Media Mondays: Madden 2010 for PS3

I have been enjoying Madden 2010 so far on the PS3 – but I cannot seem to figure out how to get an offense together. My defense is solid, but when it comes to offense – if I can score one touchdown – that is pretty darn good.

I am playing with my team – the Denver Broncos – and they are only rated 70 (Pittsburgh is 86+), but how much difference does that really make? Anyone have any tips? Perhaps it is too realistic…as soon as I get down in the red zone, Orton throws an interception at least 75% of the time. Ugh…

On another note, you have to love this new version…you can grab the “legacy pack” which contains old teams, historic uniforms, old fields/stadiums, and even a “classic film grain” effect which makes the whole thing look like it is old. Very slick, and very cool.

Want to play? My PS3 screen name is jappler.

Media Mondays: Chipolte Chipotle Ordering iPhone App

Last week I did some browsing and found something really awesome (for the Chipotle fans out there) – an iPhone app that will find the nearest Chipotle(s) then allow you to place an order using the iPhone app.

The application is call Chipotle Ordering and is a free download. No more waiting in line or carrying a paper filled with Amy’s weird requests. I am super excited with this look forward to quick and easy Chipotle visits.

Media Mondays: The Price is Right iPhone App

One of my favorite games

One of my favorite games

I have been a Price is Right fan since I can remember. I watched it every day I was home sick from school, in the summers, at Penn State while eating lunch at the Hub, and now any chance I get either online or while Amy religiously watches it during the summers. When I saw there was a Price is Right game for the iPhone – I downloaded it and have been enjoying it ever since.

The graphics are pretty good, and the actual game is spot on to the actual game. I enjoy every aspect of the game, and Evan is a professional wheel spinner. The only downfall to this game is that it drains my battery pretty fast, but it is something worth while when you are looking for a nice break away from work.

If you are a Price is Right fan – check this out for sure. It is worth the $2.99 you will pay for it!

Media Mondays: The Universe

I am not sure why I did not pay more attention in my college Astronomy class (perhaps it was too much math ;)), but lately I have been throughly enjoying the History Channel’s The Universe show. You can check out video clips and some full episodes online if you are interested. This show does an amazing job at explaining everything using breath taking visuals, interviews with well known scientists, and real world examples (to help you understand scale).

If you have any interest in our universe – give one episode a try!

Media Mondays: Internet Archive

Every once and awhile I like to go to the Internet Archive to check out what my sites have looked like a few years ago, or to look at Apple’s early web sites (all archived), but recently I took a closer look at the Internet Archive and noticed I was missing out on a lot of what they have to offer: media.

You can go to the site, check out over three thousand bands with over 65k live performances for free. Now – do not expect to find U2 or the Beastie Boys, but it is amazing to see all the live music you could listen to, discover, and enjoy.

You can also check out over 370k MP3 files (which include the live performances). They have all kinds of audio files, including the “Grateful Dead collection”, spoken poetry, cylinder recordings released in the early 20th century, and full length books.

If you are bored – check out that site. You can easily get lost there for a few good hours for sure because I have barely scratched the surface. There are thousands of texts (including children’s books), video, maps, etc.

Media Mondays: Hulu Desktop

If you have a laptop or computer near your TV, hate paying for cable, and have a way to hook up your computer to the TV – it is time you check out Hulu Desktop. I downloaded Hulu Desktop, hooked up my MacBook Pro to my TV (DVI to HDMI), and within a few minutes was watching episode 2 of 24 – and was able to use the remote that came with my computer to boot!

You can use Hulu Desktop to view TV shows, movies, trailers, etc and you can even use your Hulu account to queue up shows/movies so when you use Hulu Desktop – you do not need to search for something to watch. Simply login while you are using your computer, mark a show/movie as something you want to add to your queue and you are set.

Media Mondays: Radio 538 iPhone App

Picture 1 This week I recommend anyone who enjoys listening to Radio 538 (I love the Dance Department) – to download and use the Radio 538 iPhone App. (Julie – this means you). You can get the application for free using iTunes. Even though the controls are not in english – it is easy enough to figure out within a few seconds. With this app – you can listen to a variety of Radio 538 radio shows at any time – using WiFi or not. This app definitely made my first screen of apps on my iPhone.

Media Mondays: Harper's Island

I did not start watching the series Harper’s Island until two weeks ago – but have since caught up on all the episodes and would recommend it to anyone who is not afraid of some horror-like plot lines. I was surprised how good it was and eagerly await the new episodes – even if there are only a handful left.

If you are bored – or cannot find anything on TV – check it out on CBS’s web site where you can watch all the episodes online for free!

Media Mondays: Terminator Salvation

I was a die hard Terminator fan back in the 1990s. My sister and I watched the first two movies quite a few times on VHS. I have every edition of T2 on DVD and when I went to Penn State back in 1995 – I had already hung up 3 T2 posters in my dorm room before my roommate showed up. Let’s just say I am a hardcore fan.

When my sister and I heard T3 was coming out – I made arrangements to fly to her house so we could see it in the theatre opening night. We walked out extremely displeased and neither one of us has watched it since.

I kept going back and forth about the latest Terminator movie – but finally decided to see it when my friend Doug asked me to go. We saw the movie yesterday and to my surprise – I actually thought it was good. The film definitely tried to get back to it’s roots. There was a ton of Terminator and Terminator 2 references (almost over the top) and the story was pretty solid as well. The one thing that I did notice that lacked – was the soundtrack. The soundtrack to T2 added to the intensity and overall film in both of the first films.

Overall – if you enjoyed the series until now – it is definitely worth it to see it in the theatre.

Media Mondays: RipIt

My son is a super fan of the movie Wall-E and when I tried to rip it for my iPhone and his iTeddy – using Handbrake the entire movie was out of sequence which even though did not seem to phase E, it bothered me to no end that my son was watching a completely scrambled movie. I did some research and found that other people had this same issue with Disney movies in particular and by using a little app called RipIt – the movie would be available in the correct order. As advertised, the application is really simple and it worked great. This is now my tool of choice for ripping DVDs. If you have any issues with out of order movies (especially Disney) – look no further.