Posts Tagged 'ps3'

Brigadier General

For those wondering where I’ve been the past week…


I’ve been playing Killzone 2 a lot…



Favourite Position

So you’ve finally bought your next gen gaming console. You probably debated for days which system to get, and you’re glad it’s over. You’ve made your choice. You’ve made your purchase. You’ve made it home… But now there’s a new problem.

Holy Crap! Which way do I orient the console?!

The thoughtful industrial designers and engineers at Sony and Microsoft have given us the option to setup their new generation of consoles vertically or horizontally. Of course, if your space is limited, you may not have the liberty to choose – but if you do, which position is better? Which orientation is best for heat dissipation? Based on principles of surface area and convection, arguments scattered across the internet have never been conclusive.

But now there’s definitive evidence.

Thermal imaging reveals a slight advantage for the ps3 in a horizontal position. The higher average temperature for the horizontal ps3 is likely due to the holistic, versus zoomed imaging of the vertical ps3. Is this minuscule difference a cause for panic? Yes. Get your gear horizontal before you start a fire, son.

Thermal imaging for the xbox 360 reveals slightly different results.

New Years Update

I’ve never been the one to make new years resolutions, but this year, I thought I really needed to make some changes to my lifestyle and get out of the depressing cycle Waterloo has trapped me in. Here’s a quick summary of my major goals for the year:

1. Limit my expenditures

Rationale: Many of you who know me also know of my friend, conspicuous consumption. I like buying things. I also like having the best of things. My visa bills have been flying in the $1000 – $1500 range for the past half a year and my savings were going down.

Progress: After about five weeks, I’ve managed to recoup my savings to what they were about half a year ago. This meant making a bunch of sacrifices, and living “less baller”… as well as leveraging many options of obtaining goods and services which I’ll write about some other time… hopefully.

2. Start blogging

Rationale: I say “start blogging” because I don’t think my previous attempts were actual blogs by any means of measure. I am so ashamed of these attempts, that not only have I taken them down, I’ve also deleted them, and switched blogging services to ensure I sever all ties with the past

Progress: Today is post one…

3. Read

Rationale: I haven’t read a book since junior high school that wasn’t required reading. There isn’t really a good rationale for this… I just really miss reading a book.

Progress: Two books: The Watchmen, and The Alchemist…. Both are a bit short… but that’s still more than I’ve read in the past ten years!

4. Sync my circadian rhythms to EST

Rationale: I was running on PST most of 2008. That worked well when I was in Vancouver, but for the other eight months I was in Waterloo, sleeping at 4 did NOT work well. I was always tired during the day, and my school work suffered in relation.

Progress: Sleeping between 12 – 2, waking up between 8:30 – 10:30. Usually getting 7 hours of sleep =)

5. Get my driver’s license

Rationale: It’s about time… Also, my G1 expires in a 1.5 years, and I don’t want to go through the whole procedure of getting that again.

Progress: Playing GRID on PS3… Well, at least it’s pretty realistic.

It’s been a decent start… in most areas.