A visit to Oxysure

A few days ago I went up to Frisco, Texas to check out a company called Oxysure. They have a very interesting technology that enables emergency oxygen to be delivered in a non-toxic way by mixing together two inert powders. It’s much better (and cheaper) than expensive oxygen tanks and much less toxic than flammable chemical options.

I went back into the lab to check it out.

This new invention has the potential of saving tens of thousands of lives per year all around the world, especially in China with their 10+ million miners (10K die per year there in mine accidents). It’s also going to be used a lot here in the US for cardiac arrest patients to get them oxygen while waiting on ambulances.

At the end of their investor’s presentation, they had a bullet point that says, “We save lives.” Ironically, my game company has a final bullet point that says, “We ruin lives (but they have fun during the ruin.)”

What I am playing

I have too many games on the plate right now… here is what I am playing.

Civ 4 – An intense internet game going with Will. I play this game a whole lotta lot.

Condemned – my favorite 360 game. I’m about halfway through. It’s not even that good of a game, but I play it a lot.

Perfect Dark Zero – I play a little… but it is very overrated.

King Kong 360 – This game is very impressive so far, but I just got it on Saturday.

All 360 EA Sports Games – I have all of them – they are all like the XBox versions, but with less features. It is kind of annoying.

PGR – A great racing game. I wish the cars deformed.

The Movies – I played all the way through it twice and could not get a 5 star star, but almost.

Weird Worlds Infinite Space – A very simple game that I played quite a bit. My high score is 19,380 – I dare anyone to beat it.

Call of Duty 360 – A great game, but I can only play it for 45 minutes before I get tired of it. But then when I start up again, I am totally into it for 45 mins… and then it all starts to look alike again.

Crazy sock/boot combo at Starbucks

I really don’t know how to describe this outfit that I just saw at Starbucks, but it was almost freezing today and this gal came in wearing a huge windbreaker and these crazy frilly socks, carefully splayed over her brown Timberland boots and some 1988 cut-off blue jeans.

Changed hotels

I missed my flight after that meeting, so I crashed here for the night at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach. It’s called the Palm Beach one, but it was actually about 15 minutes away. The rooms were very nice and I spent most of the evening down in the bar, reading this new book I got called, “The Geography of Thought” that talks about how Asians think vs. how Westerners think.

It just so happened that I was at the hotel the same time as the South Florida Plastic Surgery convention, so I was surrounded at the bar by all these old plastic surgeons and their hot young botox buxom wives. They all were getting drunk and talking about all kinds of crazy stuff. They were talking about this one grandma that came in and they injected her with the knockout medicine, and she started talking openly about a bunch of crazy hardcore lesbian experiences and all the nurses were cracking up.

I heard a bunch more stories that I can’t talk about… but it was certainly more lewd than the gaming industry!

*(Pictures currently living a Craigslist “Casual Encounters” double life.)

Slow week but old pics from Palm Beach

This is a slow week for me because of personal stuff (I don’t post a lot of personal family stuff on my blog because of the creeps out there, and, also, because family blogs are usually pretty boring – I don’t think that anyone really cares if Ethan gets new bedsheets).

But here is a pic from last week when I was in Palm Beach taken from my friend’s pad who lives on Worth. You can see the damage done by the recent hurricane on the beach. There used to be sand all down the beach, and now you can see it is half washed away! They actually bring these huge ships in and pump in new sand from the intercoastal at the cost of millions of dollars. Only in Palm Beach would they pay millions to move sand 3 miles.*

Compare that to a picture I took a year earlier from about the same vantage point:*

*(Pictures lost in blog erosion.)

XBox 360

I paid a friend $100 to stand in line 12 hours for me and got it last night at midnight. It’s quite great and the new XBox Live implementation is really slick.

I got Madden, CoD2, Condemned, PGR3, and Perfect Dark Zero… I don’t know why – I already had a huge backlog of games and books… but, you know.

JK Rowling Makes Bad Games

I saw the recent Harry Potter and I was once again reminded of what a horrible game designer she is.

I already had a huge problem with Quiddich or whatever it is called. All I know about it is from the movies. I think it is a stupid game because it has orthogonal goals. In one half of the game, it is a semi-interesting team-on-team basketball-like game. It’s a pretty impractical game for kids to play, however, since getting a broomstick handle hitting you in the chest at a 500 MPH differential is surely dangerous. And because of the back-and-forth motion of the game, it would happen all the time.

The worst thing about Quiddich is that “seeker” position, where a seeker from each team tries to grab that quick little fluttering ball. If a seeker gets it, then the whole game is over and the rest of the team’s efforts are in vain. It’s a stupid, stupid game.

In the latest movie, you see these crazy rules at work again in her “tri-wizard” competition. Before wizards join, they are warned that they could be killed and it is very dangerous. This is fine… an adequate warning. But in part 2 of the competition, the innocent friends of the wizard have anchors attached to their legs and they are sunk to the bottom of the lake. If the wizards don’t save them, their innocent friends die. This would seem to be a MORE important thing to tell the wizards before the competition.

Vote for Pedro

I got back from Palm Beach yesterday and ended up staying at the Admiral’s Club for six hours in meetings and answering emails. It was very strange to be at the airport for that long and then not actually fly anywhere after waiting for six hours.

Cool offices

One of my meetings took me down to the big advertising agency Zimmerman & Partners down in Ft. Lauderdale. They had some pretty cool offices – sort of what you would expect for an advertising agency. It reminded me a bit of a game studio, except there was even more of an emphasis on creativity around without being heavy-handed. I made some notes while I was there about some good ideas to emulate.

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