Six games I obsessively play on my Nintendo Wii

Near the beginning of the year I finally got my greasy hands on a Nintendo Wii. So far I would say it’s been a fun and enjoyable investment. Since I am what they call a “casual gamer”, it was a match made in heaven. Here is a short list of the games I have been playing.

Wii Games:
Mario Galaxy – I am a big fan of Mario games and this is by far the best I have played on any of the Nintendo systems. It took me back to when I first played Mario 64 and was wowed by the 3D. This time Mario wowed me with is intuitive game play with the Wiimote.
Boom Blox – I read about this game in Wired Magazine when I was at the airport coming back from Philly. The very next week I ran out and bought it and have been happy with it ever since. It’s a great party game, since it takes seconds to learn how to play.
Smash Brothers – I don’t own this game but just about everyone I know does. Every time I play it, it’s a blast. If I ever see it cheap at Gamestop I will pick it up.

Virtual Console/Wii Ware:
Bubble Bobble (VC) – This is a classic that never gets old. When I need to mellow out this is the game I play. It’s best to play this game with a friend; since I hear that the last boss is impossible (I have yet to make it to the last level).
Dr. Mario RX – This game drives me crazy, but I still love it. If I feel like hating myself and yelling at the TV this is the game I play. It’s one of the most challenging Tetris clones ever made.
Toki Tori – I love a good puzzle game and after reading a few reviews I picked Toki Tori. So far it’s been an enjoyable game to play, but it’s not as challenging as I hoped it would be. But after playing Dr Mario for a few hours this is a good game to unwind to, since I can actually beat this game.

So those are the six Wii games I play the most. Let me know what yours are via comment or email.

Bacon Scented Perfume for Women

Last week I got an interesting email from a reader that has an idea for bacon perfume. If you seen the Taco Bell commercial for the Bacon Club Chalupa you have a good understanding of the idea.

Chris writes:

I have this idea about some uses for bacon, and I don’t know if it’s been covered on your site. I thought after cooking a package of thick sliced bacon (it’s got to be the thick stuff) then taking the drippings and bottling as a cologne or perfume. The downside would be that it would need to be kept warm all of the time. If I wasn’t married, and a woman walked by me wearing a bacon perfume, I’d follow her anywhere.

I would just like to point out that they could probably just use the scent they use for the Bacon Scented Tuxedo. That way you don’t have to take the time cooking the bacon or keeping the scent warm.

Maybe a better idea would be for Tide to come out with bacon scented laundry detergent, so everything you wear would smell as good as bacon.

New Trojan horse targets Mac users

A rare Trojan horse attacked the Mac community last week and its name is AppleScript-THT. The Trojan exploits Apple Remote Desktop Agent in OSX 10.4 and 10.5 to grant it root privileges and compromise the system. Once the system is infected, hackers can log your keystrokes, take pictures with your iSight camera, and capture screenshots.

Before you run to your bomb shelter remember this is a Trojan, which means that it has to be downloaded to be effective. Hackers will most likely distribute it via iChat or Limewire. All you have to do to be safe is not download anything that you don’t trust. This means that if you’re frequently downloading illegal music you’re going to be at risk (this is why I have been buying my music for years now).

Even though this kind of thing is bad for a lot of people, for Apple users as a whole it’s a good thing. As Apple’s market share grows it will start to look more appealing for hackers to exploit it. This means that Apple will start to look at improving is security issues. So in the end this will just push Apple to make their already great platform even better.

Bacon should be sold in vending machines

Every day at work I make a trip to the vending machines. I rarely ever find anything I want since they mostly just have Snyder chips and candy bars. I am not a big fan of either of those.

If they could some how sell precooked strips of bacon in the vending machine, I would be a happy camper. Wait a minute, why don’t they do that? It wouldn’t be that big of a deal. If they can sell bacon in a can, they could sell it in some kind of packaging that didn’t need refrigeration. I would gladly spend $1.50 for a few rashers of bacon. Also if you have a sweet tooth they could also sell chocolate cover bacon.

After doing some research I found out this is not a new idea. There is a vending machine in Scotland that sells and dispenses Bacon Rolls. It works buy cooking the bacon with halogen lamps and the roll with microwaves. After putting in your money and waiting for 20 seconds you have a warm bacon snack.

Looks like I need to plan a trip to Scotland, they seem to give bacon the appreciation it deserves.

How to survive a business meeting

At work sometimes I have to sit through long boring meetings. I have learned over the years to tune these meetings out and still look active in the conversation. I am not saying that I do this every meeting, but I would say every 1 out of 3 meetings I am tuned out.

How to survive a meeting alone:

1. Bring Paper – This is essential, without it you’re forced to just look off into space. When you have paper you can doodle or make a to-do list for your week. This will give the impression that you are taking notes.
2. Day Dream – This one is tricky. You can only do it in meetings that you are confident that you’re not going to get asked to talk. If you think you will have to talk you’re better off sticking with the doodling method, you can doodle and still listen at the same time.
3. Bathroom Escape – If all else fails and you need to get out of there, leave for the bathroom. Doing this can buy you about 10 minutes of freedom, and hopefully when you return the meeting is wrapping up.

How to survive a meeting with a buddy:

1. Funny Face Game – If you have a buddy in the meeting with you, sometimes it’s fun to make faces at each other. The first person to laugh or get caught by the boss loses.
2. Secret Word Game – Before the meeting pick a business buzzword and see who can say it the most times during the meeting. After the meeting the highest word count wins.
3. Buzzword Bingo – Before the meeting make some Bingo cards with buzzwords or phrases in the boxes. The first person to get bingo and work saying the word bingo in the meeting wins. Remember, until you say bingo during the meeting, other players can still play their cards. So you’re going to have to be gutsy and quick-witted to win this game.

If you have any tips on how to make it through a meeting please share via a comment.