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Why I wrote Cancer Nutrition & Recipes For Dummies

Cancer Nutrition and Recipes For DummiesCancer Nutrition and Recipes For DummiesSo, I’m excited to announce that my book, Cancer Nutrition & Recipes For Dummies is officially out—okay, it has been out for a few weeks now (since July 29th, to be exact), but finding the time to do anything these days is a tremendous challenge. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I have burnout and need a break from all the extracurricular activities. Bill is in the same territory as I am, so we’re two peas in a pod in that regard. But as tired as we are, we just can’t say no to projects, particularly when they excite us. And that is how it was for me with the cancer book. So, I wanted to tell you a little about how it came to be and what my experiences were along the way.

As many of you know, Bill and I have written a few books together, projects that we got through our agent, Matt Wagner. They were all technology books, of course. And while I love technology, it really isn’t my strong suit. In fact, Bill often likes to tease me by calling me a “technology witch” or “technology lich” (you’ll get that reference if you’re a fan of Adventure Time, like we are). And he’s right! Technology seems to fall apart in my hands. I don’t know why or how, but it always manages to go awry in some way. But I always thought that this quirk, if you can call it that, was what made us a great team on these projects—he’s the subject matter expert who knows his stuff and can fix things and I’m the dope who breaks them, thereby helping us determine which troubleshooting topics to cover.

After coauthoring a few books with Bill, Matt emailed me that he expanded his contacts at various publishing houses and asked if I had any ideas for potential medical titles. He wanted to see if I had an interest in doing stuff in the clinical arena as well. I shot off a few ideas to him, all focused on cancer.

Cancer was foremost on my mind because I had been an oncology editor and writer at my previous job and it’s an area where there’s a lot of activity, so there are always lots of exciting developments to read and write about—kind of like with technology. It was also a topic very dear to my heart because of my mother-in-law’s struggle with breast cancer. I saw the obstacles she faced and felt so helpless to do anything for her. Many people joke about their in-laws, but she was always kind to me and I considered her a second mom, so watching her decline was truly devastating for me.

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New Article: Watching HBO GO on Xbox 360

My Xbox bookThe last of the three newest articles (of six total to date) has been released that adds new companion information to our latest book, My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE. Check out: Watching HBO GO on Xbox 360 (and from earlier: Discovering XFINITY TV for Xbox 360 and Using MLB.TV on Xbox 360). HBO GO brings unlimited access to the network’s original series, hit movies, sporting events, documentaries, and comedy specials. The article discusses how to use your controller or Kinect to play, pause, and rewind through all your favorite HBO shows, as well as gain access to special interactive features.

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Working on our newest book: My PlayStation Vita

My PlayStation VitaMy PlayStation VitaBill and I are happy to announce that we're hard at work on our next book, My PlayStation Vita, which will follow a format similar to our previous book, My Xbox. My PlayStation Vita is due out in the latter part of 2012 and will cover usage of all the major features of Sony's powerful handheld. There are other exciting projects we'll be working on both individually and together in 2012 and beyond, including another videogame-related book and two special projects in the medical field. As always, we'll keep you informed of the latest happenings. For now, check out the marketing blurb for My PlayStation Vita, and thank you for the continued support:

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Networking Your Xbox: Chapter article from the new book, My Xbox

Que has released the second chapter from our latest book, My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE, as a feature article on their Website. You can go direct to the Que Website to read, Networking Your Xbox, right now. Let us know what you think and be sure to check out the book. As a side note, we've written three new original Xbox 360 articles for Que that should be released in the coming weeks, and are also well underway with our next Que book, details of which we hope to reveal soon. As always, we'll keep you posted.

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First Author Interviews for the Book, My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE

The first in a series of interviews with us about our latest book, My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE, has been posted on Amazon's Website. You can go to the Amazon product page for the book, or go to this link directly to see just the video. Thanks for checking it out!

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Gaming Nexus Editor's Choice for My Xbox

More reviews are rolling in for our new book, My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE. The latest is from Gaming Nexus, where they gave it an Editor's Choice. As more reviews come in, we'll of course keep you posted.

My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE is available from booksellers everywhere in both full color paperback and ebook formats. If you have a copy and posted a review, let us know, or just sound off in the comments below. All feedback is much appreciated. Enjoy!

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Ms. Pac-Man: The Sexiest Videogames of All Time (04)

In Armchair Arcade's fun new series, we ask the provocative question, "What makes a particular videogame sexy?" Each week's feature will explore some of the many intriguing approaches game designers have taken over the years to make their games more sensual, not just with increasingly detailed graphics, but also with romantic and seductive gameplay. While some of the games we'll be looking at are unabashedly low brow, displaying their raw sexuality like a badge of honor, other games in contrast are remarkably subtle, often downplaying their suggestive themes.

This week's entry, written by Christina Loguidice, features one of the first female videogame characters and is also one of the biggest quarter gobbling arcade games of all time, Ms. Pac-Man. Enjoy, help spread the word, and of course, let us know what you think:

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Que: Kinect’s Evolution: Then versus Now

My new article for Que, Kinect’s Evolution: Then versus Now, has now been posted. In it, I discuss a brief history of Microsoft's Kinect and some of its latest uses. Finally, our new book, My Xbox: Kinect, Xbox 360, and Xbox LIVE, is now targeted for a February 2012 release, in order to incorporate all the latest and greatest information on the platform.

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Is Gaming Addiction Different from Other Addictions?

I have been thinking about addictive behaviors lately. It seems almost everyone is addicted to something, whether coffee, cigarettes, food, alcohol, sex, shopping—you name it, and someone is addicted to it. Videogames are no exception, and as we all know, gaming is often blamed by the popular media for causing violence, deviant behaviors, obesity, and a host of other undesirable effects. A recent study published in Pediatrics by Iowa State University researchers that examined a little over 3000 schoolchildren in Singapore found that “Greater amounts of gaming, lower social competence, and greater impulsivity seemed to act as risk factors for becoming pathological gamers, whereas depression, anxiety, social phobias, and lower school performance seemed to act as outcomes of pathological gaming.” They note that their findings add to the discussion on whether gaming addiction is the same as other addictions.

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It's Fun to Play at the Y.M.C.A.

Bill and I recently received a flier in the mail from our local YMCA and went to check it out yesterday. The facility is about 3 miles from our home, and having membership there also gives us membership to a facility about 10 miles away. Both facilities have the typical YMCA offerings, including Olympic-sized pools, basketball courts, exercise room with strength training equipment and free weights, and various exercise studios, where you can take a host of classes. As we found out yesterday, their Zumba class is extremely popular. If you do not know what Zumba is, which we did not, it “fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away” per the description on the official Zumba Website. Many people showed up just for that class and left immediately after discovering it was canceled for the holiday weekend; forget about getting physical activity any other way, sadly it was “Zumba or nothing” for them!

The YMCA a little further from our home is slightly nicer and also has an indoor track and a small exergaming studio, which contains a few interactive gaming bikes, one DanceDanceRevolution or DDR (see Chapter 3 of Vintage Games) set-up with medium-grade dance pads, and one Wii console set at an angle by the doorway. While the studio was a little underwhelming and it would have been nice to see a bit more equipment, some exercise accessories (such as weights, step risers, etc), and a slightly larger room, we appreciate the fact that the facility offers an exergaming option. Certainly, it is possible that their set-up is more than adequate. The room was empty when we were there and the equipment looked to be in very good shape, so we would love to know how much traffic it gets. Regardless, its presence is an indication of the ever-growing exergaming trend.

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