Archive for November, 2007

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Letters from Santa

November 29, 2007

Letters from Santa

A local parent group runs a fundraiser every year called “Letters from Santa.”  The St. John’s Mercy NICUPS (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Parents) are a group of graduate parents from the hospital’s NICU that provide support for families of babies in the NICU.  The donations provide assistance with such things as disposable cameras, gas cards, one-on-one talks, and weekly parent support group meetings.

You can order a personalized letter from Santa at www.miraclebaby.org.  We’ve done it every year, and I just placed our order for this year.  Izzy and Nicky were both born at that hospital, and my niece/goddaughter spent some time in that NICU, so I can attest to it being a worthwhile cause.

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Truer Words Were Never Spoken… by Pat Sajak??

November 28, 2007

I came across this article today about celebrity endorsements of political candidates.  It had this quote:

If any group of citizens is uniquely unqualified to tell someone else how to vote, it’s those of us who live in the sheltered, privileged arena of celebrityhood. It’s one thing to buy an ab machine because Chuck Norris recommends it (he’s in good shape, isn’t he?) or a grill because George Foreman’s name is on it (he’s a great guy, so it must be a great grill!), but the idea of choosing the Leader of the Free World based on the advice of someone who lives in the cloistered world of stardom seems a bit loony to me.

I thought “Wow… so true… I’ve been saying that for years.  Who is this sage of wisdom?”  Well, it’s none other than Pat Sajak.  Yeah, the Wheel of Fortune guy.  He goes on to say:

I suppose anything that gets people engaged in the political process is a good thing, but the idea that a gold record, a top-ten TV show or an Oscar translates into some sort of political wisdom doesn’t make much sense to me. Trust me, one’s view of the world isn’t any clearer from the back seat of a limo.

You go Pat!  Read the whole article at HumanEvents.com.

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Movie Impressions #1: The Mist

November 28, 2007

The Mist movie poster

My brother and I went and saw “The Mist” last Friday.  I’m a big Stephen King fan… stories, not necessarily movies, and I had previously ‘read’ the story on audio, which was a full cast “3D” recording that was very good.  The movie was directed by Frank Darabont, who previously did the Stephen King stories “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile,” both of which were very good.  So I had high hopes for the film adaptation of “The Mist.”

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Halo 3 Legendary Edition for $59.99!?

November 27, 2007

Halo 3 Legendary Edition

Amazon.com has the Halo 3 Legendary Edition for $59.99 today.  Not so “legendary” huh?  If you are still in the market, snap one up.  That’s 10 bones cheaper than I paid for my “Limited Edition.”

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Battlestar Galactica in the Real World

November 21, 2007

Image from Wired.com article

Wired.com has an interesting article called “Battlestar Fans Get a Glimpse of ‘Real’ Caprica” that talks about BG fans seeking out locations around Vancouver where the show was shot.  I always like things like this, especially side-by-side shots.  If you are a BG fan, check it out.  It you aren’t a BG fan… why the hell not!


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Mr. T annd William Shatner do Warcraft

November 20, 2007

Blizzard has released two new World of Warcraft commercials featuring Mr. T and William Shatner. Funny stuff. Click their pictures below to go to the corresponding video.

Mr. T

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Tomb Raider Anniversary confusion

November 16, 2007

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary Xbox 360 cover  VS  Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary Wii cover

I’ve been literally waiting months for the latest versions of Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary to hit the market.  I played Tomb Raider Legend on the Xbox 360 to death and loved it.  It’s the only 360 game I’ve gotten all 1000 achievement points on.  When Tomb Raider Anniversary came out this summer for the PS2, and snatched it up, hoping for more Lara Croft goodness.  I had only finished Legend a week or two before on the 360 though, and I had a terrible time switching my brain to use the PS2 controller after spending so much time playing Legend on the 360.

I stopped playing the PS2 version when the 360 version was announced, and decided to wait for it.  Then a Wii version was announced with new Wii controls and puzzles.  I figured I’d wait until the 360 and Wii versions were both out.  Online reviews and scores would help me decide which to get, right?  How wrong I was…

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