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Wii

We picked ourselves up a Nintendo Wii today. I can't remember the last time we got something (larger than a CD / movie) the day it came out.

After passing packs of people with sleeping bags and coolers who had camped out overnight we ended up going to Toys R Us, which had a whopping zero people outside it. Amid reports of 10 units being there we got in line, found out they really had 39, got ticket number 5 and went home to wait until 10:00 when the store actually opened.

Having played with the Wii for most of the day I can say the system has some real promise. The interface is very responsive, which was my biggest doubt, and although the initial games are a bit on the primitive side there is definetly plenty of room to grow and everything they do have is rock solid. You only need to spend 5 minutes in Wii Boxing to see they have something unique going on.

Other random things that are nice: usb ports, wi-fi connectivity, SD memory cards, GC compatibility.
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Virus

There’s a pretty nasty virus that activates on Feb. 3rd that will delete all your .doc .ppt .zip .rar.. basically any file you’ve put work into. I reccomend everyone update your virus definition files and run a full system scan today or tomorrow, and of course back up all your work to cd/dvd (which you should be doing anyways).
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game advisor

So microsoft has this 'game advisor' web program which is supposed to be used to help you tell if your computer will be able to play a given game decently. I ran it on my laptop and got the following result: "100% of the systems scanned by the Game Advisor rank higher in performance than your system." Sweet, my laptop sucks for playing games! No big surprise, really.



Just to restore some of my dork-ego I scanned my desktop machine, on which I actually do play games.

"Your system is among the top 4% of all systems scanned by Game Advisor."


This is actually slightly surprising because I'd consider my video card to be the low end for anyone who actually cares about playing modern games on the PC, yet it's near the top of what people actually have. It is amusing to see my video card on my desktop clock in with as much memory as my entire laptop has for system memory.. hehe The good thing about having such a spread like this though is if I actually make a game myself, if it runs on my desktop, great. If it runs on my laptop, anyone can run it :p
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Doom Movie

So there's a trailer out for the upcoming doom movie. Get this though, it's not demons from hell, it's demons from some sort of genetic experiment/research. Sorry guys but that makes it not-doom. Also, there have already been one movie, oh, wait, and two movies using that plot.
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Intelligent Design

Evolution may not be an absolutely bulletproof theory, but seriously, these "Intelligent Design" people are going to have to do better than trying to tell me the grand canyon was formed by Noah's flood. I've been there. I'm not even a geologist and it's pretty freaking obvious how the grand canyon got there, and let me give you a hint: it wasn't from one stinking flood.

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." -Galileo