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It’s been a long while since I’ve made a post here, so it’st time to play a little bit of catch up.

My sister had her baby on May 4th! The baby’s name is Ava. She’s also now visiting and talking with us directly, which is really nice. It’s reduced a lot of stress for everyone except maybe her since she now has a new person to raise. I’m just relieved everything settled out the way it did.

In a more recent setting, I’ve had the entire last week off. It’s been really long and really relaxing, with the exception that I sliced one toe open, smashed another, and then rammed the side of my foot into the stove. My feet love me. I’ve been hanging out with my girlfriend a lot too, which is awesome. We generally get along pretty well, and she’s a really down-to-earth person. I’m also looking into some colleges a bit more seriously. My girlfriend is trying to convince me to go to SOU to get into this program that chops a year off of college for your degree, which sounds alright except for the fact that I don’t think SOU offers a very high quality programming class. I don’t know if I’ll even be able to afford the schools I want. I do know that OIT sounds like a very good option, and my good friend Atlas goes there. Still, $15,000 to $18,000 a year is a bit much.

In other news, I have afforded an iPod touch from Amazon for 180 dollars. It’s a sweet little dude, and I plan on hacking android onto it once the binaries for it are available. In the mean time, I intend on sharing a few app-store apps with you. Mind you I haven’t spent any actual money on app-store stuff, I have jailbroken my device and can now do things that apple says they don’t want people doing.

App Spot

Google Earth
Google Earth
Price: Free

This app is almost just like the one for the desktop, minus a few bells and whistles. You can flick around the globe, zoom in with pinch-to-zoom, all sorts of neat things. You can also click the GPS button for it to take you to where it thinks you’re at (accuracy may vary) It’s a great app to have on hand, and can replace a lot of other map-based apps you could possibly want. Loosely serves as a GPS tracker (will not do turn-by-turn navigation as far as I’m aware).

Godfinger
Godfinger
Price: Free

This quirky game by ngmoco lets you play god on your own little planet. You control elements in the world like the cloud or the sun and try and get the people to become your followers. The gameplay mechanics are akin to Farmville on Facebook, where there really is no end, you just keep leveling up and getting gold (and in this case, Awe, your source of power). Still, it’s a fun game for what it was past the glitches I kept running into. I had to play a cracked version since they haven’t released this to the iPhone/iPod in the US yet (only the iPad). It’s a free app nonetheless, so once it arrives, you’ll be able to play it immediately.

IMO
IMO: The World of Magic
Price: Free

This is an MMORPG for your iPhone/iPod. It has a really good control scheme and decent graphics/music. The spell/ability system is a bit iffy though, since you have to purchase the skill and then spend a skill point on it. Otherwise it breathes everything an MMO is and should be. This one has a feel akin to Maplestory meets Zelda: Minish Cap, along with Ragnarok. It’s a good time killer.

ozone
Ozone
Price: $4.99

This game is pretty much like the indie-hit Osmos in that it has an identical feel to the ‘character’ (air-bubble, mote, whatever they decide to call it). What’s different from Osmos, however, is that it has things like enemies, powerups, and objects aside from motes in it. It has true ‘level’ gameplay as opposed to Osmos’s arena-style gameplay. I’m actually quite addicted to it at the moment, as far as an iPod game can be addicted to.

HippoRemote LITE
HippoRemote LITE
Price: Free

This tool allows you to utilize your iPhone/iPod (or even iPad) as a wireless mouse and keyboard. You will need to set up a VPN server on your computer, which isn’t all that hard, and once you do you’ll have multitouch controls on the go. This even supports pinch to zoom in things like web-browsers. Very nifty app.

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[13:32] Fancy Username: I wonder if valve is goingt o switch to OpenGL for all their games for easier porting to mac
[13:32] Gyarados: lol
[13:33] Fancy Username: that would be a really good idea
[13:33] Gyarados: I wonder if they could single handedly end the directx supremecy
[13:33] Fancy Username: not just vavle
[13:33] Fancy Username: blizzard would have to join up too
[13:33] Gyarados: hmm
[13:34] Gyarados: I find it funny that the idea of two companys single handedly destroying an entire empire
[13:34] Fancy Username: lol

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