A few days ago we received a package in the post from ParamountZone, an excellent online source for games and gadgets. It was an indoor remote control helicopter, just in time for my birthday 🙂 Check out just how tiny the helicopter really is:
To tell you the truth, I haven’t had much experience with remote control toys, but learning to fly this helicopter was a doddle. Thanks to an on-board gyroscope, the helicopter takes care of keeping itself steady and all you need to do is fly it. It says 14+ on the box, but my 6-year old son, Arthur, had no problems flying it:
From a geeky point of view, this device is a marvel of engineering, it’s so tiny, yet contains a battery, circuitry, motors and everything that’s needed to make this device fly. Here’s what it looks like on the inside:
So, what’s the verdict. Well, Arthur loves it, and so do I. It really isn’t expensive at £17.00 and promises hours of fun. We’ve only had it for a few days, and so far we’ve made time to play with it every day. They have a selection of remote control helicopters and other great gifts. Check out their video here:
I was quite surprised to find out that quite a few friends of mine are into the poker scene. And it ranges from guys who play every now and again, all the way to people who would spend the whole day playing if they got the opportunity. They’ve played at home, they’ve played online, they’ve played in single games, they’ve played in poker tournaments. But the most astounding thing is that I had no idea that poker was so popular.
So I did some reading up about poker and picked up some interesting facts about poker. Here are some:
No one really knows the origin of the game. There are elements that go as far back at the 15th century, while other developments are as recent as 1970.
On a deck of cards, the king of spades represents David, King of Israel; the king of Clubs represents Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia; the king of Hearts is Charlemagne, King of France; and the king of Diamonds is Caesar Augustus, Emperor of Rome.
Popular belief holds that a standard deck of playing cards represent significant religious and metaphysical meaning. The 53 cards in the deck represents the 52 weeks of the year, the 4 suits represent the seasons of fall, winter, spring and summer, the 13 cards per suit represent the 13 phases of the lunar cycle, and if you add up all of the cards in the playing deck you get 364 days of the year… then you add a joker for a total of 365 days.
Ex-President Richard Nixon won $6000 during his first two months in the U.S. Navy in World War II, playing poker. His winnings were used to fund his first (and successful) campaign for congress.
Interesting stuff huh? Any other facts and figures you can add to the list? If you have any just leave a comment, I’m sure other readers would love to learn more.
Looking around at some of the eGaming sites, you’ll find that a number of them offer free cash to try and get you interested in their service. It’s abit like dangling a carrot in front of you, but there’s a website that can help you play on all these sites without paying a penny. Casino Bonus 2 is the Free Casino specialist website. It lets you see different casino websites showing what the sign-up bonus is and what sort of cash match they offer.
There are loads of sites out there, and the main thing to do really is to get as much practice as you can. Check out some free sites and see how well you can get on.
Here’s an interesting thought. What does it take to run an online casino? Well, obviously you need a website, and a good one at that, but you also need a team manning phones, content editors and marketeers. You also need to operate within a legislative and taxation framework favourable to your activity of course (like in the Isle of Man *grin*); and you need a as you can see, it’s not just a website that you need.
It’s easy to do some research about Internet Casinos by visiting an aggregator like Online Casino Topic, a site which provides an exhaustive review of some of the best online casinos around, with insight on how the games work, what sign-up bonuses they offer and their payout percentage. The great thing about a website like this is that a plethora of different online gaming sites online, so it’s always good to do some research. They also offer reviews on US online casinos who are not fully accepting US players.
It’s an interesting industry, which to tell you the truth I haven’t been exposed to much; but there’s lots to read if you want to learn more about casinos online. Don’t just focus on the technology though; that’s interesting, but not where all the innovation is happening. Look at the operational elements, the back office, the money trails and the people who actually make the site work. That’s where the interesting stories lie.
Games make one of the best sort of Christmas presents, in my humble opinion anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I have no objections to socks and aftershave, after all, even useful things have their place; but there’s nothing quite like watching a kid’s face light up when they get a good game, especially one that they have been waiting for. There are loads of games around, from board games all the way to online games, but the best gift always depends on who is going to receive it.
So, what games look like being a success this Christmas? Well, according to what some of my friends are saying, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a must-have and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Limited Edition is going to be just massive. I’m not really into that sort of game, but something like The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks would go done just great in our house at the moment. Arthur’s really getting into his DS games at the moment, and it would make a change from Super Mario and Sonic.
Of course, it’s always worth keeping online games in mind. Ok, they don’t look a good under the tree, but you can download new games any time you want and play to your heart’s content. Games like Emily’s Holiday Season or Zuma’s Revenge (I’ve spent many hours playing that one). It’s it grand to have so much to choose from?
I’ve just got dragged into this cute little online game called Brute where you set up this cartoon character and take part in fights against other characters. It’s all automated and a bit random, but it’s cute nonetheless. Here’s what my Brute looks like:
Anyway, if you want to come and hit me over the head with some furniture, just go to my Brute page, create your own Brute and try to kick the living daylights out of me.
One a serious note, the game has an interesting viral element, where you can gain experience points by inviting others to play the game. So sign up now 😉
I just saw a question on Twitter from @TheAmanda asking if she was the only one who knew the difference between Vulcans and Romulans. I responded straight away with a tweet letting her know I knew the difference too. Vulcans are trained to wipe any emotion out of their lives, while Romulans are highly emotional. They’re actually two species on the seminal science fiction series called Star Trek which I watched fervently many many moons ago. It’s amazing how facts like that can stick in your mind sometimes and that’s basis of trivia: those snippets of information about something totally random that can spring to mind as soon as someone asks the question.
If you’re a fan of trivia there are quite a few places online where you can learn more and more pieces of trivia and other places where you can compete with others in exciting trivia games. One such place is Triviala.com where you can take part in free trivia quizes and even compete with others for weekly cash prizes. That’s not the end of it though, if you get bored of the multitude of trivia quizes there are on the site; you can go ahead and create your own quizes, then invite your friends to come and take part in them. The site is based around it’s own monetary currency they call Crowns. You can earn Crowns by winning quizes or performing tasks like uploading an avatar photo etc. Once you amass your Crowns you can use them to compete for monetary prizes; the more Crowns you have, the more chances you get to win.
It’s a great site if you’re looking for a way to spend your time and if you feel your trivia is up to scratch. One to bookmark I think.