Get Free Avatar Night Vision Goggles

In an apparent attempt to apologize for a bit of a misfired launch of the overpriced Stimulus Map Pack for Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward/Activision/Microsoft are giving away a free pair of virtual night vision goggles until April 4th at 11;59.

How generous.

While it is hard to argue over free, this seems like a pretty blatant stunt to attract more people to a map pack that has seen its share of controversy. Do gamers fall for this? Is this some kind of deal, a worthless pair of non-existent goggles? Maybe the seemingly botched launch, which reeks of proper karma by the way, would have been forgivable if the price were not set at such a ridiculous level.

Thanks for the free stuff. Certainly can’t complain about that, but you also can’t distract everyone from what caused the freebie in the first place.

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Seymour going pink for a day?

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) October 20, 2009 | Mark Brackenbury By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich Register Correspondent SEYMOUR — The town is poised to turn pink Wednesday, thanks to a community effort to raise awareness about breast cancer.

“Seymour Pink” day, the brainchild of Seymour High School science teacher Mary Deming, has taken on a life of its own, with dozens of businesses, residents and schools pitching in for the cause.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has even proclaimed Oct. 21 as “Seymour Pink Day.” “The energy is gaining and the sea of pink on that day will be incredible,” Deming said.

Since she began the mission to, in part, honor the memory of her mother who died of breast cancer 38 years ago, Deming has spread the word for the community to “see more” pink.

With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Deming wanted to do something big to involve the entire town. She had pink T-shirts designed, courtesy of Blanchette’s, emblazoned with the pink breast cancer ribbon and bearing the words, “Seymour Pink,” with the “Y” in Seymour upside down to resemble the ribbon. go to web site vera bradley coupon code

Deming is encouraging everyone to either buy a T-shirt and wear it Wednesday, or wear something pink from their own closets. She’s also asking residents and business owners alike to adorn a front door or window in pink.

Hundreds of T-shirts have been sold at area businesses, and those still wanting one can stop at the Seymour High School office. Call 888-2561. The shirts are $10, with proceeds benefiting the Komen for a Cure Foundation.

Local businesses, like Thule Inc., bought 106 T-shirts for its employees, while Tickled Pink sold more than 125 shirts, according to Deming. Superintendent of Schools Mary Anne Mascolo bought shirts for the central office staff, while Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Finance Rick Belden bought shirts so that every school bus driver can be part of the pink celebration. site vera bradley coupon code

Even the high school volleyball team has designated its Friday game as “dig pink,” and all players will be sporting pink T-shirts. Other businesses, like Seybridge Pharmacy, asked for $5 donations, and in turn, offered 20 percent off Vera Bradley bags. With a special coupon, Hot Tamales will also donate 20 percent of patrons’ bills to the cause.

Town Hall employees are also getting into the act, with First Selectman Robert Koskelowski vowing to don a pink shirt and tie for the day.

According to statistics, the number of men and women in Connecticut diagnosed with breast cancer is higher than national rates. Of the 3.5 million people living in the state, the incidence rate for every 100,000 women is 129.9, compared with 117.7 nationally.

“Breast cancer can be beat, and raising awareness and funds to continue the fight is critical to achieving that goal,” Deming said.

Jean Falbo-Sosnovich can be reached at

Mark Brackenbury