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My Weekend Pick-Ups

Another weekend, another show-off.  Since my Eid sucked ass, I decided to indulge myself with some purchases (and the idea that I have a limitless credit card access), so I bought some stuff that are bound to elevate my heart from the Eid blues. I wouldn’t lie to you, that actually worked and I feel much better thank you very much. Of course, it really helped that your family didn’t forget about you and the fact they transfer some dough to your bank account as an Eid surprise, or an Eideyah if you prefer. So, here goes:

  • iPod Nano (8GB): Even though my iPod Touch serves me very well in the time of need, I always felt the need for a smaller MP3 player, and I thought the new iPod Nano would fill that void quite perfectly. Initially, I wanted to pick up a funkier color (i.e. orange, yellow, green) but the silver was the one that resonated with my senses strongly; it looked sleek, sexy, and cool. Plus, now that I have Nano, I can finally get the Nano + Nike Sport Kit.
  • Men’s Health Magazine: Now that’s Ramadan is over, I can finally quit slacking off and hit the gym once again. And in order to get motivated, a Men’s Health magazine would do just that, but with Gerard Butler‘s excessive manliness and chiseled body on the cover, it seems I got intimated than motivated.
  • Edge Magazine: Another great issue with great articles. The Heavy Rain article looks promising and appealing, and the special report of “How Nintendo fell out of love with the hardcore gamers” should provide an interesting read.
  • Silent Hill 5: Homecoming: I’ve always been a huge fan of Silent Hill games, and I still am. With the American based ‘s “Double Helix” taken charger of developing the game instead of the original Japanese team, I was tempted, and hopefully the new direction of the game won’t fail my expectations or ruin the series for me. Expect a review anytime soon.
  • Tomb Raider Legends (Used): I missed this game when it released on the PS2 two years ago, and now, I wanted to play it before I move to the much improved Anniversary, and gets my hype up for the new iteration of the series. The game cost me a measly $15. It should be good.
  • Xbox360 Play & Charge: Now, that’s a purchase I won’t regret investing my money in. For the last month, the Xbox360 controller has been draining my supply of batteries, and this device should put an end to that.
  • Post Office (Charles Bukowski): Fellow blogger Purg published an inviting review regarding this novel last summer and I’ve been keening on purchasing one for quite some time now, but I’ve always put if off for unapparent reason. With a new bargain price tag placed on the novel, I couldn’t resist and I had to buy one. I’ll probably read if after I’m done with City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.

Mechanical Spiders Are The Signs Of The Future

It seems that the future is, indeed, now and that the inevitable War of the Machines has come to pass. Sometime in June of this year, sixty foot arachnid appeared on a derelict building near Liverpool’s Lime Street station. The mechanical spider is the work of art collaborative La Machine, who’s previous work includes the Sultan’s Elephant, which captivated London in 2006. The £1.8 million robot was commissioned for the 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations, and is being billed as the highlights of the event.

Expected to “wake up” some day, the eight-legged monstrosity will descend on your House on Thursday night and begin exploring your neighborhood the day after, ending with a “spectacular finish”. I encouraged you to arm yourselves accordingly. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going down into my concrete bunker.

  • Click HERE to check out the Flickr set
  • Click HERE for the BBC News script

My Top 10 Free iPod Touch/iPhone Applications (So Far)

Are you a cheap bastard? Of course you are. I mean my God look at you: the clothes that you got from Ross two years ago are practically worn out and dire from the constant washing with cheap laundry detergent, your hair is god-damn awful from that hair gel you got from a Canadian store (no offense), and that fragrance you are wearing is so stale that it smells like cat pee merged with rotten milk. But with all that, you are still a happy person, because above that half-broken table you got from Craigslist is a sparkly iPod Touch that is USB-attached to an ever-glossy white MacBook. But now, you want to use that iPod that probably cost you a fortune, and desperately in need to add some neat applications to brag to your other cheap bastards friends.

