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Journey, Google Earth, Good Ol' Christmas

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So, today, i played a bit of WoW and i played terribly. After that, I pretty much slacked around at home. I went to Cathleen's and this was by far the most fun that i've had all day, except when i was talking to my baby on Skype. I went to Cathleen's house to get my haircut for tomorrow's dinner with Nikki, my girlfriend =D. But, anyways, yeah, i went to their house but seriously, their stories about basketball are just hilarious. Pretty much, the complete opposite of my mood when i'm here at home with just my mom. She's constantly yelling at me, blaming me for every bad thing that happens in the house, i'm really tired of it. I mean, yeah, she may work hard for me, but damn, cut me some slack please. Maybe it's just that time of the month, but still, it really pisses me off sometimes. Anyways, me and my mom went to the mall and she did some last minute shopping. I, of course, had to carry all the bags and some other package. So, in my left hand i was holding 7 plastic bags and under my arm i had the package. In my right hand was my cell phone. Very balanced, i know, thank you. Anyways, after all of that shopping, we went home. After reading my girlfriend's very interesting blog post today, i've decided to write my own. Before i rant, i'll do a quick talk about Google Earth.

So, Google Earth is a program that you can use to pretty much see anywhere in the world, it uses various satellites to do this. So, some scientists were using Google Earth and they discovered "an unknown green patch that turned out to be an unexplored forest home to brand new undiscovered species." The scientist, Julian Bayliss stated that there were "7,000 hectares of forest, rich in biodiversity." He also mentions that this forest was probably left unexplored because of it's "miserable terrain and constant civil war." They discovered 3 new species of butterflies, "a new Gaboon viper that can kill a human in a single bite, along with all kinds of other wildlife." Very interesting, but i wonder how they found out how this viper could kill a human in a single bite. Hopefully no one actually died in the process of this research. With Google Earth, you can pretty much see anywhere, anytime. Apparently, Google Earth does have it's downfall. The terrorists in the Mumbai bombing actually used Google Earth to plan out their acts. But, thanks to Google Earth, the streets can always be monitored. We might even be able to see inside your homes soon... oh wait, that maybe kind of stalker-ish... oh well.

Oh, Christmas is coming up. Only about 2 more days and Santa will be dropping down your chimney. Well, i hope everyone has their joy and what not. But, i do know that for our family, Christmas is dying. Whatever happened to the many presents under the tree? Well, my family has actually split up. Our family used to be in 3 houses, now we've separated into 7 (i think). My family doesn't spend Christmas all under one household anymore, and it sucks. This is not a good sign, because now there are really no gifts under the tree anymore and it's kind of sad. Fine, you know what? It's not about the gifts (Although, it seems that everyone in my family is going to be getting gift cards... yay). But, y'know what, my Christmas is really going to suck because the family spirit is gone. Let's forget about the gifts, whatever happened to the get-together's? Family parties? The hugs, smiles and laughs? All gone. Yeah, none of that this year. I remember the good days, when i was younger, we'd plan out who's house we'd sleep at for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Our whole family at one house, about 70 people under one roof. I took those days for granted because those were the days when Christmas was actually worth waiting for all year. Now, this year, it's going to be me, my mom, aunt, uncle and my 2 cousins, Cathleen and Aldric. Don't get me wrong, i'm definitely going to have fun, watching 'The Dark Knight' in 1080p Blu-ray, but wouldn't it better if the whole family was there, all of us cuddling together? I really miss those days and as i was in the mall with my mom, i was reflecting on it. It made me sad. Maybe, my Christmas won't suck as much as i think. I'm taking my girlfriend out for dinner tomorrow =D. For Christmas Eve, i'm headed to my cousin's place, as stated above. And for Christmas Day / Night, i'm going to be going to the Natividad's household. This Christmas won't generally 'suck' it just won't be the same as previous years. Don't get me wrong, i love my family and i love my girlfriend's family. But, i just wish that i could have my old family get-togethers back. I know that my girlfriend's family will really make this Christmas memorable for me and it'll make me feel as if i'm a part of a big family again because I miss those days. I really, really do.

Google Earth (and picture): http://gizmodo.com/5115800/google-earth-leads-scientists-to-undiscovered-forest-brand-new-species
Christmas Tree picture: http://www.thestayathomemother.com/taxonomy/term/63

Final Fantasy DSi, LBP Sales, Google and Mozilla, LG LCD's, No PS3

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Last night, i was up talking to my girlfriend until about 2 in the morning. Officially, i woke up at 12:30 p.m. today. Very interesting stuff, eh? Actually, right now, i'm starving and want to eat a pizza. Oh yeah, i had to wake up at 9:30 a.m. this morning to let the plumber in. Other than that, i've done nothing. 

Some sweet news about a new, limited edition Nintendo DSi that is set for release. "The cunning linguists at Kotaku have translated a Famitsu article on the limited edition Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time Nintendo DSi. This special DSi goes on sale next month and will be bundled with the aforementioned game." This bundle will be selling for 23,940 yen, which converted, is around $266.72 USD. Sounds good. A Final Fantasy limited edition Nintendo DSi, how sweet is that?

Ashlee's 'cute' game will make an appearance in today's blog. She commented on my previous blog about LittleBigPlanet saying that if i get this (which i won't) we should play it together, but i should bring Nikki too, so that she wouldn't get 'suspicious.' Anyways, people are actually starting to wake up and buy this game. LittleBigPlanet sales are increasing. After falling to 34,075 units sold in America after 4 weeks, it has jumped up to 61,388 units sold in week 8. It also rose overseas as well, dropping to 69,251 units sold in week 4 and then jumping in week 6 to 118,196 units sold. Anyways, yeah, that's all the news, not gonna talk about it anymore.

Some bad news towards Mozilla. Apparently, ever since the release of Google's browser, Chrome, the relationship between Mozilla and Google have become more "complicated." This is probably due to Google paying for 85% of all costs of Mozilla's browser, Firefox. Mozilla relies on Google very heavily in order for their business to stay alive and now that Google has a new primary browser, their relationship is turning out this way.

LG may have created LCD's that displays outdoors as well as it does indoors. The LCD's that are produced nowadays work pretty bad under sunlight. This pretty much applies to anything used outdoors: laptop LCD's, phone screens and mp3 player screens, just to name a few. "LG's Backlight Data Signal Switching Technology will allow users to switch between the indoor and outdoor modes with the press of a button. As an added bonus, switching to the reflective mode reduces LCD power consumption by about 75%." Keep in mind that the technology is still being developed and trying to be perfected. But, LG is definitely headed in the right direction.

Anyways, last night i was up with my girlfriend last night and found out that i'm not getting the PS3 (cause i'm just really smart like that). So, i won't be testing out Playstation Home, LittleBigPlanet or Street Fighter 4 (when it comes out), just to name a few. I'm not gonna lie, i'm disappointed, but i know my mom works hard for me. She currently has 2 jobs, her day job and her job at Canada Post, but she's only working on-call, but still. So, no PS3, but it's okay. All i need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend... and WoW, most likely starting early next year or late this year, depending on how much money i get for Christmas. School > WoW though, i have to remember that.