iPhone App Review – Sudoku 2

I am brand new to the whole “Sudoku” experience. I have heard about it, and have made fun of people for it. But truth be told, it was because I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.

Until now.

I found a free sudoku game which I won’t mention, and found that the concept of the game warranted finding a better, nicer looking version in the app store. Preferably free. That desire was granted in the form of Finger Arts’ Sudoku 2.

There is a free version and a paid version, which sells for $2.99. For the extra cabbage you get zero ads, a different board look called glass, and horizontal game mode. Personally, I’m a cheap bastard. But I gotta admit that I am considering paying for the app just because I like this particular version of sudoku so much.

You don’t miss out on much with the free version. It’s not stunted, lame, or gutted by any means. It’s a solid game with no real restrictions compared to the paid version. This makes me happy, because again, I’m a cheap bastard. You still get to choose between two looks (or themes, if you will) and the ads are barely noticeable. At least to me. The default look is my favorite, as it reminds me of Scrabble letters. Only they’re numbers.

The game still records your stats, and is also tied into OpenFeint. If you’re into that sort of thing then you aren’t missing anything from either paid or free version. It tracks high scores and perfect games, meaning you completed the board with three screw ups or less. For a noob like me, it’s hard to do that. I’ve only done that 2 out of 7 tries.

Personally, I prefer to listen to my own badass music when I play this game. It’s easier to concentrate on the board if I got my Mariah Carey or Debbie Gibson playing in the background. But that’s just me. There’s also a helpful Help menu for those of you, like me, who don’t know what the hell they’re doing.

Once you’re in the game and playing, the beauty of the graphics drown out the Spice Girls anthology and envelope you in the numbers spread about the board. Filling out the missing pieces is a cinch, as is most everything else about this game. Everything is very intuitive and smooth, even for a nub like me. I found that I could easily navigate this app and figure out further tips on becoming a better sudoku player. Even if I’m no master yet, it is still really fun to play and it doesn’t hurt that it’s really nice looking, too.

Now I honestly don’t like whoring out games. Call of Atlantis impressed me so much that I wrote about it, and I gotta say that Sudoku 2 impresses me just as much. Of course, you gotta be into this kind of game to enjoy it.

The concept, for those who don’t know, is quite simple: each 3 x 3 box needs to have the numbers 1-9 in it. Every row and every column also needs to have the numbers 1-9 in it. Sounds simple enough, right? Not so fast, Johnny Fast Fingers. It’s just not as easy as it sounds. And I think that’s why I like it.

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Now, back to my sudoku game and the soothing and pleasant sounds of Enigma. So suck it.


Young People Scare Me

Today Beloit College released their Beliot College Mindset List for college grads in 2014. If you’re not familiar with the list, it’s basically crap that kids these days have or have not been familiar with during their lives based on their age.

Some of them make me cringe, others are dumb. But all told, it’s scary that some of them are probably very, very true.

Below is their list, found here.

Most students entering college for the first time this fall—the Class of 2014—were born in 1992.

For these students, Benny Hill, Sam Kinison, Sam Walton, Bert Parks and Tony Perkins have always been dead.

1. Few in the class know how to write in cursive.

2. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.

3. “Go West, Young College Grad” has always implied “and don’t stop until you get to Asia…and learn Chinese along the way.”

4. Al Gore has always been animated.

5. Los Angelinos have always been trying to get along.

6. Buffy has always been meeting her obligations to hunt down Lothos and the other blood-suckers at Hemery High.

7. “Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caf vanilla latte” have always been street corner lingo.

8. With increasing numbers of ramps, Braille signs, and handicapped parking spaces, the world has always been trying harder to accommodate people with disabilities.

9. Had it remained operational, the villainous computer HAL could be their college classmate this fall, but they have a better chance of running into Miley Cyrus’s folks on Parents’ Weekend.

10. A quarter of the class has at least one immigrant parent, and the immigration debate is not a big priority…unless it involves “real” aliens from another planet.

11. John McEnroe has never played professional tennis.

12. Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.

13. Parents and teachers feared that Beavis and Butt-head might be the voice of a lost generation.

14. Doctor Kevorkian has never been licensed to practice medicine.

15. Colorful lapel ribbons have always been worn to indicate support for a cause.

16. Korean cars have always been a staple on American highways.

17. Trading Chocolate the Moose for Patti the Platypus helped build their Beanie Baby collection.

18. Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.

19. They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.

20. DNA fingerprinting and maps of the human genome have always existed.

21. Woody Allen, whose heart has wanted what it wanted, has always been with Soon-Yi Previn.

22. Cross-burning has always been deemed protected speech.

23. Leasing has always allowed the folks to upgrade their tastes in cars.

24. “Cop Killer” by rapper Ice-T has never been available on a recording.

