To The Deal Hunters

Now that we have consumed the turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and bottles of wine (and don’t forget the pumpkin pie)…it is time for the crazy shoppers to head out for Christmas shopping.

I wish thee well on your deal hunting.  May St. Nicholas watch over you during your hand-to-hand combat.  After all we want little “Billy” and “Susie” to have the perfect Christmas.  I shall sleep well and have breakfast around 9:00AM.

Merry Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas everyone!  And for those who do not celebrate Christmas, Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays!

As I write this,I am watching my son play with his Stealth Flyer II Micro wireless helicopter and my daughter playing with the Leapster Explorer.  The kids had a great Christmas.  They got up about 6:30 AM, which is not too bad.  I remember getting up at 5:00 AM and trying to get my parents out of bed to open gifts Santa Claus brought.  One disappointment was the Leapster game we bought, no game cartridge was inside.  Not to happy with the LeapFrog company right now.  I wonder how my return experience at Best Buy will be?

I also have been using using Skype video to talk with my in-laws.  For some reason I had the wrong sound card set for Ubuntu which cause the internal mic not to work.  No problems, I rebooted into Windows 7 and ran Skype for our call.  After the call, I rebooted back into Ubuntu and researched the problem.  That’s when I found out I had the wrong profile.  I switched to Analog Stereo Duplex enabled me to select the internal mic.  I tested using the Droid with my account and Ubuntu with my wife’s account.  Audio and texting worked, now I’m ready for my next call.

Tonight we’ll have spiral cut ham, scalloped potatoes, and green beans for dinner.  Maybe we’ll drive around the neighborhood to see all the lights one the houses, watch some movies, and play some more games.  Either way I am enjoying my days off with the family.

UPDATE:

On December 26th I waited in line at Best Buy to return the LeapFrog game and explain the situation.  After listening to the manager tell me he will do me the favor since I bought the game at another Best Buy store, he exchanged it for me.  He made it seem like it was a huge inconvenience.  Now my daughter can enjoy the Leapster Explorer.

Band Hero / Lego Rock Band for Wii

For Christmas, my family received from “Santa” Band Hero and Lego Rock Band for the Wii.  Of course the kids were excited about reciving these gifts Christmas morning.  While breakfast was cooking, I hooked everything up and made sure Band Hero was working.

My son and I spent hours playing Band Hero taking turns between the guitar and drums.  I tried the mic to see if worked.  I swear I heard the Wii complain about my lack of singing skills.  I guess that’s OK, because I know I don’t have a voice for singing.

Today I wanted to try Lego Rock Band for the Wii.  The guitar was working well but I problems with the drums.  I could not get the red drum to work at all.  The red drum is the snare drum and is also the back or cancel button for the game.  Without it, it is impossible for Lego Rock Band to work correctly.

I checked the Internet to see if others were having problems with the red drum like too.  It turns out the drum set will work (minus the orange cymbal)  as long as you have the Wii remote installed correctly into the drum system.  I thought, “I have it installed correctly.  How else would I be able to play drums on Band Hero already.”  The key for me was to remove the wrist strap from the remote before installing it into the drum system.  Now I can play the drums on Lego Rock Band with no problems.

I created a Lego character and formed a band called Chicken Wizards (random name the game picked for me.)  I played 2 gigs, and several practice sessions with the drums and guitar.  It’s a lot of fun and before I knew it, it was after 2:00PM and I’ve still haven’t started my chores.

I would recommend both games for anyone with some music skills.  If you are lacking in musical talent, just set the instrument for Beginner and you can still join in the fun.  For New Year’s I we are having some family and friends over.  I’m sure the new Wii games will be a big hit.

While I was writing this post, my son was sitting down here in the game room singing Mr. Roboto by Styx.

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas.  Christmas has always been one of my favorite times of the year.  I can remember as a kid looking forward to Christmas, seeing what Santa brought me and my brothers, and spending time with my family (cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.)

Over the last 15 years, we spend time at home on Christmas Eve watching our favorite Christmas movies:

  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • A Christmas Story
  • Scrooged
  • The Santa Clause (1, 2, and 3)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life

This year we are feeding the reindeer “special” reindeer food which the kids sprinkle in the yard.  Santa still loves his eggnog (I think it keeps him jolly during the season) , and we might read A Visit from St. Nicholas (The Night Before Christmas) today.

During the Blizzard of 2009, I took a picture of a Holly Bush in my yard.  The picture hollybush_2009.zip is located in the Box.net flash plugin on the right.