Music Monday– 2009 – One eskimO self titled



Available in vanilla and deluxe, the 2009 album from band One eskimO only showed up on my radar this year.  But I’m guessing by the end of this summer it will be on more people’s radar.  Want proof?  My money says you’ll recognize the song Kandi if you give it a listen, and if your can’t stop yourself from singing along, then I suggest you check out the entire album.  Several very strong tracks offer catchy hooks, but with a very rare lyrical substance.


The songs really strike at your core, and there is a reason the band has been placing the track Kandi on every sampler and demo they’ve put out since 2004.  The oldest things I’ve been able to get ahold of are all from right around the same time, but they may be different recording sessions or just different mixes of the same recordings.  Still, the band sounds consistent. They have a style that they don’t want to step away from, no matter what the record labels want them to do.  Enjoy the genuine sound while it exists, and here’s hoping the get the recognition they deserve before their next album where they have to make something radio-friendly and poppy.  If it does happen?  We’ll always have their self-titled “debut” album.

Resetting the Xbox 360's video display settings to default


Have you ever turned on the Xbox 360 and been able to hear it but not see it?  Maybe you were tinkering with video options in the Settings menu, or maybe you were at a friend’s house and had your Xbox hooked up differently than normal and when you brought it home, no dice.  Whatever the cause, if you can hear the dashboard sound effects or whatever game is in the tray, but not see the screen, the solution is simple!


First, remove any games from the console, then make sure the Xbox 360 is completely off.  Then, on the controller you’re going to turn the console on from, press and hold the "Y" button while pulling the RIGHT TRIGGER (not the right "Bumper" or shoulder button – the trigger down below).  Now press the Guide Button on your controller to turn on the 360 (you can release that button once the system starts to turn on).  Keep holding both the Right Trigger and the "Y" button down, even through the startup sounds and when you hear dashboard sound effects.  After a while the screen will flicker and video will reset to the out-of-the-box low resolution defaults, and from there you can customize your settings again!


That’s your Xbox tip of the week for our first week back.  I hope someone out there, some day, finds it useful!

New Blog Format

Here’s what to expect in the very near future:


Sunday – Xbox Tip of the Week – while this could change, I plan on making it a brief, weekly post with some useful information I’ve picked up during my time as an Xbox Ambassador.  Think of it as an FAQ from users, with a new question being answered week to week.


Monday – Music Monday – each week, something new or something old, but undoubtedly something you should hear.


Tuesday – Tips from the Help Desk – If you didn’t know, my full time job for the past several years has been “IT Guy.”  These are the tips, some for general users, some for the more advanced, but all useful tips I have gleaned solely from my time having to figure them out in the past.


Wednesday – App of the Week – As an Android user, there are tons of Apps to choose from.  I’ll make it simple and give you a weekly recommendation of something you should check out.  Whether it’s a utility to make your life easier or a game, each Wednesday you can look forward to downloading and playing with something new!


Thursday – Random Thought Thursday – This could get dangerous, folks.  But Thursdays will be reserved for typically my most personal of thoughts, opinions, whatever.  These could also appear from time to time on their own, but Thursday will typically be where I discuss some news from the week and try not to bore you to tears.


Friday – Frag Friday – Let’s roll in to the weekend the right way: video gaming tips and news!  A little bit of what I’ve been playing, what I’m looking forward to, and other grumblings from the underground of gaming.


Saturday – Video of the week – you’ve got to see this.  It might be funny, it might be fascinating, but it will be the video of the week.

Re-Launch, coming soon…

After a few months of dealing with family emergencies, relocating, starting a new job, and who knows what else I’ve left off the list, I think I’m finally going to sit down and get back in the swing of things! Expect more regular updates to come back to the site soon. Even better? The content will be more varied, combining a bit of what you’ve seen sparse bits of here, with what you know from! So stay tuned, as the site really becomes the blog I’ve always wanted it to be. Check back soon!