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Wii for Me

Our Nintendo WiiIt should read Wii for us, but that doesn’t rhyme now does it?

Yes it’s true, the image you see here is actually OUR very own Nintendo Wii. And like most purchases here it has a story…

Why am I blogging it and not out playing it? Well you see, set up is very very easy and the little sucker connected straight to our Wi-Fi network (after putting the password in of course) and what’s the first thing it does once connected to the Internet… starts downloading an update… and then once it’s finished that, it does another one!

I tell you what manufacturers are amazing these days, if it has an Internet connection they can send things out not quite right and fix it up later, not that I’m complaining, obviously the updates are needed and hopefully will ensure everything runs smoothly.

Now how did we get such an unattainable item? Over the past few days, David has rung every single store he could think of and every location of every type of store. No one has any available. They are already taking pre-orders for the next batch not due in Australia until late January early February.

Well David, being the genius he is, checked out eBay, but no way were we gonna get one there, he was messaging every single person who had a Wii listed in Melbourne and asked if they would sell it to him direct (which you’re not supposed to do I might add). A couple came back with quotes of $700 or $800+ and there is no way we were going to pay that!!! Are they mad?

For his next trick David found the site and after reading about the lack of Wii’s in Australia decided to take a chance and put the call out to anyone who happened to have one for sale. Guess what… he got a great many responses saying what a shame it is that there aren’t enough to go around… and one saying he’d sell one he had on pre-order (a second one) for $525.

While I wasn’t excited about paying $525 for something that only cost $399 I was overjoyed at the idea of having one around for our two week Christmas holidays, all that entertainment is surely worth more than $126.

So a huge thank you goes out to Beatmaster who had presence of mind to pre-order two consoles. And while I know that his pre-orders were bundles that included games, I don’t mind that he got Need for Speed, cause I gotta say it’s not a game we’d probably play very often anyway.

Having just checked out the MyWii site, it actually appears that our new Wii might have been nefariously acquired… seems that Beatmaster actually cancelled his pre-order but got a call from ToysRUs to ask if he still wanted it… and given that he could on-sell why wouldn’t he say “yes”? I just hope that this doesn’t mean that some little Johnny is going without one for Christmas. But as his name was the book I’d suggest it was reserved for him.

So all that said, it’s still downloading the second lot of updates, I’ll report back with my Mii Code and first reports about game play soon…ish.

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Let’s Learn Italian

Italian FlagBeen checking out some PodCasts of late to see if I could pick up some Italian as a way to better converse with my lovely Italian friend Roberta.

There are of course many commercial tapes / CDs / books that can get to learn Italian and of course I could even go off to school to learn it (and just might next term). For now however I’ll check out the PodCasts.

There is a list of Foreign Language Lesson PodCasts at Open Culture. I only recommend one of the Italian PodCasts in the list… iTunes Feed Web Site

The guy who runs the other one listed “Let’s Speak Italian” promises a daily PodCast series but doesn’t really deliver as he only makes it through five lessons and the sixth episode is basically an ad to go get the whole series from his site at a cost. I’m not against people making money from their efforts, I am however against people who are not up-front about such actions. Actually the first episode doesn’t even have any Italian in it… it’s an introduction to the guy and his intentions.

The seems really cool, they have many many lessons online and are continuing to do updates. The only problem I think I’m gonna have is learning Italian as a spoken language, I’m not learning how to write it properly or the correct spelling and most of my correspondence with Roberta is written.

Roberta’s English is great, my Italian for now is non-existent. In the past I have studied Japanese, Russian and German. I’ve looked into Spanish and will probably have another look at it in the future. I’d love to travel some day and don’t want to be one of those annoying English-speaking tourists who expect all the world to speak my language.

So for now, let’s