Participation

I had resisted like the plague joining MySpace, and now it is one of the places I interact with people the most. I also ended up doing the Facebook thing and again, Web 2.0 takes over.

Flickr has been another great place to share things and get people involved. The Handwriting Meme is still pretty popular with over 1000 members and Proyecto Colombia’s picture pool get more visits than the actual site. So is a blog still relevant under my own domain? Should I write somewhere else where it is more directed towards an audience than a general blog where I talk to everyone and not just my friends?

Absolutely. I think the relevance of my blog is that people interested on one thing can learn about another. If someone gets to my site because of the Boondock Saints and ends up learning a little about Colombia I am thrilled, or if someone navigates here because of a song translation and ends up listening to one of my podcasts I think it is great.

However, blogs are about discussion and even though I welcome your e-mail comments, I think many people are afraid of just saying what is on their minds. I challenge you to participate on even topics that you might not even be to interested on, you will be surprised at what you learn, but more interesting for me… what you can teach me. I also welcome any questions or topics :) and don’t have to reveal your identity when you ask a question either. So participate!

Tumblr

I have never been a real collector. I have some stamps, and I had some coins in the past, but I have never been a real collector. This week two trains of thought collided. Someone started to use tumblr for something personal, and Daniel shared with me some of his funny FAIL pictures. I have been enjoying LOL cats a lot lately and they have brought a smile to my face. Enter my new collection idea.

I had wanted to start a Happy Monday Blog entry for a friend at work that had a hard time with Mondays, but since he did not really got into it i kind of stopped. However, I still “stumble” into plenty of funny pics. I used to love collecting stickers for the books, as well as garbage pail kids when I was younger… so I figured, why not start my own collection of funny pics. So I started a tumblr… sign up for the RSS.

*** Thing that makes me happy ***

6 – News of a blogger visit :)
7 – LOL Cats @ i can has cheezburer.

Adelante

I have been thinking very hard about where to take my blog. I have been lucky enough to use it to get through some very difficult times even thought I hardly ever write literal commentary about my life, I do like writing about life. We all have hard days and getting through them can take us to a wonderful better day, sometimes a better life. The most rewarding thing about my blog thus far has been touching people. Even though most have just e-mailed me instead of commenting, I have been able to relate to people in trouble and help them out. To them and everyone that needs a little push :) I write the following words. (Adelante means Forward as an actionTo Move Ahead, To Move Forward. Thanks Will)

Adelante

Don’t look back
Don’t give it a chance
Because the past
Is not about to change

Look forward
There lies chance
Move forward
There lies change

Our future is not written
It lies ahead of us
Our past cannot be rewritten
It lies behind us

Battles of the past
Are not to be repeated
The forgotten enemy
Has already been defeated

The power is only yours
Not food for decay
For evil devours
What you give away

Move forward
Don’t look behind
There is a reward
For all of mankind

Aug 4 – 5 Happy Challenge

*** Thing that makes me happy ***

4 – Meeting new friends! (Waves to Alejo)
5 – Going to Church and then Chillazing with the Wife.

How to find a Wii

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It was very hard to find a Wii, but once the quest was over it was very much worth it. While it seems simple enough to get one, supply has been running low and demand has gone way up after a successful holiday season.

How did I get mine? I picked it up at GameStop. After several attempts at just going to the stores and not finding one even after I was told they were getting shipments, I decided to always call ahead. Funny thing is the that store that said they had one sold out on the 15 minutes it took me to drive there. Thankfully another store close by had one left and I made my purchase.

The wii is Amazon’s best selling video game console right now, and if I did not want the hassle that is where I would get it. If you do want to do some of the leg work you can use Yahoo find a wii site. Probably the best and cheapest way is to just call around your local retailers and wait for their next shipment.

When you pick up the console be sure to get some Wii points so you can enjoy some Virtual Console games. You only need those if you do not want to enter your CC information into the Wii. Must haves for everyone should be Super Mario Brothers 3 and Super Mario 64. Also pick up Wii Play which comes bundle with an extra controller. And do not forget the Nunchuk for both controllers, they are a must have for most games.

Do not, and I repeat, Do not get the classic controller. I bought two of them and have not used them once. Most virtual console games will accept GameCube controllers and if you do not have a GameCube you can always go back and experience the great catalog of games for that system on the Wii. Yes it is backwards compatible. The best choice for a controller is a wavebird for the GameCube, the first truly great wireless controller.

One that that I have not picked up but want to is the Nyko Wii Charge Station so you don’t have to recharge or buy batteries for your controllers. Batteries do last a long time. The cook thing about the Nyko system is that it replaces the OEM cover with one that is rubberized and makes it easier to grip the controller. Right now we are using rubber gloves for that purpose, those even come glow in the dark which is kind of cool.

The must have games for the Wii for me are the following.

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Not a game for just fans of the series, as a launch title this game shows us how the Wii is capable not just of beautiful graphics but extraordinary innovative game play. It is not a short game and the story is full of exiting twists and turns.

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Rayman Raving Rabbids

The second title of this new series will be out soon, but I still think this is the best party game I have ever played. The music stages and the memory one alone make this game a must have.

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Mario Strikers Charged

Second game to have online play is sure to make some of the critics shut up about the wii online experience.

So stop waiting to pick one up and join the world on experiencing the greatest console ever.

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*** Thing that makes me happy ***

My Wii.

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