Tag Archive: travel


Creative Day Supplemental: A $15 Thank You

The original intent of this past Monday’s article on cruises, and more specifically of Norwegian Jewel was to allow me to discuss the ridiculous lack of hygiene and maintenance displayed in our stateroom on day 1 of the cruise. The article ended up evolving into a depiction of the first 2-3 days of the cruise and a vague analysis of it. Ultimately the idea was that it would be a one-shot article and that I would carry any other discussions of the trip over to Twitter, as to not burden our readers at Constantly Calibrating with non-nerd related stuff. Well that all changed last night when the lovely folks at Chin Chin, the “Asian fusion” restaurant located on the Norwegian Jewel, decided that it was my fault that they in effect poisoned me.

Chin Chin of Norwegian Jewel's Sign

“Poisoned? Certainly you just mean a standard food-poisoning from some undercooked meat or something like that, right?” That might be what you’re asking. You also might just be asking where today’s first edition of Ultimate Back Issue is. Well that’s not the discussion right now, so come back later for our regularly scheduled programming content. Continue reading

Creative Day: Norwegian Cruises

Welcome to the first-ever edition of Creative Day! The first order of business for Creative Day is helping me come up with a better name. After reading this first article you can feel free to suggest any and all names and maybe I will choose one. You are also free to suggest a name without having read anything I have written, but that kinds of seems like a cheap, dickish move, so maybe not.

Creative Day from this point on is going to be a weekly article where I write about whatever crosses my mind in the moments before my hands gently embrace the keyboard before me. One week I might make up a top ten list for the greatest of the Doctor’s companions, while the following week I’ll post up some fan fiction for Mass Effect that puked its way into my brain. Ooh, maybe I should name the column Brain Pukes. Would you read a weekly column called Brain Pukes? How about Brain Vomit Maybe I should stop thinking about this before I actually vomit seeing as I now appear to have an aptitude for sea sickness.

That brings me to what is likely going to be my first edition for this new thing: Cruises. Just as a point of understanding, when I say cruises I don’t mean those dinky little day-long booze cruises your parent’s go on because they’re sick of looking at your face; I mean the 5, 7, or even longer cruises done on huge Titanic-esque boats operated by Royal Caribbean, Princess, and many more.

You may be asking yourself: “Josh, what in the flying and/or walking fuck does going on a cruise have to do with a nerd culture website like yours?” Well to answer you question you malignant tit, if you were lying out on a balcony of a cruise ship looking out over the beautiful snow-covered mountain greenery of Alaska you would probably want to write something about it as well. So suck it up and read something about a topic that might be outside your normal comfort zone for once.

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Observations: N7 G-155 Personal Gaming Environment

The other day the BioWare Facebook fan page posted about a new item in their store. The item in question is the “N7 G-155 Personal Gaming Environment” which is quite the lengthy title. Being a bit of a BioWare fan I thought I would head over to the site and see what this new Mass Effect 3 accessory is. (By the way, I admit fan might be something of an understatement in my case.) Essentially the G-155 appears to be a system that allows you to take either your Xbox 360 or PS3 (slim model only) on the road with you. After reading all of the stats on BioWare’s store, including the fact that it’s TSA approved, I began wondering: “Do I need this” and “Could I make use of this?” The answer was a resounding, maybe!

– Custom Mass Effect 3 N7 Skin for the Entertainment Case
– 15.5″ HD display with 60hz refresh
– Zero lag while gaming
– Full screen controls for audio and video
– Dual 3.5mm Headphone Jacks
– Full spectrum stereo audio
– Rugged Case
– TSA Approved for travel
– Compatible with Xbox 360 and PS3 Slim
– Plug and Play

Right below all the stats is a link to a video overview and I clicked through to it, because what kind of product preview would this be without reading all the facts? Then again I’m shocked I’m shocked I didn’t click the “Buy” button in a fit of…well whatever the type of fit it is that causes me to buy things with the Mass Effect logo on them.

Now if you watch the video and read through the comments on the page you might see that there is no battery pack or rechargeable battery for the system at this time. It has to be plugged into an AC outlet to function. Now, let me ask this, doesn’t it seem like a monumental oversight to not have some form of battery power for a system like this? If I was to buy the G-155 Personal Gaming Environment I would be buying it solely for the purposes of travel and to play my 360 on a plane.

Personally, I’m now over my initial desires to purchase this…interesting product, but maybe down the road they’ll come up with something that suits my lack of needs.

Source: “N7 G-155 Personal Gaming Environment” (BioWare Store)