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With all of the social media sites out there, I wanted to take a moment to let you know where you can officially find me out there on the interwebs.

A good place to start is this very blog….but if you are here, you probably already know that.

RSS: If you are one of those old school folks that uses RSS (Like me!) I offer a full feed you can subscribe to here.

Xbox Live: On Xbox Live I am, of course, Major Nelson. If you own an Xbox One…be sure to follow me over there that way you can jump into any multiplayer games with me or get a notification when I start streaming on my Twitch channel.

Podcast: The podcast is in this section of on the blog, as well as posted on my Soundcloud channel. You can also find the show in iTunes here.

Twitter: Since November 22, 2006…I’ve been on Twitter which is the best place to track the latest Xbox news, sales and information (among other things I tweet.) My Vines will appear there as well.

Vine: Speaking of my Vines, you can explore the world of beautiful, looping videos from Major Nelson here.

Reddit: If you Reddit, you can find me as /u/majornelson  http://www.reddit.com/user/majornelson/ –  I lurk in /r/XboxOne and will drop in on conversations now and then.

Flickr: I post photos over here on my Photostream

Facebook: I update my status and occasionally like stuff on my Facebook page.

Google PlusThis is me on Google Plus and my official Major Nelson Google Plus page. I also have an Xbox group page for the community to share their own Xbox related content. While I am not as active on G+, I post over there as often as I can and that’s also where we’ll do the occasional Hangout.

YouTube:  You can find all sorts of videos at my YouTube channel including games I’m playing, events I’m attending and who knows what else.

Twitch: I regularly stream on my Twitch channel from work and home. Follow the channel and you’ll get a notification whenever I’m live.

Instagram: Into Instagram? I’m over there as well posting occasional objets d’art or short videos.

SnapChat: I am snapping there as “themajornelson“. I am just starting to use SnapChat, so I am still experimenting the best way to use it. Follow me and join the experiment!

NeoGaf: If NeoGAF is your place, I’m over there as  “Major Nelson”

Tech Support/Questions: If you need tech support or help with your Xbox, you should hit up Xbox Support on Twitter. They are standing by ready to help.

Email? Yea…you can reach me here. While I try to read everything I receive, I don’t have time to reply to every email.

I’ve been playing around with Medium here. But since I’ve already got a blog…not sure what I’ll do over there.

Any other social networks I should take a look at ? I’d love to know what you use and how.

 

From One Major to Another

Posts about celebrities passing away are not something I typically cover, but this time it’s different. Let me explain.

Today, an iconic actor named Larry Hagman died. For those of you who don’t recognize that name, take a look at his lengthy filmography. He is often remembered for his role as JR on the TV series “Dallas.” I, however, know him a different way.

I am often asked where my gamertag comes from. It’s a pretty simple story really. A few years ago our TiVo recommended an episode of “I Dream Of Jeannie” starring. Larry Hagman, At the time I was trying to come up with  a Gamertag and I was stumped but watching Hagman play this cool astronaut named Major Nelson, inspired my new gamertag. It had to be Major Nelson.

So while I may have borrowed the name of his character, Larry Hagman, he is in fact, the real Major Nelson.

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Scrabble, the classic word-spelling game, is now available for Xbox One. mjr.mn/1KpvJlQ http://t.co/VkweXHXYW7

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Doing a few con calls from my outdoor home office & ‘testing’ Xbox One to Windows 10 game streaming. Test = Sucessful http://t.co/bcieygenwq

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ICYMI: Xbox is heading to Europe in August. We hope you can join us @Gamescom mjr.mn/1egFA0K

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Wow - Not many games can claim that! Great milestone. twitter.com/Kappische/stat…

If you are looking for something to do tonight for an hour, join me, e and Stepto as we discuss (and try to decipher)  the movie Prometheus tonight (Sunday 10 June) at 10p ET/7p PT (what time is that in your time zone?) I’ll set up a Google Plus Video Hangout where we will go over the plot points and discuss what this movie meant to us as fans of the Alien franchise. It goes without saying that this discussion will be filled with spoilers. We are going to openly go over characters, plot points etc. in depth.

Do not join us if you have not seen the film!

Once we are live, I’ll post a link on Twitter or you can just add me to a circle and you’ll see the Hangout pop up in your feed.

