New content just went up on the Xbox Live Marketplace:

Ballas! Picture Pack
Fine Wood Picture Pack
Googly Eyes Picture Pack
Monkey Business Picture Pack
Here, Kitty Kitty! Picture Pack
Baseketball Court Picture Pack
Battle Ground Picture Pack
Beach Picture Pack
Skate or Die Picture Pack
Battle Ground Theme
Graffiti Theme
Monkey Business Theme
Basketball Court Theme
Fine Wood Theme
Fur Theme
Kitty Theme
Flower Theme
Skate or Die Theme

Check the individual item for pricing.

Edit: there is also a new Outpost Kaloki scenario available.

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It’s kind of a slow week, as everyone prepares for CES in Las Vegas or the Detroit Auto show. This press release landed in my inbox and combines the best of both shows:


Xbox 360 Powers All-New Nissan URGE Concept Car
Motorcycle-inspired roadster delivers a futuristic driving experience using ?oProject Gotham Racing 3.?

DETROIT ?” Dec. 28, 2005 ?” Nissan North America Inc.(NNA) and Microsoft Corp. have merged automobile design and gaming technology to create the first-ever fully integrated gaming system within a vehicle. Conceived by Nissan Design America Inc. (NDA) and equipped with the Xbox 360″ next-generation video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Nissan URGE concept car allows drivers (while parked) to play ?oProject Gotham Racing 3? using the car’s own steering wheel, gas pedal and brake pedal while viewing the game on a flip-down seven-inch LCD screen. ?oPGR 3? is developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by Bizarre Creations Ltd. for Microsoft Game Studios.

The URGE, which will make its world debut at the 2006 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 9, offers a glimpse of how echo boomers are influencing the next generation of vehicle design.

?oNissan conducted an Internet survey of 2,000 echo boomers, a majority of which said technology and gaming are among the most important attributes in their first car,? said Bruce Campbell, vice president of design at Nissan Design America in La Jolla, Calif. ?oXbox 360 offered the latest in technology and was already a favorite among this audience.?

The Nissan URGE, outfitted with an Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, puts the controls of the world’s most powerful gaming console at the hands and feet of the driver. Implemented by the designers at Nissan Design America with the guidance of Microsoft engineers, the Nissan URGE delivers an immersive driving experience not available in any living room.

The URGE concept car is equipped with the award-winning ?oPGR 3,? which allows drivers to control a breathtaking trip through the streets of five photo-realistic locations: New York City, London, Las Vegas, Tokyo and the Nurburgring test track in Germany. ?oPGR 3? drivers view and play the game on a flip-down LCD screen, which doubles as a rear-view mirror when the car is being used for real driving. They control the action using the Nissan URGE’s race-inspired steering wheel, gas pedal and brake pedal. A Nissan URGE driver can, for example, maneuver through the streets of New York, park the car and fire up the Xbox 360, then virtually race through the same streets using the same steering wheel, gas pedal and brake pedal ?” blurring fantasy and reality in a way that the automotive world has never before seen.

I need a new hosting provider. It’s been great, but the site needs an upgrade of a server power and bandwidth, both of which I don’t want to pursue with my current provider. WordPress, the blogging software that I use, has held up fairly well under pressure (remember the Leipzig outage of August ?~05?) but I need a new hosting solution to move both it and my blogcast files on to.

Got any tips? Here is what I am looking for:

Support for WordPress (PHP)
ASP. NET 1.1 Support, if ASP. NET 2.0 is supported that’s a plus, since I want to move to a .Net solution eventually.
MSSQL Support, SQL Server 2000 preferable
Support for user-created scripts
Good administration software, such as Plesk
A decent database manager
RDP Support is a plus
SSH Support is a plus (not sure if there are any Windows hosters that support SSH)
All of the other obvious other webhosting features (FTP, email accounts, etc.)

Yea, I know it is a lot…but it’s what I need to keep my site going and keep bringing you the weekly blogcasts and information I share here on the site.

If you have any ideas, or better yet, want to host my site…drop me an email.

I hope you all had (or are having) a nice Holiday. Mine was spent much like the common joke about fortune cookies: …in bed. I caught a nasty cold late last week, so I spent the entire holiday weekend medicating myself with Zithromax and cough syrup (with a hint of Codeine to help me sleep.) Five days later, I am about 75% back, no longer infectious and trying to catch up on mail and blogs. Due to my sickness, I got very little game playing in, spending much of my time staring at the pretty gems in Bejeweled 2, although that did not help my gamerscore at all. I pretty much spent a majority of my conscious time with the Xbox Live Arcade Games, since they were easy to jump in and out of as I nodded off under my prescriptive based consciousness. As I walk the road back to health, I am going to work on my blogcast schedule for the next couple of weeks. I may round up some folks here in the office to record a special New Year’s edition of the show. For now though, I need to catch up on email and get ready for CES next week.