Amazon Buys World's Biggest Bag O' Crap

Amazon.com now owns Woot.com. What changes? Apparently nothing except who gets my money. They even made a rapping monkey puppet video to prove it :rolleyes:

Pic of the Day

Cake!

Granpop's Ottoman Returns!

The baby used to need space to roll and crawl. Now: Less so. Lovingly preserved in plastic wrap for its exile to the garage, Granpop's Ottoman Returns to the living room to usher in a new era in comfort! Now free from scratching cats too!

Vacation Fun Fact

Our last night there, the baby was up screaming every 2hrs. from a teething attack.

Back. Alive.

After a week in a vacation resort, I don't have much small talk left. You should also see all the chores I've got to catch up on.
Snuck over to the Asian hotel for lunch today. A lot of carved frogs for some reason. Liz was in mega bitch mode this morning but seems a little better now.
Baby court delayed. No one bothered to tell us. Nice

theFam left today. Didn't feel like there was a good amount of time together. Hard w Liz feeding and baby napping
Will be nice not to have to walk a block to have my morning smoke

Blog inn

L has finally started to relax. Not gonna do the park after all. Still taking shit for forgetting the camera ;)

dive in movie in the pool is Harry Potter. InflatablE projEctor screen. Cool stuff. Need to see how late the tikki bar is open :)

V. Day2

Sooooo much complaining. BG went in a pool for the first time. Bg sucess.

Arrived

Blogging to you live via pipboy from the gold card. Club in the hotel. Free food and booze is a nice perk for a free upgrade. Getting good at typing with this thing :)

Vacation?

Elizabeth has been doing nearly all of the packing. Kinda nice change.

Wednesday's gonna suck. Kat gets a heart monitor strapped on. Worrysome but okay and we don't have to do anything. The real kicker is Elizabeth needing to testify by phone for baby court. Just lovely...

Father's Day

Elizabeth & Chloe just brought me a Father's Day... card. It's also Chloe's first coloring ;)
Why do the cheap hotels give you Net access and the fancy ones charge? At least this one has WiFi in "public areas". Sounds awkward...

IF IT WASN'T 2010 AND I DIDN'T HAVE A MOTHER*@%#ING COMPUTER ON MY WRIST! LOL!

The Fam Departs

Well, they're off to Orlando. We will be following tomorrow. Things went okay. Tired as hell. Diane was being a bit of a brat. Kinda depressing looking around the house and noticing that everything looks... normal. After all the extra work I put in. I guess most of that was outside. With BG I only had an extra hour or 2 per day without killing myself.

Didn't get picked on about anything. Probably because of all the whining I've done on the blog over the past couple weeks ;) Gotta remember that :) Hell, I'm pretty sure I did more work while they were here. Cooking a big dinner for 6 was dumb. I also ended up cleaning out a close full of everyone's old paperwork. Yeah, fun times. Happy I got to play a little Rock Band tho. Doesn't happen much anymore.

Liz seems to be spearheading the packing. Still a lot of stuff to do. Just to add insult to injury, it looks like I need to replace the toilet flapper today before we go to. Always something...

Not looking forward to dealing with BG in a hotel for nearly a week.

DDR the Wii

Dance Dance Revolution will be released on the Nintendo Wii this coming fall. Finally! WTF took so long! This should have been out YEARS ago. Idiots. I seem to remember even looking for DDR for the Wii. YEARS AGO. The Wii is ALL ABOUT THIS CRAP!

Grr. DCF

I mean, no exaggeration, 30 minutes after my family showed up :( At least is was one of the normal people otherwise we would have to tell the whole damn story over again. Just like we have had to for the last 4 DCF visits.

We are getting good at telling The Story at least. Elizabeth spins the main yarn. You can tell how pissed off she is at the time based on the details emphasized :) I usually try to interject extra factoids to make the story sound better or worse depending on how I think its going. I like to mess up dates too ;) The Story is sooo very confusing and none of these dumb bitches ever takes notes. LOL. Its not even the Guardians' job to know. They're just in it for the gossip.

Courtesy case workers, my ass.

