dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Simpsons)
We picked up a copy of "EA Sports Active - More Workouts" and it's pretty good so far.

I have been getting a fair amount of mileage out of the first one -- it's got some good exercises, you can set up a routine and just go, and it only glitches out maddeningly sometimes. The trainer feedback is also considerably less annoying than on the Wii Fit, which is a big plus.

The new one is a sequel, not an expansion, meaning that you can't mix & match the old & new exercises. That part is going to be annoying. It does have some very nice boxing and step aerobics workouts. The water skiing feels an awful lot like the roller blading from the old one with different scenery. :P I'm going to try some of the stretches and ab stuff tonight. I still refuse to jog around the living room though. I have some dignity.

You can import your profile from the old game to the new one, but not much carries over. You have to customize your appearance again, choosing from what actually seems to be a SMALLER set of dorky outfits. None of your old trophies come with you. Since the new game doesn't include the old exercises, obviously any custom exercise routines you made up don't come with you either. It does show some more informative stats which is nice.

Will I sweat to it? You betcha. Will I grumble and curse at having to swap discs to do other exercises? Almost certainly. Will it have fewer random pauses when it decides I'm holding the Wiimote wrong? Let's hope so.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Simpsons)
So this is somewhat magical, at least until I find out how they do it:

There's a free app for the iPhone called Shazam. You play a song at it for about 10 seconds, it communes briefly with the mother-ship, and then it tells you what the song is and who performed it.

I don't know if it's available for other kinds of phone or not. They seem to be on the web at http://www.shazam.com/.

Today's lunchtime conversation was a touch more surreal than usual:

"What are you guys doing?"

"He's getting his phone so we can have my phone talk to it and try to confuse it...."

Sadly it doesn't seem to know anything classical, and I managed to stump it with Don Dixon. Come on people, that's out on CD! It does seem to know an awful lot of other stuff though.

So, bets are now open: How soon before someone gets busted for doing this while driving? (-:

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Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] stuartc somehow managed to convince me that I *reeeaallllly* want an iPhone. Cut because it got kinda long. ) Can't sleep, iPhones will eat me...

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