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Jul 13 '07

Got My Wii Back

Wii BrokeSo. My Wii broke. Well, not broke, but I was seeing more and more green artifacts on the screen to the point that it got quite annoying. A quick Google search found that many people were having this problem. Apparently (not confirmed by Nintendo) it was because in standby mode, with wireless setup, my Wii was "phoning home", but not turning the cooling fan on resulting in a baked graphics card. Since I had my Wii for less than 90 days I sent it in for a free warranty repair. It took about 2 weeks, but I finally got my Wii back. With the console I got a note: "After thoroughly testing your Nintendo component, we could not duplicate the problem you were experiencing... [but] we have replaced the component that may have caused the problem you experienced". Which was the whole console. And luckily "Your user information has been loaded into your new/repaired unit". Which was nice of them. Although I'm pretty sure this isn't a brand new Wii, because the serial number is smaller than my original. They're probably playing some Wii swapping game. But no more green artifacts. So I'm happy. And from now on, I'm turning my Wii ALL the way off at night.

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When I first saw the trailer for this, I laughed. So I had pretty low expectations going into this. It wasn't too bad. First off-- it was long (two and a half hours), so don't buy a large soda. The special effects were spectacular. They really were. But they were done by Industrial Light and Magic, so I didn't expect anything less (Hire me!). And I think the biggest problem I had was the acting between the transformers and the people were actually better then that between the actors themselves. Some of the dialog just didn't seem realistic, certainly involving the Defense Secretary and various government agencies... which was disappointing. Because those types of scenes are usually my favorite. (Like the fast-paced high-pressure scenes in ER or West Wing).

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New "Art" by the Kohl Center?

I noticed these at the Kohl Center today. When did this happen? I'm fairly certain they were not here yesterday. They are pink and gold. When finished, they look like they will be lit from both the inside and outside.

Um, why? They're just as ugly as that giant phallus outside Camp Randall. Please take them down, unless they do something cool like project a giant "W" against the night sky. At least paint them RED and WHITE.

Kohl Center Art

Edit: Ohhhh... they change colors at night. Well, they still look out of place.

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Jul 8 '07


Jul 6 '07

Oceans 13

Oceans 13


Being a huge fan of the first two, I came into this with high expectations, and I think it did well. This movie seemed to breeze over execution of some of the stunts pulled, but on the other hand it gave of sense of "They're Oceans 13, they can do anything". But overall I enjoyed the pace, found the writing witty, liked the story line (back in Vegas!), the music rocked, and I even got caught in a couple plot twists. The only thing that's keeping me from giving it 5 stars is the extremely cheesy scene between Ellen and Matt. I understand this is a lighter movie, but it was seriously way out of place. The ending though, was fantastic. Made you feel really good inside.

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Jul 4 '07


Jul 3 '07

Shrek the Third

Shrek the Third


I saw this a couple weeks ago in theater, and finally found time to sit down and write a little bit about it. It was a really enjoyable movie. Finally. It fulfilled its role. It entertained me, made me laugh, made me cry (ok, not really), and I came out of it satisfied. Going into this, I barely remember the first two, but it didn't matter. They re-developed the characters enough for me to get involved with the film, and half way though I almost forgot it was animated. Would I see it again sometime soon? Probably not. But I enjoyed it while I saw it. Although, I had no idea Justin Timberlake and Larry King did a couple of the voices. Didn't notice that until the credits.

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Jul 2 '07


Redesign, Again

Yup. I got bored with the old layout. Needed something new, something different than all the other websites out there. And something to help me procrastinate my other web projects. Let me know what you think. I'll probably be tweaking the padding and spacing... well... forever.

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