Brandon admitted he doesn't read the blog anymore :) Justifies me to cut loose once in a while. I sure can't out loud anymore with a kid learning to talk!

F-Day

DCF popped in for a surprise visit 30 minutes after my family arrived. What luck...

Everyone told me not to worry about everything and crap like that. I'm not sure if they understand that if I make 1 bad mistake that little girl could very well wind up an orphan. You tend to worry about every little thing when the stakes are that high. Don't even get me started on the Mrs.'s health.

Yeah, I'm gonna coddle my wife and "child". Deal with it ;)

Got some goooooood Rock Band in!

F-Day

The Fam arrives today. Sooo sore and tired.. Feel like a man on the edge with many other edges below. Let the dominoes fall! Stay tuned for Grandpop Ruins Vacation! (rated PG-13)

E3 Sucks

The big gimmicks this year? Motion control and 3d. Guess how well that demos on a flat video image. Yeah... Bet the screen shots will be just as good.

3DS saves E3!

MS nearly killed E3 with their crappy camera controller. Salvation is here!

The 3DS will feature full compatability with the DSi, has a 3.25" top screen in 3d with no glasses, 2 outward cameras for taking pictures in 3d (!!!), and the ability to watch 3d movies, and the first game from N will be Kid Icaras (in 3d!) which looks like one heck of a cool 3rd person action adventure.

NJ Invasion

The Fam comes Wed. Might just as well get the Rules of the House out of the way now:

1) No phones during dinner! Any kind, any circumstances. It can wait. Eat!

2) Everyone plays! If the Guitar Hero/Rock Band set comes out (and it usually does), you are expected to at least try once. Yes, you will suck and people will laugh. It is called Fun. Play!

3) This is Our Home. We may not own the house or half the stuff in it, but for several years now we have made it our home. Respect!

That's it. These are old rules. Nothing special for you guys (ask The Kids!).

2 Faced Kitten!


Heard about this via MSNBC who were so kind and to run a story about a 2 faced kitten WITHOUT A PICTURE!!! At lease I found video out of the deal.

E3

E3 is here again tomorrow, so bugger off :) I think Microsoft and Activision are Monday, with Sony, Nintendo, Ubi, and EA on Tuesday. As usual we'll have to wait till the end to see any of the cool/different/indie stuff. Looks like there's about half a dozen place streaming the press conferences this year, so should be good pickin's for viewing. Probably just park it on G4. They're stuff is usually top notch.

Valve crazier by the second! or not?

Here's the latest about Portal:

Valve's Doug Lombardi has circulated an email amongst the press stating "Just a quick note to clarify the Monday Press Event at the Regal Theater is completely cancelled. Please do not head over there expecting to see us."

This is being taken by the press 2 ways:

The developer will still be present on the E3 show floor at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but whether Portal 2 will now be making an appearance in any form is unknown. Given the way this is going, we may just need to wait a couple more days for the whole thing to be back on again.

and:

I think this is a case where Valve’s light-hearted and playful way of talking to the press backfired: they’re clearly not ready to show of Portal 2 but the fun way they indicated as much to the press raised expectation for so much more. The latest announcement is so subdued, its pretty clear they feel like the hype and rumor mill just got totally out of control. Sometimes it’s just best to say what you mean, I guess.

Funny! or not?

Free Bandwidth Monitor

ATTN: Lou! Here is a free 360kb recommended bandwidth monitor. It should help you figure out exactly how much you can do under that cap.

http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/nsl.htm

Suckage

Things suck. Baby not sleeping thru night and being bratty. Liz lost work badge yesterday and her purse today (both found). I got new pants Sunday and they're already torn. Looking forward to a hurricane that rains oil this weekend...

for those keeping score:

Got peed on today. BG was sitting naked in my lap while I setup the baby bath and nature called.

Dreamcast!

Sega may finally be tired of being bankrupt! Dreamcast titles are going to be ported to the download stores of PS3 & XBox. First up is Sonic Adventure & Crazy Taxi. Oooooh, how I do love me some Crazy Taxi. A lot of Crazy Taxi! Baby safe, too!

2010!

Its the year 2010?! Really? That is so cool.

Dear God, have I been busy or what...

