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I bought a iPad game called small world. It’s based off a board game that was highly rated. Though I haven’t played the board game, from what I can tell, the iPad version is like the board game except with bugs. Some abilities didn’t count towards the conquering of other races.

The iPad version only allows two players whereas the board game does four, but that’s not an issue for us. I mainly bought the game so we’d have something to do while we were waiting around for something or other.

Well, Chris is enjoying the game immensely and wants to play the game even while we’re not waiting for something or other. So I’m wondering if any of you have any suggestions for games similar to this game, preferably on the iPad. Or just any suggestion for 2 player games on or off the iPad. We have several board games for 3 or more, but there’s currently justChris and me, so two player games are what we’re looking for. Thanks!

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As you may already know, Chris bought us the Wii Active at the beginning of June. I started doing the 30 day challenge and it has finally been thirty days.

I like this much better than the wii fit for 2 reasons. The first is that the 30 day challenge has all the exercised for you set up. So you don’t have to choose anything. Just start it up and do the exercises. The second is that it moves from one exercise to another fairly quicky. Just when you’re tired of doing bent over rows, it changes to have you do squats.

Speaking of squats, they still make my muscles ache, but only while I’m doing them. I don’t wake up in the morning wondering how I’ll be getting down the stairs.

If you miss a day, it’ll set it as rest day and continue with the exercise plan. You don’t get to skip them. If there are particular exercises that hurt your previously injured body parts, you cam choose to skip them at the beginning of the routine or right before you start that section. So you aren’t stuck doing things to aggravate that ankle that you sprained 15 years ago in high school.

The only thing I suggest is to get a new resistance band. The one with the game is fine, if a little weak. Actually, it doesn’t really do anything. We got a medium one at the local sports store for $11. I may one day go up to the hard resistance! But my arms have always been super noodly.

I’ll be starting the program again beginning next week on medium. The In-laws are coming this week, which means no time for anything else.

Have a great holiday weekend!

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Last week, Chris and I picked up the Wii Active.  It’s yet another exercise program similar to the Wii Fit, except so much better.  It comes with a strap to put on your leg and a big fat rubber band thingy for resistance training.  The first day I used it, I thought it was pretty easy.  I worked up a little sweat, so I was happy with that.

Then the next day, my butt and thighs ached.  I had trouble walking up the stairs.  I shouldn’t have squatted that far down on my exercises.  But the thing is, you have to do it again the next day.  Luckily, the next day wasn’t all about the squats.  It was upper body work, so I was saved from crying to the television.  The third day was a rest day, and boy, did I need that.  I didn’t think that it would help at all, but by the fourth day, my muscles didn’t ache anymore.

I like this better than the Wii Fit because it’s continuous.  You set it up for the 30 day challenge and it’ll go through a set of exercises with you.  It takes about twenty to thirty minutes to go through an exercise depending on if you watch the tutorials or not.

For someone who’s sedentary most of the day, it works well for me.  Since I work from home, I don’t have to travel anywhere to exercise.  I just turn it on and go.  I’d start with the low setting first just to see if it’ll be ok for you.  You never know how athletic you are until you’re tested.  You can always ramp it up without feeling discouraged.  If you start high and go down, you might feel like a fat slob.

You can also do these workouts with someone else.  It’s a 2 person game, but I haven’t tried it.  Chris does his in the morning and I do mine in the evening.  Plus, we don’t have enough room in our living room for both of use to do side lunges.

But for you couch potatoes out there, I think this is a good investment and a good start to getting into better shape.  Now it’s my turn to do the Active.  I’m pre-whining about the squats.

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The other day, we went over to The Z’s House and played Scategories. It’s a game where you roll a die. It tells you what letter to use. You have a list of things and you have to figure out things that start with that letter. For instance, on one of the lists is color, so you write down indigo or ivory (both of which were used. I wrote down indigo. We’re a smart group of people ).

One of the other one’s was a body part that starts with T. We were super smart with that one. N one of us wrote toes or tongue. We did things like tonsils and tibia. Chris’s favorite was things to yell that start with T. He wrote “Tear them apart!” He also got Peter Parker for heroes that start with P. Yes, it was a lax game.

It definitely took me some time to get warmed up. I didn’t nearly do as well the first round as I did on my second round. Some of them were definitely really difficult. We got letter I for one of the lists and that is just damned hard. I mean, how many spices start with T? Animals? Tools?

But D should be easy right? Well for some reason, I couldn’t figure out a historical figure that started with D. You’d think that throughout written history threre would be one person that did something for us to remember them? But all I could think of were Greek myths. Dionysis. Diana. Demeter. None of thise people existed. Needless to say, I lost out on that one.

