Enjoying my vacation

Nasty weather

Posting is hit and miss, and will be for another week. I’m home visiting family, far away from the civilized internet. And may be cut off for a while longer. We have quite a bit of snow where I am, and just as much along my path back to where I normally stay. Staying warm and tucked away for now!

Keep Surface RT up to date

People tell me that updates are annoying, and slow… but they are for your protection. Windows, Android, iOS, Wii U, Xbox 360, whatever… you should keep them up to date. Sometimes new features emerge, sometimes it is a behind the scenes security enhancement, but you should always install updates, and uninstall them only if necessary.

To keep your Surface tablet updated, you should go to the Start Screen and type “Windows Update” – then, click Settings on the right side, and click on “Install optional updates.” Then search for and apply the latest. If you haven’t done this since buying your Surface RT tablet, it will update your Office 2013 to the full Home and Student edition, along with applying several updates to keep you safe on the internet!

1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas

It’s that time of year… when you get together with family and friends and watch films you love. You know what I love? The Nightmare Before Christmas. I have it on VHS, DVD, BluRay, digital, I have the soundtrack, and I have a few little collectables from the movie.

Most everyone knows the story, but the quick outline is that, in this universe, the world is divided by Holidays. Each holiday lives in their own town. In this one, the biggest celebrity in Halloween Town gets bored doing his job, finds Christmas Town, and tries to do Christmas in Santa’s place. It’s a bit strange being explained, but everybody knows that The Nightmare Before Christmas really pulls it off. They got it right, they tell a great story, with lovable characters and memorable music.

The stop-frame Claymation movie took a lot of work, but the new hi-def BluRay release is beautiful. The shimmering snow in the backdrops and so many little details are beautiful. There are a few things that show up in the BluRay version, for example wires here and there that were used to hold up flying objects things afloat. I’ve said enough, you know what this is, go watch it already!

My Life's Story: in video game consoles

I wasn’t that kid. I knew I was getting my N64 for Christmas. But, hey, since the world is supposed to end and all, I figured today would be a good day to wax nostalgic about video games – and my awkwardly vivid memories of each and every console I’ve ever owned.

Age 3: Commodore 64: though not a console, it had a ton of games and was the first electronic gaming system we had in our household. It was Christmas eve, I think. The whole family waited for dad to unveil his big secret. The door to my parents bedroom was closed while my mother, my sister, and I sat on the couch listening to Christmas music, with the lights off, admiring the Christmas tree. Then the door opened. My dad had attempted to load a floppy diskette (yes, we said that back when they really were floppy) that would display a “fireworks show” on the screen. I don’t think it worked correctly. But there it was. The family computer. And so began my journey. Continue reading