25. Leno and Letterman have always been trading insults on opposing networks.

26. Unless they found one in their grandparents’ closet, they have never seen a carousel of Kodachrome slides.

27. Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.

28. They’ve never recognized that pointing to their wrists was a request for the time of day.

29. Reggie Jackson has always been enshrined in Cooperstown.

30. “Viewer Discretion” has always been an available warning on TV shows.

31. The first computer they probably touched was an Apple II; it is now in a museum.

32. Czechoslovakia has never existed.

33. Second-hand smoke has always been an official carcinogen.

34. “Assisted Living” has always been replacing nursing homes, while Hospice has always been an alternative to hospitals.

35. Once they got through security, going to the airport has always resembled going to the mall.

36. Adhesive strips have always been available in varying skin tones.

37. Whatever their parents may have thought about the year they were born, Queen Elizabeth declared it an “Annus Horribilis.”

38. Bud Selig has always been the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

39. Pizza jockeys from Domino’s have never killed themselves to get your pizza there in under 30 minutes.

40. There have always been HIV positive athletes in the Olympics.

41. American companies have always done business in Vietnam.

42. Potato has always ended in an “e” in New Jersey per vice presidential edict.

43. Russians and Americans have always been living together in space.

44. The dominance of television news by the three networks passed while they were still in their cribs.

45. They have always had a chance to do community service with local and federal programs to earn money for college.

46. Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.

47. Children have always been trying to divorce their parents.

48. Someone has always gotten married in space.

49. While they were babbling in strollers, there was already a female Poet Laureate of the United States.

50. Toothpaste tubes have always stood up on their caps.

51.  Food has always been irradiated.

52. There have always been women priests in the Anglican Church.

53. J.R. Ewing has always been dead and gone. Hasn’t he? 

54. The historic bridge at Mostar in Bosnia has always been a copy.

55. Rock bands have always played at presidential inaugural parties.

56. They may have assumed that parents’ complaints about Black Monday had to do with punk rockers from L.A., not Wall Street.

57. A purple dinosaur has always supplanted Barney Google and Barney Fife. 

58. Beethoven has always been a dog.

59. By the time their folks might have noticed Coca Cola’s new Tab Clear, it was gone.

60. Walmart has never sold handguns over the counter in the lower 48.

61. Presidential appointees have always been required to be more precise about paying their nannies’ withholding tax, or else.

62. Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine. 

63. Their parents’ favorite TV sitcoms have always been showing up as movies.

64. The U.S, Canada, and Mexico have always agreed to trade freely.

65. They first met Michelangelo when he was just a computer virus.

66. Galileo is forgiven and welcome back into the Roman Catholic Church.

67. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always sat on the Supreme Court.

68. They have never worried about a Russian missile strike on the U.S.

69. The Post Office has always been going broke.

70. The artist formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg has always been rapping.

71. The nation has never approved of the job Congress is doing.

72. One way or another, “It’s the economy, stupid” and always has been.

73. Silicone-gel breast implants have always been regulated.

74. They’ve always been able to blast off with the Sci-Fi Channel.

75. Honda has always been a major competitor on Memorial Day at Indianapolis.

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Getting Back in Gear

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It seems that I have had an infulx in Texas Rangers fan stop by my little blog, and frankly that makes me happy that I can share some Ranger love with some folks.

That being said, I am coming off a several week long binge of finding myself hating the Rangers. Now, before any panties get twisted, my loyalties are (and always will be) with the Rangers. I have just been dissapointed with their choices for trades. At first it was Bengie Molina, but then he got on my good side after going full cycle a while back. Then it was Cliff Lee, who I disliked at first because of his first two outings as a Ranger. They must’ve ordered him a uniform that was too tight and then got him a new one, because now he plays like everyone says he does. And I like that.

Moving right along, I have yet to see any particular reason to start liking Cantu or Guzman. I’m sure they fit will in Washington and Miami, but neither of them seems to have the same energetic panache as, say, Nelson Cruz or Elvis Andrus. Hell, even Michael Young and CJ Wilson look like they’re having more fun than those two (though admitedly, Cantu is more energetic than Guzman), and they’re two of the most serious and focused guys in the normal lineup!

Now, to show my fairness here, I remember saying to my girlfriend when Nelson Cruz finally came back that I was afraid that it would mess up the working chemestry on the field. We were used to seeing Borbon, Hamilton, and Murphy in the outfield, and I worried that things might not click. Lucily, that wasn’t the case. Cruz is still just as much a part of the team as ever, though his immediate future is unclear due to an injury.

When you compare our lineup now to a month or a month and a half ago, you’d barely recognize it. Gone are the days of Kinsler and Davis, but as much as I loved Davis, his batting was lackluster at best. Gone also are the days of Treanor and Ramirez. Now we see Molina, Cantu, occasionally Moreland, Guzman (though now on the DL), and more of Blanco.