Several hours later, while brushing my teeth, the answer comes to me. “Dwight D. Eisenhower!” I say through a mouthful of tooth paste. I would have totally gotten double points for that one. Alas, it was too late. But at least I figured out an easy one.

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Dead Space is part Halo, part Bioshock. So the story is that you’ve gone to a mining ship to fix it. When you get there everyone is dead, except, you know, they aren’t. Now it turns out that there are monsters wandering around the ship and they’re infected with something they found on the planet. There are creatures frighteningly like the flood in Halo. And there’s a mad scientist type guy like in Bioshock that’s allowing these monsters to roam free. You’ve got telekinsis like in Bioshock where you’ve got to move things out of your way. Having said that though, the game is pretty decent.

I’m on Chapter 6 of the game and I think there are 10 chapters. I am mostly out of money and I’ve used up all my upgrade nodes to uberize what amounts to be the pistol. It’s an electric cutter that you’re given when you start your adventures. I’ve been having to buy med kits and ammo.

Now Chris….He’s got more credits than he knows what to do with, hasn’t upgraded anything and has 7 upgrade nodes in his inventory. He’s playing this game with just the electric cutter, but he’s only upgraded it once for kicks. He’s using most of his nodes for opening special areas. He’s got a major stash of med kits in his bank. He’s like a packrat. I don’t understand how he’s not getting hit in this game. Or maybe I’ve just been a lazy player.

I was rationing my ammo, making sure I targetted correctly before I took my shot. But when my inventory got full with ammo, I just started shooting willy nilly. Now that I’m out, I think I should be more careful of my shooting….and maybe not kamakaze my way through the game so much. I think that’s half the fun though.

Everyone says the game is scary, but to me, it’s just a lot of things jumping at you from nowhere accompanied by a loud noise. It’s more a startle you tactic rather than anything that will give you nightmares.

I’d say it’s worth a rental, or when the game costs $30.

Oh, and achievements are easy to get. You get one for finishing every chapter. You also get one for finishing the game with only the electric cutter. Which, I think, Chris is going to manage to accomplish.

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Several days ago (before my laptop died), we managed to find a Wii Fit at the local Blockbuster. We went to see if they had Too Human to rent. I'd played the demo, but it wasn't good enough for me to want to buy (plus the reviews weren't all that great). So when we saw a sign that said they had it, I decided to buy it. My brother did give me money to buy a Wii Fit for my birthday, but we never got around to buying one because there wasn't one in stock. So of course, I had to buy one.

I originally wanted the Wii Fit because it had yoga poses and I thought that I'd be able to go through a whole routine with the Wii Fit and it would be fun too! What's funny is that I enjoy the balance games. They are the one's that have you slolam down the hill, or head butt every soccer ball that's coming your way. Chris enjoys the yoga exercises. They are nothing more than basic yoga poses, but the game tells you how to do them and helps you with your balance. But because it isn't a game, I don't really like them. I do them because they're good for me, but I spend most of my time playing the actual games.

Some of them require you to shift your weight from the balls of your feet to your heel, from left foot to right foot. And if you didn't know that someone was playing the Wii Fit, you'd think that they were failing their sobriety test. You sway like you're a drunken sailor. I thought it was funny.

It measures your weight and tells you the bmi, etc. But it's got a wicked sense of humor. Sometimes when you stand on the Wii board, it's screams in surprise. Ok, maybe not screams, but it does proclaim an "oh!" when you step on. Like it was surprised that you weigh so much. That, I don't like so much. But it could also be the way we step on it. Maybe we stepped on it too hard too fast. Because it will be polite other times and say "OK." But you know, I don't think it really needs to be so surprised when you step on it.

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Over the weekend, I wrote a bunch of journal entries that I had planned on posting throught the week. And I was also cleaning up the old files that have already been posted so I don't repost them accidentally. All these files were on my Nokia N810 and while cleaning out files, I deleted the folder instead. Linux doesn't seem to have a recycle bin, so there we go. They were all lost.

And maybe it was a good thing. A fresh start means you guys get recaps for the last two weeks.

