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Don't be surprised if you get a follow from +Retro Nintendo Reviews  (my alter ego).  I find myself almost solely on that G+ now, and I don't want to miss out on things!
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Managed this last night after more tries that I would like to admit - Enjoy!
 
Just recorded a "No Death" run in Contra for the NES.  14:13 from controlling the player to blowing up Red Falcon's heart.  Screwed up a few places (the second 'tractor' in Snowfield, for instance), so could probably knock it down to 14:00 flat.  

Anyways, a fabulous game after all these years.  I cannot recommend this one highly enough.  The control, the levels, it's all perfect.

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+Tavish Ledesma Since I know he was curious...

VZW Galaxy Nexus short review:

I traded my OG Droid for a Galaxy Nexus about two weeks ago, and have generally been happy except for one serious issue (more to come). The phone is stupidly fast when the LTE works (hint hint), has an amazing screen, good form factor, and the pure-google experience on Ice Cream Sandwich is fabulous. Now the details:

Physical Form:
Fits very well in my large-ish hands, and the large screen is always reachable with my thumb, albeit with a bit of stretching to get to the top- opposite corner. The phone is slim, even with the extended battery in place.

Screen:
Amazingly beautiful. Simply put, the best phone screen I have seen. It's pentile, true. But listen up - I cannot tell. The Droid Bionic's pentile screen looks awful and blocky to my eyes, but the Nexus screen has the density to overcome pentile's deficiencies. My biggest complaint about the screen is actually wedded to ICS. The way ICS displays contact photos when you click on a contact is different than previous Android incarnations. The contact photo gets stretched to take up the full width of the screen, which is 720 pixels. The problem is, the default google contact photo size is 96x96 pixels, which doesn't fare well blown up to fit an HD screen. If you sync your contacts with google+ you can dodge that issue, or you can manually assign a contact photo on the phone - however this will be overwritten and replaced with the lo-res version if you ever edit the contact in gmail. The real problem here is the ridiculously small resolution allotted for gmail contact photos, but ICS brought it to my attention, so I'm noting it here.

Performance:
Fast, very fast - although compared to an OG Droid (even OC'd), anything would seem fast. Doesn't seem noticeably (i.e. real world use) different from my wife's Bionic in speed.

Battery:
Like all LTE phones, this thing uses somewhere around 1.21 jiggawatts of power. The stock battery was on it's knees after a day of moderate use. The extended battery only nets you about 300 mAh, but is enough to give you more breathing room without significantly altering the form of the phone, unlike the Bionic's extended battery which results in quite the tumor. Since my phone has to stay in my car during the work day, I can manage 2 days without plugging in.

Signal:
Finally, to the hiccup in what is otherwise a great phone. The signal on this device is bad. My OG Droid had consistently better 3G signal, and the Bionic will routinely have a stronger 4G signal sitting right next to it. Now, I admittedly live on somewhat the edge of LTE service, but Katie's Bionic always has rock solid reception, whereas I am continually dropping from 4G to 3G and back again. Verizon has acknowledged this problem, and says it is merely a problem with how the OS reports the signal strength, not that actual signal reception itself. This would cause the phone to switch down to the 3G antenna when it doesn't need to (because the OS thinks LTE signal is poor), and would result in the behavior I'm seeing. This might be the case, or it might be a hardware problem which is unfixable, we will have to see when the patch rolls out. BUT - even with a reported 2 bars of LTE, I was able to pull down 24 Mb and push 14.7 Mb up - it's just really inconsistent.

ICS:
Quick nod to ICS. It's great. The best Android so far. It is still a very 'new' feeling OS, and has some quirks to be worked out (especially re: consistency of where the menu button is placed in apps), but overall it is very enjoyable to use. The keyboard is also great, and the browser contains my favorite new feature: a request desktop site button right in the top level menu. Much more convenient than past incarnations.

Overall, a fabulous phone that is almost completely hamstrung by poor signal strength. If Verizon can't fix the signal issues, I may be looking to sell this and get a Bionic (the RAZR lost me with no removable battery), but god I hate motoblur and that pentile screen. All and all the Galaxy S II is probably still the best phone available, once it receives the ICS treatment, it just leaves the VZW folks out in the cold.
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Anything but my OG Droid. The thing is sooooooo slowwwww.
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SCIENCE!
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SPLOOSH!

Since +Katie Johnson got an 870 Wingmaster for shooting trap, I had been borrowing my Dad's 1100 G3 to shoot with her.  1100 G3 started having ejection problems which were costing me in doubles, and it needed a trip to a gunsmith.  Seemed like a good time to get my own gun :D

Browning 725 Citori Sporting 12 ga. 30" barrels
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Just bought own on Wednesday. Can't wait to shoot it. 
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SPLOOSH!  I love my mailman. Very excited as well about the condition of this one. Very very nice shape, and the contacts are immaculate (and no it's not a repro!). Just gotta finish up FF1 before I start into my pile of SNES RPGs....
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Apparently my thesis is officially 'part of the problem.'
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The report in question:  http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=b7b23f66-2d60-4d5a-8bc5-8522c7e1a40e

Page 20 for squirrel related goodness.  And normally this isn't the sort of place I'd like to see a publication of mine cited, but this is too good.
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Engineer, retrogamer, diver, dog lover.  Owner of www.retronintendoreviews.com
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  • University of California, Davis
    Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, M.S.
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
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