Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Nooooo!

To anyone with small children, this is the equivalent of David Lee Roth leaving Van Halen.

Speaking of the Wii...

If you have the system (or even if you just hope to get one soon), add yourself to the Wii Hub.

NYT on the Wii

A great piece in the New York Times about how Nintendo is saving the gaming industry from its own nerdiness.

Danny!


A drunk Danny D rocks The View. Priceless.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ning HQ

Since I'm up here in Palo Alto until tomorrow, I thought I'd link to some photos of the Ning mothership for anyone that's interested.

Colbert vs. Pelosi

Monday, November 27, 2006

Wiinjuries

"It was not meant to be a Jenny Craig supplement. If people are finding themselves sore, they may need to exercise more."
-Nintendo's Perrin Kaplan

BusinessWeek

A good article on Ning (in this week's issue).

Poor Microsoft

With all the Sony/PS3 bashing lately, it's easy to forget our friends in Redmond. Thankfully Andy Ihnatko has delivered the definitive Zune review. It opens with a bang:

"Yes, Microsoft's new Zune digital music player is just plain dreadful. I've spent a week setting this thing up and using it, and the overall experience is about as pleasant as having an airbag deploy in your face."

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Owen Goes Boxing

Wii Are The Champions

At long last, the coveted Wii is mine (just one week after the incident). I'd gotten up super early on Black Friday only to be shut down at all turns, so I figured I was pretty much out of luck. On a whim, however, I called around and found out that Best Buy was rumored to be getting 60 units in on Sunday. I was intrigued, so this morning I got up at 6am and headed over there.

29 people were already in line, so I took my place as proud number 30. Three hours later, half the line (which at that point was around 120 people-ish) was sent home when they ran out of product tickets. Wasn't pretty, but at the end of the morning I walked away with a shiny new toy.

Owen has already mastered Wii Sports bowling, and Sarah has blocked away the next two months for Zelda. I'm about to go download me some NES games.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Big Finish


There are also little clips of the starting line and Sarah's finish.

Trot Pics


Some pics from this year's Long Beach Turkey Trot.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Current TV Top Fives

Comedy:

1. Ugly Betty
It took a lot to unseat The Office, but this is a flat-out amazing show that's totally deserving of its runaway success.

2. The Office
Stellar as always.

3. How I Met Your Mother
Quickly climbing the charts. Without a doubt the true heir to Friends.

4. 30 Rock
Incredibly underrated (due to the Studio 60 comparisons). Alec Baldwin is legendary.

5. South Park
Still gold after all these years.

Drama:

1. Dexter
Creepy, funny and smart.

2. Veronica Mars
Suffering a little slump so far this year, but still one of the best shows around.

3. Prison Break
Total crap, but I love it. T-Bag alone is worth the price of admission.

4. Battlestar Galactica
I was very late to the party on this show, but it's fantastic.

5. Lost
A lot of people are giving up on ol' Lost, but it's still intriguing to me. Maybe it's my X-Files past that makes me a sucker for never-ending mythology arcs.

Honorable Mention: Nip/Tuck, which hasn't been blowing me away so far this year, but is still better than most currently-airing shows.

Little Boxes


Photographic evidence of the previously-discussed Stevenson Ranch waterfall (Weeds digitally changed it).

Let's Go To The Mall!


How I Met Your Mother is rapidly becoming one of the best comedies on television. It's pretty much the only traditional multi-camera show left that doesn't suck ass.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Wii Rape

It's been a long journey this morning, and we've come away empty-handed. Shut down online and in-store by Wal-Mart, Toys 'R Us, Circuit City, K-Mart, Best Buy, Target and Sears. Oh, and Amazon also kicked me in the balls for good measure.

The worst one though? Sears. The store had only received two units, however there were only two of us in line, so I thought we'd hit the jackpot. Nope, the woman proceeded to buy both systems in front of me (and two tired little boys). Heart of gold, that one.

There's always next time...

Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Beginning of the End

There's a Doom-style minigame included with Mario Hoops for the DS. Typical Nintendo competition stuff with shells, mushrooms, etc. I taught Owen what the items do and how to sneak up and attack people. Fifteen minutes later, he said the following (verbatim) as he blasted me with a red shell and vanished into a warp pipe:

"Outta my way, old man."

Friday, November 17, 2006

Some Things the Boys Yelled Out During a Phone Interview Today (After Being Told to Be Quiet)

"I want a snack! I'm hungry!"

"I need to go poopie."

"Daaaaad! Owie took my doggie! Owie TOOK IT!"

"I want a straw!"

"Can you bend my straw? Dad! It won't bend! Dad!"

"Get off the phone, Dad! Get off it!"

"Dad! Look at that poop! That's a BIG one! That's a BIG POOPIE."

20-Year Personal Console Timeline

A brief history of my experiences with Nintendo consoles (not counting portables or non-Nintendo products):

NES (1986ish)
I wasn't old enough to have a way to buy one myself, and I watched in bitter jealousy as friend after friend received the magic box. I finally got one on my birthday, and jumped around like a madman for several minutes before having my dad hook it up to the TV and losing myself in the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt combo pack.

SNES (1991)
I remember saving my allowance for months in a little envelope that I pinned to the bulletin board in my room. I even decorated the envelope with pictures of Mario and Yoshi. Yeah. When it came out, I was flat-out blown away by Super Mario World and Pilotwings.

Nintendo 64 (1996)
I waited in line outside Toys 'R Us and raced past kids to grab the pickup ticket. Shameful. I also recall Devin playing Mario 64 in my dorm room for like 10-hour stretches. And Mario Kart 64 goes without saying.

GameCube (2002-2003ish)
I was late to the GameCube party because I was recently married, busy working and thought I was too old for it. Big mistake. Zelda: Wind Waker ended up giving Sarah and I hours of entertainment, and Donkey Konga is still an Owen/Stew favorite.

Wii (2006)
God-willing, the boys and I will be able to score a Wii on release day (this Sunday). I've got the potential stores lined up and a gameplan in place. Bring it.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Submerged

This morning, Owen decided to "clean" his DS by washing it in the sink. Thankfully it seems to still be ticking, otherwise it would have been a dark day for the "under-five years old" segment of the Ford household.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Branded Empires

I just put up a post on the Ning Blog about linking sites together for branded magic. Link away...

F$%K the Cheerleader

Unlike some people, I enjoy Heroes. Granted it's not a great show by any means, but it's getting better. That said, if I hear a "Save the Cheerleader...Save the World" promo one more time, someone is getting a cockpunch.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Web 2.0 Coverage

Gina and Marc spoke at Web 2.0 today (sorta like a nerd Woodstock). Here's the first piece of coverage, which is especially useful to any of my relatives that still have no idea what exactly my company does :)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

First Lady of the NATION...


To celebrate the new higher-quality encoding on Ning Videos, here's one of my all-time favorite Lebowski scenes.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Clergy-tastic!

The Ringbearers

Big City


Some more photos from our NYC trip.

Wedding Photos


Some photos from my sister's wedding in NYC.