$10 Off at Think Geek

$10 Off at Think Geek: "


Think Geek are offering a $10 discount on all orders over $30. It’s a Fathers Day promotion but hey, who says you can’t buy something cool for yourself. When checking out use the code THXDAD, offer is valid until close of play 11/6/10 so get your orders in now: Think Geek.

This is gonna be a very, very long day
BG is... demanding today. What's worse is that she was 'demanding' at 1-2AM this morning :(

Rock Band 3

Here ya go! Keyboards, new tunes, & The Doors

Portal 2 delayed

Okay, whatever. Just check out their press release. This has got to be the most fun place to work at. This is their real press release about the delay:

VALVE ANNOUNCES MAKING GAMES IS HARD

June 9, 2010 -- Aperture Science, doing business as Aperture Laboratories LLC, in partnership with Valve today announced the successful completion of an ethics-review-panel-supervised release date restructuring process. Portal 2, the sequel to the ground-breaking title that earned over 30 Game of the Year awards despite missing its original ship date, is now targeted for a 2011 release.

Representatives from both companies acknowledged that public safety concerns factored into the decision. They went on to say that even though Portal 2 will arrive slightly later than planned, all life on earth won't instantaneously stop as every molecule in your body explodes at the speed of light, which is what would happen should a rip ever appear in the fabric of Valve Time.

"Also, the game will be even better," they added, missing an historic opportunity to create the first product delay press release to mention that a product is being delayed to make it worse.

To ask questions about how close we all came to dying, or to ask futile questions about the previously announced E3 ***PORTAL-2-THEMED-FOR-GOD'S SAKE*** surprise or, less futilely, to schedule an appointment to attend a Portal 2 screening at the Valve booth during E3, please contact Valve's delegate to the EU's Valve Time Studies Group, Doug Lombardi.

This month's court date has been pushed to next month. Circumstances unknown.

200 pics

Today's baby pic is #200 by the web cam's count. So that's 200 attempted pictures at least ;)

Daily Foxconn

Foxconn's Shenzhen factory has been hit with a rash of suicides. The company has taken measures to prevent jumpers. Now, it looks set to take the greatest preventive measure of all.

It is revoking the payout it had been offering to families of the deceased.

This year, there have been 12 attempted suicides and ten deaths at Foxconn's Shenzhen complex. Foxconn manufactures the Xbox 360, the PS3, the Wii, the iPhone and the iPad, among many other devices.

Until now, the Taiwanese based company has offered families of the deceased the equivalent of a decade's worth of pay (a little over US$16,000). This apparently was a motivating factor for some of the suicides. This will no longer be offered — which could be a good thing or a bad thing. The compensation was obliquely cited in a letter left by one of the jumpers.

Foxconn previously offered workers at its Shenzen factory the chance at a 66 percent raise or $292 a month. That 66 percent raise is performance based; however, all employees at the Shenzhen factory have been given raise from $130 a month to $175 a month.

Thus, the financial forecast has worsened for the company, and Foxconn is now looking into relocating manufacturing to a full automated plant in either Vietnam or Taiwan. (Because robots cannot kill themselves?) Also, more orders will shifted to the existing Vietnamese plant — a plant which has not been given dramatic raises in base salary.

Whaaaa!

Gwaaahh...phew

The portable AC for the nursery works great. Getting that damn exhaust duct in is taking some... creativity. Its barely in there now for testing and Baby Nap Time. Didn't want to start drilling in screws if this thing wasn't gonna start up.

Kathernie Update via Elizabeth

Her Thyroid ultrasound showed four tiny benign nodules. They are not goiter and do not appear to be the cause of her problem.

Katherine's fasting bloodwork shows her thyroid as normal - only thing out of range on the blood work was her cholesterol - which is 223. Doctor will go over this at her June 16th appointment.

She will be having an echo cardiogram on Thursday at 1 PM - I will keep you posted on the results.

My day

Gotta find my pen later. Not going to send check to AC repair shop in purple ink!

Got a portable AC for the baby's room. Heavy bastard. Got to set that up tomorrow.

Orb is a great app, just not consistantly reliable. And that's on wifi! Hate to try most of this stuff on 3G. We need A LOT more bandwidth OTA. Come on WiMax/4G!

