Ingress phone game

Author: Nathan | Date: September 30, 2014 | Category: videogames

I’ve been trying a game on my phone called Ingress.  It’s a GPS game where you gain points or energy by walking around.  It doesn’t work at driving speeds…you have to walk.  (It was initially developed by Google to get people  to photograph monuments and public things they were looking for images of.)  There are 2 teams.  At some monuments or public areas there are “portals” that can be captured by either side.  To capture a strongly held portal, you’d either need to walk around a lot to get energy or bring a lot of people from your team.

I joined the Enlightenment because it seems to be the losing side and I wanted a challenge.  :)  Everybody picks the Resistance.

32’s in the 64 folder. What’s on second.

Author: Nathan | Date: September 11, 2014 | Category: Windows

I had a problem where I would create data sources in BIDS but they wouldn’t show up in the ODBC administrator.  Today I learned that there are 2 ODBC administrator programs…one 32-bit and one 64-bit.  The 32-bit system files folder is called SysWOW64.  The 64-bit folder is called System32.  Of course it is.  (WOW stands for Windows On Windows.)  Making things worse is the fact that the 64-bit ODBC administrator executable is also called odbcad32.exe.

How to find the good LittleBigPlanet levels

Author: Nathan | Date: August 31, 2014 | Category: games

If you play LittleBigPlanet on PS3, you may have tried some of the community levels and found them to be mostly just ripoffs of other games.  The best way to find the good levels is to go to the community->search page, and search for most hearted.  The quality levels are hidden there.

Also, Sean proved that there’s nothing funnier than calling someone a hacker in local multiplayer.

don’t try Netflix over your cell connection

Author: Nathan | Date: August 31, 2014 | Category: technology, the web

This may go without saying, but don’t try Netflix over your cell connection.  I recently tried it for a while because I was amazed I even had enough speed to do it.  Before I knew it, my speed was throttled because I was over the 2.5 GB limit.  It goes fast.

Texas coastal trip

Author: Nathan | Date: August 31, 2014 | Category: travel

We recently went to visit Vanessa’s brother in the Galveston, TX area.  We spent a lot of time in the nice warm ocean water.  Always a joy.  Galveston is a long, thin island with beach house after beach house on stilts.  We went to Moody Gardens and saw a sloth, vampire bats, and some neat plants.  I also got to do the zip line…High up some stairs, they have an obstacle course where you can face your fear of heights while safely secured to a rope on tracks that follow you around.  We got to go to the NASA space center and see some huge rockets and some pretty cool exhibits.  Your face apparently turns red in zero gravity, from some videos we watched.  Vanessa’s brother has a DJI Phantom drone that he flew around for us.  He even had some goggles so that we could see what the drone saw.  Amazing stuff.  He also got Bluetooth-controlled paper airplanes with a propeller and rudder that you control from your cellphone…great idea.  We’ll have to experiment further to get them working.  As far as Texas in general, we saw a lot of cowboy churches, which I’d never heard of.  We ate at Braum’s because I heard it was good.  Can’t recommend it.  We also stopped at Dyers BBQ in Amarillo, which was pretty good.

The stars at night are big and bright…

Author: Nathan | Date: August 17, 2014 | Category: travel

Recently, while staying at a hotel in northern Texas, I saw many people wearing cowboy hats.  I even saw a guy wearing spurs.  Surely, I thought, they can’t fit the stereotype this well.  Then I remembered there’s some big rodeo event going on in the area.

The return of remotes without batteries

Author: Nathan | Date: August 16, 2014 | Category: hardware

The first TV remotes in the 50s used a mechanical clicker to make a sound that the TV detected to do things.  No batteries.  And now, Phillips Hue lights have started using the power of you pushing buttons to create a short wireless signal without any batteries.  Neat idea.  We’ve now got RFID and NFC  running tiny chips without their own power.

Icelandic names

Author: Nathan | Date: August 15, 2014 | Category: language

If we were in Iceland, my sons would have a last name something like Nathanson and my daughter something like Nathansdóttir.  Björk’s last name is Guðmundsdóttir.  It’s the Icelandic name.

repairing a cracked phone screen

Author: Nathan | Date: August 10, 2014 | Category: hardware

I dropped my phone the other night.  There was a single rock on the porch and it hit that and cracked the screen.  I was figuring the entire phone was done for, but looked into it and it’s apparently a $5 pane of glass that usually breaks.  You buy the replacement on ebay and *voila, you’re good as gold.

* Voila may involve a panicky 3 hour experience where you place the glue strip backwards and have to redo it because the kit comes with no instructions and you have no idea what you’re doing.

black widows love Albuquerque

Author: Nathan | Date: August 6, 2014 | Category: Albuquerque

We just went for a walk in the dark around our neighborhood in western Albuquerque.  There were black widow spider webs every 10 feet or so around the yard walls.  They really come out at night.  We shined lights on them and I was stomping on them.  Must have killed at least 10.