Stupid Things People Do #2

Gamestop, notorious for selling the latest games and consoles, even used games and consoles.  Star Wars: The Old Republic, currently on Prerelease status.

My cousin went down to Gamestop to Preorder Star Wars: The Old Republic, the very first MMORPG put out by Bioware.  How ever, there was a slight problem.  When my cousin Preordered his game, he didn’t get a Preorder code.

When you look on The Old Republic’s website, you’ll find out that they’re supposed to give you either a Preorder Card with the code on it, or print it on the Receipt.  After they run out of Preorder codes, they’re not supposed to sell any more copies.  It’s a limited Preorder release.

The problem?  Gamestop sold a Preorder copy of Star Wars: The Old Republic to my cousin without giving him a Preorder Code.  He thought it was printed on the receipt.  Come to find out, they were out of them.  So, they sold a Preorder that they weren’t supposed to sell.

On top of that, Gamestop apparently has taken those Game Cards and given out the Preorder codes to their friends and family who didn’t even Preorder the game.  Which is a bad, bad, bad business practice.  Those codes are for people who Preorder only.  That’s the whole reason they go in their in the first place.

This whole incident with my Cousin, is the exact reason why I will not ever shop at Gamestop again.  So, it’s not my Cousin who was stupid, I think Gamestop is really, really stupid.  The sad part is, they know this is going on and they’re not really doing anything about it.

Are you going to spend your money at Gamestop, knowing that they could potentially be committing Fraud?  That’s exactly what this is.  Fraud.  They’re giving away things that they have no right to give away.  That’s theft from those who really want to buy the game.  Not an isolated case either.

I say shop at Best Buy.

100 Push Up Challenge

Push Ups are probably one of the easiest ways to gain strength.  Want to build strength and can’t get to a gym?  The old fashion Push Up just might be your answer.

The 100 Push Up challenge is designed to get you doing 100 push ups in about six weeks, quicker than that if you can do 20+ push ups.  If you can do 60-80 push ups.  They also have a bit more challenging workouts that you can do.

Fitness level according to push ups.  My fitness level is currently 4 out of 7.  I can do 35 push ups and on the 35th one, I’m starting to shake with fatigue.

Why is fatigue important?  When you start feeling fatigue, you start to lose posture.  Posture is important when working out, so you don’t injure yourself.  Preventing injury is the key to a successful workout.

Why the 100 challenge?  Well, I can’t do 100 push ups yet, so why not?  Also, having a goal to reach for will more likely keep you motivated.  Especially if you share your goal with your family and friends.  Better yet, start a blog like this one.

If push ups get a little easy for you, you could always move on to the 200 challenge.  If that gets easy for you, move on to the Hindu Push Up challenge.  Ok, maybe I made that one up, but still.  Change it up when it gets easy.

When you go to Week 1, they give you the recommended place to start.  For me, they recommended that I start on Week 3, looks like I’ll get done with this in a months time.

Day one looks a little something like this…….

Day 1

rest 60 seconds between each SET (longer if required)

> 25 push ups

set 1 – 14 set 2 – 18 set 3 – 14 set 4 – 14 set 5  max (at least 20)

It progressively increases each day, so you’re doing a little more each day.  There are three days in the workout, which allow for you to take a break in between the work outs.  So, you’re workout days would look something like, Mon, Wed, Fri.

My over all goal here?  To gain strength.  My muscles are kind of weak in this day and age.  On top of that, I’m kind of out of shape.  So, when something heavy needs lifting, I have trouble some times and need to increase that strength and how many people do you know that can do 100 push ups?

They also have a Sit Up and even a Squats challenge, among other things.  Visit Hundred Push Ups for more details.

100 Push Ups Challenge

Keep it real, keep fit.

Why We Make Mistakes?

Many people often make mistakes.  Yet, sometimes we don’t know why.  I recently had to make a change in my Biggest Reasons Why Americans Are Overweight post.  It was a simple mistake too that anyone can make.

Down at the bottom, when I started talking about “they’re tampering with our health,” I had out instead of our.  Simple mistake right?

What about when we make mistakes that are big mistakes, the ones that make us feel a little down?

Today, I finished my workout routine.  Well, the Cardiovascular part of it anyway.  I found out that I actually had an error in my last calculation on Calories burned.  Yesterday, I had thought that I burned about  363 calories, when it was no where near.

