Entries from June 2008
June 28, 2008
Seems like this is another curve that I’m not quite hitting. According to a Post on Extreme Tech, Gamers are spending about $765 a year on games.
The survey was conducted by GameStrata, and polled gamers from ages 18 through 48.
I don’t know about you, but my yearly game spending is probably somewhere around $100, at most. I think the last game I bought was the Civ 4, and that was way back in January. Before that was the Orange Box, so it looks like I’m buying about 1 $40 game a year, but I’ll throw a couple of $20 PlayStation games in there too, just to round it out.
The kids have been hooked on Lego Indiana Jones, which is terrific because it gives me a quick and easy punishment when they misbehave. As a matter of fact, today ended a 3 day, parent induced boycott of the PlayStation.
Photo by Chance Agrella
June 27, 2008
If I didn’t include you in this list, please don’t be upset. There are a few of you that I read all the time, and you know who you are, heck, you’re on the blogroll. I just thought I would mention some other blogs that I read as well. So, here goes. Sorry Kelly, I noticed that I hadn’t added yours to my blogroll yet, so I corrected that.
1. Sass and Veracity – Food Blog. Love food? Love cooking? If you answered yes, then you have to check out Sass and Veracity. Kellypea runs the blog, and she does an amazing job. I wish I hadn’t put it on the list first, because now that I’ve seen it, I’m hungry.
2. Simple Help – Great Tech help site. It’s interesting to read what tips Ross is spitting out today. Of course, I’ve got my own site that I guess is competing, but I’ll never be able to post the volume of content that Ross does. Great stuff!
3. Parent Hacks – Lots of ways to make neat stuff, save money, and just do the whole parenting thing better. Like how to make a Port-a-potty for camping, and what valuable lessons can be learned from a “toy jail”.
4. Getting Green – Or is it American Consumer News? Whichever it is, there’s lots of good financial advice. Savings, mortgage, shopping for produce, lot of stuff. I know I’m always looking to stretch the dollar a little more, are you?
What I’ve been trying to do is to theme these link posts, but to be honest, it’s getting harder and harder to find a theme in my bookmarks. I’m going to have to think of something for next week, after all, I don’t want it to be “6 sites I visited this week”.
Hope you all have a good weekend!
June 26, 2008
In the video, I was just joking about the getting aggressive when they don’t get fed what they want. Or maybe that’s what the rat overlords would want me to tell you.
For my son’s birthday, he wanted to get a gerbil or a hamster. We did a little research, and it turns out that Rats are friendlier, can be trained, and have a longer life expectancy. So what the heck, why not get some rats?
Actually, we started out with just one, but he didn’t seem happy, and we read a little more, and it turns out they don’t like to be alone. So we bought a second rat.
So far so good. They are really cute, and everyone likes them. We haven’t tried to train them yet, right now we’re just trying to get them used to humans. They seem to be adapting pretty quickly.
It does seem a little strange that we bought something that many people pay good money to kill.
June 24, 2008
Wow, has a week gone by already! I’ve been keeping pretty busy, but with things not in the realm of computers and technology.
For this week’s installment of Wallpaper Tuesday, I’ve picked a ironic wallpaper, called, well, "Irony", which I found on InterFaceLift. The Artist is Blackbird, and no, I don’t think that’s their real name.
I hope today finds you well. More later.
June 20, 2008
Sorry, I’m running a little late on my links post today. I have to say thanks to Phil for inspiring me on what category to use for these links.
Checklist for Setting up WordPress – Phil has been building WordPress sites like crazy for quite awhile now, and lucky for us, he’s distilled his knowledge into a checklist. Great list Phil, Thanks!
A Rule of Thumb for Categories – Here’s another Gem from Phil. On our Drupal site, I’ve had to create categories by hand, which makes for far fewer categories then what you see in most WordPress blogs. Phil shares his rule of thumb on categories, and why it’s his rule.
WordPress: The complete post install checklist – Like they say about checklists, you can’t have just one. Well, maybe that’s chips or something, but you get my point. Might as well have a couple of check lists, it always helps to have another’s perspective.
9 Easy Ways to Secure your WordPress Blog – This time, a list about security. This list tells you how to lock it down a little more.
3 WordPress Security Tips I learnt from Matt Cutts – Well, I didn’t learn them from him, but the author of this article did, and I learned them from him. Knowledge transfer in action!