Archive for June, 2008

Wii Fit Test 2


07/06/2008
Originally uploaded by mdelamerced

I’ve been on the Wii Fit for a week now and it’s time take the test.

According to the test I now weigh a little less than I did the last time. Even if it’s ever so slightly. Hmmm. But since I gave myself six months to get to my ideal weight the system says it’s ok.


My fitness age

I did however make a significant improvement with my fitness age. The first time I did the test, I was 41 years old. Now it has dropped me to 33. Now that’s a little closer to my age so it’s quite an improvement.


Activities for the week

This is how much time I spent on each of the activities on the board. It’s hard training during the week since I train in the evening and not in the morning. So the week was focused on yoga and strength training. This week I’ll mix it up a bit. I’m going to dedicate my weekends on pure aerobics to allow myself to burn calories since I don’t have the luxury to do so during the weekday. I’ll keep the yoga and strength training to four times a week and then add one more aerobic workout day somewhere there. Maybe Tuesday, but then I would have to do all my training in the morning. Oh well, the sacrifices we have to make to be fit.

Off to start a bad weekend

The Miscast Spell: D&D Insider’s Missed Opportunity | The Underwire from Wired.com

Amazon was down early today. So I wasn’t able to check on my pre-order of Dungeons and Dragons. I took a nap. When I woke up it all over twitter and the news that Amazon seriously went down.

But now everything is fine, or so I thought. According to the status of my order page, they’ll ship on the 10th. The 10th!?!?!

But enough about that. There’s nothing I can do anything about that.

In preparation for the 4th edition I checked out the Dungeons and Dragons website and found out about the D&D Insider. It’s a site where you can create your character, create dungeons and even play online.

How on Earth can you play a tabletop game online? Basically it’s a really graphic chat room. The way I see it, it looks more like Second Life but with all of the dice rolling and voice chat. It looks really nice except for the price.

You pay $15 a month in order to play online. As written in a recent Wired article it’s the monthly fees that would be the failure of the system.

In the current web 2.0 economy as I understand it, the economy of the web has changed and the D&D Insider is still basing it’s decisions on the Web 1.0 model (we all know what happened to that).

Not everyone is a hardcore gamer. D&D comes out in the digital age, where most paper and dice players have migrated to a faster paced videogames and even the MMO.

This should be the opportunity to get new and younger players interested in the franchise or even the idea of tabletop gaming. But at $15?? I already spent $100++ on the books alone, in order to play online I still need to pay more? I pay less for my MMO a month. Not to mention it only runs on XP. Sorry mac users, they didn’t think of you. This web based play did not think of you.

The technology is here though. Get together with a bunch of friends on Skype or even a video camera. Share the dungeon maps through an online slide show or through a video camera. Roll the dice on camera. It will work. You may not have the fancy GUI of D&D Insider but you still get to play with your friends online.

What if I only want to play once a week? What if I just want to try it out? $15 may not seem a lot to a working person but what if you’re 12 years old? Now that’s a lot of money.

Wizards of the Coast will have to rethink their approach to the web if they want to get this gamer on their service.

Is Ixion the next summoning avatar?

Ixion is Come!

That’s not a typo on my part. That is how it is exactly written on the Final Fantasy XI Official Web Site. But my question remains, is Ixion one of the new avatars for summoners.

Just for a short refresher, the summoner job first made it’s appearance in the Rise of the Zilart expansion. Technically this was the first expansion for the series but it was already included in the North American release of the game. The summoner is a classic job seen in the Final Fantasy series. Often changing their “summons” in almost every incarnation of the game but it still remains the same. Aeon, avatar, summons, guardian force, it all basically allows the character to call upon another power to fight for it. Each summon is usually linked to a magical element. The summoner job is a mage job (duh!).

The last avatar update was Diabolos in the Chains of Promathia expansion, the second expansion set in the series. Since then, two expansions have been released with no other avatar added to the summoner ability. Announced in the Final Fantasy Fan Festival last November, it was revealed by the developers that they were working on adding additional “avatars” to the jobs.

Ixion on the other hand I first encountered in Final Fantasy X. It was attributed to the lightning element. With Ramuh already in the series, what element will Ixion be in FFXI?

