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Thursday, December 28, 2006
Blogging from the Wii
Blogging from the Wii

OK, this may be the dorkiest thing I've done in a while; however, it is pretty cool, too.

The Wii's browser is a snap to use, although a keyboard would be nice.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I just got a Wii!
Got a Wii today!
The boys and I ran to Target this afternoon to spend their Christmas gift cards. Mahlon wanted a PC game; however, when they didn't have it, we decided to check out the game aisle.

Tucked away in the very back of the game case was a Wii.

We snatched it up, checked out and hustled out of the store.

We're now downloading all of the system updates. The kids are going bananas waiting to play.

UPDATE: The kids are totally cracked out on it already. Boxing is the favorite so far.
Friday, December 22, 2006
5 things you don't know about me
There seems to be this little "5 things you don't know about me" meme going around. Jeremy Toeman has tagged me to participate.

Of course, since I blab about myself too much in this blog, it may be tough to come up with stuff that no one knows, but here goes:

1. I absolutely hate to fly. I've tried drinking, I've tried "mood relaxers" and nothing seems to work. I have been able to avoid flying for almost 2 years now. I have no plans of breaking that streak.

2. I skipped an afternoon of high school to meet Skid Row (they were in town with Bon Jovi). Because my friends and I had ridiculously long hair, we were able to walk into the hotel without a hassle. We ended up meeting all of the guys except Sebastian Bach, who was still asleep at 2PM.

3. I have a recurring dream that I can dunk a basketball. Not just a regular dunk, of course, but ridiculous Dr. J meets Dominique Wilkins meets Vince Carter kind of dunks.

4. I snore very loudly. I've never heard it, but my wife assures me that it is super-annoying.

5. I was obsessed with KISS as a kid. When I was 8 years old, I was riding in the car with my mom (who had promised to take me to see KISS if they ever came to town) and, just as I was dozing off for a little catnap, a radio commercial came on announcing that KISS was indeed coming to town. My mom practically wrecked the car trying to turn the radio off; however, it was too late. I heard the whole thing.

Much to her dismay, my mom and I ended up seeing KISS (with Judas Priest) on September 10, 1979.

Now, I have to tag 5 others to do the same. Hmm, I guess I pick Twinkie, Paul Sisler, Rex Baldazo, Jill Brown and Rob McKittrick, who just might be the world's laziest blogger.
Woot! offers (and disses) PS3
Woot! had PS3s for sale this morning. They had 80 units and they are offering overnight shipping for their usual $5.

As a Sony hater, I had no interest in buying one; however, what I did find interesting was the photo that Woot! used for the enlarged view of the PS3.

Normally, of course, they show an enlarged view of the product. However, for this one, they had a photo of all of the PS3s stacked to read "Wii Rox!"

Photo from today's Woot!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I'm officially on vacation
Today was my last day at the office before the holidays. I'm taking tomorrow off and then our offices are closed from the December 22nd until January 2nd. So I have 12 straight days of hanging out with the kids, doing some projects around the house, playing lots of video games and, of course, working on Profilactic.
Switched to Blockbuster Online
Last week, as my free 2 week trial for Blockbuster Online Total Access was about to expire, I decided to cancel my Netflix membership (again!) and start paying for BB.

In terms of value and experience, BB is actually giving me more than Netflix was. Here is what I am getting now (for the same $ as NF):

1. 3 out at a time
2. Better availability of HD-DVDs than Netflix
3. More movies -- I can trade all of my online rentals for free in-store rentals. The closest Blockbuster is 1 mile from my house (and is on the way to and from my office), so it is super-convenient. Plus, my wife and kids are happier because they can trade in my HD-DVD online rentals for chick flicks and Care Bear DVDs that I would never use a Queue slot for :)
4. Faster shipping -- Trading in an online rental in-store is the same as returning via mail, so my next online rental is shipped out sooner
5. Free games -- They just made free game rentals available using the e-Coupon you get each month

So, everyone is happier, we get more movies and we even get a free game rental. Sure, NF's website is better; however, I have my subscription to watch movies, not use the website. And once Blockbuster starts stocking HD-DVDs in my local store, it will be perfect.

I'll post my impressions after a few more weeks of using Blockbuster; however, I can't see going back to Netflix.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
FFL: Super Bowl bound!!!
For the first time in my long FFL career, I am headed to the Fantasy Football Super Bowl. Tonight, I was able to knock off the #1 team in our league, the 11-3 (before tonight) Lyndon Llamas, 100 to 86.

Early in the day, I thought I was finished considering my starting QB, Steve McNair, left the game in the first quarter without recording any stats. However, the Steelers defense (27 points), Brian Westbrook (25 points) and Jason Elam (13 points) helped give me the edge.

Next week, I will be facing the #2 team in the league, the Malaysian Madmen. My regular season record is 1-1 versus the Madmen. Had we played each other this week, I would have won 100 to 84.

The last game of the Fantasy season will be on Christmas Day. Our office closes for the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, so the winner won't have a chance to gloat (unless it's me and I buy myself a giant trophy and bring it to the office) and the loser won't be *too* humiliated.
SNL's A Special Christmas Box (Explicit)
If you missed Saturday Night Live this weekend, you missed one of the funniest skits in years. It was one of those "SNL Digital Shorts" that they've done relentlessly since "Lazy Sunday" went crazy last year. It features Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg. Hilarious!

BTW, they do use the word "d*ck," so if that word offends you (crap! did I just offend you? I'm such a d--), you may want to skip it.



