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Anything Goes / Controversial image on Detroit News front page
« on: January 29, 2009, 06:29:54 PM »
While it's off the home page of their website, this image (the one visible in the article linked below) was on the front of our local newspaper today:


As if Detroit needs a worse reputation, eh? 

Technology / Wireless router for DS
« on: March 12, 2008, 10:58:33 PM »
My D-Link is slowly taking a dump on me...I can be 10 feet away and not even get a signal bar on my DS.  This D-Link has been crap from early on, unfortunately.

I'm leaning toward a Vonage-enabled Linksys router (WRTP54G) or the newer Motorola (VT2542).  The former is a lot cheaper since it's been out awhile; got a bid for 99 cents on eBay right now, in fact.  Given how flaky my current Linksys is, I'm tempted to try the Motorola.

Just curious, though...nothing on the Vonage site mentions that either router can handle the WEP security that the DS requires (not WPA).  If neither one has it, then I'm SOL and I will have to get another cheap wireless router to run in tandem with my current Vonage/Linksys.

Anyone have either of these routers, and can verify if they can use WEP or not?  No luck searching for manuals, but I am going to Google a bit more to see what I can find...

General Pop Culture / Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« on: November 28, 2007, 12:45:00 PM »
I didn't want to hijack the TB Book Clubb thread...

My 8-year-old Emily turns 9 in December, and I'd like to get her a few books.  Since I notice some of you here have kidlets who are in a similar age range, I was wondering what kinds of story books they like.

Emily likes the Magic Tree House books, but IMHO, they are a bit young for her.  We go to the library once ever week or two, and she picks up three or four more to read, and she can knock them off in an hour or less, easily.  She's in third grade, but her reading level is probably more like fourth or fifth grade.  She's a bookworm like me.  :D

She likes those kinds of stories in the Magic Tree House series.  (And she is also learning things from those stories as well.)  I bought her Charlotte's Web last year as a gift, and she's read it in bits and pieces...mainly because she seems to prefer shorter books for the time being.  She had no trouble comprehending the content, and only asked me on a couple of words.  I may get her Stuart Little, since she likes the movies.

I had thought of getting her one of the original Nancy Drew books to see if she liked it, but I don't know what reading level those are.  I have all the Hardy Boys books, up through #51, and I believe they're written at a similar level.  I have a few of the Paddington Bear books from when I was her age, but have to dig those out of the basement. 

What else is out there?

Nintendo Console Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite Hinge
« on: August 14, 2007, 04:52:48 PM »
I'm not sure what to do here.

The hinge on my DS Lite has split, on the right side.  I'd heard there was a defect, but I don't know if it was caused by carelessness, or what.  I've had it about a year, so I don't even know if a warranty would cover it.  Or if Nintendo would even replace or repair it.  It's still playable, but doesn't stay open like it should. 

I could not find much on Nintendo's site to contact them about a repair or whatever.  I found one page for "customer service" that had a few dozen troubleshooting hints, but they were not geared toward telling me about a hinge problem, or finding out how to get it fixed.  They did have a small form to check on the status of a repair, however.

What's my next move?  I'm a bit bummed, of course... :(

Anything Goes / Santa Bucks at Meijer
« on: December 21, 2006, 09:10:47 AM »
Well, I went to Meijer yesterday and got my younger daughter a $79.99 bike for $48, including tax.  30% off all bikes, plus the surprise at the cashier when she told me I'd get $10 off with one of their santa bucks! 


Starting at $29.97-up, you get $6 off of a single item.  At $39.97-up, you get $8 off.  All the way up to $99.97, where it's $20 off.  Essentially, it's as much as 20% off for one item.  You could get a heck of a deal on a DS Lite or other game system, if it's still in stock.

Good news is, you can use it on just about anything in the store, and the fine print says nothing about electronics and video games. 

Meijer has stores in Michigan and parts of Ohio, and possibly one or two in other nearby states.

Sony Console Gaming / PS2: What comes in the box?
« on: December 15, 2006, 12:16:10 PM »
My S.O. is getting her daughter a PS2 for Christmas.  From looking at Sony's site, all we seem to get in the package is a controller, AV cable, AC adapter and the console. 

I take it that a memory card is not included?  And, is she going to actually need one?  The only game she's getting so far is the ATV Offroad Fury 3--I'm thinking she'll need a memory card to save any game progress or stats. 

You'd think they would give you a minimal memory card of some sort so you could use the game right out of the box.  But hey, what do I know?  :D

Do most of you stick with the Sony memory cards, or are there good off-brand alternatives?  I had a MadCatz memory card for the GameCube that corrupted the data all the time...

Anything Goes / Kids' Xmas Toys This Year
« on: December 07, 2006, 10:03:12 AM »
Interesting, but not unexpected:


Short version: parents are buying more "traditional" toys this year, as opposed to the electronic toys (which includes video games). 

I have a mix for my girls this year, as always.  My ex got my younger daughter a Cranium Mega Fort.  For her birthday (next week Friday) I got her Nintendogs, Super Monkey Ball 2, the "Cars" DVD, and three other things she wanted that are "creative".  Since she's into drawing, writing and creating things, I emphasized that.  She also wanted a couple of things like those Disney Princess dolls or other "kid" toys like that, but I didn't cave in just yet.  :D  Wanted to get her a bike, but it's too pricey for now.  (Wanted to get a real one from a bike shop--found one made by Specialized that fits her perfectly and has a lot of room to grow.) 

No idea what to get my older one--she'll probably get a few Barbie or princess items (she's rough on the Barbies--most of them have no heads now  ;D ), and maybe one game and a movie.  Her attention span isn't that good, and she's more mentally like a 4-year-old, so it's hard to pick toys that aren't too babyish, yet something she can understand. 

What are other parents here giving the kidlets this year? 

Nintendo Console Gaming / Arcade-style joystick for GameCube?
« on: December 02, 2006, 10:59:13 PM »
I did a bit of searching online this evening for an arcade-style joystick for the GameCube, but could not find anything other than a "flight stick", or something called X-Arcade that costs around $100.  For a $19.99 game (Namco Museum), that seems a bit much.  :D

Just wondering if anyone's seen a simpler arcade-style joystick for the GameCube out there, that would cost about what a standard Nintendo controller would cost. 

Microsoft Console Gaming / Need an XBox 360 for $100? Mmmmaybe...
« on: November 20, 2006, 05:23:27 PM »
I just saw this interesting concept on Amazon:


Short version: you see four deals on this page, and you vote for your favorite deal.  On Thursday, the winning deal (per Amazon customer votes) is the one that you'll be able to purchase.  There is a special procedure you go through to get the discount at checkout for your item, but heck, it's worth it.

$100 for a $299 Xbox 360 is a great deal, but I'd be hard picked to choose between that and the Mongoose mountain bike for $30 (normally $139), or get one of the other two deals since I have to buy something for the kids (on behalf of Santa, of course ;) ).

I think they are doing this every week until Xmas though...it might be interesting to see what deals come up in the following weeks.  (A Wii for $50 would get my attention! :D )

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