Monthly Archives: January 2007


You know, I’ve never swung a real golf club in my life. I hear that going to the range is a lot of fun and can be therapeutic. One day, maybe. But for now, I enjoy golf in video game form.

Sure, I dislike the concept of golf. “Golf,” according to Samuel Clemens, “is a good walk spoiled.”

Yet, I play golf video games. I guess it’s because they don’t have the land usage issues, country clubs, classism and cost of real golf. I’m guessing that if I did play real golf, though, I’d get just as angry as when I play the video game version and miss an “easy putt.”

This anger is intensified when playing Super Swing Golf on the Nintendo Wii. Maybe I’m angrier because I’m physically getting into the game. Taking a golf swing with the Wii remote is a much more visceral experience than pressing a button to time a swing on other consoles. I’m actually cursing when I don’t make a shot, which is different from my experience when playing Mario Golf on the Game Boy Advance.

My guess is that the extra realism just makes the double bogey harder to take.

That said, Super Swing Golf is an okay game. One that I’m glad I rented instead of purchased.

While entertaining, the game is too simplified for its own good. The cute, whimsical atmosphere of the courses are interesting, but I found myself just wanting a round of golf without stylized windmills and crazy water hazards. That and the game suffers from lengthy (for a console) loading times.

There are also strange interface issues, such as you have to use the pointer to get ready for a shot. It’s fine the first few times, but I found myself wanting to just play some golf, and press a button on the remote to address the ball, instead of aim at the television and click on a button.

While it is interesting that there is a story mode to beef up your character, it just isn’t enough to keep my interest.

Guess I’ll just have to wait for a Mario Golf or Tiger Woods option.

Boxes, boxes everywhere, and not a place to think

I have a love hate relationship with boxes. You already know that. On the one hand, they keep the clutter under some sort of control. On the other hand, they’re like Visa—everywhere I want to be—in my hallway, in front of my bookshelves, in front of my pantry, in front of my couch. Everywhere. It is apparent that I love boxes of all sorts.

And then there’s the part of me that wants them out of my life.

The main issue is of course, “Too much stuff.”

No small amount of stuff is just paper. Notes, bills, invoices, and paper statements are a big problem. I don’t know why companies insist on sending you something you can touch with your hands.

Just send me the pdf.

Or something.

Ah, Winter

Frost everywhere! Finally.

The only bad thing is the lack of heat in the attic. I’m wearing my vest and jacket and I find that it’s quite comfortable.

I guess that’s another reason to leave here.

You've got Miis!

So far, the Wii is amazing. I’m only going to touch on one element of the functionality which is WiiConnect 24.

In short, the Wii is always connected to the internet, even when it’s off. In standby mode, it has the capability to go out into the electric aether and retrieve things for you.

When it does have something for you, the disc slot will pulse with a dim blue glow.

It’s like a mail flag and I’m a little disappointed when I go home and it’s not on.

When it is on, I’ve got a message from my brother, or any one of a number of my friends that have Wiis.

The blue glow is a very simple design decision that means a lot for the user experience.

Now if only my 360 would do the same thing.

One step backwards, two steps quicker

I downgraded my PowerBook G4 to 10.3 (Panther) and found something on my laptop that I thought had been lost to me forever.


Tiger is just too much OS for my three year old laptop. Panther, on the other hand, is going great. Apps open zippily and there’s no exposé lag. I haven’t tried any video encoding or editing but I’m going to give it a shot soon and see what that feels like.

With Leopard looming on the horizon, I’m left wondering how long I can ride the Panther train.

My guess is, “not very long.”

On the other hand, Core 2 Duo MacMinis should be on the horizon very soon. . .