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For Sale: PS2 and 12 Games

I am selling my used, but in ‘Like New’ condition Playstation 2 Console – Black and 12 games.  The PS2 comes with:

  • The console
  • 2 wired controllers
  • 1 TV connection cable (proprietary PS2 connector on one end and on the other component RCA connectors: 1 video, 1 left audio, 1 right audio)
  • 1 power cable

The games are all in the original case and still have the instruction manuals they came with.  All game disc are in excellent condition.  They are:


Need for Speed Underground 2


SSX 3


SSX Tricky


Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy


Gran Turismo 3 A-spec


Burnout 3 Takedown


Star Wars Battlefront


Star Wars: Starfighter


Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter


Simpsons: Road Rage

Similar postings on craigslist are going for:

PS2 w/ 9 games $80

Playstation 2 slim + 6 games – $190

Playstation 2 System plus GAMES! – $94

1st generation ps2 playstation 2 – $100 – No games

PS2 Playstation 2 system with 10 games 2 controllers – $100

I’m asking $60.

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July 2010

I thought June’s post was a bit scattered.  So this time, I’ve put made some categories to make it a little more organized.  Events, are the things we did during the month.  Movies is a list of movies and our reviews for them.  Celebrations are the birthdays and other events we celebrated in the month and finally books, is a section where I got over the books that I read during that month.  I hope you enjoy this new format.

Events


We had a great fourth of July party at our house over the holiday. We had both families come to a park near our home where we had hamburgers and hot dogs, went swimming and played lawn ball. It was a great day that was a lot of fun! I was able to play disc golf a few times this month with friends. It is always fun to get out and do something with Tim and Jeremy.

To celebrate our anniversary Michelle, Samantha and I went out to a fun dinner at the Elephant bar. The family and I also went to a pirate magic show at our local library this month too. I don’t think I have ever seen that many kids outside of a school before. There must have been 50 kids and well over 100 adults stuffed into a small room at the corner of the library. I think Samantha had a good time, but its really hard to say. The show started late around 7:30, and went until about 9pm, at which time Samantha was barely awake, but we could not have left any sooner than the end since the only exit was blocked by a huge crown of people.

I had a great lunch with my friend Ron.  We had not seen each other in about two years! Ron is an old podcasting friend of mine. Speaking of social media I also started a class at UCI Extension this month called Using the Web as a Marketing Tool.   I’m looking forward to it. I have already enjoyed the first weeks homework assignment, “Buy something online”.

I bought some new video games for the first time in a long time. Gamestop was having a buy 2 get one free sale so I bought 3 new games: Killzone 2, Resistance 2 and Uncharted 2. I have only played Killzone 2 so far, but I’m enjoying that game a lot. I have also played Uncharted and Resistance, the originals and really like both of them, so I’m looking forward to playing both of those too.

Our little girl Samantha had to get two crowns on her top front teeth, this month as well. I was surprised that it was needed and we even got a second opinion to make sure. Happily my brave little girl went through the procedure without so much as a grimace. Mommy and Daddy are so proud of her!

Michelle’s father is on the board of a credit union and every year the credit union has a meeting at the Park Hyatt (formerly Four Seasons Aviara) near my parent’s house. So her whole family (minus Paul) was down there and Michelle, Samantha and I joined them. It was nice to see my parents and we all got together one of the nights and had a great dinner at BJ’s.

Michelle’s birthday celebrations started early this year.  While we were down in Carlsbad my parents decided to surprise her with a cake.  She has been celebrating her birthday every day since!  That is a lot of candles on that cake!

When we got back from Carlsbad we celebrated even more….but you’ll have to wait until next month for that story.

Movies
Changeling – Good movie. Somewhat disturbing and sad, but al together good movie. This movie was based upon real events often called the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders.

Gamer was just a really really bad movie. Bad acting, terrible story, just skip this one.

The Last King of Scotland was and interesting story, like Changing it was based on true events and is actually based largely on the book written by Giles Foden. I have not read the book and probably won’t based on what I saw in the movie, which as gory, long and suspenseful.

Dark City was a great idea for a movie and wasn’t really bad, but it was not really good. It seemed like more of a B movie to me than anything else. It could have been so much more.

Kill Bill,  I didn’t really care for all the blood and guts in this movie and thought the story was pretty poorly thought out.

