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.

Peruvian food, check

Author: Nathan | Date: August 1, 2014 | Category: Albuquerque, food

Ate at Sara’s Pastries and Deli near work on Jefferson at lunch.  They have some regular deli sammiches, but also a few Peruvian items.  I had an empanada and a red tamale.  I don’t usually like the taste of tamales for some reason, but I liked this one.  Tasty stuff.  Too bad I didn’t have time to try one of their tasty-looking desserts.


Author: Nathan | Date: July 24, 2014 | Category: family, videogames

Sean had a nightmare last night where he couldn’t jump in videogames.

The Straw Hat Riot of 1922

Author: Nathan | Date: July 22, 2014 | Category: history

As we get into the second half of summer, please remember not to wear your straw hat past the socially acceptable date of September 15th.  We don’t want another riot over this.