Protocol Snow

Archive for July, 2008

Costco love

with one comment

Everybody knows that the Internet is a crazy place and there are websites about anything and everything. Still, I was surprised and entertained to find a Costco blog that details the stuff a married couple purchases on their weekly Costco trips. It sounds mundane, but being a Costco shopper myself, I recognize a lot of the items they talk about but have never purchased myself. Somehow it never occurred to me to look up what people thought about the rows of food products I just walk past, so it’s been a lot of fun browsing through this blog.

I actually found this site because a few people from the Something Awful “Goons with Spoons” sub-forum had recommended Jack’s Special Salsa from Costco and I was googling it to see other opinions. I bought it yesterday along with a bag of tortillas, and indeed it was a tasty snack. It’s going to be a regular purchase from now on.

I haven’t updated for a while (still have my Tokyo photos in my to do list), and that’s because I’ve been working on a mini project. No, it’s not a blog redesign that I sorely need or anything that you’ll benefit from, but I think it’s pretty neat and I’ll have some pictures to show in a week or two.

Written by Protocol Snow

July 26th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Posted in Food

Asia Trip 08 – Taiwan

with one comment

Three years ago, my family went on a trip that my dad said was “once in a lifetime”: a drive around the entire island of Taiwan. He called it that not because the feat is difficult (obviously, Taiwan is a small country), but we all knew that this was a two week journey we would never repeat. We visited all the major attractions of this beautiful island and essentially was finished with Taiwan as a tourist destination.

Even so, I’ve been to Taiwan twice since then, mostly to visit family, but also to relish in the amazing food and shopping. Following the break is a photo dump of some of the places I visited.

Typical street in Tainan, Taiwan

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Protocol Snow

July 11th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Posted in Food,Travel

Samba!

with one comment

Samba de Amigo

Samba de Amigo is one of my favorite games and, like I’ve written countless times, is one of many examples of the creativity that blossomed during Sega Dreamcast’s brief run. It is an unusual music rhythm game featuring weighted maracas that you shake in time with festive music. A re-make of the game will be coming out for the Nintendo Wii, which at first made me groan because the game is nothing without maracas. However, it has been confirmed that maraca attachments will indeed be released.

Having actual maracas is crucial to the Samba de Amigo experience, and these two videos will show you why.

First, check out this enthusiastic kid showing the right way to play the game (this is the arcade version). This video alone never fails to make me laugh.

Second, watch videogame journalists at a Nintendo media event last year play the upcoming Wii version. See what a big difference the maracas make? (On a side note, the contrast between the two videos is simply hilarious. If you don’t laugh at both videos, then I’m sorry, we don’t have similar taste. These two videos should be my litmus test to judge compatibility.)

I am now feeling bullish on Samba de Amigo Wii. The wireless controllers will certainly eliminate the one problem I had with Samba de Amigo Dreamcast edition: cumbersome wires that detracted ever so slightly from the experience.

Written by Protocol Snow

July 3rd, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Posted in Games