 

 

 

   
   

Edit: If you missed the live hangout, here is the archive:

Back from Alaska

After a week on an Alaskan cruise, it is now time to come to face with the reality that my vacation is now over. A few of you asked about the trip, and specifically what ship and itinerary I was on. I thought I’d share that with you now and maybe it will help you make your own decisions if you wish to see if Alaska (or cruising) is for you.

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My wife and I sailed on the Celebrity Infinity out of Seattle. We choose the one-week itinerary that included Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau; Skagway, Alaska Inside Passage and Victoria, British Columbia. They offer quite a few different options, but this one worked for our timing. The highlight of the trip was Tracy Arm.  Waking up at 6am and stepping out onto the deck into the middle of a fjord was spectacular. I can’t say enough about the raw natural beauty of the area, but check out some of my photos to get a taste of what it was like. See for yourself here.  Following that we went on a whale watch in Juneau. We saw over 40 Killer Whales and dozen’s of Humpback whales in just a couple of hours In Skaway, we spend the morning heading up to the White Pass region via the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. This was a nice side trip where we learned about the history of the Klondike Gold Rush and the engineering accomplishment that is the Railroad.

 

The ports of call were fine, however they were too much of a tourist trap for my taste. As we pulled into each port, we were greeted by jewelry store after jewelry store. It turns out that many of these are owned by conglomerates that simply follow the cruise ship season. That means once the cruises season wraps up in Alaska in September, the stores pack up and head to Mexico or the Caribbean for the Winter Season. Next Spring, they’ll head back to Alaska. Apparently when you are on a cruise, you have an uncontrollable urge to purchase jewelry. My wife and I, however, never suffered from this enigma.

If you do make the trek to Alaska, try to go off the beaten path and find a shop that is locally owned and operated and trades in Alaskan made products to help directly support the local economy.

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A quick note about the Infinity. If you are planning on taking her on a cruise, do so after December 3rd 2011. That is when it’s headed in for a three-week refurb which is sorely needed. The staff on board was fantastic (and as it turns out they’re Xbox fans) but the ship has quite a few nautical miles under her and is now ready for a remodel.  Also, if you like to stay highly connected, then you’ll need to seriously alter your habits regardless of what cruise you go on. While many of the cruise ships offer internet access while at sea, it is not cheap. I restricted myself to only signing in for about 15-minutes each day during the cruise to check mail (and post a few Tweets.)  As you can imagine, using satellite technology as your primary connectivity comes at a steep cost: .75 a minute . With that type of rate, you need to have a regimented strategy for going on line and getting work done as quickly as possible and then signing off.

In summary, if you have the chance to go to Alaska . . go. You won’t regret it.  If you have any questions about the ship, post them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

We now return to our regular scheduled talk about gaming.

Major Nelson out for a week

I wanted to let you know that I am headed out of town this week for vacation/holiday. I’ll be sailing the high seas on a cruise, so my online time will be limited. That means a few things:

  • The updates here on the blog will be sparse until I return. In the meantime, litheon may jump in and make a post or two as needed.
  • Will I be Tweeting? Probably a little bit through out the week, but much less than normal.
  • I won’t be reading or responding to email until I return.
  • No podcasts for Sunday July 3rd or the 10th. We’ll record a show when I return and get that posted as quickly as possible since we’ll probably have a lot to discuss by then.

If you need help with your Xbox 360 or Xbox LIVE, be sure to ask our award winning Twitter Support team @xboxsupport They’re ready to help.

That’s pretty much what’s up. Enjoy your gaming and I’ll be back soon.

             

What’s up with my Twitter picture?

Last week I decided to update my Twitter profile with a new picture. Little did I know it would cause a great deal of confusion and concern, but then I realized posting a photo of yourself on fire with no context will do that .

Let me use this post to bring everyone up to speed.

First you’ll need to watch the below video, which I did for Inside Xbox for the release of the Xbox LIVE Arcade game Splosion Man.

As you saw, I was set on fire for the video. None of that was CG or Photoshop.

Now, and I can’t stress this enough, it was a carefully controlled stunt done specifically for this video. Using the top stunt coordinators in the Northwest, the entire video was shot under the strictest of safety precautions.

Now that you’ve seen the video above, here for the first time, are some behind the scenes photos that show what went into the setting up of the flaming shot.

So, as you can see the picture of me with my hair on fire was part of a stunt. That’s it. Plain and simple.

No one was hurt, burned or damaged. But I got a nice Twitter profile picture out of it.