Moreland is one that I like. He’s great at the plate. Not too antsy and is willing to be patient without sacrificing precision. Blanco isn’t bad at all, but he’s no Ian Kinsler. I suppose I am being too hard on Guzman and Cantu, but until proven otherwise, I just don’t think they fit well with the Texas Rangers.

And now that there are actual hopes for more than just a mediocre season, I want the Rangers to be every bit as good as they were in June! I want another 11 game winning streak! I want Hamilton to have another twenty some-odd game streak where he hit safely. I want Vlad to get his head back in the game!

Basically, I want the Rangers to go all the way to the World Series and have a shot at winning it. That’s not too much to ask, right?

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Texas Rangers Claw and Antlers

Texas Rangers Claw/Antlers Shirts info.

If you’re wondering about the Claw/Antler shirts, they are available at the Texas Rangers stadium. I bought one for myself as well as my girlfriend for $26 each.

They are awesome.

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No doubt there are some Yankee fans wondering after last night’s close game where the Rangers bested the Yankees 4-3. There was one play in particular in which an unlikely Ranger gave the Antlers a couple of times, and that Ranger was CJ Wilson.

CJ made a dive to get the out at first, and when he stood up he stoicly gave the Antler sign. I was very pleased to see his reaction, as he seems to be a very fun guy. Well, off the field that is. On the field he is focused, unwavering, and calm. Off the field, as proven by his occasionaly live video chats (which, ironically, he is holding one as I write this), he is lively, funny, and willing to make fun of himself.

Without sounding ilke I wanna kiss the guy, it was pleasing to get to see him give the Antlers.

The explanation of their antics vary. Tommy Hunter revealed that there are also varying degress of the signs depending on the play. If a batter hits a single he’ll look over to the dugout and give a quick Claw motion and get his head back inthe game. If he were to have got a double with an RBI then the Claw would be more dramatic and would include a huge smile. Some reports say that Nelson Cruz came up with the Claw and that he also has a sound to go with it.

The Antlers are for base running or great hussle. I read Josh Hamilton’s explanation once where he claimed that several of the guys are hunters and that was the genesis of the Antlers, but the whole truth is shrouded in mystery. If Andrus steals second and nearly gets caught by the catcher, then he might give the Antlers to the dugout or vice versa. If Young hits a triple but has to slide into third, you’ll probably see the Antlers instead of the Claw because of his hussle.

Andrus and Kinsler exchange... something.

So there is a partial explanation for The Claw and The Antlers. This is a great team that loves to play baseball with each other. Pay close attention to these guys and you’ll see that the Claw and the Antlers are not their only sign. Some of them actually have ellaborate handshakes and high fives! Just remember this:

The Claw is for hits.

The Antlers are for hussle.

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iPhone 4 Jailbreaking Made Easy

You mean I have to slide to jailbreak? Too complicated...

It would seem that as time goes by that certain things become technologically easier. Dial up made surfing a hassle, but now super fast speeds are feeding the “now” generation with little problem.

That being said, it was only matter of time before jailbreaking your iPhone became easy for anyone. If you can use Safari then you can jailbreak your iPhone 4. But of course that begs the question: Is jailbreaking your iPhone 4 really worth it?

Well, I haven’t found out yet because I haven’t decided on the answer. I think that a lot of the issues with the previous operating system were addressed with iOS4, but there are still key issues that leave me wanting more. For example, I really enjoyed being able to change every sound on my phone as I wished. A new email would make the old school AOL “You’ve Got Mail” sound, while a new text message would have Navi from Ocarina of Time yell, “Hey!”

Other examples are true multi-tasking. The current iOS4 allows for “multi-tasking,” not multi-tasking. An app does not run in the background while you reply to an email, it simply “freezes” until you come back. Certain apps allow for iTunes to run while doing other things, but people (including this guy) want to run anything while I do something else for a moment.

That being said, I loved the hell out of my jailbroken iPhone 3G. Users can take comfort, however, that the jailbreak is almost as easy to reverse as it is to do in the first place. Just plug it into your computer that runs your iTunes account and click the Restore button.

So without further rambles, here is how to easily jailbreak your iPhone 4 that is running on the 4.X firmware:

1. Back up your iPhone on iTunes by syncing your phone.

2. Take your iPhone out of your computer and then open Safari on your iPhone and navigate to http://www.jailbreakme.com.

3. If that link doesn’t work on your iPhone then try going to http://jailbreakme.modmyi.com.

4. There will be a slider, much like the unlock slide, that says “Slide to Jailbreak.” Slide it.

5. Wait.

It will take a few minutes to do, and if done properly then it will have installed Cydia to your iPhone. Cydia is the jailbroken iPhone App Store, if you will. There you will find all the jailbroken apps that Apple doesn’t allow on their store.

