The Upper Peninsula of Minnesota

During a Christmas vacation binge of How I Met Your Mother (we’re already on Season 6), I couldn’t help but get distracted by Marshall’s story in the Desperation Day episode about his family spending time in the Upper Peninsula when he was a kid.  Something didn’t sit right with me as soon as I heard that story.  It’s a known fact that Marshall’s family is from Minnesota (in fact, that’s where the episode takes place), so Marshall’s story would imply that Minnesota has an upper peninsula.

Mind you, we have some family in Michigan, so I am already very familiar with one pretty famous place called the Upper Peninsula (located in Michigan, of course).   I immediately darted to a computer to search whether Minnesota has an upper peninsula, and of course, could not find a single Google result.

So why the mix-up?  We are looking at a prime case of writer screw-up.  Some intern at CBS didn’t do her fact checking, and this episode of How I Met Your Mother will forever go down in history as one that miseducates the American public (and the rest of the world) about U.S. geography.  Minnesota does not have an upper peninsula, and has never had one.  The only U.S. state that is split into two peninsulas is Michigan.  Now back to the show.

P.S. To drive this home, here is another curious fact.  Minnesota actually has something called the Northwest Angle, a tiny piece of land bordering Manitoba, Canada.  It’s separated from mainland United States by the Lake of the Woods and is not reachable from Minnesota by land, but it would be a stretch to argue that Marshall meant the Northwest Angle when he said “the Upper Peninsula.”

Bitcoin this, Bitcoin that

If I could have an old-fashioned American nickel for every time I heard the word “Bitcoin” in the past month, I could probably buy, well, a Bitcoin.  That’s right, the price of Bitcoin skyrocketed in 2013, and while the boat was rocked a few times, most recently when China said it would “ban” Bitcoin (lol), it’s continuing to hover just under $900, which is pure insanity, given that a kid from my middle school hacking club was trying to convince me to join him in mining Bitcoins 3  years ago.

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In defense of the Wii U

Can the Wii U survive?  Pretty common question these days if you frequent gaming message boards.  Sometimes this question is asked by trolls, but often genuine Nintendo fans also can’t help but wonder just what the heck the folks in Kiyoto think they’re doing.

Wii U hasn’t sold well.  At all.  Its game library is lacking.  And the PS4 and Xbox One are out and attacking at full speed, both having already broken several retail records.  What should Nintendo do?

Nintendo fans have never been shy about thinking they can all be CEOs of Nintendo and lead it to guaranteed success that will annihilate Sony and Microsoft within a month.  One guy on Nintendo Forums went into a tirade  about how just about everything with Wii U is wrong and it’s doomed to fail.  But I really don’t think so.

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Cancelling cable: A soccer/football fan’s perspective

I knew this day would come.   My family has finally made the decision to call it quits on Comcast and cancel the ENTIRE cable TV package.  I would find it hilarious if it wasn’t so painful for them to pull the plug.  Let me explain.

We are heavy watchers of soccer, or football for you non-muricans.  Anything from Premier League, to cheesy Latin friendlies, to the MLS, we will watch.  But the main focus of our sports-watching activities has always been Spanish football–we are huge La Liga fans.  Ronaldo, Messi, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and everything in between–we spent many early mornings watching live La Liga games.

Is there life after cable for soccer fans?   Continue reading Cancelling cable: A soccer/football fan’s perspective

The iPhone 6 hype machine begins

Some kid in my online Photoshop class made a mockup of the iPhone 6 and uploaded it by “accident” for group review instead of the assignment.  He was obviously trolling, and normally this wouldn’t be something to post on Ajax World, but it was actually a pretty good mock-up and, most importantly, and indicator of how early the hype for Apple products begins prior to their release.  We have a whole 10 months to go before the iPhone 6 event (presuming it will happen in October), and people are already Continue reading The iPhone 6 hype machine begins