Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


DDR for Life, Yo!

Filed under: Art,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Fun,NaNoWriMo,News and Current Events,Personal,The Network Geek at Home — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:36 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Crescent

DDR = Dance Dance Revolution for those of you not in the know.

First, some time back, I read this article on bOING bOING about how certain health insurers are participating in a study to reduce obesity in children. Via Dance Dance Revolution. No, that is not a joke. And, trust me, when I had a PlayStation 2 with the low-rent DDR controler at my house, I tried it. Once. Damn thing nearly made my heart explode! That is one serious game. But, beyond the game aspect, there was an included program to tell you how much game-play you needed to burn off a certain amount of calories. Yes, a video game with a calorie counter built in to it. Crazy!

Now, for those of you who want to do this, but don’t want to shell out the clams for an official DDR controller, you can build one yourself. The folks over at InventGeek.com have a “dancepad” project that takes you through the steps, so to speak, and helps you build your own, custom DDR controller. Cool, isn’t it?

Yeah, well, I thought it was cool. And, no joke, Dance Dance Revolution is a heck of a workout.  Besides, I’ve been stuck in front of a terminal at work all week, working extra hours, so I haven’t been able to scour the Internet for better links or work on my NaNoWriMo novel, which at my current word count, isn’t much more than a long short story.  Ah, well, maybe next year!

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