Fear not then, in this post I’ve compiled my top 10 favorite and most-used iPod Applications that might strike your fancy in case you haven’t downloaded or heard about them yet. So go ahead, read, search, and download, and don’t even bother commenting that you are not a cheap bastard, because deep inside (maybe very deep deep) you are. In no particular order, I present thee:

Aurora Feint: The Beginning

  • Category: Game
  • Size: 24.1 MB

Hands down my favorite game ever graced on my iPod Touch. It’s a crossover between an RPG and a puzzle game. It’s intuitive, polished, and has a great musical score considered for a free App. If you like puzzle games, than this is the game you should get.

Now Playing

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 0.5 MB

This nifty application not only displays updated showtimes, local theaters, and distance from where you live, but also shows you the ratings and reviews from Rotten tomatoes and Metacritic so you can know if that movie sucks ass or not. Which means, even if you don’t live in the States, this handy application can be turned into a mini review guide for movies. You can also check out trailers and book tickets, making it more convenient than ever. Get it!

Twitterrific

  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 1.0 MB

Now you can twitte anytime anywhere and constantly bother your followers with this App. It’s user friendly with a nice interface and completely does what is supposed to do. It’s Twitterific!

Shakespeare

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 2.8 MB

Don’t tell me you hate Shakespeare! Or maybe you hate him because you have never read his plays before. Well, now it is a good time to do that. This awesome application lets you view and read all Shakespeare plays and sonnets with a push of a button. Now, I can enjoy Othello (my favorite play) as many times as I want and wherever I go. Extremely handy for those who are taking Shakespeare classes this upcoming semester.

“For I am nothing, if not critical”.

IGN Game Reviews

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 0.1 MB

Hate them or love them, but now you can read your IGN reviews at the palm of your hands anytime and anywhere you go. This is extremely handy if you want to read about a game that you are slightly hesitant to invest both your money and time with. You can even watch reviews which is more practical for those who don’t want to read big walls of text. For gamers only.

Tris

  • Category: Games
  • Size: 0.4 MB

It’s a freaking Tetris game (sorta). You know gotta have it. You can even keep track of your scores and submit them to the global scoreboard to compete with your pals. Very handy when you are on a bus or waiting for one. Get it!

Restaurant Nutrition

  • Category: Healthcare and Fitness
  • Size: 0.8

On a diet? Want to know how many calories that Chocolate Chip Paradise contains (it’s 1600 fucking calories)? Then you gotta add this application to your iPod. It neatly allows you to view and track calories, carbs, proteins, and fats in every menu in the most popular restaurant chains across North America. It has a modest list for now but they promised to add more restaurants via upcoming updates. Which reminds me, we need someone to franchise Chick-Fil-A in Kuwait. I really love that place.

Units

  • Category: Utilities
  • Size: 0.2 MB

I suck so bad in unit conversions. Hell, they might be the reason that I didn’t do well in Physics, but then again, who does? It has a very simple interface to input numbers and units. And for a bonus, this application comes with a built-in-ruler for doing small, quick measurements, and I’m not taking about the male penis. Very dexterous for those who work in chemistry and physics labs.

WordPress

  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 0.3MB

For the blogger on the go, this application is a must. You can publish, edit, and preview your posts in a very robust but simple interface where everything can be managed with a touch of a finger. Those who equipped themselves with an iPhone can upload their camera pics more easily, but for those of us who have an iPod Touch need to settle with their modest library photos. Still, this is a great applications and I recommend it to anyone who owns a WordPress blog and an iPhone/iPod Touch.

BookSearch

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Size: 0.1MB

This is a great application for those who want to find and buy books online without spending too much time in google or in bookstores. It will even display the price of your book of interest and the version (i.e. mass market, hardcover) within a single page. It’s a must for university students and great for book lovers. Download it now.

Also consider

  • Balance
  • CheckWord
  • Diggerific
  • Flashlight
  • NY times
  • Sudoku (Free)
  • Facebook

What’s For Dinner?

