Friday, January 1, 2010

Been a Long Time

Well it's been a long time since I have blogged on her, but I have missed writing so here I am.

Just read an article that warns consumers that many places sell old tires as new. Apparently tire rubber starts to disintegrate after 6 years and the only way to know how old your tires are is to check the DOT number on the inner wall of the tire. At the end of the number is a four-digit sequence that shows the week and year the tire was made. Tires with the notation 3502 were made in the 35th week of 2002.

So I guess the next time I need to get new tires I will need to research the type of tire, price, and ask to see this DOT number on all 4 tires. It normally takes 4-5 years to go through tires so I would not want tires that are more than a year or two from the manufacturing date.

I guess this will be kind of a pain but better to be a difficult consumer than a dead one. A tire blowout at expressway speeds can be very dangerous.

Will have to do some more research on this subject.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Fun Instructable on How one Girl Can Over Power 6 Guys

How can one girl overtake 6 strong guy? Magic? Check out this fun Instructable!

New Blog Contest - Win a $400

I am fairly new to the world of blogging links, reviews, and contests but Online Tech Tips is having a great contest in which the winner receives a $400 blog review from There are also some cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. Even if you don't win, you will probably find some new fans and traffic for your own blog.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Halo 3 is Here!

I have been a huge fan of both Halo and Halo 2 and have derived countless hours of fun running around a virtual world shooting things with a variety of weapons, vehicles, and grenades. In this installment the Master Chief is back home to defend the Earth from a Covenant leader who is trying to find an artifact that will set off all the Halo rings and destroy the Universe. Yet another reason I don’t like religious fanatics.

I have read you can complete the entire game on single player mode in about ten hours. This is somewhat disappointing since this is to be the last installment of the Halo series, but my true love of Halo in is the multiplayer options- both competitive and cooperative. In this version up to four players can join in cooperative missions, and sixteen players can link up to reek havoc on each other.

Unlike Halo and Halo 2, Halo 3 can only be played on the Xbox 360 and the graphics are simply incredible. The environments are more detailed and sharper and even the characters look much better. Another nice addition is that the enemies seem to be much smarter than in the past, so the play is more strategic. The marines also have gained some common sense and do not step out right in front of where you are shooting quite as much. In previous Halo games I probably killed as many marines as the enemy because they were insistent in getting in my way.

Some of the weapons and vehicles are beefed up, and there are new options. There is now a grenade that will put a protective bubble shield around you, and a Mongoose ATV that is new. There is also a Spartan laser that takes a few seconds to charge, but can blow about anything up. I am also happy that the assault rifle back for when you just need to kill a lot of things, up close and quickly. There are also a new category of weapons such as flares and tripmines that you can use or have used against you. I discovered some of these the hard way.

I do have one compliant so far, which may make more sense when I finished the game. Cortana, who is a computer-AI character that helped the Master Chief through his other adventures, has been left behind in Halo 2. In Halo 3 the action will suddenly stop and her blurred face with appear with some cryptic comments that you can barley understand, and then she will disappear again. It reminds me of the ghost in the machine from the movie Johnny Mnemonic.

Halo 3 is very similar to the first two installments when it comes to the single player game, but that is probably not a bad thing since it predecessors were so popular. Where it really soars is in the multiplayer options. The Forge is an incredible map editor that lets you rearrange weapons, items, and equipment in existing maps and basically allows the player to create their own games. Of course you can play on Xbox live and have you Master Chiefs’ behind handed to you by a ten year old that lives a thousand miles away too.

Overall this is one of the best games that I have ever played and I look forward to countless more hours playing with friends and strangers online. I would recommend Halo 3 to anyone who likes first person shooters games, and I think fans of the Halo series will not be disappointed.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Can’t Get Enough of Them Bones

The TV drama show Bones has been a very popular series for the Fox Network for the last two years, and for good reason. It combines interesting crime drama with enjoyable characters and personal situations. The series revolves around Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, who is able to identify and determine cause of death by examining the bones of victims. The main character is straight from a series of novels by Kathy Reichs, who is also a forensic anthropologist.

Temperance is joined at the Institute that she works at with a posse of super intelligent and creative colleagues that help her unravel the various crimes they are asked to consult on. The romantic interest and tension comes from FBI agent, Seeley Booth who is often the law enforcement agent investigating the shows crimes. The first two seasons of Bones are currently out on DVD and the third season is scheduled to premier on September 25, 2007 at 8:00pm.

I originally started watching Bones when it first premiered because David Boreanaz was playing a major role in the series, and I desperately miss Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the plots and other actors made this show worth watching for its own merits. The character of Temperance Brennan is extremely smart, aggressive, and tough which is part of why I like Bones.

About a month ago I ran across of copy of Kathy Reichs’, Break No Bones, at a local bookstores and decided to read the book help past the time until the show’s third season started. Break No Bones is actually the ninth book in the popular series about Temperance Brennan and is set in Charleston, SC.

The book begins with Temperance supervising a Native American burial ground dig, when modern remains are found. Emma, who is Temperance’s good friend and the local corner, is ill so Temperance agrees to assist with the case. More bodies start turning up as well as estranged husbands and boyfriends. Pete, the estranged husband, is in town to investigate a religious organization and it’s clinic in which a woman who has disappeared last worked. Ryan, the Canadian detective and current boyfriend, also decides to visit and help Temperance with her investigation.

All of the bodies and missing person cases come together to a fairly obvious and gruesome conclusion, but the plot is fast paced and interesting. Reichs pens intriguing characters and Temperance is an interesting in the novels as she is in the TV shows. Personal conflict and professional problems are interwoven as the main characters tries to find justice for the dead.

I would certainly recommend the TV show Bones to anyone who likes crime dramas and I have equally positive feelings about Reichs’ Break No Bones.

Bones- Season 1- 8/10
Bones- Season 2- 8/10
Break No Bones- 8/10

Check out the following blogs to keep up-to-date on the show.