Checkpoint: Buff It Out Edition

Checkpoint: Buff It Out Edition

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Well, it finally happened. I scratched my 2016 Chevrolet Volt. It was a very dumb mistake on my part. I was careless and didn’t account for a concrete wall. I buffed most of it out by hand but I don’t have the tools to finish the job properly. I brought the car in for maintenance and asked for a quote. I’ll see how much it will cost me to get this properly fixed.

The SNES Classic Edition is a charmer. It needs controller extension cables to be remotely usable in a modern setting. My brother and I relived our child hood and played a bit of our old favorites at my folks’ place. Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Street Fighter 2 Turbo were played.

Checkpoint: Portable (Near) Perfection Edition

Checkpoint: Portable (Near) Perfection Edition

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I understand why people love their Nintendo Switch so much. It’s portable perfection. Just today I played Breath of the Wild while my girlfriend was getting ready for a wedding as a giant portable. Then shortly afterwards, I plopped it into this Hori Compact Play Stand plugged in the USB-C cable so it could charge, removed the Joy-cons and then resumed playing with the controllers inside the Joy-con grip. 

The only thing that would make it an even more versatile gaming machine is a more compact TV out option. That official stand isn’t the answer but perhaps Nyko will save the day?

But as nice it is to be able to play the Switch however I want wherever I want. I still have a fair bit of stuff to lug around. It’s not a terrible when I have a small duffle bag where I can stash the grip, compact stand, charging adapter, and other accessories. But in the end of the day, there’s still a lot of bulky plastic to carry around.

Breath of the Wild continues to grow on me. The more I play it, the more I like it and it’s taken me a long time to play it. However, unlike other open world titles, I manage to drop in and out of Breath of the Wild without losing my spot. I alway seem to pick up where I left off.

Checkpoint: iPhone X Edition

Checkpoint: iPhone X Edition

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$1319 before taxes.

That’s how much the new iPhone X costs. I’m not upset at Apple for “daring” to charge that much but it’s far too much for something that I can so easily lose or damage. It is excess and luxury tech in one of its finest forms.

As always, Apple didn’t exactly announce anything mind blowing for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. We’ve all seen face unlocking, wireless charging, and edge-to-edge displays from the likes of Samsung and other Android devices before but the reason why I and so many pay attention to Apple when they espouse these ideas is because we like Apple’s approach.

Apple waits for technology to mature to their liking before they decide to implement and OLED is one of those technologies. Color accuracy was always a tricky thing with OLEDs but we’re finally at the point where Apple is happy with the results.

While OLED and FaceID are nice additions, I was really hoping Apple somehow figured out how to incorporate a fingerprint sensor for TouchID. I’d like to see if they will eventually incorporate that “old” means of unlocking in future iterations of the iPhone.

I’ll inevitably upgrade from my iPhone but it will be through my brother who will hand his iPhone 6 to me. I have no idea if he’s going to get an 8 or X but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the latter. If I were in his shoes, I would pick the iPhone 8. I’d like to take advantage of my car’s wireless charging capability and that’s the cheapest iPhone with that functionality.

Pricing aside, I like the iPhone X. It looks nice, sleek, and I was sold on FaceID being a viable alternative to a fingerprint after seeing issues with Samsung’s approach. I look forward to it and OLED making its way down to phones that don’t cost more than decent 4K HDR TVs.

Slowly inching towards the end of Yakuza Kiwami but only when I’m at home. When I’m at the girlfriend’s place, I’m making incremental progress on Breath of the Wild. And when I’m on the go and bored, I’m revisiting a classic, the original Plants vs Zombies.

Checkpoint: Smart Garage Door Edition

Checkpoint: Smart Garage Door Edition

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For just over $200 I can control my garage door like that guy above. I can use my iPhone and Siri to open and close my garage door like a fancy guy. That’s a lot of money to make my garage door “smart”. It’s only $200+ if I go through official channels but if I go down the route of Raspberry Pi, I can cobble together something for less than $100 or so.

Do I need this? No but I like the idea of making things in my home smarter for a small price. Nest products like the Nest Thermostat and Protect have spoiled me. Just being able to confirm the status of my garage door for that one time I have doubts about me closing it would be enough to warrant a $100 – $125 investment.

Ideally, I would like automatic curtains and smart lights everywhere, and be able to play music in whatever room I’m in with a few taps on an iPad or iPhone but that’s all a little bit out of reach for me at this moment.

 

 

I’m currently all in on Yakuza Kiwami. It’s a remake of the first Yakuza title and while I dialed back expectations, I’m still left wanting. Yakuza Zero took its time to build while Yakuza Kiwami feels rushed in spots. I feel it would have been a huge disservice to the Yakuza story if I didn’t play Yakuza Zero.

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