PC for Sale

Dork Tower

Scribblenauts!

Sure upcoming DS title Super Scribblenauts will include 120 levels and 800 updated objects, but that's nothing. It will also bring with it adjectives. Adjectives like surfing and ballooning!

Foxconn via Reuters

Following a rash of suicides, workers at the Foxconn Shenzhen factory have a shot at a raise. Another one.

This is the most recent pay increase at a factory complex that has garnered internationally attention for its workers jumping to their death.

Foxconn manufactures the iPhone, the iPad, the Xbox 360, the Wii and the PS3.

In late March, Foxconn workers received a 20 percent pay increase. The company claimed that the raise was not in response to the recent suicides, but planned. That figure then increased to a 30 percent raise, bumping wages from the equivalent of US$130 to $175 a month. It was even rumored that Apple was chipping in.

Now, Foxconn is offering a performance-based 66 percent pay increase. Sixty-six percent!

In order to receive the $292 per month salary, the workers must pass a three month performance review. What exactly that review entails isn't yet known.

"This wage increase has been instituted to safeguard the dignity of workers, accelerate economic transformation, support Foxconn's long-term objective of continued evolution from a manufacturing leader to a technology leader, and to rally and sustain the best of our workforce," said Foxconn founder and Chairman Terry Gou in a statement, reports Reuters.

"We are working diligently to ensure that our workplace standards and remuneration not only continue to meet the rapidly changing needs of our employees, but that they are best in class."

Earlier this month, a Foxconn worker dropped dead after apparently completing a 34-hour factory shift. Foxconn has denied this claim, however. Apple exec Steve Jobs contends that Foxconn is "not a sweatshop".

Technology is so cool!

I'm watching a "live" (1-10 minute lag) video feed from San Francisco Pier 39 on my forearm.

I mean, SERIOUSLY?! THIS IS POSSIBLE?! Live seals in California on my wrist? And I can do the same with thousands of places all over the world? Huh. Who'd a thunk it...

Textbooks ditched at Clearwater High as students log on to Kindles - St. Petersburg Times

Textbooks ditched at Clearwater High as students log on to Kindles - St. Petersburg Times

Maker Faire!

Been keeping up with Maker Faire? Didn't think so. While I wallow around in a sea of mucus this weekend, you can go catch up on the greatest homebrew inventions here:

http://blog.makezine.com/podcast/

Caught on Tape: Cricket Sex!!!

Orb again; Now with link to do stuff!

Something local killing the feeds I think. Don't think it might have something to do with the other 2 servers, do ya ;)

I may not be able to open everything up to the public, but feel free to play along with my media sharing adventures at:

http://mycast.orb.com/orb/html/public/media.html?l=ryte2byte

Let me know any results if you do please. The time you tried would be helpful too! Email me or post in the comments (same thing from where I'm sitting)

Orb

It looks like Orb is setup like a social networking site :rolleyes: Friend requests and such... Don't wanna have to setup playlists for everything I've got.
That Orb web page sure is one amazing pile of code!
Looks like Orb can only support 1 user at a time. Investigating.

Ugh...

Still sick. Really wanted to mop today, but... ugh...

Experiment on! and off

Ooooooooooo! Let's try this!

...never mind

Experiment over

Taken down. No fix. No one seems to be home in the forums either. We'll do it live!

Sorry

Autoplay?! WHo the hell uses autoplay in an audio web app anymore? Why don't I just fucking join MySpace too? Idiots...

Sorry 'bout that. How your speakers weren't up too loud. Gonna need to work on it before I get rid of it though.
Chloe is hanging out with the dish washer this morning. She likes to go talk to it when its running

Growing up

BG has learned to tear things and run away from you while laughing hysterically :|
Trackball is working again. Elizabeth is getting sick.
I really kinda want that inflatable Mario Kart racer ;)

Today's pic

That's the best shot I could get w/ the cord on the webcam. Chloe passed out around morning nap time in a pile of blankets and plushes
Granpop is sick and tired. Literally.

