m being sarcastic – but seriously – the best controller I’ve ever owned was a MadCatz Lumicon.  The reason I loved it?  Rubber grips.  They’re so comfortable that you never want to let go.

Other possible projects coming down the pipline?

  • – streaming internet audio
  • – music download service (most likely the Zune Marketplace)
  • – web browser
  • – mini-keyboard device that plugs into the controller
  • – Live Arcade joystick

Plus, in addition to the rubber grips, the controller above wil feature backlit buttons and improved D-Pad performance (thank god).  Now it sounds EXACTLY like the Lumicon, and if you ask me, that’s a good thing. 



360 Goes VOD by jimmycanuck
November 7, 2006, 11:14 am
Filed under: gadgets, gaming, movies, news, tv, youtube

I’d heard the rumours, and it looks like Microsoft has finally confirmed them. Effective November 22nd, Microsoft will be making movies and TV shows, available in full HD, for download through XBox Live. A lot of people seem to be griping about this, and I for one can’t imagine why. Services like this already exist, but unlike the one offered by my cable provider, the movies on Live will be in HD!! How can you beat that?

Plus, as many of you 360+HDTV owners know, the quality of HD programming that your cable provider provides pales in comparison to that of the HD content on your XBox 360, no contest.

Despite all of the problems with overheating, Microsoft is constantly churning out better and better quality stuff. It should say a hell of a lot about the product that, even though due to design issues ‘m on my fifth 360, I still stand by the product. No pricing has been announced yet, but I’ll update you all once word is out.

And since it’ll be one of the films available on November 22nd, it looks like I’m finally going to get around to seeing V for Vendetta. 😉

More on Kotaku (including miles upon miles of hate comments about this)



Good Luck, Ty! by jimmycanuck
November 7, 2006, 10:03 am
Filed under: family, news

It’s election day for our friends south of the border, and my brother-in-law Ty Harrell is running on the Democrat ticket in the 41st district seat of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Just wanted to wish him the best of luck! I’ve been following the race pretty closely over the internet, and despite the neck-and-neck nature of things it seems that he’s a shoe-in to win.

I think this is only the first step on the political ladder for Ty – not because he won’t do a great job in NC, but because he has the potential to do so much more.

I look forward to my family being his Billy Carter. 😉