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Taiko Drum Master Review

This has been a review long in coming. I received Taiko Drum Master from Lady Jaye for Christmas last year. I immediately plugged it in, and smiled non-stop for the next two hours while I banged along to the music. I had planned on doing a review sooner, but between playing Taiko, WoW, and our camcorder being stolen, this write-up has been on the back burner for some time.
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    Fila Brazillia - Feathery Legs
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Best and Worst Gibberish Gadgets of 2005

After reviewing 42 items in 2005, I figured it was a good time for a look back and the gadgets and games I covered last year in Gibberish. As is typical I suppose, the things I reviewed ran parallel to whatever I was concentrating at the time. After we got our Sony PSPs, I rattled off 7 reviews. When we started drinking more tea instead of coffee, I did a write up of Adagio.com, our teaware, and our favorite teas (which reminds me, I need to reorder some White Peony). And so on.

So, after all that blabbering in 2005, what were my favorite and least favorite things that I reviewed?
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    Blue States - Heroes' Elegy
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"Dallas SWAT" Needs to Call 911

I feel let down after pimping the new A&E show "Dallas SWAT" yesterday. Lady Jaye and I stopped playing Warcraft (a feat in itself) to go downstairs at 10 to watch it. This is a super big deal, as we don't plan our TV viewing habits at all and can't be bothered to show up at a certain hour to watch a certain program. But we did for Dallas SWAT, my mind filled with the 30 second advert and 5 minute teaser I saw on A&E. I expected guys pulling windows off of houses. I expected a 5-man stack crashing through a plate glass door. I expected SWATacular sniper fire and armaments not legally obtainable by the public.

By and large, I was disappointed.

Here's how the show's summary should really read: "Dallas SWAT is an introspective look into the lives of grumpy middle-aged men who have dedicated their lives to working as police officers and as such have horribly screwed up interpersonal skills with anyone other than a SWAT officer. Watch our daring officers spend 40 minutes an episode agonize over spouses, ex-girlfriends, attending the ballet, and ignoring their doctors' advice. Oh yeah, and for 5 minutes a show you see them actually do their jobs, but only from the outside since we couldn't figure out how to mount cameras to men who already have cameras mounted on their helmets."

I'm giving the show another shot next week. If there isn't some serious tactical action I'm pulling the plug on this black bag op.
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Sucking Vacuum Review

Lady Jaye and I held a birthday bash in my honor back in August. I was lucky enough to have most of my friends present, and to make things even better I got some games! They all fit my personality: the Captain and his family bought me a martial arts movie-style card game, a_sleepy_panda gave me SPANC, which stands for Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls, also a card-based game. More on those games at a later date.

configuratrix hooked me up with Sucking Vacuum. The object of the game is to escape a doomed space station via the one escape pod. The catch is that you must assemble a space suit, fuel the escape pod, and either leave with another player or find the autopilot and leave by yourself. This last point is what makes the game really fun. If you don't have the autopilot you have to ally with another player. But as soon as you do so, the other players will be out to get you! You can also jack players for their equipment, so the game has a paranoid vibe going on.
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More than one gmail account? Check out GAlert

I am a huge fan of Gmail. My two favorite features, by far, are threaded discussions and the ability to add multiple, user-defined labels to email conversations. I like Gmail so much that I forward all of my private email through there, and have two additional accounts: one for my DrFaulken shenanigans and another for an on-hold ebusiness I've kicked around with my friend Bond.

There's a free program from Gmail itself called Gmail Notifier, and while it does its job well, it can only check mail from one account at a time. For folks like me with multiple accounts, Gmail Notifier just wasn't hacking it. Surely there must be other folks with a similar situation as mine, yeah?
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Dr. Schulze's Intestinal Formula #1

It's that time of year -- you know, when you throw your diet to the wind and eat all sorts of yummy but totally bad food and "snacks." Starting with Thanksgiving, your body is probably going to try to process all sorts of things it's not used to: turkey, meat loaf, pumpkin pie, big ol' ham, pumpkin pie (mmm), stuffing, brownies, etc etc etc. Damn this post is making me hungry :(

Anyway, unless you're a straight up velociraptor like me who eats more meat in a week than you probably do in a year, your body responds to all of this food by keeping it in your intestines. You heard me, it's harder for your body to process all that refined sugar, protein, fat and grease than if you eat alfalfa pellets. Not that there's anything wrong with you half-rabbits out there (:cough: Fish Sprout :cough:). Your body needs lots of water and a good metabolism to break all that stuff down and get rid of it, and most of us aren't drinking enough water and exercising, especially during the holiday season.

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Typing of the Dead

Thanks to a nod from configuratrix, I recently played The Typing of the Dead, a typing game built on top of the House of the Dead arcade/console zombie shooter. The original arcade version uses two light guns (one for each player), but in this version you are armed only with a keyboard. Or in my case, a keyboard and a 12-week old puppy in your lap.
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Fieldsheer Magnesium mesh jacket review

Protective jackets and pants come in three basic materials, in ascending order: mesh, textile, and leather, with leather being the most protective. Leather should probably be in its own category, with variations in thickness, the skin used, perforated/solid construction, etc all making subtle but important differences. But for the purpose of this write up, it's important to know that mesh is the least protective, then textile, then leather. Generally speaking, however, the inverse ranking is true for comfort in warm conditions.

I get hot very easily, and overheating was one of my biggest concerns when I bought my motorcycle. Thanks to my friend Bond, I was able to inspect his Teknic Chicane perforated leather jacket. I bought one for myself in solid black at a discount. I love that jacket, and it fits me quite well despite my longer-than-average arms. I still find it uncomfortable to wear in any temperature higher than 75 degrees, even though it's perforated to allow air to flow through the jacket. When I'm stuck at a stop light it's particularly bad; partially because the jacket is all black, and partially because that's the nature of leather. It's fawking hot.
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2005 Nissan Xterra Review

I've written two reviews of my rental cars while I'm out on business in California (Buick Rendezvous and Mazda 6). Thanks to a canceled flight in Richmond and a delay in Chicago, I was over three hours late in arriving to California this trip. As per company orders, we are only allowed to rent mid-sized cars. However, Hertz had already rented out all of their mid-sized cars for the day. The conversation at the counter went a little something like this:

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    Unforscene - Al Fresco
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