Here’s the formula that I used to calculate those Calories.  men: calories = [(0.6309 x heart rate) + (0.2017 x age) — (0.09036 x weight) — 55.0969] x time / 4.184.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/221560-the-calories-burned-from-elliptical-training/#ixzz1eBKV2ykn
Gotten from Livestrong.com

 See the part where it says — 55.0969]?  Yeah, I missed that completely in my calculation.  Somehow, someway, I just totally left it out.  So, while figuring out the new calculation, I was slightly disappointed.

Can you imagine how disappointing it is to find out that you’re not burning 300+ Calories, but instead you’re burning more like 186.  And that’s after increasing your time on the Elliptical to push yourself?  Sags head and walks away………

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Ok, maybe not quite yet.  Unless I’m doing the formula wrong, there’s a big mistake there, but what can we learn from mistakes?

For starters, we can’t dwell on them.  We have to move on and learn from them.  We have to be more careful next time, so that we won’t make the same mistake again.  Life is too short to be filled with fouls.

It also helps to not be tired when you’re writing a blog post.  You’re more likely to catch those mistakes.  So make sure you get a good nights sleep.

So, what! if. I; make/misteaks….Get over it.  That’s all we can do right?  Get over it and move on.  Learn from them and not bash ourselves too much.

Astronomy [at] PCC

What do you learn from mistakes?  Do you think images help blog post?

Angry Birds and Microsoft Windows Phones

Angry Birds Theme for Windows?

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/angry-birds-theme

They have no wings. Their eggs have been stolen by pigs. So, yeah, they’re pretty angry. Contemplate their mood at length with our free Angry Birds theme for Windows 7.
My only complaint? Bright….Yep, it’s bright. If you’re looking for a bright theme to lighten up the day and don’t mind the heavy brightness. Angry Birds just might be for you. Back to you John…….

In other News, Are Windows Phones a great value?

Compare Windows phones for yourself below.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/buy/7/default.aspx

Microsoft believe it or not isn’t out of the Phone Market yet. With phones such as the Samsung Focus Flash, do you think that Microsoft Windows Phones stand a chance? What about for those who are on budgets and can’t afford an iPhon 4S?

Highlights

Minimal and modern design, with infinite edge
3.7″ WVGA super AMOLED display
Exclusive apps for productivity, entertainment & communication
Powerful 4G performance

Phone specs

Display
480×800 (3.7” WVGA )

Processor
1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255

Camera
Yes (5 MP AF w/ LED flash + VGA front-facing camera)

Battery Life
7 hours/25 days

Networks
GSM 850; GSM 900; GSM 1800; GSM 1900; Edge; UMTS 850; UMTS 1900; UMTS 2100

What do you think? Is $49.99 enough for a phone of this specs to get off the ground? Many people have already started using the Samsung Focus. If you have, how do you like it?

Minecraft and Laziness

Most of you know that I play Minecraft.  Lately, I’ve been a bit lazy when it comes to producing Youtube videos though.  I’m going to have to work on that.

Tomorrow, I’ll be away from the computer for about a day and a half.  So, I’ll have no access to the web for that time frame.

As soon as I get back, I’ll be uploading more minecraft videos and more vlog videos as well.  I’ll also start on the Budget Software and Games reviews that I said I was going to do.

I’ve been working on my novel, plucking at it.  The planning stages, that’s what you do with it.  Pluck at it.  The only way to get things done, is one step at a time.  This, happens to be small steps.

I’ve got to start taking more action and get stuff done.  I can’t create a community without creating stuff for you guys to read.

On Hold

Well, this bites.  Another piece of my computer is falling apart.  Yep, my DVD Burner is going bad.  What’s the deal?

Some of you may remember my first piece of software to test and review was supposed to be Encyclopedia Britannica.  Yep, that failed.  I took back the software to Staples, only to get a replacement that had the same issue.  I tried installing another game, Sim City 4, which also happened to be a failed attempt.

So, I tried a few things.  Took apart the DVD Burner and cleaned the lens.  After putting it back together, no success.  Grrr.  It was a pain to take apart to begin with.

Updating the firmware was a big failure too.  I had to go through a site that wasn’t the official site of LiteOn, which is the DVD Burner manufacturer.  Maybe that had something to do with it, but hey, was worth a try.  Doesn’t do LiteOn any good to not be able to update the firmware.

The last thing I did was delete the register keys, uninstall the driver, and reboot.  Nope, notta.  Yet another failure.  At this point the frustration is building.  So, I tried one last thing.