Cheat Pic

I missed today's pic, so I re-upped this one. This was a good pic and exactly what she was wearing, just add a little shiny blob of snot under the nose.
Katherine's been put on a beta blocker. She also has arrhythmia.

This looked awesome!

Blade Kitten Trades Delay For Multiplatform Release [Multiplatform]: "

When we last checked in with Blade Kitten, based on the comic book by Steve Stamatiadis of Ty the Tasmanian Tiger series, it was speeding towards a spring release on the PlayStation Network and looking quite promising, according to a hands-on report from our own Michael McWhertor.



Blade Kitten Trades Delay For Multiplatform Release

Blade Kitten Trades Delay For Multiplatform Release

Blade Kitten Trades Delay For Multiplatform Release

Blade Kitten Trades Delay For Multiplatform Release

Blade Kitten Trades Delay For Multiplatform Release

Blade Kitten Trades Delay For Multiplatform Release

Blade Kitten Trades Delay For Multiplatform Release

Chalk up one for laziness!

Turns out the baby spoons are dishwasher safe! Yay!

Drama=Blog Fodder!

Elizabeth took Katherine to the dr's to check a couple things: rapid heart and she can't keep weight on. They're running tests. We've kinda suspect possible thyroid problems for a while now.

Definitely not gonna have the house perfect for Mom's visit :( Could've pushed harder, but feel I need to conserve a bit. I have to keep some reserve of strength ready for potential Bad Baby Days.

Free iPhone games

Not following those links I posted? Here's a free update on freebies. Don't have time to make links work, so copy/paste your own damn self ;)

The OpenFeint free title today is Glow Jump (http://itunes.apple.com/app/glow-jump/id329034918?mt=8).

Great App a Day has the Battleship-like Sea Battle Classic (http://www.greatappaday.com/details/sea-battle-classic/).

Kyle's Quest 2 - dropped to FREE
http://appshopper.com/games/kyles-quest-2
as well as ...
Boowie! The strong warrior
http://appshopper.com/games/boowie-the-strong-warrior
Got a lap full of pee. been a while. Diaper looks like it was on okay. Been wanting to try bigger size for 2 week. Think Carl found some at his house for us. Gonna have to remember to try those. Meanwhile, early bath has messed up the afternoon schedule. Oh, and I got a lap full of pee too.

Foxconn

Another Foxconn worker dead. Guess what? He didn't kill himself! He just dropped dead after a 34hr. work shift.

I guess we all need to think about this next time we can't get the latest gadget because its sold out...
I'm getting the baby's cold.
Picked off more boogers this weekend than a 3rd grade homeroom teacher.

Free Realms Meets Star Wars In Clone Wars Adventures [Sony Online Entertainment]

Free Realms Meets Star Wars In Clone Wars Adventures [Sony Online Entertainment]: "

Free Realms Meets Star Wars In Clone Wars Adventures Sony Online Entertainment draws back the curtain on Clone Wars Adventures, taking the successful formula established with its free-to-play, family-friendly MMO Free Realms to a galaxy far, far away. Check out the first trailer here!


Rumored in March and due out this fall, Clone Wars Adventures is a massively-multiplayer online Star Wars game for kids, families, and casual gamers. After achieving massive success with its first family-friendly MMO, Free Realms, SOE applies the same business model to the Star Wars universe.


Based on the popular cartoon, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the game will feature a wide variety of gameplay, including lightsaber duels, starfighter battles, tower defense, and droid programming puzzles. There's even a collectible card game built right in.


'Clone Wars Adventures is the ultimate destination for fans of The Clone Wars series and will bring the action and excitement of the show to players online so they can experience The Clone Wars universe firsthand' said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. 'We've worked with LucasArts and Lucasfilm to create a virtual world that is seamlessly integrated with the TV series and a true extension of the show. It's also just flat-out fun to play.'


The game will be completely free-to-play, with players able to spend SOE's Station Cash on special items and equipment. A subscription will also be available, giving players access to additional content for a small monthly fee.


Free Realms Meets Star Wars In Clone Wars Adventures

The baby has been crying all afternoon and I think my right mouse button broke.
BG is still a little raspy, but she's coming around today.

Go grab Brandon for this one: