Year: 2006

Review: Creative xMod

A couple of weeks ago, I received a new audio enhancement product from Creative Technologies called the xMod. The ‘X’ in its name comes from “X-Fi”, or eXtreme Fidelity, Creative’s version of ‘high fidelity’ (which is a term that obviously doesn’t sound radical or daring enough). X-Fi is a digital sound processing technology that first appeared in their PC prosumer-level soundcards over a year ago. The xMod signifies the technology’s first attempt at breaking into the living room/consumer electronics space. Well, sorta. You see, the xMod CAN connect to your hi-fi and home entertainment systems, and it can connect to your TV-based game consoles, MP3 players, and so on, but it doesn’t make it easy. It is first and foremost an external USB sound device for your computer (PCs and Macs both, a first for Creative). In order to use it as a passthrough device for any other line-in/line-out supporting audio device, you will need to purchase a power adapter and an audio cable that do not come in the package. At a list price …

DIY Quad Stacker

A couple of weeks back, I started ordering double-double-cheeseburgers at Burger King. I called it the Quad Cheeseburger, with its variants the Mushroom Swiss Quattro and Turkey Bacon Bezerker. It’s not as expensive as you might think. Add $1 for every patty. Every single time, the kitchen assistant would come out from the back and confirm that I wanted four patties in a single burger. I’d say yes, and they’d look at me like a criminal or a very fat man (is there any difference?) I’m training up for a quad Whopper. This is what it typically looks like, without doubling the cheese: This is what it looks like when you’re halfway through: It’s beef quad-tastic. I just thought I’d google “quad cheeseburger” and guess what? Well, this should surprise no one, but I’m way ahead of the curve again and Burger King USA put out a similar PERMANENT menu item called the Quad Stacker back in July. It has 4 beef patties, 4 slices of cheese, and 8 strips of bacon. All at a …

I got this off of the latest Borders email newsletter. What a freaking load of new-age cosmic energy male apologistic crap. Be sure to go meet Jerry and tell him what you think of his lame pickup game, obviously designed to get sympathetic women into an inspired, and naked, state of entrancement. Daily. Constantly.

Pop Music’s history in 4 chords

I’ve been planning to write about how music in games are more important to the experience than we give them credit for, but that will have to wait. I’ve just found this video of an Australian guy playing the same 4 chords over and over on a Roland keyboard, and weaving together an impressive medley of recent pop hits (with a few classics thrown in), singing a line or two from each, while his hands never stop playing the same thing. Not that they perfectly match what the actual songs were, but it’s easy to see how you can sing any number of pleasant melodies over that progression. An unpleasant reminder that no matter what you do, there are always formulas. Edit: Love where this came from: The 2006 Sydney University Arts Revue: ‘The Complete History of Everything That Ever Happened Ever. On Ice. On Fire.’

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More Wii goodness: How the Wii Was Born [ars technica] I missed this a few days ago, but it’s a nice primer to the most interesting of the 3 new consoles which will be out in the US in a few days. I don’t think we’ll be seeing it in Singapore till after January, but fingers crossed. Is anybody out there considering importing a Japanese edition? Will they be region-locked?

Going on rather-deserved vacation

I’ll be in Japan on a company holiday from this Thursday till next Monday. It is in some ways the promised land for most of my friends, however this opportunity has caught me at a bad time. I am too busy with work to even properly pack, let alone do enough research to ensure a meaningful and productive visit. So I am not counting on having a complete experience. My goals are to eat well, take a lot of pictures, and make the most of not having an agenda. I will be staying in the Shinjuku district, and that may be as far as I get with the list of must-see neighborhoods. Maybe I will make it down to the place where the loligoth girls hang out over the weekend, but that’s it. The rest of my time, if I follow my more experienced and Tokyo-oriented colleagues, will likely be spent off the tourist path. But that’s ok. I’ve got to leave some things unseen for when the rest of the aforementioned find time for …