Channels: The Basic Wii Interface

Like all new consul systems – the Nintendo Wii has it’s own interface (OS I guess you could call it) that is always running behind anything else you may be doing. This is nice because it allows you to quit a game at any time without restarting the system.

I like how they have put together their menus and such. The basic concept is that you have channels that you can view – as if the Wii just adds channels to your TV. Each channel is a small module that is either a program/feature (such as the forecast channel and the disc channel) or a virtual consul channel (a old game that you have purchased and downloaded). You can arrange the channels however you want (with the exception of the disc channel) simply by using what I would call a “pinch” by holding both the A and B buttons and then dragging. Simple.

I really like Nintendo’s audio choices for their interface as well. It may not appeal to everyone, but to me, the menu has some very peaceful tones to it that sort of rise and fade gradually. The music is noticable yet minimal and non-intrusive. The sound effects when you interact with items also are very pleasing. You will hear some of the sounds in the clip below.

Another very nice feature of the navigation system is that the Wiimote gives small buzzez when you pass over interactive items. This is great as the tactile sensation helps you feel the navigation as well as see it.

In the great clip below from IGN, you will get a chance to see the navigation in action as well as hear some of the sound effects included.

In the future I will go into more depth about some of the features of the Wii Interface such as the messaging system and the memory slots. Stay tuned.

Guess what today is?


Aka. “What the Crap is this!!!” Day.

“Anyone can do web design.” : Via Geocities

My First Consul Game System – EVER!

WiiMy birthday was this last Wednesday and the Fetching Mrs. Colclough got me the coolest gift ever: The Nintendo Wii.

Now – this gift was not cool just because it was a game system – even being the first one I have every owned. It was cool because she knew that I wanted it more than I was letting on. There were plenty of other sensible things I had mentioned or talked about wanting. She knew though – because she knows me so well. Also, she did such a great job of subtly getting me excited about getting one “some day” in the future. Not to mention: I had been researching getting one a bit and I had thought that they were nearly impossible to get. It turns out that she called a store in Portland that had just happened to get a few in. My mother in law (who lives in Portland) actually left work early to run and pick it up for me. HA! How totally rad of them.

The story doesn’t end there though… The Fetching Mrs. Colclough then got her sister (the female Jack Bauer) in on a clever covert operation to get the device inside our house without me detecting it. I had no clue. It was so cool!

Anyway, I have been fooling around with the Wii a little bit and am very impressed so far. They certainly went out of their way to make a great product (As Nintendo is known to do). The best part – The Fetching Mrs. Colclough can have fun with it too as we can download all the great old games too.

Stay tuned for some in-depth reviews of the Wii’s features and other fun stuff – brought to you by – the one and only: What The Crap?. Just look under Wii Crap. ;)

Return of the Project 86

Project 86 meets Return of the Jedi.

One of my favorite bands and one of my favorite movies. Does it get any cooler than this? I contest that it does not!

Super Mega Winter

10 Cool Websites

Man Vs. Wild 2

UPDATE: Bear was on the Conan O’Brien show the other night talking about the new season of Man vs. Wild.

I really hope that they are planning more seasons of Man vs. Wild. The first season only has about 7 episodes or so. A lot of people criticize the show because of his camera crew. I think it makes the show more interesting and certainly easier to watch. Plus, like I mentioned before – they aren’t really allowed to help him unless he is in mortal danger.

I guess that the thing I appreciate about the show the most is that it is a huge proponent of being prepared. As an Eagle Scout, I think that this is one of the most helpful concepts in life. Obviously – we cannot foresee all the problems we may run into in life, but at least we can study up a bit and be prepared in some way. The best part of being ready yourself is that then you will be ready to help someone else when they are in need. I think this is what MvW is all about fundamentally.

Season 2 starts June 15, 2007 (Here is Episode One)

Here are a few more clips from season 1 for your enjoyment.

Shark Love?

Cold, Colder, Coldest…

avocados, mayonnaise, and chocolate…

Read my earlier post: Man Vs. Wild

The Global War on Yard-work…

In case you missed the Ric Keller money quote:

Let me give you an analogy. Imagine that you have a next door neighbor who refuses to mow his lawn, and the weeds are up to his waist. You mow his lawn for him every single week. The neighbor never says thank you, he hates you, and sometimes he takes out a gun and shoots at you.

Under these circumstances, would you keep mowing his lawn forever? Would you send even more of your family members over to mow his lawn? Or, would you say to him, you better start mowing your own lawn or there’s going to be serious consequences for you?

Read the whole Schpeel (sp?).

So, over at the Victory Caucus they were having a little Photoshop contest over what I am now going to refer to as The Global War on Yard-work. I just couldn’t resist:

“Together, We pruned the hedges of many small villages…” – Dusty Bottoms (Three Amigos)


aka. The Hogwash Story.


Sorry – had to whip this one together quick. Lunch break…

Coming Soon: Lawnmower Man!

Some people ask: How do you cope during these depressing times? Photoshop – that’s how a cope. Gotta keep laughing a little. I hope these brighten somebody’s day!

LAST BUT NOT LEASTBy Popular Request:


A Photographic Ode to Valentine’s Day

Because I love my readers so much…


A Pony


Some Babies


A Pony Trotting


A baby wearing a pony suit.

Logical progression equals:

pony and baby

A baby riding a trotting pony wearing a pony suit.

Bonus Image:babyjar.jpgBaby Jar-Jar Binks wearing a Pony suit.