  • We spent July 4th at the JW Marriot. It's the busiest time of year for them. They had slides and bouncy houses and sno cones for the weekend. There were so many people in the lazy pool that they'd turned on the jets to max. The pool was also a little milky. Someone did their doody in the pool on Friday. It was bound to happen with that many children and drunk asses floating around in there.
  • We saw fireworks on both the 4th and the 5th. We could see them from the amusement parks from our hotel balcony.
  • We learned three new games over this weekend. Alias (a whodunit that's part go fish, part canasta and part clue), Infernal Contraption (It's a card game and you're a goblin making machines, who doesn't love that?!), and Carcassonne (a tile game where you build castles and roads). I loved all of them. We originally had gone to pick up Arkham Horror, but Sci-Fi City was out of them even though they told me they had it. But the guy rolling a new DnD character who worked there convinced me Carcassonne was a good game. Have any of you played Arkham Horror? Do you like it?
  • We had our engagement shoot yesterday. I got my hair done, but it wasn't good at all, so I ended up pinning it up. I had a serious bad hair day. I'm hoping it will turn out ok anyway. Otherwise, I'll cry.
  • My engagement ring needs to be sent to the vendor and won't be back until the end of August. They were supposed to be sent there in the first place since it has perfect cut diamonds and therefore needed to be certified by the vendor. This, they realize 3 weeks after they've sent it out to the home office. I'm thinking that I'll buy the wedding rings elsewhere.
  • Dr. Horrrible Act I was pretty funny.
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The thing about video games is that it's got its own continuity that doesn't translate into film or even a novelb. I believe video game players are more likely to forgive the fact that your secret group of assassins have a telltale look. That any agency paying any sort of attention will notice that there were quite a few people that have barcode tattoos slapped onto the back of their bald-ass heads and they wear the same Men-In-Black type suits. In video games, people really want a game plays well, isn't repetitive and is challenging. Story is secondary. I mean, look at Gears of War. It had very little storytelling ability and it was considered one of the best games when it came out. (It was a little short, imho. And I like a game with story a la Halo.)

So when I think a video game is translated into film, I don't necessarily think that it should follow the game storyline completely. I think the makers have to take a look at the video game storyline and see if it'll translate well enough. And when it doesn't, they can take the basic idea of the story and adapt it to make it a better story. Let's face it, how can you be part of a secret assassin organization when you've got such a distinct look. I think you can pay homage to the game by giving Agent 47 his red tie outfit at the beginning of the film, but then have him change into regular clothes like everyone else. So he can, like, hide out He could grow some hair or get a wig. There's no wonder he was so easy to track looking the way he did.

And don't let me start on his laptop talking to him. Anyone with his ear pressed to the hotel door could hear his assassination transactions. There's no such thing as encrypted air!

This movie could have had a lot of potential. He could have had a great story arc about who he was, who he wanted to be, how he could become something else. A hitman trained from birth can question a lot of things, especially having been double-crossed by his society. But as it was, there was no reason to keep the hooker/girlfriend/slave girl alive, much less treat her well. The fact that she tattooed her face and it reminded him of the tattoo at the back of his head made no sense. Like what about that made him feel connected to the girl. I mean, he was trained not to have any feelings, so why not just pull the trigger when he was done interrogating her? His motivations weren't clear and his story arc was totally absent. He went from uncaring assassin to someone who wanted out in a blink of an eye. I went in not expecting a lot. I never do in video game adaptations. But I came out wishing it was more. It's like watching Good Will Hunting, but Will continues to clean floors the whole movie.

I wouldn't suggest going to the theatre watching this movie. It's a "do your chores while the tv is on" worthy.

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Last night was filled with food and Rock Band. We played for nearly five hours last night with breaks for dessert. But beyond that, it was non-stop rocking. I rocked so much that not only do my arms hurt, but my neck and leg muscles hurt as well. Who new it took so many muscles to play the drums? Needless to say, I won't be playing the drums for a while. And when I do, I will temper it so that I will no tbe in pain. I feel as though I've been lifiting heavy heavy weights!

We are on our way to see Hitman in a few minutes. I've heard from others that it's a pretty bad movie, but people also said Resident Evil: Apocolypse was bad too. But I enjoyed that movie well enough for what it was. So maybe Hitman won't be so bad.

I'd also like to let you guys know that my clarion classmate Emily Mah Tippetts has started a blog of her own. She's written a romance novel that will come out sometime next year. I've also created a feed for her blogger account.

I have become reliant on LJ to deliver all my blogging friends since I can pretty much read it anywhere. I just wish that there was a really good mobile version of LJ, but alas, it's only partially mobile. When you eventually click on the link to comment, it goes back to the regular LJ journal and that doesn't work well with my Treo web browser.

So read and enjoy!

