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Total Eclipse

February 21, 2008 1 comment
The Sun, Moon and Stars are there to guide us. Dennis Banks

 
The power of the sun, earth, and the moon being aligned tonight is the only thing that can explain why I now can play Rock Band on my Xbox 360 any time I want to…
 
So for 20 minutes last night I played Guitar Hero on the Wii after dinner at a friends house and today I can do it in style on a 360.  That kind of explosive purchase is not typical for me.
 
I can say this about the 360 however…
  1. Plug and Play
  2. Windows Media Center connected in less than 10 minutes (6 of that was installing an update on my 2005 PC)
  3. Windows Home Server shared music, video, and photos in 5 seconds, my WHS was just there.  (Kind of spooky actually)
  4. Online with Live, a Gamer tag, and browsing the market place without even knowing really what to expect in teh 360 UI.

I think that this was probably the second easiest hardware/software integration experience i have ever had.  The HP MediaSmart Windows Home Server was pretty easy but the XBox 360 was more fun.

I was a bit saddened to see all the cables in the Rock Band box.  I guess not everything can be wireless.  The 10 foot experience cable free with the 360 controller however is sure nice.

So that is it.  I won’t be paying bills online tonight as I need to figure out how to unlock the Metallica songs.

Rock On!

 
 

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Categories: Gadget Factor

I lived alone…

February 20, 2008 Leave a comment
Heroes can be sweet.Oriana Fallaci
 
   …my mind was blank
I needed time to think to get the memories from my mind
What did I see? Could I believe? That what I saw
that night was real and not just fantasy…
 
That was cool!  When I first saw the other people doing it it actually looked a lot less exciting than I had imagined.  The whole idea was built up from people who had done it before and talked about it.  I went into it thinking "this will be awesome…" only to have never participated before it did not really look that exciting.
 
I decided to give it a try.  It felt pretty cool from the very beginning.  I think that choices from the 80’s made it even better.  Every second that passed, the excitement grew in me little by little and I knew that this was definitely something I would have to try again.
 
I wasn’t that good at first so I tried it 3 times.  I got a little better each time.  I definitely liked it.  After taking a break and watching the others do it a few more times, I definitley would have to say that watching now was a new experience.  After having my own experience I could relate and enjoy it as a spectator (don’t get me wrong, being the one being watched is much better.)
 
I will definitely be getting Guitar Hero!
 
 
 
 
Categories: Gadget Factor

I only have 140 characters!

February 15, 2008 1 comment
Insane sects grow with the same rhythm as big organizations. It is the rhythm of total destruction.Theodor Adorno
 
Social insanity of the moment:  Twitter (Yes you should click on that link)
 
Is it a tool, a virus, or drug?  Twitter is the latest of many social Web 2.0 sites. 
 
The idea is you tell the world what you are doing at this exact moment in time in 140 characters or less.  You can look at the public time line which has dozens of posts a second, or you can look at your own friends network and see what they are doing.  It is kind of like instant messaging only you are in a single world wide chat room.
 
On the go?  You can also text from your phone to make sure that you can always have your twitter fix.
 
Twitter a Platform?

GeoBlank’s Future on Twitter

I can’t say with 100% certainty that I will keep twitter up to date but I can say that right now it is kind of fun to play with. 

 

Enjoy!

 

Categories: The Social

I Dare You!

February 6, 2008 Leave a comment
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. –  St. Francis of Assisi

 
If you are looking for uncensored podcasts then you came to the right place…
 
A couple weeks ago the teacher at my weekly men’s Bible study was snowed in and could not make it to our normal Tuesday 6:00am meeting.  Being quick on his feet, Bryan had a DVD handy that he played.  I wanted to share a message from that DVD as well as some pretty cool links for reference.
 
Greg Stier (http://gregstier.org) is a Jesus-loving, raving lunatic who also creates a lot of great content for his Dare2Share.org website.
 
Both sites are worth looking at as they target leaders, parents, and teens on how to share the gospel as well as how to be a leader amongst your peeps.
 
The specific video we watched talked about an easy 6 part acronym that is worth sharing and remembering.  It is a very easy way to tell a simple story that can sometimes seem overly complex.
 
God created us to be with him. (Genesis 1-2)
Our sin separated us from God. (Genesis 3)
Sins cannot be removed by good deeds. (Genesis 4 – Malachi 4)
Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again. (Matthew – Luke)
Everyone who trusts in him alone has eternal life. (John – Jude)
Life that’s eternal means we will be with Jesus forever. (Revelation 22:5)
 
The 6 line acronym of course spells Gospel.  It is just that simple.
 
For a detailed description and more details of each line visit the Gospel Journey area on the Dare2Share site.
 
If you like your Starbucks you will love Venti Jesus 
Venti Jesus
 
 
 
Categories: WWJD

Garmin “The Sequel”

February 1, 2008 Leave a comment

I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.Muhammad Ali

First the Colarado 400t and now the Nuvifone.  

Take that iPhone…  Garmin is full of suprises…

Nuvifone

The features look rich.  Read Engadget announcement or check out Lets Go Mobile.  Too bad it can’t be the phone for me.

I am a family first person and my entire flock is Verizon Wireless.  I can’t imagine my wife’s cell bill if her and her mother were not using "In Minutes".  Of course then their is the proprietary OS the phone has.  The support and extenibility of Windows Mobile is pretty hard to beat from where I sit. 

So for now I will keep my eyes open for the Verizon Windows Mobile phone that will knock me out.

 

Categories: Gadget Factor