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Question of the Week: What is the Best Christmas Present You’ve Ever Received?

December 24, 2010 Question 2 Comments

Image: Adapted from Christmas, 2008 in NH by doortoriver under a CC-BY license.

Christmas is supposed to be all about giving. Or some religious icon’s fake birthday or something. Really, it’s about giving.

But today I want to talk about receiving gifts. What is the best Christmas present you’ve ever gotten? Was it the SNES you got from your parents in the 3rd grade? Was it the ridiculous grandpa sweater that fed a sweater habit that you just can’t kick? Or was it 60 Litres of Pepsi your friends gave you to mock you?

ShufflingDead wants to know! And if you feel like sharing your worst gift too, we’re all ears.

Question of the Week: What Do You Want For Christmas?

December 17, 2010 Question 1 Comment

Image: Adapted from christmas tree 2004 by scottfeldstein under a CC-BY license.

That’s the million dollar question this time of year, isn’t it? I can hardly talk to my family without being bombarded by queries of how they can buy my continuing love for the next 364 days.

It’s tough for me to just ask for something for Christmas these days. I’m older, working, and have my own place. I buy the low to moderate expense items that I want. Yes, there are still lots of things I want or need, like a new phone, iPod, or even a new TV stand. But I find it difficult to ask someone to buy things like this for me, because I have to live with their choice, rather than my own. Thus the invention of the gift card, I suppose.

But many people are uncomfortable giving close friends and relatives gift cards, preferring to endeavor to find a gift perfectly suited and carefully chosen, to show the recipient the thought and consideration they have for them. Then some last-minute stress induced frustration kicks in and you go buy a gift card anyway.

So, ShufflingDead readers, make it easy on your loved ones. Tell us what you want for Christmas. I can in no way promise to convey the message to your desired audience, but Christmas is about wishes or something, right?

Question of the Week: Which is the Best Harry Potter Movie?

December 3, 2010 Question 3 Comments

With the recent release of the The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and its record breaking box office sales, it seems pretty clear to me which episode of furious wand-waving is the superior use of my time. But having not seen the newest installment of the series yet myself, I have to wonder: Is it really going to be better than Half-Blood Prince? Or did they just take liberties with the Deathly Hallows book, add a metric crap-ton of special effects and call it the End-All Super Awesome?

So all of you out there, tell me which movie you liked best. And while you’re at it, which book you liked best too, especially if the answer is different. Which is the Best Harry Potter Movie?

Image: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 poster. Copyright Warner Bros.

Question of the Week: Do You Like Motion-Based Video Games?

November 26, 2010 Question No Comments

Gaming companies the world over have been jumping all up and down over the irritating fad of motion-sensitive video games. Wii, Kinect, Move, whatever, they’re reaching out to an expanding market as consumer demand seems to do nothing but increase for these products. But does it really?

I maintain that there is a small resistance movement present in the world, those still in possession of their faculties and sanity, that reject the supposed awesomeness of motion-sensitive games, and want nothing to do with this part of the swirling miasma of gimmicky gaming.

So this week’s Question: Do You Like Motion-Based Video Games?

Image: Microsoft.

Question of the Week: What Is The Best Part of Winter

November 19, 2010 Question 1 Comment

Well, here in Alberta, winter has finally showed up to hit us in the face with it’s big frosty backhand. I don’t know why, but we always seem surprised by it.

With snow forcing me to shovel my driveway and take loads of extra time driving to get anywhere, I’m currently joining many of my fellow Albertans in cursing winter. But I know it’s not all bad. There are parts of winter that are good, even great.

So remind me: What is the Best Part of Winter?

Image: Adapted from Just a reminder of the long cold winter we had….. by Per Ola Wiberg ~ Powi under a CC-BY license.

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