So, I’ve had it with myself. I’m not in the same shape I was a few months ago let alone a year. Working in DC made my body soft. My active duty abs have turned to flab. I guess not doing PT does that. So now I’m going to change it.
I bought “The Biggest Loser” game. I’m going to see how well it works.
My criteria for the last PT test I took (in the reserves) was 50 pushups, 62 sit-ups, and a 16:45 2 mile. It passable, barely. I want 55 pushups**, 70 sit-up, and a 14:30 run. I want to go from my size 33 Abercrombie to size 31, and I want to go from 200 to 190.
I’ll be changing my eating habits (alcohol once a week (and not in access), no more Starbucks, I’ll try for no soda).
I’ll be playing “The Biggest Loser” on challenging every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (for 50 minutes) and a 2-4 mile run every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Sunday, I rest.
30 days and I’ll see where I am. I don’t need washboard abs (right away), but I do want to flatten my core.
**OK, the only way to get better at pushups is by doing more pushups. If it doesn’t offer them, they may not increase all that much.
Buying the Kinect was a great, but foolish idea. I knew that it, like the Sony Move and Wii, would have a lot of shovelware. Dance Central is awesome, and the Kinect entertains our nieces and nephews when family comes over.
Dance Central has captivated my wife. She plays it all the time, she is plays it for the exercise, and bragging rights. “Who’s on top, and who’s on bottom now,” is something I’m getting used to her saying as she five stars Soulja Boy on hard. This means I have a lot less time to play games (like New Vegas) or my PlayStation 3 since she is using the TV. I guess this is good because I still have to study for the GRE, which I’m planning on taking in December.
Before the Kinect, my wife and I used the Xbox for mainly Netflix. We would watch the show Bones together before she left for work and I hit the books. Now she has discovered the world of the 360 and has figured out how to add movies and shows Netflix. For not being a technologically savvy person she’s really pick it up quickly. The downside is Netflix offering me “India Romantic Comedies” as a desired suggestion for my movies. I miss the days of “Action 80s Titles” and “Dark Comedies.” C'est la vie.
So, my PlayStation 3 has decided it doesn’t like the internet. It logs me out every couple of minutes. It’s annoying as can be. I like to play games online, given I’m not the best, but I still enjoy playing with my friends. It’s connected to the router by a cat5e so I don’t know what’s going on. The Xbox 360 doesn’t do this, at all.
As I’m typing this short blog I’ve been trying to get the COD:BO update and it has logged me out five times. Now, six. Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful. The error code is 8002AD23 followed by 80710723. I know that code is the correct number because now I have seen it for the seventh time. I do enjoy watching the system get to 34% and increases in time from 30 second to 15minutes followed by the error code.
Well it made it to 3% that time. Eight times in 4 minutes… Damn you PS3
So, I heard Top Gun 2 is being made. I wrote up my own story synopsis of the way it “should be made.” Enjoy.
Maverick has been dishonorably discharged from the Navy after refusing to deploy to the Afghanistan theatre. But hey, It’s an unpopular war, so everyone one overlooks his discharge and he lands a contracting position with the Navy making seven figures a year training Top Gun pilots.
Goose’s son (Goose Jr.) has joined the Top Gun program. Maverick trains him, and soon Goose is deployed to Afghanistan. An Army position is being overrun by the Taliban. The Soldiers call for close air support. Goose Jr. is in the air, but can’t respond because there might be a civilian in the mix attacking the group. Goose Jr. attacks anyway saving the Army troops.
The Taliban tells MSNBC that they were only women and children in the group. And so, because the Taliban are totally trust worthy, MSNBC and CNN run the story. Goose Jr. is demonized by the media and forced out of the Navy.
The American people are upset, devastated even, that the Taliban were attacked. How dare the US Government!
The American people are outraged. So, they turn to those who are known for thinking critically, Hollywood’s actors and actress. These actors convince the people to demand what they are entitled to, whatever that is. The people vote for change, and a new America.
