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 (Diane Flipper)
OMG, it's Wii Fit for grownups!

No yoga, but the rest of the exercises are damned impressive. My squat muscles are sore already. (-:
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
http://www.chromecow.com/2009/01/20/us-democracy-server-patch-day/

Patch notes for the democracy server.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
.... but if Rock Band ever did REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It" as downloadable content, I would TOTALLY try to sing that. It would be HILARIOUS.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
We've scored a Wii Fit. Huzzah... I suck at most of the exercises slightly more than [livejournal.com profile] stuartc does. Who knew falling off a step was a competitive sport?

It also comes with the awesomest warning EVAR:

"Please note that while playing Wii Fit, others in the room may be able to see your age, weight, and BMI category on the TV screen."

25 minutes in the piggy bank, and I still have the high score on the ski jump.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (WoW)
Warning: This is in somewhat poor taste, and will only be funny to anyone who tried to buy Blizzcon tickets this week. It's to the tune of "Still Alive" by GladOS.

Click here for teh drama )
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (WoW)
This is a song parody which will likely only be funny to anyone familiar with Portal and who is also trying to buy Blizzcon tickets today. Yes, I know someone's already done a filk of this on the forums, but my brain was working on this first and I think mine is going to be better. :P
Cut for the 2 or so people who actually care )

More to come...
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? (-:
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Cartoon2)
This week I am mainly attending a class on how to write ridiculously complicated SQL queries for Oracle. I was somewhat surprised to find that this is a sufficiently popular topic to hold a class on, let alone regular classes, but apparently so.

The instructor is a mad Serb called Sasha who is energetic and rather enthusiastic about the subject matter, to put it mildly. I suppose this is good, as we'll benefit more from too much enthusiasm than too little. He has a disturbing way of asking "Are you with me on this?" before going on to a new topic. It comes out sort of like "Arjoowidmeahndiz?" and the first time he said it I just COULD NOT figure out what the hell he'd just said, and stared in helpless puzzlement for a long moment. Ironically, I had been with him right up until he said that.

Everyone in the class that I've spoken with has been very nice. I seem to be the most extroverted person there (apart from Sasha, obviously), which is exceedingly odd, and I am one of 2 or 3 people whose native language is American, which makes the whole thing rather entertaining. My heart sank when I saw that we'd be sharing PCs, but the guy I'm sharing with is very sharp and happy to let me type (as I can spell tricky American variable names with the greatest of ease).

It is very refreshing and liberating being out of the office. My lead only called me on my cell phone once today! And that was after I'd called her to see how things were going. So you could say I started it.

The only down side is having to get up Even Earlier. I am rather sleepy to say the least. At least the coffee there is free and not entirely abominable.

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