Assassin’s Creed IV – Black Flag

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The trailer for this game looks amazing. Even though I have yet to finish Assassin’s Creed 3, I’m already looking ahead to being able to play this one.

This storyline takes us from Colonial America (playing as Connor) to 1715 and the Caribbean – playing as Connor’s grandfather, Captain Edward Kenway.

There just isn’t enough time in the day to play them all.

On a humorous side note, I watched one of the Assassin’s Creed IV trailers on YouTube and saw the videos recommended to watch next. Among the game videos was Don Rickles at Ronald Reagan’s Second Inugural. Seems like a crazy combination to me.

Shine Runner

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I downloaded Shine Runner from Amazon on Friday night.  I ended up playing it for the next hour or so.  I’m not very good at racing games – I’ll admit that right up front – but this game is so much more than just a racing game.

Yes, you do get to race a flat-bottomed fanboat through a backwoods bayou. However; the whole point is to collect money and purchase items that you can sell (hopefully for a profit) at the next location.ShineRunner

So, there’s a little strategy involved that usually isn’t in a pure racing game.  That’s the part I liked best – trying to guess how the money is going to pay out.  What should you purchase to make the most amount of money, because at the end of the game, the amount of money is what counts.  For the racing part of the game, well, you can’t go wrong.  You get to smash into everything.  Pretty much if you enjoy destroying docks, shacks and outhouses this is the game for you. If you enjoy outrunning the police (and, who wouldn’t?), this is the game for you.  At only $.99 on Amazon, you really can’t go wrong.  But, don’t just trust my opinion, view their trailer and make up your own mind.

Veteran’s Day

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In honor of Veteran’s Day, I’m posting two pictures – one of my dad and one of us together.  He served over 20 years in the Navy.  I was only around for 8 of those years.  He missed my birth and my first birthday in order to serve his country.  The first man I ever called Daddy was a black, Navy Chief who wore a uniform like my dad’s.  It’s the price our military fathers (and, maybe mothers) pay serving our country – because they’re gone so long, their children can’t remember what they look like.  I know what he looks like now.   He fought in Vietnam and he’s my hero.

When I heard that the troops in Iraq will be home for Christmas, I wondered how many of them have little girls and how many of those little girls were missing their fathers, like I remember missing mine.  My dad retired from the Navy when I was 8, so I was very young, but I still have those memories of him not being there.  I hope all those daughters (and sons) really do get their fathers (and mothers) back this Christmas.  I hold every one of them in my heart and prayers.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Dad and me - July, 1968

Dad - I think in 1958

iPhone 4S

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I’m not one to knock another’s person’s purchases. I don’t want anyone telling me how to spend my money, so I usually don’t tell people how to spend theirs. I do have an exception to this: I will give advice when asked.

However; I’m going to make a second exception: The iPhone 4S.

I went to Sprint’s site to check out new phones. I’m eligible to upgrade in a couple of months and it will take me that long to pick out a phone. While I was there, I checked out Sprint’s iPhones. They are really expensive! The highest priced phone costs $800! Why is anyone spending $800 on a phone?

Yes, I realize that spending is what keeps the economy going, but $800 for a phone?

Okay, I’m done ranting now.

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Battlefield 3 – Open Beta

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Last night, I spent a half hour getting my butt handed to me playing the Battlefield 3 Open Beta.  Let me tell you it was absolutely fantastic!  This game is a marvel.  Now, I certainly can’t tell you everything by only playing in two missions, but what I can tell you is that Battlefield 3 – Limited Edition is the most beautiful video game I have ever seen. Maybe, beautiful isn’t the right word. I’m am discussing a war zone with torn up streets and people shooting at you.

I was standing in front of this huge hole in the ground, as I was looking around and it dawned on me that depending on where I stood, the sun looked different.  Not just different, but realistic.

The Beta is opened from now (actually started September 29) until Monday, October 10th.  I had already pre-ordered my copy of Battlefield 3, but playing just the Metro map on rush has convinced me that I did the right thing.  I can’t wait for October 25th to play the full version.

Facebook’s Bad Idea

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I opened up my browser this morning, clicked on the link for Facebook and saw crap. Instead of being able to see the most recent posts, I saw the “top stories”. Well, that’s just great. There is no longer a button to switch to most recent.

Did the developers for Facebook ever think that some of us do not want to see just the top comment getters from our friends?

I know I can’t read every update from every friend, but this is nuts. Bless their little hearts, but some of my friends have the worse taste in what they like.  They’re apt to like a YouTube video of a jackass doing a dumb stunt and there goes my being able to check on how my cousin’s baby is doing.

Facebook needs to change this back – or at the very least, let us opt out of the most popular posts. Because, that’s what it is; a popularity contest.

And, I don’t like popularity contests.

Glad I’m on Google+! Now that it is opened to the public – come join me.

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Two and a Half Men

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If you have not seen last night’s show, please do not read any farther.

Hilarious!  I laughed so hard that I nearly peed my pants!  From the funeral home filled with ex-girlfriends making rude comments about Charlie to the appearance of John Stamos and his bad memory to Charlie ending up in a dust buster, the show made me laugh.  Even the poignant goodbye that Alan gave Charlie’s ashes was both sweet and chuckle worthy.

Ashton Kutcher is a funny actor and he doesn’t deserve the hating he’s been receiving by the “I won’t watch it now” crowd.  Quite frankly, I hope the show is a great success and Charlie Sheen learns a very valuable lesson about not biting the hand that feeds you.

There was one moment which was both a highlight and a let down was when Jenna Elfman (Dharma) and Thomas Gibson (Greg) appeared.  The moment was fantastic, because I never thought that I would EVER see the two of them together again.  That said, making them be edgy and snippy with each other – “Someone needs to file for a divorce.”  Come on, Chuck, why do that to all the Dharma and Greg fans out there?  Why not let us have our moment that Dharma and Greg rode off into the sunset and they have a bunch of kids and are happy?

Okay, I’m done whining.

The episode did teach me not to ever piss off Chuck Lorre.  I’m kidding.  I’m not even an actress, what could he do to me?  What I did learn is that the show will still keep its edge and be funny without Charlie Sheen.  He wasn’t the whole show – the acting talents of Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Conchata Ferrell (the funniest woman on TV) and Holland Taylor are what make Two and a Half Men what it is – a very funny sitcom.  Ashton is going to bring more dimension to the show and allow the rest to shine.  He already did in the very first epidsode.