Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Nintendo Wii: leveling the playing field?

The motion-sensing game controller for the new Nintendo Wii is unlike any game controller that has come before it. What that means is that people who have played console games for years will not have such a large advantage because they know the function of each of the multitude of buttons on the complex controllers. They'll have to learn the new controller along with everyone else. Yes, they'll still have an advantage, but now if I, a sometime, social, non-addicted console gamer, want to pick up a controller and try to make it go, the playing field will not be as tilty as it was before.

Maybe you're a console gamer from way back. Are you intimidated now that I'm breathing down your neck!? Well, I didn't think so. Still, it's an interesting development.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Turkey help!

Lots of people are gearing up to cook a huge meal this week. Do you have a question about food safety and would like some knowledgeable help? They are even available on Thanksgiving Day!

You may speak with a food safety specialist — in English or Spanish — from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays year round. The Hotline is closed on Federal government holidays, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. Hours of operation on Thanksgiving are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Dial the nationwide toll-free number, 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). The toll-free number for the hearing impaired (TTY) is 1-800-256-7072.

See facts sheets, a "virtual representative" and more at their Web site:

Monday, November 20, 2006

O.J. Book Cancelled

O.J. Simpson's yet-to-be-published book entitled If I Did It has been cancelled. Read the story at