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Toucan Pirates Rock

I know it isn't precisely relevant to AA--well, maybe if you love Secret of Monkey Island. Anyway, I wanted to tell you guys about a fantastic pirate-themed band I've been listening to lately: Toucan Pirates. I downloaded their "Battle Songs" album from Amazon and have been listening to it repeatedly.

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MaximumRD presents The Atari Flashback II

Hey guys! I JUST posted this video I finished last night. I wish I had more time to work on these but anyway here is a 10 minute look at the Atari flashback II, I hope you enjoy it! THANKS, any feedback/comments welcome............

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MaximumRD's Look at the Intellivision II!

FINALLY! Just uploaded to Youtube, coming in @ just under 8 minutes is my first full production I can actually say I am proud of (well at least compared to my first two videos) but now that I fianlly had some time and am getting the hang of making videos you can bet lots more are coming soon!
Please check it out and give me a rating and / or comment THANKS!!!!
and stay tuned for more!!!!!!

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Iron Man: The Movie *****

Iron ManIron ManI have to admit, I wasn't very optimistic about the movie adaptation of one of my favorite comic book superheroes, Iron Man. I read the comic growing up and always loved Iron Man because, unlike most of Marvel's other heroes, his powers were based on science and reasoning rather than random events (bitten by a radioactive spider, mutations, etc.) I also thought Tony Stark's character was interesting, particularly when he was in a wheelchair and suffering from alcoholism. He always seemed more mature and sophisticated than many of the other heroes. I guess there's probably not many of us techie geeks who can't appreciate Iron Man to some level.

Of course I feared the worst when it came to the movie--would they go-over-the-top like they did with Spiderman, turning Peter Parker from a shy and sensitive teen into a parody of nerdiness? Would they rely on cheezy CGI too much for the Iron Man scenes (Incredible Hulk)? Would it become an extended product placement segment (Transformers)? Would it be all action and simplistic moral tales (X-Men)?

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Quick Video of my iRobot Verro 100 Above Ground Pool Cleaning Robot in Action

I uploaded a quick (~2 minutes), unedited video from my Flip Video camera of my new iRobot Verro 100 Above Ground Pool Cleaning Robot in action (one of my stuffy, talkative daughters provides the unrelated audio...). This is the second time that I'm using it and I must say it's everything that I hoped for. It has very simple operation - essentially just put one of the two types of reusable mesh bags in the collection canister and dump the robot in the pool to do its thing. It takes about two hours, you pull it out of the pool after a 20 minute cool off period, then you dump out and hose off the mesh bag in the cannister, and it's ready to go again. It's not quite as intelligent as the Roomba, which I discussed previously here, but it does what it's supposed to, pretty much cleaning the whole pool in an efficient manner. It's certainly much easier and more effective than me doing it myself manually. Here's the video:

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Slingbox is the Best. Invention. Ever. A "'Highly Critical' "Review"...

It's not often I like to comment much about modern day products, but it was with great pleasure that late last night I installed my newly purchased Sling Media Slingbox SOLO and SlingLink TURBO 1 PORT, both from Sling Media. In short, the Slingbox line allows you to watch your television, DVR or other video source from your laptop or compatible cell phone (the coolest part!) from anywhere in the world you have an Internet connection. While that's impressive conceptually in its own right, what absolutely blew me away was the brain dead setup and installation, which was literally a matter of plugging stuff in, turning it on, then confirming a few settings. As I know most of you reading this are technology enthusiasts like I am, I know you can relate to how truly phenomenal such an ease-of-setup accomplishment like that is--more often than not we have to work hours on end to get something working the way that it should, particularly something with such an ambitious use such as this. Let me start by describing my setup at home and then the process for making this work...

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7th Link

I started playing the 7th Link last night to get a feel for it, to see if this is the game I'd like to blog next.

It feels big, and from some of the meager info I can find online, I don't really know if I want to spend the '200 hours'! required to play the game. Thats a lot of hours and I'm sporadic at best to playing.

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Gates of Delirium Live - Post 13

BL: Welcome to yakumo9275's (Stu) ongoing "Gates of Delirium Live" recounting of his play through this obscure Computer Role Playing Game for the Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer, released in 1987 from Diecom. Post 13:

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Gates of Delirium Live - Post 12

BL: Welcome to yakumo9275's (Stu) ongoing "Gates of Delirium Live" recounting of his play through this obscure Computer Role Playing Game for the Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer, released in 1987 from Diecom. Post 12:

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