googlea875c0213e6e807d.html] Fandads: June 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vote Gil for Mayor!

Most of my friends hated checking in. It sucked. It's summer, you're out with your friends, maybe biking in the park, or playing baseball and all of a sudden it's noon. Maybe it's four or six, it didn't matter, but you had to check in. If you were lucky there was a phone nearby or a friend's house. If not you had to jump back on your BMX bike and race home. Totally necessary, I'm not going to argue that, but it was an inconvenience at times.

Who would have thought that twenty years later we'd all be checking in for fun. I believe there are quite a few social networks or apps out there that you can use to check in, but the two that I'm most familiar with are Yelp and Foursquare.

Some people have argued that they can be dangerous, people can use them to figure out when you're out and where you are. You can be stalked by someone or your house could get broken into. Like anything, you have to use them with moderation and common sense. I've seen people use their homes as Foursquare locations, I'm not sure that's too bright. It's also cheating! Sort of.

There's a "competitive" aspect to Foursquare, you can become the Mayor of a location and you can collect badges for visiting locations or for accomplishments. Of course you can friend people, and you can also discover new places to visit. People can leave tips and businesses can have offers posted. Yelp is very similar, you can be a "regular" at locations, and you can also friend people there as well.

Both sites have apps which can be used to check in, my problem is that half the time I forget to check in! I'm going to have to write myself a reminder and stick it in my wallet or something. It's not that big of a deal, but the "competitive" aspect can be fun. I was the Mayor of my favorite bar for a while and I want my title back. The downside is that sometimes it can feel like a job of sorts. Like I said I forget at times, and when I do remember, checking in can feel like punching in. Especially on trips with multiple stops.

Overall, they're cool sites/apps to play with, and worth checking out. There's no cost, you can always delete them, and you might end up liking them.


PS - Lots of new music out. New Roots, Eminem, Wu-Tang, Chemical Brothers, and more.
PPS - I need money!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Video Game Time 6/22 Edition

So I know I've been behind with the E3 coverage, but today I'll cover what is coming out for the PS3 and the Wii. I'll do like I did with the last post and just make bullet points of what is being released for these systems.  Also, we have a few codes for Kratos and the Kart of Chaos for ModNation Racers.  Find out how to win these codes at the end of this blog.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day.

In honor of Father's Day I just wanted to highlight a few post that we did here on  Still looking for the perfect card for the dad that likes sci-fi, try this one out.   If this is your first Father's Day, enjoy the new perk of being a dad.  Also we were asked to write a few sentences for Paparocks6 about what Father's Day means to us.  Check it out when you can.  He rounded up a lot of great daddy bloggers for this post and you should check out these other blogs when you have the time. 

To all the fathers out there that read this blog thank you and we'll continue to try to write more stuff for you every week.
Victor & Gil

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ten Weeks

A couple of days ago.

Ten weeks.

Ten weeks until what? (I may have been watching the World Cup, or hunting down a member of the bandito gang at the time, I don't remember)

Umm...until BBC is born. (B.B.C. stands for baby babycakes, long story but it's a cutesy nickname we came up with for our baby, I mean what do you call your baby before you know whether it's a he or she? It? Sounds mean, doctors kept saying "baby", that sounded generic)
(Beat) Oh $#!%
This morning.

I couldn't sleep last night.

What's wrong?

I had a little panic attack I guess. 

(At this point I go on about how much we have to do, visit the hospital, take classes, etc. I freak out just a little bit)

What about when we have to walk the dogs and I'm all by myself and the stupid dogs have to go out and no one is around whatamIgoingtodo??
You can leave her sleeping and just swaddle her...

What the f@$% is a swaddle?
(now she's just laughing at me, I'm half sobbing at this point, and I'm half-kidding about it)

You're worried about swaddling? That's the last thing you should be worried about.

(She says something like that, or it's the least I should be worried about, which doesn't make me feel any better. She's laughing at me at this point)


So, I'm going to be a father in about ten weeks or so. To my daughter I'd like to say...

Good luck kid.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Video Game Week on Late Night

I know I've been horrible about updating, but this will be quick and cool news. Next week Jimmy Fallon is going to have a "Video Game Week". They're going to show Microsoft's (360) Kinect, Killzone 3, and Call of Duty: Black Ops, along with some other games. For more details click here.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Video Game Time E3 Edition

Where to begin, there was so much announced today that today's Video Game Edition will pretty much be just bullet points of what was announced.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

You Time: Why It's Important for Fathers, Husbands & Employees

You Time: Why It's Important for Fathers, Husbands & Employees

Read this article the other day and it really stuck a chord with me, especially after this weekend when my plans fell through twice.  I think as Fandads we really need to take the time to enjoy some quality time for ourselves and hang out with friends to rejoice our roles as fathers and also to exchange ideas and solutions.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Video Game Time 6/8 Edition Fitness Time

I'm going to do something a little different with this weeks Video Game Time, I'm going to focus on fitness.  Now I am not a fitness expert, but being a parent you do need to be in decent shape to be chasing your toddler around.  Sitting around all day playing video games kind of takes a toll on your health, so you need to be a little more active to be prepared for parenthood. So today's edition is going to focus on exercise games and real life achievements/trophies.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Video Game Time 6/2 Edition

Today's Video Game Time is going to be short because there really isn't much released today.  The few games that were released today were Alpha Protocol (360, PS3), Pure Football (360, PS3) & The Sims 3:Ambitions Expansion Pack. (PC)  There is also a chance to win a DLC code for Modnation Racers at the end of today's column. 

Ultimate Geek Dad Giveaway!

It's doesn't have anything to do with us, but we thought that if you're reading this blog, you'd probably be interested in Think Geek's Ultimate Geek Dad Giveaway. Follow the link for more info and good luck!

PS-Think Geek is an awesome store and is a great place to buy dads and soon-to-be-dads *cough* *cough* cool gifts.