Cloverfield was a very different movie. The whole movie is shot from a handy cam. One handy cam. For me this made the movie hard to enjoy, but the more I thought about it this was probably the best way for this movie to be filmed, and its what really made the movie work. I like this movie more as time passes and I have more time to think about it.

The Invention of Lying was a very funny movie the the whole family watched.  Usually I just watch movies on my ipad, but Michelle wanted to watch this one since Jennifer Garner was in it.  I think Michelle enjoyed it as well.

Celebrations
This month we celebrated the following events.
Ty Maxey had his birthday on July 1
Michelle and I celebrated our 7th anniversary on the 12th.

Books
Last year I read 16 books.  I list 14 of them in a previous post.  This year I hope to read at least 30.  With the ones listed below I have reached 20.  Only 10 more books to hit my goal.  I have already read more than last year, so whatever happens I have made an improvement.

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner.  This book was just okay.  I gave it 3 stars.  I think Malcolm Gladwell writes these kind of books better.  I still think that I will read the second book though, Superfreakonomics.

Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care by Alan Greene.  I have read many baby books since (and before) Samantha was born and this one was devoted to how to feed your baby the right kinds of foods.  It was a recommendation from my mother-in-law.  I thought this book was worth reading, and might have been the best baby books with a food focus.  I gave it 3 stars.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.  I wanted to read this book because I never got the chance while I was in school.  It is part of my venture to read the classics.  I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars, but it might be more like 4.9.  The only reason it didn’t get a higher rating is because it is written for teens and children, not really for adults.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.  A classic novel.  Dove right into the story.  Was non-stop action and suspense.  I wish I had read more books like this.  It was truly a great novel.

On the Internet.  Below is a list of places you can “follow me” online if you so desire.

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/dahlenw
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jasond.watts (you’ll probably have to search for me, since I have this locked down pretty tight)
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jason_watts
LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jasondwatts
Foursquare: http://foursquare.com/user/dahlenw

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Finished Ratchet and Clank

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Tonight I finally finished Rachet and Clank:  Future Tools of Destruction.  It was a really fun game but maybe a bit too long.  The great part is that now I can play the game again with all the weapons and armor that I accumulated the first time thgough, making the game that much more fun!

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Completed Metal Gear Solid 4

The game grew on me and I did enjoy playing it.  There were FAR FAR too many cut scenes though.  It was more watching a movie than it was playing a game.  When done, it said that I had played the game for over 18 hours, I think it is more accurate to say that I played the game for three hours and watched movie clips for 15.  I will be playing the game again, and happily skipping through the cut scenes.  The bad part is you get points for watching the cut scenes.  I think they are a huge waste of time.  When I want to play a game, I don’t want to watch a movie.  I think that Uncharted did a much better job of incorporating the cut scenes into the game than MGS4 did.

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Comic-Con 2008

On Friday, July 25th, I took the day off work and traveled to the San Diego Convention Center for the 2008 Comic-Con via Amtrak trains.  When I first got to the San Diego train station, there was a massive nerd herd slowly traveling to the trolleys.  I chose to walk with a few other geeks.  I walked quickly to the conventino center dodging cars, trolleys, and those guys to haul people in bike drawn carriages.  Our train arrived at 9am and it took me 30 minutes to walk the 1.1 miles with a every growing group of geeks.  That turned out okay, since the convention started at 9:30.  I walk into a line for those people who had pre-registered online (which was everyone since you can only buy tickets online).  There was so may people!  It was the most crowded place I have ever been in my life.  The convetion might not have been as large as CES but it had more people per sq foot for sure!

I went straight to ballroom 20 to see the Stargate Contiunum panel.   There were to Jafa warriors outside the door and I knew I was in the right place.  Just inside the door they were handing out free t-shirts.  The shirts were black and had a stargate image on them.  They said Stargate Worlds on them, more on that later.  The first panel consited of Richard Dean Anderson (of MacGyver fame, but also a star of Stargate SG-1), Amanda Tapping (from Stargate SG-1 and soon to be star of Sanctuary), Michael Shanks, Ben Browder, Christopher Judge, Beau Bridges, Peter DeLuise (director and writer) and the moderator was Martin Wood (director).  It was a great panel.  All the actors were very funny.  I guess it was Anderson’s first Comic-Con and possibly his first convetion.  Judge commented that he had been to several conventions and really enjoyed it.  Anderson really got into and was very funny.  You could see that this group of people really enjoy working with each other.   They were all there to help promote the new movie Stagate Continuium, wihch is being released on DVD only.  I saw it in todays (Sunday’s) paper in the Best Buy ad.  It is $17 for DVD and $29 for Blu-Ray.  Maybe sometime I will watch it.  I would really like to.

