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Post-Yule Bliss
I'm not suffering from any after-Christmas letdown this year. Although I'm back in the office already, it's a beautiful day outside. The sun is shining for the first time in days. Although it's only about 40° F here in Sacramento, you couldn't really ask for a more gorgeous morning. Plus it's Friday!

Christmas was great. Danielle and I spent the whole day at home. We got out of bed well before dawn to open our presents. Both our families sent us a whole lot of great stuff. My favorite presents were the Indiana Jones trilogy DVD set, Super Mario Brothers 3 for the Gameboy, and the kick-ass power drill set Danielle got me. Now I just need to find something around the house that needs more holes. There were a couple other video games I really wanted, but Danielle came to the rescue again with a GameSpot gift card.

By the time we got our presents all organized and got all the boxes and wrapping cleaned up it was barely past 8 am. So we lounged on the couch practically all day. We sat through three movies. I made Danielle watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. She pretended not to like it very much, but I don't see how anyone could not like that movie. I think she said she hasn't even seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which is my favorite of the three. I'm sure she'll like that one, because she's into Arthurian legend.

Oh, but anyway. Back to Christmas. Christmas was good. Don't forget to read Danielle's Christmas post, too.

The office is really quiet today. I'd say two-thirds of the workforce took the day off. Sounds like a good day for a long lunch.

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kristiseriously From: kristiseriously Date: December 26th, 2003 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Got a GameBoy question.

Cameron's 3 so really he has no clue what he's doing, but loves video games. Do you think it's smarter to get him a gameboy advance, sp, or a gamecube..
yellzer From: yellzer Date: December 26th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not that you were asking me, and Jarrett will certainly answer for himself, but I personally can't really stand video games and I just love the Gameboy.

It's functional and easy to use, especially for someone with little hands like myself. I find the controllers for the xbox and Gamecube to big and confusing. Plus the Gameboy is portable. You can curl up anywhere with it, take it in the car or on a plane. Everything about it is small...the device, game cartridges (handful of'em in your pocket or purse and you're ready to go), the sound.

Plus no big game station sitting in the middle of the floor with wires everywhere like a big ass trip hazard. It has all these benefits and it's cheaper.

My vote is for the Gameboy. Especially for a child.
kristiseriously From: kristiseriously Date: December 26th, 2003 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks sweetheart.

Should I get the Advance or Advance SP?
yellzer From: yellzer Date: December 26th, 2003 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Advance SP (if I'm not confused)

Flip screen kicks butt and it's smaller than the other. And the backlit screen is much better (brighter and no glare) than the attachable light for the regular Advance. Jarrett has both, and I got stuck with the Advance on our trip to TX. It ain't bad but it's no SP.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: December 26th, 2003 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure any video game systems are going to offer a lot of software for children younger than 5.

But if you want to choose between the Gameboy Advance and the Gameboy Advance SP, definitely get the SP. The lighted screen alone is worth the extra $30.
kristiseriously From: kristiseriously Date: December 26th, 2003 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not really looking for usability right now. He has no clue. He just likes to push buttons and hear the sounds. He runs right to it and wants to play every video game somebody else plays. Plus I might use it in my days or boredom which is rare but still happens once in a while.
From: dark_wolfe Date: December 26th, 2003 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
My sister had picked up an old 386 PC from her work for like $30 when my nephew was 2--so I wrote a little program where he could just punch buttons on the keyboard. Each time he punched a button, random shapes and colors would draw on the screen and random sounds would play. It was amazing how that entertained him for hours at a time. Only issue was he tried to feed pennies into the floppy drive one time... (I think he saw arcade games on tv one day, heh)

Kids love anything that reacts to them pushing buttons and such, and of course anything that makes noise (to the parents' delight, of course).
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