As some of you know I really enjoy dabbling in new server technologies. Lately I’ve been tinkering around with Amazon Web Services as a research project at work and I decided to go ahead and open a personal account to take advantage of the Free Tier offerings they have available. As part of that I have set up a web server running on an EC2 instance and resurrected AlfredBonnabel.com. Woohoo!
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Well everyone, I stand at the brink of my first goal. A grand total of 9999 Gamerscore.
I’d like to first thank all of my fans for making this possible and my Xbox for never giving me the RROD. Here are the achievements that have helped me reach this milestone.
Happy Action Theatre
Wow, this was a great weekend for the Achievement Quest! I’ve picked up a few games for myself and the family as well as downloaded a couple titles from Xbox Live Marketplace. As a family we are trying to add some more physical activity to our routine and what better way to do so (and get achievements) than to break out Just Dance 3 or Happy Action Theatre (plus bonus achievements from Kinect PlayFit)!
Over the past several days I’ve managed to rack up around 650 points towards my gamerscore. My first goal of 10000 is just around the corner!
Happy Action Theatre
Just Dance 3
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
Once Upon a Monster
Marvel vs Capcom 3
Well, I admit I’ve gotten off to a bit of a slow start. The past few days have been pretty busy at work so I have not spent as much time gaming as I wanted to. However, I was able to fire up a Games for Windows – Live title that I’ve never gotten around to trying before: Tinker. This free title is worth a total of 200 and in my first time playing it I was able to land a total of 4 achievements worth 40 . Not too bad of a start. I hope to spend this weekend working on a few more titles as I make my way to my first goal of a gamerscore of 10,000.
Recently Xbox LIVE Rewards announced a new program call MyAchievements as a new reward for dedicated players. The program is divided into three levels based on your gamerscore: 3000-9999 is Contender, 10000-24999 is Champion, and 25000+ is Legend. Each level of the program unlocks additional bonuses which are a little underwhelming at the moment but could improve over time.
My current gamerscore when the program rolled out got my into the Contender level. But a “special gift” (avatar item) during my birthday month isn’t enough for me so I’ve challenged myself to get the 10000 and then 25000 points needed to move to Champion and finally Legend.
After a couple of days of grinding out the easiest achievements I could find for the games in my library I’ve settled in for the long haul. My current gamerscore sits just above 9200 points so I’m getting close to reaching my first goal. I’m going to try to make a daily log of achievements gained so I can chart my progress and share with you guys.
Wish me luck!
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I was shocked to learn that my local House Representative, Tim Griffin, was one of the sponsors of this bill. To put this into perspective, if SOPA is passed then there is a very real possibility that The Alfred Effect will have to be shutdown. I do videos featuring various video games and video game products that could be requested to be taken down by Sega, Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Activision, Electronic Arts, and others even though it is purely for non-profit purposes. And all of this can be done with no judicial oversight. I’m guilty whether or not I can prove I am innocent.
And that is wrong.
I’ve posted below the letter I just submitted to Representative Griffin. And I assure you that I am not lying when I say I will be following this VERY closely and will be making many letters and phone calls to increase awareness and opposition. Feel free to copy and modify this letter below and shoot it off to your local Congressional Representative. Spread the word.
As an active constituent of yours here in Conway I want to take a moment to talk to you about your support for the “Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)”. This bill would “allow companies to bypass the judicial system and take down or block websites simply by accusing a user of posting just *potentially* infringing content on a website.” (arstechnica.com) There doesn’t have to be anything truly infringing for a company to report the site thereby bringing a government ban down upon them. That doesn’t sound like due process to me, more like guilty until proven innocent.
The internet does not belong to the United States alone. This most wonderful piece of technology has brought the world together in ways that nothing before has ever achieved. We are still a diverse and separate people, but the lanes of communication have been opened and the flood of ideas should not be stopped now. Whether for entertainment, education, research, or commerce the core of what the internet means has always been and will always be one thing: communication. This bill will do nothing to promote that and everything to help stymie it.
Corporate backing of this bill is nothing short of blatant. No consumers asked for it. No average internet users asked for it. The only beneficiary of the legislation is the corporate world.
To be fair I completely understand and empathize with the desire to maintain one’s intellectual properties, brand image, etc. But there is no need to ensure further regulations when corporations have and do abuse the existing power and tools at their disposal in the form of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. An excellent example is the current lawsuit, “Motion Picture Association of America vs Hotfile” where it was brought to light that Warner Brothers issued numerous take down requests to Hotfile not only for items that it had not copyright on but also violated the DMCA by not examining the files before submitting the take down request.
Don’t forget that the United States is a nation of the people, not of the corporation. Even the blind can see the results of corporations freed of regulation and oversight with no accounting (see Enron, the financial sector collapse, etc).
Thank you for your time and I look forward to watching the progress of this bill closely. I hope to see your name in opposition and not support.
Alfred E Bonnabel IV”