*I should point out that this does not unlock your phone to use with different carriers. That is totally different. To use this method you must have an AT&T sim card in the device. Jailbreak at your own risk. Doing so voids Apple warranties, and both Apple and AT&T will not help you with jailbreaking or undoing it. As the author, I must say that I have not tried this on my phone – yet – and cannot guarantee that it will work for you without problems. Do so at your own risk of phone failure.*

Phew, glad I got that off my chest.

That’s what she said.

Alright, now I’m just rambling. So try it if you like and if it does, in fact, work for you then please come back and let me know about your experience with it!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Teaser

Today Treyarch released their first video teaser of the multiplayers for Call of Duty: Black Ops. The full reveal will be on September 1st, so expect to learn a lot more in the coming weeks.

By far the most impressive thing in this video is the last couple of seconds where they show us all that Black Ops will be the first CoD title to use an in-game video recording system. This pleases me.

Sadly, it looks as though Treyarch stayed too close to the Modern Warfare 2 formula for multiplayer, and I say that based on killstreaks. Don’t get me wrong, I like some killstreaks, but the plethora of ways to die in MW2 does get quite annoying.

And here’s to hoping that Treyarch puts in some sort of Zombie mode, because that really was the most fun part of World at War, their last CoD title.

I’m not gonna nerd it up and go into a frame by frame walkthrough of the new teaser trailer. I’ll just post the video below. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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iPhone App Review – Call of Atlantis


I’m one of those people who isn’t very easy to please when it comes to playing games on the iPhone. Sure, I love Angry Birds and Words With Friends (who doesn’t?!) but otherwise it takes a lot for me to actually download a game from the App Store and enjoy it.

Most games I come across have zombies or some other boring crap that just makes me wonder why people love that stuff so much. I did love Nazi Zombies in Call of Duty: World at War, but that’s about it when it comes to that sort of thing. That’s not to say that there aren’t decent games on the iPhone or that the ones I just mentioned are bad, I just don’t care for them most of the time.

One of the games I’ve been wanting for a long time is a decent Jewel Quest type game. Sure I have Bejeweled and there are plenty of match three games out there, but none as good as Jewel Quest. And to make something clear, I know there’s a Jewel Quest game on the iPhone but it’s just not the same. There’s something about it that just bugs me.

So it’s a catch 22 for me. I want my cake and I wanna eat it. Just look at my fat pants. But then I was searching through Pandora Box (another app I’ve had since I got my first iPhone, and I love it!) I found a free app called Call of Atlantis that is a match three game. I was skeptical, but decided to give it a go.

Yup. That's me.

I was first taken by surprise by the beautiful look of the game. Usually free games have a cheesy Windows 95 kind of look to them; but not this one! The graphics are stunning and the sound matches right along. There are brief “cut scenes” which have a real voice over; a very nice touch. And another feature is to follow along the path of a symbol with your finger. It makes you feel like you’re actually doing something and involved with the game rather than simply a spectator to it.

Once you get past those parts it time for the match three game. The pieces look amazing on my iPhone 4 and the music/sound fx are just about perfect. While the music is very well done it does tend to get repetitive, and after a while it annoys me because I can’t help but hum along.

Not yo mamma's match three game. Ok, so it is.

Unlike Bejeweled and Jewel Quest the object of Call of Atlantis is to get pieces of an artifact off the grid within a certain amount of time, which varies with each puzzle. Along with the artifacts are helpful “weapons” (my word, not the game’s) that do a variety of things. A bomb, for instance, rids a small area of the grid for you, while a lightening bolt destroys all of one kind of piece on the grid of your choice. They come in handy every so often, but overall they’re not really a necessity.

Instead of the wild jungles of Africa or the sands of Egypt, this game starts you off in ancient Rome. The artifact pieces that you collect throughout a single puzzle make a whole artifact, and after you complete a certain amount of puzzles then a mini game starts where you place those artifacts into a scene where they belong. Sounds kinda boring, but it’s actually quite satisfying.

Unlock the symbols. Or something.

I haven’t beaten the game yet, but I find myself going to this game more often than the others that I own now. For the price of zero you get a game that easily could sell in the App Store for $1.99 or more. If you like match three games at all then you need to check this one out before the makers, Playrix, find out that they can charge for an iPhone/iPod game, especially one of this calibre.

If you don’t like it then you’re out nothing, and that’s the beauty of it. I felt like I ripped them off by liking it so much and not paying for a full game. The inclusion of facebook integration alone should make this a paid app, but I’ll count my blessings in pennies saved. Call of Atlantis is sure to get up to the top of the list in the App Store, and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if they started charging for it one day, because they should. They’d make a lot of money.

So click the “Share” buttons below to tell all your friends on Twitter and facebook, go to the App Store, and download this app. It’s fantastic! So suck it.

EDIT: Just read that this is a paid app, but it free for a limited time. Better get it while you can!

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