Archive for July, 2013

Using Google Forms to Keep Track of Ascension Scores

Using Google Forms to Keep Track of Ascension Scores

I play a ton of Ascension, a card-based deck building game. I own the first core set and expansion and while I enjoy it, the digital experience is a lot easier to manage. Unfortunately as of this writing the Ascension app is only available for iOS. I backed the Android and Windows Kickstarter project, and […]

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Google Nexus 7 2 2013 Android Tablet Initial Impressions Review

Google Nexus 7 2 2013 Android Tablet Initial Impressions Review

Here are my first impressions with Google’s latest Nexus 7 tablet.

Posted in: review, technology
Jawbone UP Down

Jawbone UP Down

Less than three weeks after I wrote about our Jawbone UP biometric bands, Sedagive?’s UP gave up the ghost. Her UP wrist band wouldn’t sync today. The band would stop at 2%, and then eventually stopped being recognized altogether. Here’s what we did to troubleshoot, and eventually gave up and wrote to Jawbone: Tags: android, […]

Give Pretty Lights Album “A Color Map of the Sun” a Listen

Give Pretty Lights Album “A Color Map of the Sun” a Listen

I really like the sound of music producer Derek Vincent Smith’s Pretty Lights. Smith has spent a lot of time promoting other artists through his Pretty Lights record label but released a new album earlier this month. A Color Map of the Sun is available for free digital download. There’s also a second “studio sessions” […]

Posted in: music, review
Firearms Tips and Techniques for Beginners: Unloading an AK

Firearms Tips and Techniques for Beginners: Unloading an AK

This episode of Firearms Tips and Techniques for Beginners shows you basic procedures that should enable you to unload most modern civilian defense rifles. This video features an AK pattern rifle, but the basics apply to just about every model. Tags: featured, firearms tips and techniques, rifle

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Zombicide Survivor Helper App Review

Zombicide Survivor Helper App Review

We love playing Zombicide with our friends. The game supports up to six players (we’ve played with nine players after modifying things a bit). The game is a big hit. One of the things we don’t like about the game is managing the character cards. There are two big reasons to interact with your character’s […]

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Organ Trail Android Game Review

Organ Trail Android Game Review

Clack clack whunk There I was, playing another round of Oregon Trail. I was about six years old, typing away on my school’s amazing Apple ][ computer. My time spent in the library trying to get my band of settlers from Missouri to Oregon was pivotal and shaped my future life experience with computers, Apple, […]

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Rosie Update #3: Living With It

Rosie Update #3: Living With It

It’s been two and a half months since we took our dog Rosie to the vet because she couldn’t open her mouth properly. She has masticatory muscle myositis, which means that her body thinks her jaw muscles are an infection. She’s been on prednisone for about two months. Her initial dosage was 50mg per day, […]

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The NSA Responds to My FOIA Request

The NSA Responds to My FOIA Request

Two weeks ago I wrote to the NSA and requested my phone records and any records of my Internet activity via a Freedom of Information Act request. On June 26, 2013 the NSA denied my FOIA request and refused to confirm or deny that they had any information about me. I’ve redacted my case number […]

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Jawbone UP Biometrics Band Review

Jawbone UP Biometrics Band Review

Sedagive? likes tracking her physical activity and food intake. She’s tried several methods for doing this, including paper, spreadsheets, numerous Web sites, and Android apps. A lot of people at my current employer are very active. One of my co-workers had a sleek black band on his wrist. “Hey dude, what’s that?” I asked. “It’s […]