The newly elected government administration sees this as an opportunity to advance their own legacy so they give the people almost free healthcare for ages 15-45 (if they are contributing members of the society). This is fine with the majority of the population. Old people are a drain on society and have more health issues anyway. The American people then decide that healthcare that they are entitled to isn’t enough. So, they ask for free hand outs from the government. The government says this is brilliant and continues to sell US Bonds the Chinese at 0% interest and all Americans get a check in the mail for 35 cents (after taxes).
Then in the end of the movie a Chinese diplomat comes on screen and says, “we own you bitches.”
This leads in to “Top Gun 3 – GI –Joe, Communist Hero.”
Was anyone else who purchased the StarCraft 2 Collector’s Edi dissatisfied with the art book? Yeah, they have some great art, but would it have killed them to establish, through text, what the image was and how the design changed from concept to finished product. Am I asking for too much?
My brother just turned me on to this little 20 questions game, http://us.akinator.com It can get the Giant Bomb crew in around 20 questions. It's pretty scary. Anyway, I'm going to go dig into my obscure video game character references bag and see if i can overcome this challenge.
I’ve always been a fan of the Subaru WRX. So, after spending thirteen months in Iraq working 14-18 hours a day, seven days a week, and only earning $40,000 (E-5s don’t earn that much) I decided to treat myself to a WRX. I found a used 2004 model on Craigslist. I bought the car, and had it waiting for me for when I returned.
While I was in Iraq I was shot at by 107mm and 240mm rockets; 60mm and 80mm mortars; was 30 feet from Iran and had Iranian soldier pointing there AK-47 and AK-74 at me while a BMP-1 had its 30mm cannon pointed at me and my team. Needless to say, I was very close to death on several occasions.
Due to a unique skill set I was taught the Army Reserves, I was a highly valued asset to policy makers here in DC. I moved to Catonsville, MD to be near my fiancée while working in DC. I have an hour long commute to-and-fro work every day. The Bombcast and a few other podcast get me through the long and tedious drive.
All was going well until last night when someone decided to break into my car to steal my GPS. This cur smashed a rock through the driver’s window breaking the window and door. The idiot stole the GPS but left the charging cable. The total value of what the dolt stole was about $100.
Now I have to replace the door and window for approximately $1500. I worked my ass off for this car and to have some heroin addict destroy what I earned keeping my country safe, that includes this dolt, is the most heart breaking moment of my life.
The lesson is this, before you act, think about what you’re doing and who you’re doing it to. Who knows what that person is going though and how your selfish act of vandalism is likely compounding that person’s troubles.
I’ve decided I really want Alpha Protocol. I also want the GameStop exclusive add-on content. I’ve already preordered the game with Amazon.com because I have a gift certificate from purchasing Red Dead Retribution and $30 off is pretty nice. Now I’m thinking of preordering the game at GameStop and just canceling my preorder after I get the code on the receipt, or maybe I’ll return my Amazon purchase to GameStop. I will beat the system.
So, I’ve spent a few hours with ModNation Racers. OK, I’m going to come right out and say it, this game is the best cart racer I have played in the past ten years. The driving is well done, the controls are simple, and you have the ability to create: your driver, your cart, and the track. Right now, I’m using a downloaded ModNation Racer who resembles the White Ranger. Yep, I’m a nerd.
The creation tools are the key selling points. While ModNation is a more than competent cart racer, the creation tools the game gives you steals the show. It is amazing what people have done already. So far I have seen almost all of the main Marvel Characters, Batman, Superman, a wide assortment of Final Fantasy characters, Mario, several Dragon Ball Z characters and the list goes on and on.
As for the racing, I have experienced very little in the way of rubber banding. If you are driving well and play defensively the game will not automatically catch-up to you. The converse is also true; when you drive poorly, you have an extremely limited chance to finish the race in a qualifying position (1st-3rd place).
Once I have the game beaten, I’ll be posting a full review.