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At some point, I should probably consider consolidating these posts, but they’re just too much fun to title!

Anyhoo, in order to help counteract the soul-darkening madness of the post-Christmas mall madness, Asthmatic Kitty has some fun Christmas freebies, including ringtones, a Christmas video game (dialing Grandma’s number in 8-bit land is surprisingly difficult) and a couple of free Christmas tracks from Sufjan Stevens.

Better late than never, no?  As the title of last year’s The Great Sufjan Song Xmas Xchange winner suggests, Everyday is Christmas.

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With more BPM (that’s Blips Per Minute) than your last Galaga marathon, the 8-Bit Jesus Christmas album by Doctor Octoroc is sure to nerdify your holiday, for free!

Songs like Super Jingle Bros., Ryu the Red Nosed Ninja and The Legend of Noel combine old school NES nostalgia with good ol’ fashioned holiday nostalgia.  Toss in an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two Hundred Shot Range Model Air Rifle and you’re good to go.

Our Wii has been a source of endless fun for our family — and for our church community, as evidenced by the Wii-nited (Wii+United=Woohoo!) Mario Kart party we had a couple weeks ago.  The graphic is below:

In addition to the fun of Cooking Mama and the Wii Fit (our daughter is surprisingly agile with the ski jump event), now we can add great customer service to our list of reasons why we love our Wii!

We noticed some random pixelation on various games, but didn’t think much of it until a friend mentioned it on theirs as well.  I looked it up on the Wii website and found out that it could be repaired free of charge under the warranty — 15 months instead of just 12.  They said it could take up to 16 business days to repair, but we got ours back in five days!  It looks great… and I’m back on the Mario Kart racetrack!

You know how some people carry around those little tip charts in their pockets? I’m thinking I could hit it big if I could make a pocket-sized “Christian equivalency” chart for people to carry around so they can steer clear of secular territory.  For example, this safety chart might have things like:

  • Mountain Dew t-shirt = “Jesus Meant to Die” t-shirt
  • Altoids = Testamints
  • Scattergories = Bible Scattergories
  • Dance Dance Revolution = Dance Praise Dance Game
  • Hootie and the Blowfish = Third Day, Casting Crows, MercyMe, et al.

…all of this was spurred on by the recent announcement that, for those of us who could not bear the thought of allowing face-melting heathen music like DragonForce or Iron Maiden into our homes but are still itching to play Guitar Hero, relief has finally arrived!

Say hello to Guitar Praise!

Unfortunately, although they do have a Petra song in the track list, I do not see any Stryper.  For real, no To Hell with the Devil or Honestly?  That’s a dealbreaker right there.

Couch potatoes nationwide are holding our collective breath in anticipation of the sculpted abs and mean physiques we will undoubtedly develop as a result of the Wii Fit, which is being released in the States today (May 19). The unit is selling like hotcakes (fitness hotcakes, mind you) in Japan and the UK and is expected to be a best-seller here in the States. And what would a highly anticipated release be without a massive marketing blitz, a high-profile advertising and some good old controversy?

[Edit]: I’m on my way to Best Buy to see if I can score a Wii Fit of our own. I went to Best Buy in hopes of picking up a Wii Fit, only to be told that the actual release date is May 21. Looks like I wasn’t the only one who was confused. And, to add insult to injury, they didn’t even have Mario Kart Wii to stave off my disappointment. Still hoping I’ll survive the stampede on Wednesday, though.

Being a font nerd, though, I couldn’t help notice how similar the Wii Fit logo is to the Honda Fit. Compare and contrast the two logos below for the real controversy…

Was it the preseason hype over the big trades? Is it the curse of 1984? Is it because our bullpen ace keeps injuring himself in freak accidents, over & over?

Oh, Tigers. I’m greatly relived that you finally won your first game. But would it be possible to get some middle relief? You’d think the successive years of World Series futility the Yankees have experienced (a Murderers’ Row-esque lineup, but spotty pitching at best) would have given management some guidance. At least our prospects are better than the Rockies?

Well, I’m going to stick with you, my feline friends. I think all those years of being a Lions fan have taught me (along with that near record setting stinkbomb you laid in 2003) the value of perseverance in my fanhood. Let’s go, Tigers!

Bruce Reyes-Chow and the good folks at Mission Bay Community Church have been producing winsome Easter cards for the last couple of years — clever designs that play off some of the cultural misdirections surrounding Easter.

But this year, they declared that all your base are belong to us with their “Wii Jesus” Easter card and, in the process, set off a bit of a firestorm in the gamer world. Posts, podcasts, discussions, rants, threads, flames and comments ranging from bemused curiosity to righteous indignation have made it to sites such as kotaku.com and G4TV. One of my favorite comment threads says:

Well, of course they wouldn’t allow us to play the Wii.

Jesus would win at everything, making it not fun.

Jesus pwns teh newbs.

Other irreverent, but strangely amusing quotes include, Hey, wait a second, Jesus is on my baseball team too! I guess he really is everywhere! and I actually have a Jesus Mii on my Wii. That way, whenever I go into the Everybody Votes channel, I can ask myself “What would Jesus do?”

Next year, maybe it’ll be time for the big helicopter egg drop!