I really, really suck at New Super Mario Bros. Wii

So I’ve never beaten the first dungeon / castle in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. That’s right, I’ve never seen anything beyond the first world. I find it frustratingly difficult, and to date it (and Super Mario Bros 3 in which I’ve also never passed the first world) is the only game that makes me want to toss controllers around the room. After the first couple of lives I waste in the dungeon my palms start to sweat and I start to make the same mistakes over and over again. What frustrates me is the most important part of the game is jumping, something that should be so simple and yet I can’t master it. Again and again I plunge Mario into the lava. I haven’t played New Super Mario Bros. Wii in about 4 months and tonight I thought I’d give it another shot. As you can see in the video below I made it no further than I ever have. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to master Mario.


$50 bill credit for signing up for DISH Network

So I get these refer a friend certificates in the mail all the time and can never find anything to do with them so I figured I’d post them here. If you use the certificate to sign up you and I both get a $50 bill credit




You can call 1-855-427-6707 to sign up using the referral code.

I love DISH, especially the DISH Anywhere service where I can view live and recorded programming from anywhere on various devices (available with the Hopper with Sling).

Tornadoes in Chicago: Ravens vs Bears


The Ravens are off to a solid start in Chicago, however fans have been asked to vacate their seats and players and camera crews are also being told to seek cover due to tornadoes in the Chicago area. The game is currently suspended. Hopefully everyone stays safe, the weather passes and the game resumes soon. I got my $5.99 large Dominos Carry Out pizza and I’m ready for some football!

Reading Magazines on a Mac with Zinio

I really like Next Issue, the app that I’d describe as the Netflix for Magazines (pay $9.99-14.99 a month for unlimited access to its library of magazines), however it’s available on iOS but not Mac. Also the Windows 8 app doesn’t allow you to zoom very far which makes some of the magazines difficult to read.

Today I started using Zinio which is available for Mac (as well as iOS, PC and other platforms). You can also access your magazines through a web browser if you’re away from your Mac and can’t download the software. You can subscribe to 3 magazines for $5 a month via the Z-Pass service (you get a free 30 day trial as well) and you can subscribe to additional magazines if you wish at mostly affordable rates.

Both the web reader and Mac app offer a great reading experience on the Mac and I look forward to checking out some more magazines with it. The Z-pass selection seems adequate and includes a great many popular magazines. Right now I’m using 2 out of my 3 magazines for Macworld and Wired. Other notable publications include Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, PC World, Road & Track and many more.

You get more bang for your buck with Next Issue, but Zinio definitely offers the better desktop reading experience and of course being available on Macs is a plus.

So far I can recommend the service, it’s affordable and convenient. Until Newstand comes to Mac it’ll have to do.

The web reader:

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The Mac app:

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PS4 delayed (at AAFES BX)


The Bx was supposed to start handing out tickets to buy the PS4 tomorrow, however it appears the console will not be shipping to the Bx in the near future. I’m not sure if it’s just Mountain Home or if other bases are having this problem as well. I knew a few people who wanted to try to buy a PS4 tomorrow, but it looks like they’ll be out of luck.

I’m still leaning toward an Xbox One, however I won’t be getting either for awhile yet. So far it seems the PS4 launch has been a bit rocky as many users are reporting bricked consoles (for those who got theirs early via Taco Bell or other venues that shipped early). We’ll have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.