Just recently, character has reached level 75. The current maximum level for any player in the world of Vana’diel. And any new avatar would be welcome to the job. I hate getting invites to heal. Jeez go get a white mage. I would like this job to be more of a support damage dealer and hopefully this update will give it the respect that it deserves.

Wii Fit Day 7


06/06/2008
Originally uploaded by mdelamerced

Tomorrow’s the day when I take my second test on the Wii Fit. We’ll see if I lost any weight at all.

I’ve unlocked all of the Yoga poses and all of the strength exercises. I haven’t started on the challenges yet until I get “fitter”.

Wish me luck!

Wii Fit Day 7


06/06/2008
Originally uploaded by mdelamerced

Tomorrow’s the day when I take my second test on the Wii Fit. We’ll see if I lost any weight at all.

I’ve unlocked all of the Yoga poses and all of the strength exercises. I haven’t started on the challenges yet until I get “fitter”.

Wish me luck!

Wii Fit Day 6


05/06/2008
Originally uploaded by mdelamerced

55 minutes on the Wii Fit! Wow! I’ve almost unlocked all of the strength exercises and the yoga positions. Looking at the trainer carefully, they are not wearing any foot gear. So this means I should be doing all the activities barefoot.

One more day then do the fitness test on Saturday. I’m having doubts if I lost weight. Just to let everyone know, I’ve been cutting down on the stuff I’m eating.

Should I then train twice a day? Morning and the evening? But wouldn’t that put too much strain on the body? Oh well, we’ll know this weekend.

Wii Fit Day 6


05/06/2008
Originally uploaded by mdelamerced

55 minutes on the Wii Fit! Wow! I’ve almost unlocked all of the strength exercises and the yoga positions. Looking at the trainer carefully, they are not wearing any foot gear. So this means I should be doing all the activities barefoot.

One more day then do the fitness test on Saturday. I’m having doubts if I lost weight. Just to let everyone know, I’ve been cutting down on the stuff I’m eating.

Should I then train twice a day? Morning and the evening? But wouldn’t that put too much strain on the body? Oh well, we’ll know this weekend.

Wii Fit Day 5

I’m beginning to wonder if I will really lose weight using this. The objective that I’ve set on the Wii Fit was 20 lbs. by the end of the year. Which basically meant 1.3 lbs per week. Is it possible?

I’ve reduced my food intake and pegged my daily diet to 1200 calories. The exercises are getting longer as I unlock more. Today I spent 52 minutes on Yoga and Strength training alone.

We’ll know if there’s any progress when I do the test again on Saturday.

I thought UMPCs were supposed to be "affordable"

It’s interesting where a little heart can go.

Originally the OLPC (one laptop per child) wanted give poor countries access to computers to bring them up to speed with the rest. Of course it’s a bright idea so other PC manufacturers went off and made their own.

It’s been almost a year since the Asus eeeeeepc came out are they any cheaper?

The 701 came out and was pretty much a hit. Even I was tempted. But with the impending release of the 1000 and the 901 the rumored street price in about $500-700. Is still still the cheap laptop that everyone would buy?

Sure it’s a lot cheaper than the mac book air but the prices are about to reach the selling rate of regular laptops. So is it still worth it to buy these UMPCs?

Dell, HP, Asus, MSI and so on are building their own version all at relatively the same price range. The Asus 901 eepc alone has specs to drool for. It’s an ideal mobile computer in my opinion. Do you think I can install a “hackintosh” in it?

I’m not really a windows fan nor a linux. I may go for windows just to use some of my apps that I use that are exclusively on windows. Would it be enough for a road warrior like myself? Can it take my raw pictures from my digital camera and upload to my flickr and blog and twitter and travel around the world? Can I live that long without touching my mac? Or can my phone do it all?

If prices of these UMPCs drop to the $300 range with XP in it. I’m sold! I’m buying one. But the $500? Forget it. I can get a pretty good Lenovo for that kind of money.

Wii Fit Day 4

I’ve been trying to stay with a diet of 1200 calories per day and it seems to be working. Today I spent 45 minutes on Wii Fit doing all of the yoga and strength exercises I’ve unlocked.

Some the exercises are getting harder and others, particularly on my left leg is quite challenging. Well it’s been only four days. I’m giving it time.

I don’t know if it’s just endorphins, adrenaline, blood circulation or the placebic effect of the wii fit that makes me think I’m performing better at work.

Whatever it is, it’s working.