All entries for December 2006

December 22, 2006

Slow Motion is Fun

I particularly like the way the water keeps its shape for a moment after the balloon is popped…

December 21, 2006

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Writing about web page

If you don’t want to know what the final Harry Potter book will be called, don’t read this post’s title…


I want all of these!


Are there any currencies that are actually decimal – where the main unit is divided into 10ths rather than 100ths (a “centimal” currency?), or 1000ths in some cases?

December 20, 2006

We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident

I’m sure I’ve seen this before, but I can’t for the life of me think where; I want to say Bowling for Columbine, but I’m not sure…...

Wii Played

Follow-up to Wii Play from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Wii Play is a lot of fun, especially since I can now have two players…

“Find Mii” is a bit tedious, and I’m just crap at “Pose Mii”, but the Duck Hunt and the cow racing ones are lots of fun. The fishing was a bit awkward – I need some practice on that one. The tank one is quite good and, although possible with just a Remote, it’s definitely easier with a Nunchuk. “Table Tennis” is fun, too. The pool game is great, and makes a nice relaxing game because it’s pace is very much set by you and not the game. I also quite like “Laser Hockey”, even though I’m crap at it…

So, in conclusion, and in no particular order:

Mini Game What I think How I do
Table Tennis Good Decent
Laser Hockey Good Crap
Fishing Awkward OK
Find Mii Simple, but not always easy… OK
Pose Mii OK With the speed, I keep changing the wrong way…
Shooting Very Good Very Well
Billiards Very Good Decent
Charge! Fantastic Who cares how well you do? It’s hilarious!
Tanks Good I keep getting killed, but it’s fun

Basically, if you don’t have Wii Play and you want another Wiimote, buy it; it’s only a little more expensive than just a Remote, but it’s a decent amount of fun for your trouble…

December 19, 2006

Word of the Day

Follow-up to Word of the Day from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Compos Mentis, n, insane fertiliser.

Wii Forecast Channel

I woke up this morning (well, this afternoon technically…) to find my Wii pulsing blue with a message from Nintendo announcing the launch of the Forecast Channel.

The update worked fine, and the Forecast Channel itself is brilliant. I haven’t read much about it, but I assume it uses the Wii’s 24-hour Internet access to download details as they become available, rather than the Shop which downloads them as you request them.

I’ve just spent a few minutes playing around and it’s a brilliant interface; nice clear layouts and other such factors you’d expect from a Wii Channel. The globe is a lot of fun; it’s surprisingly smooth; you grab it and drag, and it just glides beautifully – no jerks and no thinking.

One minor annoyance is the menus at the top and bottom; you hover over them to stop them being transparent and get them in a state where you can use them (although many of the features can be performed with Wiimote buttons (zooming, for example, using the obvious buttons). This can get a little annoying if you’re wildly dragging the globe around, enjoying just how damn well it works, and accidentally clicking on things….
This wouldn’t be that much of a problem with gentle, measured use, but since I don’t recall the B trigger being used, holding it to bring up the menus would solve this.

One thing I was really impressed with is that I can actually set my location to Durham. Durham very rarely seems to appear of wider-area maps despite being both a County and it’s “capital”, which is annoying, and it’s great that it’s available here.

Finally, I think I’ve been doing physics for too long, because I was looking in the settings and I was disappointed that the temperature doesn’t have an option for Kelvin; although, to be fair the them, Kelvin rarely seems to appear in weather forecasts, so I think I can let them off…

Wii Play

Follow-up to OK, so I lied; I couldn't help myself… from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Wii Play has just arrived from Amazon, so I finally have two Wiimotes (Gamestation had distribution problems wth both Wiimotes and Wii Play).

I’ll let you know what I think of the game when I’ve had a chance to play it…

Now that's how you build a plane…

You know it makes sense…

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