Unplugged: Celebrating the Royal Wedding

Tea Time

I don’t know why we’re all so fascinated by the Royal Wedding of William and Kate, but we are. Last night watching the pre-nuptual coverage, I looked at Rose Red and cried, “She gets to be a princess!”

Whatever fantasies we have about leading such a life are probably dead wrong, but we hope for happily ever after anyway.

So, in honor of today’s most famous newlyweds, Rose Red, Nana and I will celebrate with a proper English tea at the St. James Tea Room. We’ll raise our tea cups to princesses everywhere and all our happily ever afters. Thanks, Nana, for the invite!

I think I may also watch an episode of Downton Abbey on Netflix tonight just to hear some British accents.

Photo credit: justmakeit (flickr)

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Playstation Network a Nightmare – In More Ways than One

Logo of the PlayStation Network

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Cool Breeze‘s PS3 woes began last week. He’d just received a new video game in the mail from GameFly and it could only be played online. Oh, how he moped. What a nightmare.

Now I find out that my credit card information may be compromised. Now that’s a nightmare.

Sony admitted today that personal information including names, birth dates, addresses, emails, logins and passwords were obtained by an “illegal intrusion” into the PlayStation Network between April 17 and 19.

Sony told it’s PlayStation Network members: “While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.”

Reuters reported that the network’s 77 million user accounts were accessed, the largest-ever breach of its type.

Great!

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Nintendo 3DS: “I want to hug those guys!”

Nintendo 3DS

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Was anyone in your house counting the days to March 27, frantically performing yard work for neighbors, and searching for quarters in couches? In my house this meant awaiting the arrival of the Nintendo 3DS.

A month ago, Cool Breeze and Rose Red made the decision to trade in their old DS Lite for $50 in credit at GameStop for Nintendo’s newest handheld game. The $250 3DS promised amazing 3D graphics without the use of 3D glasses. They saved up, Cool Breeze making the biggest contribution, but on release day they were $100 short. Cool Breeze stomped around and sighed for a day before Mom offered a $25 contribution and a $75 loan.

The guys at GameStop celebrated with them as they finalized their purchase. “You’re gonna love it!” they cried. “Woo hoo, the 3DS!” they chanted. They were as excited as their customers.

Having unpackaged and started the thing up before even leaving the parking lot, Cool Breeze exclaimed in ecstacy, “I just want to run back in there and hug one of those guys!”

I guess it was worth it.

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Christina, Groupon and the Steelers Break my Heart

What’s a girl to do when three things she loves all flop in one day? And what if that one day is Super Bowl Sunday?

I love Groupon. I recently got $20 worth of Barnes & Nobel purchases for $10. What’s not to love? If you’re familiar with Groupon, you know they’re quirky. But the point of a Super Bowl ad is to reach the millions who don’t know you. To those folks, their ads were, at best, odd and at worst, offensive.

Then there’s Christina Aguilera. I love her and have her latest on my list of things to download on iTunes. When I watched her sing the National Anthem on Sunday and heard her mistake, I thought, “Did she just muff the words?” Then I got distracted by the runs and riffs I didn’t enjoy and almost forgot about the words. I was left unimpressed, along with much of the audience.

Jimmy Kimmel had fun with it.

Then there’s the Steelers.

What’s a girl to do?

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Digitally Distracted Kid Falls Off Train Platform

How many times have you watched your kid so totally engrossed in a handheld game that the world around him didn’t exist?

In Italy this week a 10-year-old boy walked right off an underground train platform and onto the tracks while playing his PSP. The Daily Mail reported that an off-duty police officer jumped onto the tracks to lift the kid to safety with another train due to cross the electrified tracks in less than a minute.

This kid is no abnormality. I know my kids have walked into doors and walls playing their games. And many times I’ve had to say, “Put that game down so you can pay attention to where you’re walking.” I guess I’m just lucky my state doesn’t have underground rail.

Source: Daily Mail

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A Snow Day Equals Snow Cream

Celebrate the storm that’s sweeping the country with some snow cream. Here’s how:

1. Set a plastic bowl outside while it’s snowing and collect a bowl of clean snow. If you know a storm is coming, set your bowl out the night before. If all else fails, scrape the top layer of snow off the fence or the car.

2. Have on hand a can of evaporated milk, sugar and vanilla.

3. Bring in your bowl full of snow and add your ingredients. For a bowl that holds 12 cups of snow we use almost a can of milk, 1/3 cup of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla.

4. Serve in a fancy dish. Eat with a spoon or straw. Mmmmm. Thanks to Auntie Molly for teaching us how to make snow cream!

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Our Dreams of a la Carte TV May Come True

We don’t do cable. Never have. 

We do, however, have a Roku. The cool little box that sits beside my TV and brings me movies and TV series from Netflix (we’re currently into season three of 24 and the current seasons of Hannah Montana, Sonny with a Chance and Wizards of Waverly Place), movies that I can’t get on Netflix from Amazon for an extra fee (most recently for sleepovers: Iron Man 2 and Alpha and Omega), and current network TV from Hulu Plus (30 Rock). We watch exactly what we want — most of it without commercials — for $15 to $20 a month.

Well, almost exactly. My sports fans would love to have ESPN. That’s about all we’re missing to make our TV lives truly complete. That’s where this good news comes in: Technologizer reports that Roku’s first cable channel, WealthTV, has been launched. For $2.99 a month you can watch WealthTV just as you would on cable.

Not that I want to watch WealthTV, I don’t even know what it is. But if this is a sign of things to come, I’m a happy consumer.

Photo credit: graysky (flickr.com)

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