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We rented Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 for the family when they're here. They'll get bored staring at each other all evening, so we figured this would be a good way to entertain them for a few hours. Unfortunately, Chris and I ran through the whole game in less than 3 hours. We are uber, I know, but still, the game costs $50+, you'd think you'd get a little more gameplay out of it than 3 hours. But there was a game in which we had to eat butterflies. My rabbid ate a few of them, but apparantly, my rabbid ate a whole bunch more as I had over 1000 points whereas Chris' only had 200. I proclaimed quite loudly that I was the butterfly eatah! This was, of course, after Chris had declared that he was King of America, as he'd won every single one of the mini-games stationed in America (you tour Earth in this version). I'd have to say that the games aren't as fun this time around. There's no pulling worms out of rotting teeth. No slapping rabbids when they sing out of tune. It's sort of boring these games. Although there was one where you had to drop a loogie onto the rabbid below you and Chris didn't like that one at all.

We also picked up Rock Band. Oh yes. Drums and all. The thing about the drums and the guitars is that you don't need to know the song in order to play the game. You just mash the buttons at the right time. The singer, well, you sort of need to know the song for it to be of any interest. I don't know half the songs on that thing, but I fake it, and nobody wants to listen to somebody wobble through the song singing the wrong notes, but hitting the right pitch. It's a horrible sound when you know the song and someone is singing it all funny. It's time to download those songs and listen to them a bunch to get the lyrics down.

I do have to say that I enjoy the drums though. I've gotten fairly good at medium on the drums, but hard is just a little too hard. Having to hit the foot pedal in between whacking the drums is a little beyond me right now. I don't have that much hand-leg coordination. But I know if I didn't have to do any of the footpedal, I'd be a rock star by now. But for now, I merely rock the medium difficulty. I average about 95%+. I know it's time to jack up the difficulty, but you know, I'm having fun with this setting for now. I mean, I play expert in the guitar, I don't need to be an expert in everything, right?

I haven't been playing the drums for very long, but my arms are tired already. That shouldn't suprise anyone though. I mean, I do spend all day typing and that's pretty much all the excercise I get. And when you start to flail your arms , banging the drums louder than anyone can actually hear the music, well, your arms are just going to feel a little bit sore. I'm not sure how long those drums are going to last There's no reason to pound them so hard, I just can't manage to keep the beat unless I do pound them.

I'd rather have a little bit of soreness than blisters though. My brother and I played a video game so long once (when we were kids), that we got blisters on our thumbs. But did that stop us? Oh no, we just put bandaids on them suckers and continued playing.

Those really were the days.

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Work has been exhausting the last few days. Since I returned from my brother's wedding, it's been non-stop 18 hour days while I finish up projects. And finally, I have a chance to breath a little bit, catch up on my email, blogs, and, of course, Scrabulous.

Doug says that playing Scrabulous with me is like a knife fight. It's close in and vicous with nowhere to move. Which is true. Because when I played a game with Karen Meisner, this is how our game started:

She then, of course, proceded to kick my ass.

But what fun is a game if you aren't challenged when you play. When you continuously trounce the competition and aren't even trying? When you know that you will win every single game? Luckily for me, most of my Scrabulous buddies kick ass and I don't feel sorry for them. I learn new words every day. Or maybe every other.

In any case, it is late and I am going to bed. Have a good night everyone!

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...book. I never knew the reason for myspace. I mean, other than collecting a bunch of friends, I never really visited the site. I didn't really get it. The information that I really wanted was already being sent via email or through livejournal. I only checked that thing maybe once a week, and that's only if I got notifications that I got a new friends' request or mail.
When Facebook who came around, I pretty much figured the same thing. And for a while, it was true. Then there were these little plugins that people started writing and I discovered Scrabulous, which Steph and Lisa D have been feeling the brunt of my need to play.

The only problem with Scrabulous is that it's buggy. Sometimes I click a game and it doesn't quite come up. It hiccuped so much that I am now currently playing 3 simultaneous games with Joanne. She's been humoring me by playing all three all at once. The Scrabulous peeps are going to fix it on September 20.

In the meantime, I've discovered Zwinky, a plugin for your web browser. I've used it on Firefox, but it's a bit buggy. It's a beta, so I expect that they're all a bit buggy. But it's an online realm in which you make yourself an avatar and wander around the beach, the university, the park, etc. At each area, there are games that you can play. One is a variation of Bejeweled, and another is a variation on Bubble Pop. You play the games and earn achievements and money. And you can unlock more clothes or buy them as you go along. This avatar is the one that I'm currently using. It's all the free stuff.

The only problem is that there isn't enough games as of yet. Each area that you can go to only has one game and you can pretty much step into the arcade and play them all. I think I'd prefer that the arcade had different games or not an arcade at all. There's no reason to go to the other areas if you can play them all in one area. If you install it. as usual, my name is lingtm.

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During a lovely conversation last night with Deanna, she let me know that there were Wordpress/LiveJournal crossposter plugins out there, which I am now currently testing. And since I know you guys would rather not just see a post about my testing, I figured I'd write a post about games too.

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