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Books, Games and Wine

It's been awhile since I've posted about stuff not related to OpenID, so I figured it would be good to share some things from the past few weeks I've really enjoyed!

World of Goo - I first played this game on a Wii at my friend's house a few months ago and it's incredibly awesome. Such a simple idea of building structures out of "Goo Balls" with a bit of physics included so if you're structure sucks then your Goo Balls will topple over. The Mac Heist Bundle includes it for OS X, so now I'm addicted again on my laptop.

Amazon Kindle - I bought a new Kindle (I didn't have one of the original ones) a few days before I went on vacation in Belize about a month ago. It's really easy to read and being able to make the font small to fit more on a page during the day and then a few sizes larger at night is a huge help. Made it through The Shadow Factory while in Belize which is about the NSA directly leading up to and then after 9/11. Right now I'm working my way through Freakonomics. Most books for the Kindle seem to cost about $10.

Custom Google Maps - FedEx was supposed to deliver 180 Moleskin notebooks to me via next day air this week and blew it. So I played with custom maps on Google for the first time and came up with a way to visually show why FedEx sucks! Wouldn't a live Google Map showing the plane in flight or truck carrying your package be a much better way to track packages than the normal tracking pages?

Airport Mania - I twittered about this iPhone game last week, but it's been a huge time suck! On each level you control planes landing, dropping off passengers, being repaired, refueling, waiting, picking up passengers and taking off. All of this with bonus point optimizations for using the same runway for multiple landings in the row or the same gate for a few planes of the same color in a row.

Doña Paula Malbec 2007 - Picked up this wine randomly from Whole Foods for $14.99 ($11.99 at K&L) and really enjoyed it. Great flavor, not expensive and whitaker, mart and deflatermouse liked it too!



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Apr. 16th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)

I loved World of Goo on my PC. What's it like on Wii? Seems like it'd be pretty hard to control with the wiimote...

Apr. 16th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
I actually really liked it on the Wii. It felt really natural to point the Wiimote at the TV and drag around the Goo.
Apr. 16th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
I love that Malbec. We get it here too and it's just right for a casual evening when you feel like a drop of something rich and dark.

Actually, I think I'm just a sucker for South American wines and the Malbecs in particular!
Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
Google Maps
Happy to read that you like My Maps! I moved from Blogger to Maps in December, and I'm now the product manager for My Maps and other Maps user-generated content. Feel free to email me any time with comments or questions. :)

P.S. If you or someone else is interested in testing our upcoming atom-based Maps Data API, let me know -- we're looking for "trusted testers" to bang on it and start creating some cool community map-making mashups.
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