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Wednesday - August 30, 2006

First AQ20 run

Last night, in WoW I made my first guild run into The Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj aka, AQ20. It went ok, considering the server was experiencing some pretty nasty lag, and that we only had 16-17 players instead of the recommended 20. We completed our goal of clearing out the first wave of trash along with the first boss.

Nate may appreciate the fact that I received a nice mace called Doomulus Prime. It's an amusing homage to the following Foxtrot comic strip:

Posted by jcraven at 10:04 AM | Video Games

Tuesday - August 29, 2006

Tan Lines

Newly released screenshots of DOAX2, show that the lovely ladies will now get tanlines while playing volleyball and frolicking on the beach. Check out Kotaku for a link to the screenshots. You can preorder it from Gamestop.

Posted by jcraven at 12:37 PM | Video Games

Coffee on the go

Most mornings, I eat something small like a granola bar. I'd love to pick up Caribou Coffee on the way to work, but it's not really convenient to do so because of traffic. Well now I have the best of both worlds, with General Mill's new Caribou Coffee Granola Bars. I couldn't find their product page, but here's a very short review. Overall, they're pretty tasty, although I think the sweetness could be dialed back a bit.

Posted by jcraven at 10:18 AM | Food

Monday - August 28, 2006

Game crazy

Over the weekend, I was definitely a bum. I spent most of the time playing video games of some sort. Texas Hold 'em on the 360 is actually quite fun and you can play against 7 other people online. I also played through the first 2 levels of Tomb Raider: LEGEND, also on the 360. I was lucky enough to pick it up from Best Buy for a mere $30, which is half of MSRP.

In WoW, I did a couple of guild runs and picked up some nice loot. My favorite was the Book of Ferocious Bite V, which was just created in the latest patch a week ago. I also picked up Blackhand's Breadth and the unpronounceable Zandalar Haruspex's Bracers.

Posted by jcraven at 3:43 PM | Video Games

Friday - August 25, 2006


Only 8 days away.......

newsobserver.com | Amato: Pack won't take Mountaineers lightly

Posted by jcraven at 8:40 AM | Sports

Thursday - August 24, 2006

TiVo Series3 mailing list

You can sign up to be on TiVo's mailing list for Series3 information here. I haven't totally decided if I'll switch back to cable, but the release definitely has me interested.

Posted by jcraven at 2:08 PM | Tech

Wednesday - August 23, 2006

Texas Hold 'em

If you want it, go get it now. For the next 48 hours, Texas Hold 'em on the 360 will be a free download for the full version. Afterwards, it will probably cost $5-$10 bucks. If you're lucky enough to get one of the Live Cameras, enjoy the innevitable game of strip poker......

Xbox.com | Texas Hold 'em - Game Detail Page

eBay - Live Vision camera, Accessories, Games items on eBay.com

Posted by jcraven at 3:07 PM | Video Games

Patch fallout

So with the new cross-realm PvP matches in World of Warcraft, everybody decided that it would be fun to sign up for the battlegrounds. The following picture was snapped at the signup point inside Ironforge. As you can see it's a little bit crowded which caused all kinds of lag issues with their new system. Fortunately today it seems to be much better. Click here for the full-size picture.

Posted by jcraven at 1:47 PM | Video Games

TiVo series 3 up and running

A couple spiffy shots of a beta unit running at some lucky guy's house. Big shocker, it took a little work to get the CableCard working properly. It was probably due to the cable provider though.

Series 3 TiVo in the wild

Posted by jcraven at 2:24 AM | Tech

Tuesday - August 22, 2006

Back from the Beach

Last week, we went to N. Myrtle Beach for a little vacation.

I uploaded the pictures here and one short movie clip here. We had a good time, but didn't do anything terribly exciting other than hang around the pool and beach. And for those wondering, the baby is my niece, Kate.

Posted by jcraven at 3:47 PM | Misc

WoW 1.12 patch

Blizzard released the 1.12 patch today that features several enhancements to PvP. Full release notes here.

Posted by jcraven at 12:20 PM | Video Games

Tuesday - August 15, 2006

I'm a sheep

Because Scott recommended it, I'm trying out a blog editor named Performancing which integrates directly into FireFox. So far it's pretty cool. Maybe it will replace w.bloggar as my publisher of choice.

Posted by jcraven at 11:23 AM | Tech

Monday - August 14, 2006

Two thumbs up

Over the weekend we rented V for Vendetta and Match Point. Both movies were great, and I'd recommend them to just about anyone. Of course it doesn't hurt that they star Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.

Posted by jcraven at 7:20 PM | Comments (1) | Movies & Music

Friday - August 11, 2006

Video Game Violence

Here's an interesting clip of a debate between Adam Sessler and everybody's favorite lawyer, Jack Thompson.

Posted by jcraven at 3:35 PM | Comments (1) | Video Games

I'm a winner

Press The Buttons: T-Shirt Contest Winners Announcement

I won a sweet gamer tshirt from Press the Buttons and SplitReason.com. I went with the classic Pac-Man shirt since that's what I've been playing lately on my Xbox 360.

Thanks guys!

Posted by jcraven at 1:39 PM | Comments (1) | Tech

Thursday - August 10, 2006

If you ain't first, you're last.

Last night we went to see, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. It's a very funny movie, and Will Ferrell is always great even if his characters are pretty similar from movie to movie. I won't spoil any of the laughs, but if you haven't seen the trailer go check it out now.

Posted by jcraven at 3:00 PM | Movies & Music

Tuesday - August 1, 2006

ASU vs NCSU sold out

Appalachian State University’s allotment of tickets for the 2006 football season opener at NC State sold out Tuesday morning in just 58 minutes. Full story.

Posted by jcraven at 11:25 AM | Sports

Brokeback Joker?

I don't know about this one..... Heath Ledger will play Batman's nemesis, The Joker in the upcoming Batman: Dark Knight. Full story.

Posted by jcraven at 11:01 AM | Comments (1) | Movies & Music