and then the world crashes in

For Father’s Day Teresa got me a Wii. Well, actually, for Father’s Day Teresa got me the permission to go search for a Wii for a week, but I won’t go into that story.

When you turn on the Wii, it takes you to Wii Channels, a sort of desktop for the console, which lets you add things like a weather section, a picture viewer, internet browser, that sort of stuff.

The console has a very friendly vibe to it. The music is calming, everything is bathed in bright, almost heavenly white, and everythign has that Nintendo brand candy coating over it. The half hour or so you spend setting up your first Mii and getting to know the console, you’re just coated in this overall sense of relaxation and fun. It’s a very effective branding. I enjoy checking the weather on it in the morning, maybe playing a few holes of Wii Sports Golf. It’s a nice way to start the day.

This morning I clicked on the news channel to see the national headlines, and the whole thing fell to pieces. All the heavenly white hues and the peaceful, happy music couldn’t cover up the ugliness of the headlines. Entwistle Guilty in Murders of Wife, Daughter. Supreme Court Rejects Death Penalty for Child Rape. Suspects arrested in underage sex trade roundup. So much for the happy family friendly vibe huh?

What a way to start the day. Think I might take the news channel off the console.

it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas

I’m flipping through the channels, and everything on the screen is green and red. Ever since those tornadoes happened in downtown Atlanta, all the news stations go nuts about anything weather related. Light showers in the morning? Have you prepared your disaster kit? So all this screaming about how you’re going to die from a humid morning sorta drowns out nights like tonight, where I knew nothing of the impending hail storm that beat my car like a kid with too much lunch money. I was lucky enough to get of the bus before the rain started, which was nice, but it was weird to watch the weather get worse and worse with every turn I took.
First turn brought rain, second brought small, intermittent hail, third brought full on hail, fourth brought no-visibility rain and baseballs from the sky.

Gah, what a low. “Get weather reports from!” Sorry.