Wii Sports Resort – First Impressions

So my friend bought we sports resort and we played it on my Wii. Pretty cool. I guess those two words would sum up my thoughts on it so far. A lot of potential there, I haven’t played it for hours yet to really see what goodies there are.

I like the dueling, archery, flying and ping pong the most I think. Ping pong could turn out to be a GREAT 2 player challenge just as tennis was in the original Wii Sports. the 1 to 1 motion is 95%. The wiimote still gets ‘spun’ sometimes requiring you to recalibrate it or fly ‘straight and level’ for a second to get it reset. I’m looking forward to see even better 1-1 use of it.

What I don’t like are again the shallowness of some of the games, same thing as wii sports basically, there isn’t much to the scoring or difficulty levels that I see yet. AND, no blockbuster 4 player on screen games like the original Tennis on Wii sports which was one of the best 4 player games ever I think. No doubles ping pong which would have been GREAT! Also, no online, whats up with that? I would love an online feature for ping pong, or the aerial dogfight game, or even (for ease of Internet bandwidth) online golf. Alas, nothing online that I see 🙁 . I don’t know why Nintendo doesn’t like online stuff, when all the customers want online.

So, in conclusion,… its definitely a Wii Sports equal in term so game play and fun for anybody whether they like video games or not. Just like the original, there are SO many things that would have really made this a deep sequel, a FULL game instead of a pile of mini games / demos. Still, all that said, I would suggest its a must have for Wii if you liked the original Wii sports.

PEI Morning

I have the coffee roaring, the coffee brewed and in hand, the macbook charged up and wireless … and on the in Prince Edward Island on a saturday morning. You can’t ask for much more then that!

I’ve been on a renewable energy kick as of late and have been watching lots of youtube vids. I started my project, you can see the video in the previous blog post.  I would love to be able to get some solar panels this year and really get a solar panel system up and running. All I need is money, even to build the ‘cheap’ do it yourself things, you need wood, glass, various materials, none of which I have. I haven’t lived in one place for long enough to be able to store up lots of raw materials for that sort of thing. In time I suppose, the potential plan for the next couple years is to buy a house and property and really make it our own. HA, I suppose thats where all our money will be going to next!                

Solar Project #1 – the demonstration setup

Here is a vid of my setup:

Solar Project #1 from Micah Gallant on Vimeo.

My goal is to build up a solar array that will at first power my whole office, 9 to 5 (EST). I need 400watts continuous power. Yes, thats a lot, for a first system setup. I am running a lot of devices in my office:

  • two line business phone
  • wireless router
  • vonage modem
  • bell modem
  • macbook
  • speakers
  • USB backup harddrive
  • external widescreen LCD

So considering al that, if I can get my office off grid, I’m WELL on my way to converting our house 🙂 And I’ll have all the experience and knowledge I need to install a bigger system. I figure I can get my office off grid for about $1500 in parts. Maybe less actually since i really don’t need batteries. for now I can directly run my 400watt UPS, it will act as my battery bank, and I’m working throughout the day so there should be lots of light to power the system without batteries anyways – which is ideal otherwise my UPS will beep at me every 2  seconds 😉

I think for our whole house we might be able to make due with …1.5kW continuous. Thats running the fridge, lights, anything else… So we’ll see, might need more depending how ofte we just a dishwasher, or washing machine etc. A 2 or 3kW system would be ideal so that we can grid tie and get paid for excess power (thats my secret plan for extra retirement income 😉 )

Over the next couple of years I hope to slowly convert our house and electronics over to renewable energy (off grid for now,… to be legal). I like canadian tire stuff, its not UBER over priced and its nice and easy to get started with, plug and play for most of it and i’ll get a real good feel for what works, how much power I need etc.

My next thing on the list is to get an energy meter. I’ve ordered one from teh library here. Most PEI libraries have ones that you can sign out just like a book, they call it ‘the green island’. so I’ll make a post on that once I have some real numbers.

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