I did it. It's done.

Well, I broke down and got one. The 16GB iPod Touch. I couldn’t take it any longer. Had to have it.

The question is whether I’ll bother to get an iPhone next year when they come to Alaska. Possibly. I would like to have the iPhone’s more integrated e-mail application as well as the built-in camera and the ability to browse (albeit slowly) away from a WiFi access point. But at a minimum of $60/month for service, I’m not sure that makes sense for me. I don’t spend a lot of time on the phone, cell or otherwise.

So far, so good. The web browsing is better than I remember from testing someone else’s unit. And Google’s efforts to mobilize it’s GMail and Reader apps is impressive — they’re very easy to use and great on the mobile screen.

Anyway, it’s done.

I did it. It’s done.

Well, I broke down and got one. The 16GB iPod Touch. I couldn’t take it any longer. Had to have it.

The question is whether I’ll bother to get an iPhone next year when they come to Alaska. Possibly.  I would like to have the iPhone’s more integrated e-mail application as well as the built-in camera and the ability to browse (albeit slowly) away from a WiFi access point.  But at a minimum of $60/month for service, I’m not sure that makes sense for me. I don’t spend a lot of time on the phone, cell or otherwise.

So far, so good. The web browsing is better than I remember from testing someone else’s unit. And Google’s efforts to mobilize it’s GMail and Reader apps is impressive — they’re very easy to use and great on the mobile screen.

Anyway, it’s done.

Super Mario Galaxy is go!

About a year and week ago I picked up our Nintendo Wii. I had actually stood on line at a retailer in friggin’ freezing Alaskan weather for about an hour the night of release, but missed out by one sales ticket. One! Anyway, I kept checking a local retailer at every opportunity and finally stumbled across one about a week later and snapped it up on sight. Little did I know that a full year later people are still trying to get Wii consoles. You can’t even order them on Amazon for cryin’ out loud! Meanwhile the Nintendo DS Lite continues to break records, too and Nintendo stock continues to rise…

Anyway, since the purchase we’ve pretty much stuck to Wii Sports, plus the first Zelda title. The Zelda game is pretty cool, but I’m not much for endless quest games, so that’s pretty much sitting on the shelf. But late on Black Friday this year I ventured out and picked up Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii, based on podcast recommendations.

Best. Game. Yet.

Serious gamers scoff at the Wii’s graphics (I also have a 360, so I know the difference). But the Wii control scheme is second to none and makes for a fun — and even exhausting — gaming platform. Super Mario Galaxy kicks up the graphics a notch with a fast-moving colorful Marioesque 3D world. Even the musical score is well done. It’s much more immersive than Wii Sports.

So IF you can get your hands on a Wii, be sure to pick up Super Mario Galaxy. Next up: Super Paper Mario and perhaps that new Battallion Wars 2. Oh, and two more controllers. We’ve got friends coming over…

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

If you’re feeling a little nutty – in a fun sort of way – take some funny pictures of your cat and submit them to icanhascheezburger. Or just browse through the photos and see if you find yourself smiling, maybe even laughing.

In need of a reflective moment? Visit The Center for Improved Living for a daily question to ponder. Post your response or keep it to yourself as you wish.

Beyond reflective and in need of a cry? This Forget-Me-Not blog might do the trick. This side of Venezuela isn’t represented in American news.

These are a few of the blogs I visit regularly. There is no overarching theme and no connection between them. Simple, individual moments disconnected one from the other until I click.