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20Jan/111

GT5 Auto-Grind B-Spec

Got the idea from other youtube videos and ps3trophies website. The oscillating fan will hit 'down' on the controller every so often, helping to restart the race. Having the enter key held down on the keyboard will keep issuing commands and also restart the race. Just put Bob in an over-powered car and in a race he will surely win. Leave it on and come back to lots of $ and XP (and if you grind to level 35 or so they give a Red Bull X2010 car).

I remember doing something similar with friends on Rainbow Six: Vegas. We would start private matches and put rubber bands on our controllers and leave it on overnight to grind xp to unlock weapons.

Any games (especially single player games) that require ridiculous amount of grinding to unlock content is deeply flawed. I hate GT5 as a game but love it for the driving experience.

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20Jan/110

Joe Rogan – The American War Machine

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18Jan/110

Kindle 3

My Kindle 3 finally arrived. I've been meaning to read more lately and now I even more reason. No more having to deal with the library system of returns or reservations either. Amazed by how small the screen is and how crisp the text is.

Amazon better not announce a new Kindle model next week.

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17Jan/110

DIY IKEA TV Riser

Needed to raise my TV about 6-8" and did tons of research online and it seems most HT guys make their own out of MDF. Since I'm not very handy, I decided to try to look for an IKEA solution. I got some inspiration from how other people made monitor stands out of shelving and legs so off I went.

I used Ikea's NORRTORP shelving since it is solid pine (the EKBY JÄRPEN was my second choice, but it is MDF), and 6" CAPITA legs. With the shelving and legs, the TV was raised 7", which is perfect for my GT5 set up and for general viewing. The total cost was $70, but the NORRTORP set comes with another shelf so I can use that for another project.

I temporarily fastened a second set of legs in anticipation of getting a new center channel speaker to place under the TV. This way I can rearrange the legs later to make sure the legs don't get in the way.

The next project will be to route the cables cleanly. Here's how it looks now: