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im geekier than your average girl, which may bring a different perspective on things. i aspire to share these thoughts with anyone and everyone who comes across this blog. i want to keep tech fun and light for anyone to understand. afterall, we all don't speak geek. :-)

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Little Kid Geek: The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway

By missiza · November 21, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

When I first heard about the Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, I was a bit skeptical on how this would play out.  I mean, the show was a kid-favorite of mine and as much as I am one for moments of nostalgia…we are talking about Pee-Wee live and in-person.  So um…yeah, scratch that initial thought train.  Pee-Wee live and in person?  How could I not pass up the opportunity…right?

From the first few minutes to the last few seconds, the show was entertaining and crowd participation was immediate…and mandatory.  It was like growing up again screaming when one of Pee-Wee’s friends would mistakenly say the secret word.  I mean, it was hard not to then, and it was hard not to while watching the show.  You knew crowd participation was coming the minute the show started and we stood up alongside of Pee-Wee to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

I found the audience an interesting mix of perhaps 90% adults and 10% kids.  And I might be a bit generous with representation of kids, but we had really good seats so I wasn’t about to scope out the rest of theatre to see if there were people who may not even know who Pee-Wee Herman is, let alone were not even born yet when the Pee-Wee was on TV.  And although there were a few dirty jokes thrown into the dialogue here and there, I didn’t think the show to be too risqué for the little kiddies in the audience.  That is unless your children have such enquiring minds and want to know why the adults found something particularly funny and they didn’t understand.

All in all, for 90 minutes of entertainment (no breaks in between), I found Paul Reubens easily come back to life as the childhood favorite character of Pee-Wee Herman.  With familiar phrases such as “I know you are but what am I” and Jambi’s chant (you know I can’t spell it, can you?), it was easy to remember why the TV show was so enjoyable.  It was also fun to see the original Miss Yvonne (Lynne Marie Stewart) join him on stage.  And if you were wondering, Chairy, Conky, Magic Screen, Pterri, Mailman Mike, Cowboy Curtis, Globie, and a few other familiar faces were there too.

If you’re ever up for a different yet familiar kind of Broadway show, I highly recommend you go see The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway.

I'm Addicted to Retail Therapy...sort of

By missiza · October 23, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

So I've been playing PopSugar's Retail Therapy game on Facebook for quite some time now.  I want to say more than 2 months, but honestly I can't remember.  I had been meaning to write this post after 1 month of playing the game, but I noticed a few changes were made at that time...changes that I was actually going to comment about.  So it's good to see that the developers of Retail Therapy are making an effort in keeping the game fresh.

I do admit that from time to time things get boring.  But when I do see a new collection available to sell or new items to decorate your space with, it becomes new again.  But I guess that is with all other games.

So with a delayed review...here are a few things I would be interested in seeing in the future:

1.  Ability to dress my employees

I think it's great that we can "hire" our Facebook friends, but if there was a way for me to dress them, that would be awesome.  I mean, as a store owner, what if I wanted my employees to wear a type of "uniform" or promote a designer.  And if our FB friends do happen to start playing the game as well, they should be given the opportunity to "accept" the outfit we created for them, or to create their own.

2.  More appearance options

The Retail Therapy developers have offered several options for our Avatar appearance, but sometimes I wish some hairstyle were offered in other colors.  I also wish there was a face shape option.

3.  Gift Items for Sale

Sometimes I want an item for myself to wear or sell, but it is one of those "Gift" items that I can get if one of my friends gives it to me.  Sigh.  I'm not saying I don't have any friends on Retail Therapy, but if I didn't, then I would really be out of luck.  Even if the Gift Items were available for a huge amount of coins, I'm sure some people would still buy a few.  I know I would.

4.  Premium Decorations for Sale

Speaking of buying items for lots of coins.....I understand the purpose of the items that can only be bought with Facebook credits (after all, someone has to make a profit somehow)...but again...if I can buy that black cat on a pillow for 500,000 coins, I would.

5.  Neighbors that aren't Friends

Since most of my Facebook friends aren't into computer games (or Facebook games....yeah, they don't even play Farmville), it would be great to have some kind of invitation that can be sent to other Retail Therapy players.  I personally wouldn't want to HAVE to add them as a FB friend, just to get them to "work" for me on Retail Therapy.  I do take access to my Facebook page and its contents seriously.

6.  More Expansions

It kind of gets boring after you've bought all store expansions available to you.  I wonder if someone has considered the options of opening another shop next door.

And honestly, that's all I have...for now.  I did have more after my first month of playing, but like I mentioned, I noticed that the changes made since then did address some of my earlier points (like the ability to "close" the store).  What do you guys think of PopSugar's Retail Therapy?  What would you do to make it better?

My First Week with my iPad

By missiza · May 9, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

So naturally, as with most things, you keep saying the name and it grows on you. That's kind of how the progression of accepting the name of my new magical and evolutionary device came to be. And though once in a while I still cringe at it's name, I am still quite content with my purchase of the 64gb 3G iPad.

Here's the good:

  • It's fast. It's faster than my existing net book at home,
  • The battery life is just what I was hoping for (and expected with Steve Jobs claim of ~10 hrs of battery life.). In the full 10 days of usage (note not consistent hour by hour usage), I've had to charge the iPad twice.
  • The Scrabble experience on the iPad is amazing. Ive played it using iPods and between 2iPad owners....I can only hope that there are many more group games following this experience. (hint, hint for Monopoly)
  • Web browsing through Safari is pretty amazing...despite the lack of Flash Support
  • Magazines look great on the iPad, well...at least the TIME magazine through it's app looks pretty good.  I really can't wait to see more magazine pubs offer their magazines through either their own app or through the iBook store.
  • One of the better experience in sharing photos from my holidays is through the Photo app on the iPad. Because it's screen is so large, you definitely won't miss a thing as you flip through your photos for all to see.
  • Bluetooth pairing between my iPad and my bluetooth headset works great.
  • The virtual keyboard does take getting used to, but once you do, it's not so bad.  Just avoid growing your nails out too long else you start knicking at the screen with your nails.
  • Having the option for 3G speed defintiely helps, especially during these summer months.  There are quite a number of things I can get lost in time with on the iPad, so having the option to be connected while I'm outside makes me happy.  I may be online, but I'm at least connected to the internet.
  • When traveling for work, the iPad definitely replaces the need for me to carry my netbook and Kindle...in addition to my work laptop.

 

The Bad

  • Despite being a generally good web browser, there is something to say about the iPad not being able to handle all websites properly. I find it nearly impossibly yo post to sites like OnSugar because I just can't seem to either be able to get text onto the page or even customize certain functions of my Tumblr page. And of course lack of flash renders some sites with video playback (ie ESPN, Facebook) useless.
  • It's significantly heavier than I had anticipated.
  • And add a decent case/cover, and it gets heavier. And I say decent because let's face it, the usual slip cases/jackets are not going to cut it. The iPad was expensive, so your going to want to protect it. And really, there are probably only 2 kinds of cases offered by Apple to provide this protection - the Apple branded and the InCase model.
  • Even though magazines look great, the screen itself on the iPad eventually hurts my eyes.  Sure I have an astigmatism that doesn't allow my eyes to focus on letters quickly...in conjuction with some mild form of farsightedness....my eyes still experience some kind of fatigue if using the iPad for too long.  (And this is why I am still holding on to my Kindle).
  • One of the most coveted accessory pieces for the iPad - the Camera Kit - is alway sould out at the stores and delayed for delivery online.
  • Email account management on the iPad doesn't seem as efficient as it is on the iPod touch.  Meaning, with multiple email accounts that I sift through, I would like a screen that just shows me the my accounts and which ones have new emails...once I open the app.  Email on the iPad seems to default to showing you the last email you last viewed in the email account that it is.  You have to click out of the email folders and into the list of mailboxes in order to see your new emails...everytime you turn on Email.  I think this is a big step back.
  • the $15 3G data plan won't necssary cut if if you intend to actually use Safari a lot when not connected to a WiFi Network.  I easily blow half of my data allotment (125 MB out of the 250 MB) in 2.5 days because I kept on going to data heavy websites (Flickr, Facebook - lots of images and content to download) and unfortunately had all those App notification on.  Now that I've learned my lesson, my 3G usage isn't as bad as those first couple of days.
  • I wish the touch keyboard had directional "keys".  Sometimes I find myself misspelling a word and it would just be easier to be able to go into the section of that word to correct.  Not have the cursor start at either the first or last letters of the word.
  • Twitter apps on the iPad seem like they are in Beta as Tweetdeck constantly crashes (and doesn't even provide the same experience found on the iPod touch) and Twitterific always pulls up some kind of API error message (though for Twitterific, this doesn't make the app unstable, it's just annoying).

 

The Ugly (more on the aesthetics side)

  • As with most of it's touchscreen enabled predecessors, the iPad is a fingerprint magnet.  And though this is to be expected, just look at how much larger the screen is compared to it's predecessors and you tell me how annoying (and even gross) all those fingerprints look.  And it's even more disconcerting as 99.9% I am sure that those are your own fingerprints.  I'm waiting to see if the same company that makes the iPod touch anti-glare screens will make one for the iPad.
  • Despite claims that there are thousands upon thousands of apps in the iTunes store, not all are optimized for the iPad.  I'd like to see this turnaround happen sooner or later, or just have Apple put back the category for "iPod" on iTunes (did any of you notice that?).  I mean, with that big screen, I shouldn't be forced to look at a small space of an app that is not optimized for the iPod.  I shouldn't even have to put up with using the "2x" button to blow up that contents of the app to fit the screen size of the iPad.  Pixelated text images are far worse than staring at a smaller "screen" when you did pay more for all that on-screen real estate.

 

All in all, I bought the iPad 3G version as a means to browse the internet and consume digital media in all its forms.  And that's what it's been doing, and I definitely can't complain.  Sure there are things that I'd like for the iPad to do a lot better, but let's face it....it's not like I actually own the company.

For me, I find the ipad generally a great device for media consumption and a bit tricky for media creation.  And that's also why I'm still holding onto my netbook and computer.

Adventures of Sackboy, the photo gallery :-)

By missiza · April 27, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

So on the "Geeky things I Love" group, I posted an piece about my latest Geek toy acquisition, Little Big Planet's Sackboy.  Enter my photo gallery of Sackboy and Me, enjoying Life, as we know it to be.

 

Latest update:  Sackboy in Philly, July 2010

How I'm Wired: Work Travel Edition

By missiza · March 29, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Work has always provided me with varying opportunities to hop on a plane and add to my collection of frequent flier miles.  For about a year, this was quite a common occurence that I started to perfect the art of packing (I'll get to that piece in my travel blog).  Every so often, I do wonder if I've forgotten anything, particularly tech related since I am headed to work outside the office.  And let's face it, if I need to be ready I need to be ready for work.

So this is what I roll with:

(from left to right, clockwise)

  • Personal phone
  • Work phone....yup, 2 phones.  I like to keep things separate and it doesn't hurt to carry 2 phones in the event one of them completely loses battery power.
  • Laptop...I did say this is the work edition right?  Then again, even on personal travel, I will more than likely bring a laptop with me as well.
  • iPod...although my phones can serve double duty as MP3 players, I do like to keep my music seperate as well.  Not to mention there are a few apps on my IPod touch that help keep me organized.
  • Noise cancelling headphones...because that noise cancelling feature is amazing when on planes.
  • Kindle...a girl's gotta read right?
  • Call Pod Charger...one charger for my multiple devices.  This thing is great and only requires actually plug, but very many adapter pieces.  Oh well, I'd rather deal with the small pieces than a while bunch of chargers.
  • Proporta Travel Charger...yeah, I like to ensure I have some tech juice on me at all times.  I mean really, look at all that gadgetry.

 

 

So what gadgets do you travel with?

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