"See, I'm wise enough to know when a gift needs giving..."
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Where to find me online
Part of the first beta release of Profilactic.com is the ability to create badges that you can place on your website. The first two flavors that we support are a Mashup badge (all of the content you create mashed together in a single feed) and a Where to Find Me Online bage (links to all of your profiles and content in one view).

The default badges have the colors and look-and-feel of Profilactic.com; however, we are leaving in the CSS so that it can be tweaked to match your own site.

If you look in the right column of this page, you will see my WTFMO badge. I am still messing with it; however, it is pretty cool to have a dynamic list that will automatically updated whenever I add a new site on Profilactic.com.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
FFL: Playoff bound
I've been a little quiet about my Fantasy Football performances lately, part of it was embarrassment and part of it was that I've been too busy to blog with all of the Profilactic work.

Tonight, I clinched the Wild Card playoff spot (thanks to the Cowboys getting humiliated by the Saints) and finished the regular season with a not-so-great 8-6 (even though it is the 3rd best record in the league).

Unfortunately, as the Wild Card, I am stuck playing the number 1 seed in the first round. I'm still holding out hope of my first FFL Super Bowl, but the odds are against me at this point.
Loving Google Checkout promotion
I'm totally hooked on the $20 off of $50 promotion that Google Checkout is currently running. I've purchased 3 or 4 batches of Christmas gifts with it on Buy.com and saved a bundle.

One thing that I like about Google Checkout is that it keeps a purchase history with tracking info, too. Often, I would get my "Your order has shipped" message from Google before I would get it from Buy.com.

So if you're going to spend more than $50 on something, you might wanna use Google Checkout.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Happy Birthday, Mira!
Mira turns 3 today. We're going to open her gifts before I go into the office. Then, this evening, she is going to help bake her cake (which she is really excited about) and open gifts from my mom.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Blockbuster was *this* close...
to getting me to switch from Netflix.

I was really intrigued by the idea of returning online rentals to the store (which is about 1 mile from my house and on the way to my office) and exchanging them for in-store movies. See, I'm totally cracked out on HD-DVDs right now and Netflix just doesn't seem to have enough copies to meet demand. None of the 12 or so HD-DVDs in my Netflix Queue are available right now.

Blockbuster, on the other hand, was able to ship me HD-DVDs quickly. I figured that being able to return those to the store and grab two more would be perfect.

Unfortunately, Blockbuster doesn't rent HD-DVDs in their stores yet.

Still, it was pretty cool to be able to drop off my online rental and get a couple of free in-store movies, especially since the in-store movies don't count as "checked out" in my 3-at-a-time online plan.

Depending on how quickly BB is able to turn around the HD-DVD rentals, I may still make the switch. Getting some HD-DVDs is better than getting none.
Monday, December 4, 2006
James Kim's family found alive!
Various news agencies are reporting that the family of my co-worker, James Kim, have been found alive! This is unbelievable news considering they had been missing for 9 days. There is no word on their condition; however, James' wife was spotted outside of their vehicle waving an umbrella at a rescue helicopter (which their families had hired to find them).

Of course, the horrible news is that James is still missing. He set out on foot 2 days ago to get help. Until I hear otherwise, I am holding out hope that he is OK.

There is a news conference scheduled for 5PM PST. Hopefully, we'll get more good news about James soon.
Sunday, December 3, 2006
Got a new laptop today
I've been shopping around for a laptop for a while now. Unfortunately, I wasn't shopping too hard for one over the past few weeks and I missed all of the Black Friday deals.

However, today I checked the Sunday paper and found a deal that was too good to pass up. CompUSA, which is somewhere I don't usually shop, has an Acer 9300 with:

17" widescreen
AMD Turion 64 x 2 processor
1GB RAM
120GB HDD
Dual-layer DVD burner
Built-in webcam
Bluetooth
Windows Media Center 2005
Free upgrade to Vista Home Premium

It is only $699. That is the best price I've seen for a 17" with the AMD 64x2. A couple of friends recently bought a comparably equipped HP model for $849, so I feel like I got a pretty good deal, especially with the Vista upgrade.

Despite the fact that my motivation for getting the laptop is to have a portable dev environment for Profilactic, it will be nice to have Windows Media Center as well. I have 2 MCE 2005 media servers already, so I've got tons of content to access with the Acer.

If you need a new laptop, you may want to give this one a look Although I've only had it for a couple of hours, I like it alot.
Saturday, December 2, 2006
I've got Wii elbow
After work yesterday, I played Wii Sports for about an hour. I focused mainly on the Training area and the Home Run Derby for Wii Basbeball. I was trying to go 10 for 10 on home runs, so I played about 15 rounds in a row. I ended up getting 8 HRs and 4416 ft in total distance, but couldn't get any more.

This morning, my right forearm and elbow are really sore. It is a little stiff to move and the muscle is very definitely sore to the touch.

I would sure be bummed out if I had a Wii here at home and couldn't play because I was sore. Actually, I'm betting I would still try to play and end up really hurting myself :)
Friday, December 1, 2006
Facial mapping in Rainbox Six Vegas
The facial mapping in Rainbox Six Vegas is awesome

The facial mapping in Rainbox Six Vegas is awesome. This photo, from my phone, doesn't capture just how detailed the image is. Plus, seeing the character moving just adds another cool, yet a little creepy, dimension.

It is definitely worth having the camera just for this feature alone. Hopefully more games will support it.

About Shawn Morton

Married father of 6; VP of Social Media at JPMorgan Chase; gluten-free; gadget enthusiast; hair metal aficionado; #Movember man View more on LinkedIn.