After the first panel was over, it was only an hour long.  They brought out the developers of a new MMO game called Stargate Worlds.  They talked about the new PC only game that is going to be released sometime in 2009 and took some questions from the crowd.  It was clear that there was not a lot of interest in this MMO.  Seems like most people who play MMO’s play WOW only.

The next panel was for the show Stargate Atlantis.  It brought out three stars from the series including Joe Flanigan, Robert Picardo and Jewel Staite.  Again, another very funny entertaining group of people.

After the Stargate panels were over I was starving since I had not eaten anything but a granola bar all day and it was now about 1pm.  So I headed down to the expo floor.  There I was confronted was a huge crowd of people that just didn’t seem to move.  They just milled around, it was almost impossible to get around and see the booths.  There was so many people it got very hot in the convention center.  It is hard to convey just how many people were there.  It was very overwhelming.  While I was in line for horrible convention food I got a call from a friend, Nick, to let me know that he was now at the convnetion center as well.  That was great becuase I had so far been on my own at the center.  I bought a cheeseburger, fries, hotdog and soda.  I was full and sick of the horrible food before I got to the hot dog, but thankfully, Nick finished it for me.  We then started to explore the expo floor and see what was to be seen.

While out and about we saw that Johnathan Frakes was going to be signing autographs at 4pm in the Star Trek booth.  So I wanted to be around for that.  I’ve always liked this actor not just because I think he is talented and I am a self-confessed Treky, but believe it or not he looks a lot like my biological father!  I was dissapointed to find out that they were charging $20 for his signature.  But since I was not planning on buy anything else at the show and I have always liked this actor/author I decided to go ahead and get it.  I then precded to put my thumb over the signature making it look lighter in that one section!  Terrible!

I was starting to get worn out so I asked Nick what panel he wanted to see.  He chose a really cool one where all the child voice actors from the Peanuts television shows.  It was very informative and a great panel!  After that we went to dinner at a place that Nick had been before called the Cheese Factory (couldn’t find their website).  I had breakfast for dinner there and Nick had a sandwich.  Great place, I recomend it!

When we got back we went to the panel that was the main reason for my trip to Comic-Con.  The Totally Rad Show.  I had a great time for the part that I was able to see, but unforteuntely I had to leave early (8:30pm) to catch the last Amtrak back to Irvine.  I can’t believe that Amtrak didn’t have anything else leaving later.  I have always been disappointed with their offerings.  Their service people on the train are nice, but on my way back home a homeless person with a racist bad attitude and a god aweful smell got on the train.  I had the perfect seat that I had to give up to get away from his foul mouth and smell.  He admitted that he did not pay for his ticket.  Other people also got up and moved to elsewhere on the train.  This IS is reason why I chose not to take public transportation most times.  The story of my Comic-Con trip ends here, I got home at 11:30pm and was exhausted.

More pictures at Picassa.

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Playstation at Comic-Con

I will surely be stopping by this booth.  I hope to come back from Comic-Con with lots of loot!

Each morning from 9:30am to 12:00pm, we’ll be holding BUZZ! Quiz TV competitions on the stage, come test out your knowledge of trivia and win prizes. Come by Thursday and Friday to play SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation with real Navy SEALs in the competition area. They will be making appearances at 11:00am, 2:00pm, and 5:00pm. LittleBigPlanet. Onstage demonstrations will take place daily at 11:00am and 2:30pm, but the LittleBigPlanet feature area will let you get hands on time with this falls most highly innovative title. Our booth number is 4901

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PS3: Uncharted

I finally finished Uncharted last night.  It took me 9 hours and 45 minutes to finish, no not all at one time.  One of the best games I have ever played.  It felt like I was playing an Indiana Jones movie.  Simply great!  I can’t wait to play more games on the PS3.

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