It’s that time of year again where you see those scary people outside the grocery stores ringing their bells and asking for spare change. I hate giving cash to any charity, especially since I don’t know where the cash is actually going in the end. Yet I can’t deny getting into the holiday spirit of compassion and wanting to help, so what’s a guy to do? Luckily Child’s Play makes it really easy to donate toys to children near you.
There are a number of children’s hospitals around the world that have joined forces with Child’s Play to make it easy to help out. These hospitals have Amazon Wishlists set up, and by clicking on the hospital of your choice on Child’s Play’s map you can view the list and make purchases, which are automatically shipped to the hospital. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and I usually purchase one toy for a boy and one for a girl. The Hemby Children’s Hospital is right here in Charlotte, so they are the ones I’ve been donating to.
It’s quick, easy, and you’re helping sick children. I know I would have hated to spend Christmas in a hospital when I was a kid, so I want to help the ones who are unfortunate enough to be stuck there instead of their homes. Here’s what you have to do:
- Go to the Child’s Play Hospital Map
- Click on the hospital you want to support, then click the “view Amazon Wishlist” button
- Browse the Wishlist and add the items you want to the cart
- When you get to the shipping screen, select the hospital (should say “Gift Registry Address”)
- Place your order
It’s as simple as that, and you will be making the holidays a bit more enjoyable for a sick child near you. If you can spare a few minutes and a few bucks check out the above link and help out some sick kids.
Man, it’s been really quiet around here lately. A lot has been going on the past two months. One of my co-workers quit, and management refuses to hire a replacement, so my workload increased while my pay did not. More importantly, Shell and I bought our first house! We’ve been spending almost every weekend since October either packing up the apartment or getting the new house in order. Things are going along smoothly, and my man-cave is slowly progressing:
But even more importantly than a new house, I got my PS4!!! Release day was a harrowing one as it ended up that the day we moved into our house was on November 15th, so while unloading the truck and lifting furniture, I kept thinking about greatness awaiting me once that beautiful blue box arrived from Amazon. To ensure that I had at least some time to play on release day I not only took a day off from work, but also had the cable company come by and hook up the internet that very morning to ensure I could get the initial update installed as soon as possible. In the end, after an exhausting day I was still unable to reap my prize, as the PS4 got lost in transit and didn’t arrive until Saturday! On Sunday morning I was finally able to kick back for a few precious hours to check out Resogun, Contrast, Knack and Killzone. It wasn’t exactly a “Perfect Day” but the we moved into our first home made it one of the happiest days of my life. Read more
With it’s focus on almost thirty years of WrestleMania, WWE 2K14 decided to add in a new mode call “The Streak”, which focuses on the Undertaker’s dominance on the grandest stage of them all. There are two choices in this mode, where you can either play as the Undertaker to defend the streak (which is really nothing more than a Slobberknocker match, which is nothing new to the franchise) or you can attempt to end the streak. Ending the streak proves to be quite a challenge, as the Undertaker you face will be stronger, aggressive, more resilient and will be able to counter your moves more often than usual. It’s kinda like a big boss battle, and it can be very frustrating. It took me over five attempts to beat him, and when I did it really felt like a huge accomplishment. Here’s some pointers for taking on the Dead Man:
- Choose your character wisely. I would not recommend going in with a high flyer like Rey Mysterio or your CAW of Rob Schneider. You need someone who will be able to take a lot of punishment, because you will be getting damaged by the Undertaker’s counters quite often. I tried it with Kane, Big Show and Triple H, but in the end the guy who got the job done was good ol’ Mick Foley. He can take a lot of damage and keep going, and his submission finisher (Mandible Claw) is a good way to get a victory. What better character to go with than who many consider to be capable of actually ending the Undertaker’s streak.
I was never in a rush to get a tablet, especially with the smartphone. I didn’t really have a need to have a little tablet while on the couch when my portable laptop was ten feet away in the next room, or my smartphone was right next to me in my pocket. Plus the price tag is pretty intimidating! But this is coming from the guy who also swore he would never need a Kindle and wanted to keep reading actual books only. Things change, and I eventually saw how a tablet would be useful, especially when traveling. Yet they are pricey, so I kept my distance for awhile. Then the other day Amazon made me a deal I couldn’t refuse.
Amazon Local’s Sunday deal was for 20% off a variety of refurbished Kindle Fire models. Now I had been interested in the Kindle Fire from the getgo based on how it was one of the cheapest tablets on the market, and now not only was there a refurbished one (so it was cheaper initially) but I now had a 20% off promo code. This, on top of the Amazon credit I had banked in my account from the Amazon Rewards card, meant that I could get a 7″ Kindle Fire HD was just $35 out of pocket. I was sold, and today my newish tablet arrived.
2K Sports released the details on their scheduled DLC today, and there were some pretty big surprises. There will be three waves that will released monthly, and each will add some more ‘wrasslers as well as some other features. Let’s dig right into the first DLC expansion:
November DLC: NWO (WCW)
The playable wrestlers will be:
- Kevin Nash (alternate attire)
- Scott Hall (alternate attire)
- Scott Steiner
- Macho Man Randy Savage (alternate attire)
- Syxx (X-Pac)
- Curt Henning (Mr. Perfect)
- Mr. Perfect does appear in the Wrestlemania Mode of the main game, but is a non-playable manager- the Curt Henning NWO-themed character is playable
- The Giant (Big Show- alternate attire)
- The Giant will be free to all
There will also be an “Accelerator Pack” available at launch that will unlock all the hidden wrestlers, moves, etc.