Full-size, fully functioning AT-AT — this needs to happen

A Star Wars fan is trying to get support to build a full-size, fully-functioning AT-AT in Oklahoma City. I loved the idea of a Robocop statue for Detroit, but I love this even more. I worry though that once Oklahoma gets the AT-AT, it will roll through football rivals Texas and Nebraska, leaving Kansas as an unfortunate victim as the giant mechanical beast stomps through fields with a Husker bloodlust.

Despite that risk, you should visit the page and see how you can help. The Sierra Nevadas should keep us safe.

April 2011 Appeal-Democrat pages

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March 2011 Appeal-Democrat pages

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How to remove Facebook apps you don’t use anymore

I spend so much time banning random Facebook applications from my news feed that I forget how many there are.

I’m not kidding. This is my current block list:

There/Their/They’re Test, (Lil) Green Patch, Fish Isle, Café World, FarmVille, My Christmas Tree, Fish Life, Birthday Cards, Kidnap!, iHearts, Happy Pets, Holiday Drinks, Hallmark Social Calendar, Mafia Wars Game, NinjaTrick, YoVille, Collect Hearts, Causes, Restaurant City, Happy Island, Farm Town, Movies, Zoo World, Yearbook, @Hearts, MyCalendar, PetVille, MyCalendar 2010, Social City, Treasure Isle, FishVille, Castle Age, Pot Farm, Drinks On Me, FrontierVille, Kingdoms of Camelot, The Yes/No Game, 21 questions, CityVille, Christmas Cards!, Treasure Madness, (Lil) Farm Life, FarmVille, Who was i, in my past life ?, What Mythological creature are you?, My City Life, Commit to Vote Challenge.

These are all applications that at some point I have either received requests from or used. I’m sure your list of blocked applications isn’t anywhere near that long. But the list of applications you’ve used that have access to your personal information is probably at least that long.

Facebook has slowly eroded any sense of privacy you may have on its site. The privacy controls are a garbled mess of confusing links that even if you set the settings right, Facebook can come in one day and blow them up.

But for now, here’s how to remove Facebook applications you don’t use anymore

Step 1: Find the account tab at the top right of the page (assuming you’ve signed in already) and choose “privacy settings”

Step 2: Look for the little part at the bottom of the page that says “Apps and Websites”

Step 3: Click on the Edit Settings button

Step 4: Remove the applications you don’t use anymore by clicking the X and consider tweaking the access settings on applications you plan to continue using.

$40 PS3 orders canceled, no charges

As could have been predicted, I won’t be getting a PlayStation 3 for $40. Per an e-mail from Amazon I just received:

We are contacting you regarding your order #002-0251899-0886633 from the Target store at Amazon.com. We recently became aware of mismatched price and product information which resulted in the discontinued Sony PS3 Hardware System and the PlayStation 3 Move Advanced Shooter Grip being displayed incorrectly.

We are sorry, but we are unable to offer you either of these items at this time and have canceled your order.  Your credit card was not charged.

How you could have found a PS3 for $40

I read the results of a reader survey for the Appeal-Democrat last week and noticed a few people pointed out our need for more proofreaders because of typos, etc.

I can safely say the Appeal-Democrat hasn’t screwed up as badly as Target did Sunday.

On both its website and its store on Amazon.com, Target listed a PlayStation 3 for $39.99. That’s not a typo by me, but it may have been a typo by Target. The PlayStation 3 retails for $299 and $399

Alert readers on one of my favorite websites on the Internet, Reddit, seized on this opportunity and catalogued the carnage.

User BeerDrinkingRobot put the $40 PS3 in his cart, but when the order confirmation arrived, he saw it became a PlayStation 3 Move Advanced Shooter Grip.

Being the enterprising seeker of knowledge I am with $40 in my pocket, I placed an order for it on Amazon. Mine did not change to a shooter grip, but instead stayed as a PlayStation 3.

I contacted Amazon support and was informed they don’t know what they will do about the orders placed. Or in Amrita’s words:

“Despite our best efforts, a small number of the items in our catalog may be mispriced. If an item’s correct price is higher than our stated price, we will, at our discretion, either contact you for instructions before shipping or cancel your order and notify you of such cancellation. For PS3 game, we are still investigating the issue and if any change happens, we’ll let you know.”

Pokemon Black and White: If you’re trying to catch them all, sucks to be you

While Nintendo is panicking a little about the 3DS and its effects on small children’s eyes, there is some good news. By March, the latest incarnations of the wildly popular Pokemon series will hit the U.S.

Pokemon Black and Pokemon White offer another 150 new creatures solely to piss off those who thought they already caught them all. I believe off the top of my head, that should bring the total count to 600.

Go ahead, try and name 15 in the comments without peeking.

Nintendo is rightfully freaking out over kids’ eyes and the 3DS

Shock of all shocks, Nintendo is freaking out too much about the 3-D display for its 3DS, which launches this Spring.

In case you missed it, just before New Year’s Nintendo echoed its previous warnings about kids under the age of 6 using the 3DS. The company is concerned about it affecting the development of children’s eyes.

The New York Times relayed the thoughts of pediatric ophthalmologists, which can be summed up in one image

But personally I don’t blame Nintendo for being as freaked out as it is over this issue. It wasn’t long ago that idiots who couldn’t hold onto a Wii remote were griping about their broken TVs. Nintendo diffused those worries by emphasizing the use of its wrist strap and adding the Wii Condom in all remote packages.

In this case, it’s small children’s eyes. The furor that would arise if Nintendo didn’t issue the warnings it did and a kid went blind would be much worse than a couple of broken TVs.

Broken TVs you can just blame on an idiot.

Blind kids? A little harder to shake off.