Thursday, September 30, 2010

Earthquake? Which Earthquake?

Hey there.  There have been a lot of talk about the "big one" hitting southern California today.  That's right, TODAY.  And to be quite honest with you, I think it's all a bunch of crap.  First off, you cannot predict earthquakes.  Scientist have had a go at it for decades and they still cannot predict when an earthquake is going to strike.  Now, I'm not saying that they are nowhere in regards to earthquake prediction.  What I am saying is that by the time they know one is going to strike, the rest of us know too.  lol  So why all the earthquake talk?  Because of Twitter messages like this...

Yeah, that says 6.5 to 7.0 earthquake TODAY.  This has caused all kinds of panic in the Los Angeles area.  Listen people, we cannot predict earthquakes yet.  The fact that this person is saying that there's in earthquake happening in southern California is not new.  Believe it or not, we have more than a few earthquakes here a day.  It's just that they are of low magnitude that we don't feel them.  But how do we know they happened?  Cause those above mentioned scientist have trying to find a way to predict earthquakes that they've found a way to measure even the smallest of movement in the Earth's crust!  Now relax people.  No need to panic.  If we do have an earthquake, it should somewhat be expected since that's the way of life here in southern California.  But more likely than not, we're going to get through this day, like any other, with some light shakin' and bakin' under the California sun.  Later!

Get Moving with the Playstation Move

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Hey there friends. Have you guys heard of the new Playstation Move yet?  It is an innovative way to play PS3 video games.  No more will you be sitting on your butt and mash buttons.  With the Playstation Move, you have a full range of motion, using the motion sensor controller, to control your characters in ways that have not been done before. 

I, myself, can be a hardcore gamer.  My wife, not so much.  So when I sit and start playing games for a while, she can feel a little out of place.  With a Playstation Move, I would be able to get her and the kids into the action.  With motion being the key component to many of the Playstation Move games, anyone will be able to pick up a motion sensor control and get into the action.  And as an added bonus, it could count as some light exercise since you will be up and moving around.  Also, the wife and kids won't be put off the complexity of the some of the games that I enjoy playing, enabling us to spend more family time together in the form of a family game night. It would definitely be a great way to have a few laughs, have some fun, and bond with the family.

We've already starting looking into the games and prices.  You can score a Playstation Move bundle for only $99 for those that already own a PS3.  For those that don't, there is a bundle where you can add the Playstation Move.  And the cool part is that it comes with the game, Sports Champions.  But that's not the one we want to try out.  We have our eye on Start the Party.  A family friendly game that looks like a load of fun and something that the family can definitely get behind.  Check out this one screen shot!
Adding the Playstation Move sounds like a good move to me.  Especially since it's something that the whole family can enjoy.  Video games have evolved.  It's no longer just pushing buttons and using a plastic controller.  Your body can now be the controller and that opens up a wide range of excitement and fun.  Check it out friends.  You won't look back after you do.  Later!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Best Dance Ever

Hey there.  Like kids across America, ours started school about 2 or 3 weeks ago.  Because the girls go to school close to where I work, I drop the girls off before heading to work.  It's been interesting, to say the least.  I chat it up with the girls during the car ride and we listen to the Kevin & Bean show together.  We'll laugh over some stuff and it's pretty much a good bonding experience for us.  Especially when little episodes like this happen.

About a week or so ago, we are on our morning commute to school.  Kevin & Bean had an interview with some woman that I had no interest hearing so I started to change the radio station.  I stumbled across some song that my young one instantly recognized.  "Leave it there, Dad!"  I hear that a lot when she's in the car.  lmao  She recognizes all the "hit" songs and she's only 5!  Anyways, it was some song with lyrics that go something like, "dance, dance, dance like it's the last night of your life."
Their pre-robot ritual

After hearing the girls sing the phrase for what seemed like the 20th time, I decided to have some fun with the girls.  I turned to look at them (during a red light, of course), start doing the robot and say, "They must be doing the robot if they're dancing like it's the last dance of their life.  I mean, it's only the best dance move EVER!"  At this point the girls laugh and the young one starts doing the robot from her seat.  lol  I love it when she does the robot.  When the older one stops laughing she looks at me with a serious look and say, "That is true."  lmao!  Oh man...  Classic!  Later!

Schedule Those Car Check Ups

Hey there.  You know, a friend of mine was recently in Azirona and he found himself needing his 2001 Ford Escort checked out.  Turns out that his water pump needed to be replaced.  Now, I usually do my own car maintenance.  Well, what I consider the small stuff at least.  This guy just doesn't bother with it.  As soon as he "feels" it's time for a check up, he'll get it done sooner or later...  and it's usually later. Luckily for him, he found a Phoenix auto repair shop using his phone.

I like to think that I'm pretty handy when it comes to that.  I've been able to check and change all the common maintenance issues, such as motor oil, transmission fluid, radiator coolant, and the serpentine belts.  Recently, I've been showing my boy how to check it out himself so that he can have the know how to get it done himself.  But the two things that I have not been able to take care of have been the timing belt and the water pump. Unlike my friend, I get those checked every year to avoid such things as being stranded in the desert. 

So take this as a public service announcement, make sure to get the car checked up on some sort of schedule.  Especially if you're living in high temperature places.  Cars overheat, tires wear down, water pumps burst, and belts snap.  We rely on our cars more than we should!  Avoid spending a fortune on emergency repairs when you can get those checked out and repair or replace those important parts BEFORE some serious damage takes place.  Later!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Day as an Extra

Hey there.  I missed all the football games this Sunday.  All of them!  I wasn't anywhere near a TV because my son and I were off being extras in a Comedy Central show.  I received an Email requesting inviting me to take part as an extra and I pretty much said why not and took my son with me.  It was video game based so I figured that we would enjoy it.  There was a lot of sitting around, but we did manage to get some TV time.  My son was positioned right behind the speakers, as an audience member, so he should be seen on air and I was cast in a small role as a security guard!  Whoo hoo!  We were told that we cannot post pics or give away any info other than that so hopefully I'll be able to post more details once they've become public.  What I can say is that some of people responsible have their hands in other video game related shows such as The Guild.  I can't wait to see the episode on air!  It will be fun to see how much my son and I actually show up on the screen.  I'd also like to know how the episode plays out since we only heard  few lines here and there.  I'm sure it's going to be great.  Until then, later!

Monday, September 27, 2010