Just a bowl of lightly roasted Special K cornflakes breakfast dinner cereal with big chunks of dried strawberries, along with a small cup of skimmed cold milk. What? Were you expecting one of Marzouq‘s mouth-watering, delicious-looking, and oh sweet Lord, seducing chicken breasts that almost invite to have a sex orgy with just your mouth and fingers?

Okay, actually, I was just testing my Sony’s Cyber-shot® W120 Digital Camera. Not too bad for my very first digital camera! Shocking!! Though, I still need to handle one and exploit the features properly to take much nicer shots. Time to practice all around the house and disturb the privacy of the family by taking their pictures.

A Dreadful E3 2008

How to sum up the most awaited gaming convention that almost every gamer in the world was waiting for since July of last year?

It. Sucked. Major. Ass

  • Microsoft’s conference was flashy and hip just like last year, but it didn’t have as many surprises and announced titles as initially anticipated. The new Avatar system was a nice addition even though it was a clear rip-off from Wii’s Mii functionality. Gears of Wars 2 and Fallout 3 weren’t big surprised since it was announced weeks before E3. But, I guess the confirmation of Final Fantasy XIII coming to Xbox360 was definitely an unexpected turn of event. I always thought Metal Gear Solid 4 would squeeze its way to Microsoft’s cherished home console, but Final Fantasy XIII, not in a million years. I think I’m more surprised how Sony let this game slipped from their hands than anything else. And finally, Banjo-Kazooie remake announcement has definitely made my day and made me more eager to snag an Xbox360.

  • Sony’s conference was a snooze fest as always. The video renting service didn’t do a thing for me at all, and the announcement of God of World III was expected, unfortunately, the trailer that was shown wasn’t direct gameplay footage, but I don’t think the game would change significantly from its predecessors. The price cut however was nice; despite the fact it served the same function as the 40GB model (i.e. no backward compatibility with PS1 and PS2 games).

And that’s all she wrote folks. Click HERE to sink your teeth for more E3 news as it comes. Who knows, we might get a surprised announcement from some publisher since E3 still hasn’t closed its doors for its attendants.

P.S. Please, take off your fanboysim shoes at the discussion door before you chip in your 2 cents. It won’t be tolerated here.

How Sweet It Is: iPod Touch Applications

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Since I downloaded the latest iTunes version (7.7) yesterday morning and purchased the newest firmware (2.0) for my iPod Touch, I’ve been quite a frequent visitor to the iTunes Store, searching for neat and new applications to add to my iPod Touch. Thankfully, I have a US-based Apple account, so I was able to net some nifty applications that aren’t normally available in the “Kuwaiti branch” of the iTunes store. I was tempted to download much more than the ones that are shown above, but I decided not to rush things out and cram my iPod with useless applications.

So far, I think I’m in love, and quite impressed by the intuitive interface. Although, I’ve to say that Apple should keep an eye out on some stupid worthless Apps that are just a waste of space and human intelligence (I mean, have you checked out the “Hold On!” application?) *Barf*

P.S. All the applications I downloaded so far are free. Yup, it turned out I am a cheap person after all…Wait! What?

The Sweetest Thing: iPod Touch

It turned out last night wasn’t just a simple and casual hangout with my cousins. They surprised me with a gift: 16GB iPod Touch. Obviously my response was:

“You idiots! You should have got me the 32GB model.”

………………..

I’m kidding, I’m kidding. No, I thanked them very deeply for the sweetest thing ever because I’ve been craving the iPod Touch for quite some time now. Thankfully, we had some time after we had some Brownies and Blondies at Ruby Tuesday and we head to the Virgin Store at the Marina Mall. I got me a protective screen and a red plastic cover. It’s temporarily for now but at least it is doing its job.

  • Quick Question

I’ve done software upgrade for my iPod Touch now (1.1.4), but I still haven’t received the rest of the official applications such as Maps, Weather, and Stocks. Do I really have to purchase those applications? I thought my iPod was the recent model since my cousins purchased it recently from Amazon.