Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Urban Legends

It turns out cell phones DO NOT interfere with medical equipment and are safe to use in hospitals. Though I wouldn't recommend using anything electronic while getting an EKG. Another interesting factoid is that stores anti-theft devices (those things you walk thru when leaving) CAN adversely affect pace makers and implanted defibrillators. So if someone ever collapses around one simply moving them away could save their lives. Also cell phones do not ignite gas fumes, though the military still requires to be at least 50 feet from jet fuel while using them.... Better safe than sorry I guess.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Valentine's Celebration

Valentine’s Day Nathan and I spent about an hour together. We exchanged cards and I spotted a vase of Star Gazing Lilies (flowers in my bouquet on our wedding day) on the dining room table :) My wonderful husband can be a smart aleck. It wasn’t until the day after Valentine’s that we celebrated. I did something that I don’t usually do; try a new recipe on a special occasion. I have to recommend beer battered fish :)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

My Valentines Day Present

I grew up playing the original Nintendo. When I enlisted in the Navy (1995) I bought myself a play station that I hooked up to a TV in my lounge in the barracks. I eventually gave my PS away and have not played a game console since. A few months ago we bought a new LCD TV and I read about the new blu-ray format. So I started looking at the PS3, not just for the games but for the cheap blu-ray player. The games were a bonus. After some research we went for it. We bought a combo pack from the Navy Exchange for $699 that included 2 games, extra remote, and hdmi cable. The cheapest blu-ray player today is still more expensive than the PS3.

I have to give Sony some credit for going out on a limb and pushing the technology. The PS3 has 7-core processors and it plays all previous play station games, DVD's, and the new Blu-ray. Sony is selling the PS3 at a loss knowing they will make money down the road, especially with their blu-ray disc. The HDMI cable is convenient, though costly. The cheapest around 40$ and they are already talking about a "new higher quality cable." We went for the more expensive PS3 for the 60 gb hard drive and wireless connectivity. Yes, wireless! The PS3 setup was easy. I had it connected to my encrypted wireless network in a few minutes and downloading updates. The first game I played was amazing (Resistance). The online play was a blast and I look forward to getting Call of Duty 3 (not being released on the PC). The graphics were amazing and the AI (artificial intelligence, like people jumping out of the way when you try to run them over) was far beyond anything I expected. Once the developers have time to design games specifically for the PS3 they will be even better. A lot of people are complaining about the lack of good games, but I think that is to be expected with any new cutting-edge technology. Overall I'm very happy with it so far, It did freeze up a few times before the software update. Besides that I've had no problems.