Archive for February, 2007

Game Hotting Up on BlueRay Vs DVD

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Following on from our 2007 predictions that BlueRay will trounce HD by year end, we have an update. According to media reports,  sales of Blu-ray Discs have overtaken sales of HD-DVD discs in recent weeks. Is this the beginning of the end for HD-DVD. However, as far as I can tell, many are jumping to conclusions a little too early. Two HD-DVD players from Toshiba do not appear to be holding ground against , the Blu-ray players from Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and Pioneer. Just to confuse matters, Apples HD-DVD player add on for the Xbox360 has been countered by Sony with its Blu-ray Player equipped Playstation 3.  And in case your really can’t decide, LG  has launched a Blu-ray Disc/HD-DVD combo player.  Taking the game to a higher level Toshiba has announced its 2G HD-DVD players with Samsung about to do likewise with its Blu-ray Disc Player. Looks to me like the game is still on, and it isn’t over yet! 

As for me, I am about to embark on the rebuilding of a leaky house, so anticipate that a clear winner will emerge by the time I do at the end of my project, and ready to upgrade my home entertainment systems.

Go HD-DVD Reviews

Go Playstation Reviews

The Masher

Grow Your Brain With Golf

Friday, February 9th, 2007

In we not only review the features of products, but also the impact they have on us. I recently took up golf, and was making great progress, until I forgot one gorgeous afternoon, whilst climbing over rocks looking for my partners golf ball, that sprigs don’t have a whole lot of grip.

After wedging my foot toes first into a ravine, I have not been able to walk without considerable pain for more than a few minutes. Now, three weeks later and only just making it around the supermarket, I started doubting the benefits such a sport will impart. We can forgive the back problems due to poor address posture, and the tennis and golf elbows for poor grip and swing mechanics. Its the mental effect that amuses me. Kind, soft natured people appear to turn montrous when their golf doesn’t go the way they hope. Now maybe I just haven’t played long enough, or maybe they have lost perspective. Either way, the inner game of golf seems to take over the physical side.

Golf is not difficult, but it is challenging, especially to the beginner. A flood of new information regarding the game rules and etiquette, scoring, the right grip, address, balance, posture, swing and  follow through is so complex that the brain needs to adapt to handle such vast amounts of connected information. Before it can do so, the player hits overload and explodes, emotionally. Albeit, a little behind demand, the brain does start adapting to this new load.

During the process of learning a golf swing the brain adds new neural network connections, and thus grows in size. Once the growth has occurred, the brain rewards itself by releasing pleasure molecules called endorphins. Endorphins are the feel good chemicals that give you that warm satisfied feeling when you have mastered something new. This built-in reward system, is the bodys message to us that it has caught up with our demands. All I can suggest is, accept the temporary chaos, just as you did when learning to drive a car. Be patient as you work through your drills, your driving range practice and you games.  

Remember that not only are you learning to master a new sport, you are doing something beneficial for your mental future. 

Smashed Up Masher