Desk one step closer to completion

I’m really excited about the desk being almost complete. I was in Milwaukee again over the weekend finishing the top. It looks great! It’s one heavy desktop, but it’s going to be worth it when I get it home and installed. When I’m finished, I’ll start scanning pictures and working on the write-up.

I’ve added a couple of new sites to My Links list. Their both under Entertainment. The first is metacritic.com, which is a site that collects official reviews of film, video/DVD, music, and games from other sources and tabulates them to provide an average. The second is the official Xbox web site. I don’t know why I didn’t add them before.

Speaking of improvements to my site, I was thinking about moving the Xbox page into My Bio. I’ll probably break out the hobbies page into several different pages for major things like guitar and Xbox. It’s all in the works (in my mind), and probably won’t be available until the site redesign, which I probably won’t work on until later this year. Speaking of which, I’m still interested in collecting ideas, including sample sites and usage.

Finally, my uncle and aunt that live in England have just about finalized their plans to visit the US. I’m really excited about seeing them again. I have a cousin who lives in India that has been working in Canada, but she’s only there for a few more weeks. I do feel bad about not finding the time to visit her. Unfortunately, work has had me very busy, and taking time off has been difficult. And since I’m on the topic of family, Charlie is really doing well. That reminds me, I should finish that scrapbook page, shouldn’t I? As I stated, I should be able to complete a list of web site updates when the desk is in place.

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New PDA article available

I just completed my Soapbox article on my new PDA. Gee, should this be a soapbox or a project article? Since it has a little review at the end, I thought I’d place it in the soapbox area. Anyway, click here to read about it. I don’t know when I’ll start on the next soapbox article, but I’d really like to get started on some other, long overdue write-ups.

Also, I’ve added some new games to My Xbox wish list, and all games now have the ESRB ratings listed after each title. In the meantime, I’m just mulling through a little Project Gotham Racing 2.

My desk is almost done

The wait for my desk is almost over. I was in Milwaukee again over the weekend working on staining the top. All that’s left is sealing it and bringing it to Madison. In the meantime, everything else was completed, so I brought those parts home. Click here to see some of the pictures (the write-up will come later this year, really!).

Children are getting smarter. My oldest niece, Isabel, learned how to beat me a couple of times at Dead or Alive 3 on the Xbox. Speaking of children and video games, I realized that I have a list of games that are not very kid-friendly. So, I’m going to add the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings to all of the games I have listed as well as those that are not released yet (those are usually marked as RP for rating pending). I’ll get to this later this week. In the meantime, I purchased The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind – Game of the Year Edition. I think I’m taking this gaming thing too seriously!

For you Anime fans, I recently discovered and really enjoyed watching Last Exile on TechTV last week (the second link opens TechTV’s “Last Exile” article). I don’t know much about Anime, but I think I’m hooked on this great series. It’s about a couple of young pilots that suddenly find themselves saving the world… okay, it’s more than that, which is why I’m so intrigued by it. Check it out!

Computer file storage

I was a caller on The ScreenSavers today. How cool is that (my 15 seconds of fame, which was actually closer to a minute-and-a-half)? My question was, “What is the best media to use to back up my data? DVD, internal hard drive, or external hard drive?” Patrick Norton and Kevin Rose (today’s hosts) responded that they really admire the Maxtor One-Touch external hard drive, especially if you have either USB 2.0 or IEEE 1394 (Firewire) for a fast back-up. They also questioned the archival quality of CDs and DVDs, seeing how they can actually deteriorate in a short amount of time.

In other news, the desk is almost done. I’ll probably work on it this weekend, and will have it in Madison the following week. Yikes, that means I better start working on the pictures (scanning pictures, resizing for the web, posting on a page). Okay, I’ll admit, I haven’t done much with the site lately. Perhaps when I have a chance this month, I’ll work on some items.