A Birthday Gift For The Ages

When I was a kid, I was always disappointed that some relatives wouldn’t give me money as a gift in lieu of itchy sweaters and pants that would fit my sister (who is half my size).

As it turns out, however, I am now one of those people also. One who doesn’t like to give money as a gift (although I would give money before a gift card, those things are evil ingenious).

So after a request for money from a family member who is purchasing an expensive gadget, I wanted to do something different.

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More polls than I could ever offer

For the unaware, there are places on the internet where you can do lots of polls.

One such place is http://www.reddit.com/r/samplesize

You don’t need a Reddit account to do the polls; just click on the title and you will be well on your way to scratching that sample itch.

I will note that not all samples are created equally, these are most/all created and maintained by individuals. Some people do post the results after a few days, but that’s not always the case. They also don’t necessarily have sensible answer options, but most of the polls are well-formed.. I will also note that, while there is lots of interesting and thought-provoking content on Reddit, there can be mature content (even in polls). Viewer discretion is advised.

I plan to link to the occasional survey from Reddit, and will consider putting my future ones on there also. But don’t worry, I’ll still provide a link to it here also!

Ski Safari Review (because my blog is having an identity crisis)

I was going to write a literary masterpiece, but then I got distracted playing Ski Safari on my iPad. I was going to write something for the good of mankind; instead I have spent 5+ hours this week riding penguins and doing back-flips.

As this is my first iPad game review, I did not receive it for free*. Was this game worth my hard-earned $0.99? Yes.

The first thought I had when playing Ski Safari was that it was similar to Jetpack Joyride, and not just because of the same price point. They are both 2D scrollers where the main objective is lasting as long as possible.

While other review sites are siding with Jetpack, I find I keep coming pack to the powdery white safari. As I am reviewing Ski Safari, I will now stop talking about other games.

Ski Safari is a relatively simple game to play; only one finger is needed to control it. In addition, the game is quite pretty and has always run buttery-smooth.

On the other hand, the catchy music could definitely use the help of an additional track, if only to help me from whistling the song whenever I’m not playing.

In conclusion, Ski Safari is a great little game. It is more forgiving than the competition, and is thus a great choice for casual casual gamers.

Click here to buy Ski Safari on iTunes

*If any developer would like to send me a download code for their game, I will guarantee a review on my blog. Whether I like your game will be determined in as much of an impartial experience as possible.

Poll Time: The First is About iPods

I don’t personally own an iPod (yes I’m one of those people), but I know that I never use my  Zune since I got an iPad or smartphone. Why did I make this specifically about iPods? Probably because everyone knows what I mean when I say iPod, as opposed to the confusion caused by other DAPs (Digital Audio Players) in general.

Two in one day!

A couple of things to note:

  • I understand that most people don’t comment, knowing that people read what I write is enough for me!
  • If you like polls, you are in the right place. I’m rather impartial to polls, and will try to post one at least once a week.
  • I hate it when sites say, “Under Construction”. A static website is basically a dead one.
  • Like most of the population, I’m a fan of cute pictures of puppies. There won’t be a lot here, but they may appear from time to time (especially Riley… see below).
  • I like lists. Always check the bottom to see where I end up!
Riley the dog; out on a walk

Dog: Exhibit A

Hello world!

Rare visible sunset in NL

Welcome to my blog. If you are looking for the blog of Nicholas Noel, computer engineer extraordinaire, this is it!

I have been looking for a reason to blog / a topic to blog about for some time. This was the kick in the butt I needed:


Charles Sipe outlines some good points about having a personal blog to promote a positive online presence. I have been making use of this for some time, but I do agree that a blog can be a great way to expand my exposure. This will also give me a chance to practice this writing thing that everyone’s talking about.

Potential employers or clients, feel free to contact me at any time.