Monthly Archives: August 2011

It’s on now.

I’ve had this thing for a while now.  Won it on eBay for $5.  What it does is let you transfer your N64 memory card saves to your computer where you can then archive them, share them, etc.

Whoa... serial port. Do I have a serial port?

I had to do some checking.  I know neither Andrea or I’s computer have a serial port.  I’d hate to order an expansion card just for this thing.  But I lucked out because the server which it a little more dated DOES have a COM port.  So we’re in business.  Now just to make sure it meets the system requirements.

I think we'll be fine.

So, got the device hooked up.  Now to install the software!

Uhh... what do you do with these?

While I lucked out on the COM port… out of the 4 PCs in the house, none of them have a floppy drive.  I mean when’s the last time you ever used one?  What could you even store on a 1.44 MB drive these days?  Again digging through our boneyard I found a ye olde USB floppy drive.  And was able to hook that up to the server.

Nostalgia always seems to emphasize the best version of your memories.  But installing this software really brought back some of the gritty truth that was 90’s computing.  First off, it was slow.  Waiting for the drive to read, then waiting for the program to load, and then waiting for it to install… it was a pretty lenghty process… especially considering how this program COULDN’T be larger than 2.88MB.  And to make matters worse, by the time I finally got to disk two, either time or some other form of decay had wiped out the second disc.  So all that searching for a floppy was for naught!

I was able to find a version of the software online luckily.  And from there, installation took only a few seconds.  As much as I jabber about “the good ole days” I have to remember they actually sucked just as much as “any other days” haha!

Ready to roll!

What this all means:

First off, I’ve gone from two memory cards, to basically an unlimited number of memory cards.  There are a few games which take up a large chunk, if not ALL of the space on a Memory Card.  So this will allow me to save more data.

I can Archive and organize my data.  Before I was limited to saving at most four Mario Kart 64 ghosts.  Now I have the opportunity not only to save ghosts for every track, but as many ghosts as I want!  So I can save top 5 fastest for each track.   With shortcuts, without.  And I can label and catogorize my data.

My data is safer.  Third party memory cards were notorious for corrupting data.  And while Nintendo’s own cards are certainly of higher quality, they aren’t immune by any stretch.  I remember one of my cards being corrupted as a kid, and just a few days ago, one of my cards was again corrupted.  It’s what prompted me to finally install the DexDrive.  Now I can transfer all my saves to the hard drive, and have them backed up regularly.

So I continue to be hopelessly obsessed with all things N64 right now.  My new joystick should be here next week for one of my worn out controllers.  I’m hoping it’s more comparable to the original controller than the knock-off I bought a while ago.  Though I’m still considering buying a few more knock offs to torture on Mario Kart.

And I’m continuing with my next re-review playthough.  It might be a while, because I’m really having a lot of fun with this game.  I guarantee you won’t wait as long for the re-review as I waited for the game to actually come out!

Play on, my friends!  And come on over for some multiplayer sometime!

Belly Button

They grow up so fast… *sniffle*.  Lucas’ umbilical cord remains fell off today.  Kinda nasty really.  Just like a big scab.  I guess some people save those things… not us.  Blech!

His circumcision ring fell off a few days ago, so he’s now pretty much how he’ll be the rest of his life.  Kinda crazy.

It’s all been going real well.  Well from my perspective at least.  Maybe Andrea would say differently since she gets to spend a little more time with him, but he’s just an awesome little boy.  Doesn’t cry a whole lot, and when he does, you can pretty much just bet that he’s hungry.  He’s been sleeping fairly well too.  Sometimes a little challenging to get him put to bed for the night, but once he’s there, he’ll sleep for a good 3 to 4 hours.  The other night he slept from 1:30am all the way to 8:00am.  That was pretty friggin awesome if you were wondering!  Haha.

So far, it’s hard to imagine that he doesn’t belong here.  Before we got pregnant you always wonder “if you’re ready”, well I guess it just doesn’t matter if you are or aren’t.  Since he’s been around it just feels like he was meant to be here all along.

Lucas James – “The Man”

Meet our first son… Lucas James!  I know it’s what all new parents say, but he’s really amazing.  He was born August 3rd, 2011 at exactly 5:00 pm.  It was a long hard day especially for Andrea as we got to the hospital at 4:00 am.  And she was dialated to 10cm by noon and pushing for 4 hours before the doctor finally said we’d better do a c-section.  (I think he was just ready to go home, haha)  Honestly, Andrea was about exhausted too.

You always hear people talk about how amazing it is to hear your child cry for the very first time.  You kind of prepare yourself for it, but it just doesn’t comprehend until it actually  happens.  We were in the operating room, so we didn’t get to see him emerge, but Andrea was alert, and I was totally holding  it together until a tear rolled down her face when Lucas wimpered for the first time.

Shortly after that they got him pretty much cleaned up and wrapped him up and handed him to me.  I’ve never been one who likes to hold babies, but man was I ever ready to hold him!  It was so odd looking at Andrea, and then looking at him.  I would look at Andrea and see “us” and I would look at Luke and think “him”.  He really didn’t feel like ours in that very first moment.  But when I held him and was able to hold him cheek to cheek with Andrea… it all was just perfect.

Andrea actually didn’t get a chance to hold him for about an hour or so.  They had to close her incision back up, and Luke and I went to the nursery for standard tests and measurements.  He laid there taking it all in for the first time.  Just staring up and crying everyonce in a while.  I was able to be in the nursery with him for a while and was always able to calm him down.

He weighed in at 8lbs 2oz.  21 inches long and a full head of hair.

He’s really amazing.  Hard to believe its real still.  Next step is to get out of the hospital.  Andrea has some extra recovery time due to the c-section, but the doctor said she should be able to get out of here by Saturday at noon.  I sure hope so.  I’ve had about enough hospital living.  New nurses every shift with new ways we “should” be doing things.  Its wears on the patience when the 4th different person shows up and lays down a new law.

Thanks for all the prayers and support.  We definitely couldn’t have done it without the folks that were here, and all the people who have helped us and provided for us everything we could possibly need and more.  We are blessed to have the most amazing family and friends we could ask for!

Oh yeah, here’s a link to a photo album with a bunch of pictures.  Look for this album to grow and grow along with baby Lucas!