teensy monitor

Author: Nathan | Date: December 25, 2013 | Category: hardware

13 inch laptop with 3200×1800 monitor playing a windowed DVD.  Itsa so tiny!

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Holiday board games

Author: Nathan | Date: December 21, 2013 | Category: games

Uncle Keith is visiting, so board games it is!  Last night we played Shadows over Camelot…a neat cooperative board game that involves a lot of multitasking.  We just barely pulled off a win.  Today, we played several rounds of Escape: The Curse of the Temple.    This one was an interesting cooperative 10-minute game involving a CD playing audio queues for timing and frantic dice rolling.  I’d almost call it an action board game.  It rewards thinking fast and observing fast.  We had to cheat and remove some room tiles from the deck before we could win…maybe we’re just not fast enough.  Anyway, it was playable for 9-year-olds, which was fun.

Test your Netflix speed

Author: Nathan | Date: December 21, 2013 | Category: the web

With this Netflix streaming video, you can test your Netflix stream speed.

10 pounds o’ chocolate covered coffee beans

Author: Nathan | Date: December 19, 2013 | Category: Albuquerque, the web

Are you in Albuquerque and need 10 pounds o’ chocolate covered coffee beans?  Nationwide Candy warehouse has it for $50.

Thanks, bank of America

Author: Nathan | Date: December 16, 2013 | Category: technology

Nothing makes me want to do things the old fashioned way more than using the Bank if America app to deposit checks.  I just photographed a check 10 times.

no right-hand alt-tab?

Author: Nathan | Date: December 5, 2013 | Category: Windows

Windows 7 kinda depends on you being right-handed for alt-tab.  They assume you’re going to alt-tab with your left hand and use your right hand to pick the application you want from the list.  There are right-hand equivalents of copy/paste…why not alt-tab?

Check yourself for hacked accounts

Author: Nathan | Date: December 5, 2013 | Category: the web

haveibeenpwned.com allows you to check your email address to see if you have a known hacked account out there.

Race for the Galaxy

Author: Nathan | Date: December 2, 2013 | Category: games

Over the holiday, we played Race for the Galaxy.  It’s a sort of strategy card game…complicated to learn, but fun once you get there.  You collect planets and sci-fi developments of various kinds, trying to create a balance of consumers and producers.

Mah Na Mah Nah

Author: Nathan | Date: November 30, 2013 | Category: music

Piero Umiliani wrote Mah na mah na in 1968.  (It was later made more famous by the muppets.)  Here’s the original.

shake the soda freely

Author: Nathan | Date: October 22, 2013 | Category: Science

A previous coworker pointed out to me that you can freely shake a cold can of soda without fear of it exploding when you open it.  The explosion effect is mainly a result of warm temperature.


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