Instead of a CD-Rom game that I had, I tried one of the DVD-Rom games I had.  Spore was the choice of game.  Put it in the drive……  Success.  The DVD was recognized and I was able to install the game.  My first review, just might be of Spore.

After reading a few forum post, from tech forums, I’ve come to the conclusion that my DVD Burner is on its last leg.  Going to have to get a new one, but I’m not sure when that will be.

I now have two options.  Continue with Spore and check out some free games online.  Yes, free fits the Budget category.  Or put the whole budget games and software route on hold.  I know though that’s not what you want, so I’ll be checking out games online that I can download and what not.  Stay tuned.

Encyclopedia Britannica – Family Encyclopedia – Budget Games & Software

I promised a review of Encyclopedia Britannica, the Family edition.

It cost me a mere $10, but I have to say, that I’m highly disappointed.  First off, the disc wouldn’t even work in the DVD Burner I have.  I should have at least read the disc, which would have been able to install it.

All in all, I think it would have been a pleasant experience, if I was able to install it.  It says, “WIN/MAC CD Rom Software.  Included on the disc are 25,000+ articles, 2,700 images/maps/videos, and a Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus.

And yes, it works with Windows 7 witch is what I’m using.  I just checked the back of the box to make sure.  Which I’m almost certain I did so at the purchase of the software.

Despite the fact this journey was slightly disappointing, I’ll continue to purchase and review budget games & software.  Provided that they actually work.  Up next?  Sim City 4 and I know it works, because I bought it back when it was still $20, though you can now get it for $10.  Yet, the $20 includes an expansion pack.

Keep an eye out for the next review.  Is there a software or game you’d like me to review?  Make a suggestion below, as long as it’s under $20.

If you’re a software or game designer and would like me to review a game/software, please leave a comment or send me an email to my public email on my profile.

You Know You Spend To Much Time Online When

you change your desktop background almost daily.

you rarely turn off your computer.

you get hemorrhoids because you’ve been sitting at your computer so long.

a weekend of time spent offline feels like a nice break

you *do* take breaks from the computer, you psychologically schedule yourself to come back when the “4-hours” are up and you can replenish your Slot Game [or insert your favorite game here] tokens!

every time you leave your desk you take both your iPad and iPhone with you, just in case…and your car lighter charger

your dust bunnies have become dust elephants!

you don’t understand the meaning of “too much time online”

you’re too busy online to answer this question and simply go “huh??”

you get cankles from sitting for too many hours. (don’t worry, it’s temporary)

you think it’s Tuesday but it’s really Monday?

you search for the like button on your car radio

you search for reviews for things when you’re at the store.

you turn to your computer to look something up and realized you already are sitting at your computer.

the first thing you do in the morning is turn the laptop on.

you don’t ever have to turn on your computer

Budget Games and Software

I will be reviewing some Budget Games and Software in the coming weeks.  Most people are looking fun and good software on a budget.  What is my budget?  I’m limiting my purchases to $20.  You can expect a review on a budget product most Fridays.  Some weeks may be skipped, do to various factors.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover they say, but the cover is the selling point.  Instead, I’m going to say, “You shouldn’t judge a game/software by it’s price.”  Just because it’s budget, doesn’t mean it’s not a good game/software.  For example, you can now get Sim City 4 for $10.  That is one product I will review.

The product I will be reviewing up in the coming week is, Encyclopedia Britannica.  This information filled product is a bit more accurate than Wikipedia and I’ll be giving it a whirl over the next week.  When opinion matters, I’ll be giving you my two cents on Friday.  Stay tuned for that.

If you’d like to send me a free copy of your software to review, then I’d be happy to oblige.  The software must be a reason price and budget friendly.

Every Lego Fans Dream

Well, if it’s not every Lego Fans Dream, it should be.  If you’re a gamer and a Gears of Wars fan, you’ll want one of these bad boys.  Even if you’re a gamer, you should still want one.  This gun, based off the Gears of War assault rifle, is a Dream come true.

I’ll be getting myself some Lego for Christmas.  If not before then.  This fully working gun, has a Chainsaw, shoots Rubber Bands, and uses clips.  On top of that, it has a working safety.  What more could you really want?

The builders of this, actually show you the mechanics of it.  Just in case you want to know how it works and want to try and build one yourself.  That is if you’re the creative type.  There are of course other builds of similar design, also based of the Gears of War game.  You can check them out on Youtube.