video editing program free until June 30

Author: Nathan | Date: June 19, 2014 | Category: technology

Videopad is free until June 30th (for non-commercial use).


cheap Android phones just aren’t worth it

Author: Nathan | Date: June 17, 2014 | Category: hardware

We finally got too tired of the crashing, freezing, and unresponsiveness of our LG Optimus Elites.  These were our 2nd cheapo Android phones.  We first had LG Optimus Vs, which were just as bad.  We got Samsung Galaxy S3s now, which are night-and-day difference, even though they’re a couple of generations behind.  Smooth experience and lots of features added from Android 2 to Android 4.


Author: Nathan | Date: June 3, 2014 | Category: Albuquerque, outdoors, travel

We had a “staycation” last week.  We went camping high in the mountains near Santa Fe.  Camping up there was cooold, and we could have prepared better…but you don’t actually expect to sleep when camping.  We also toured a bit around Santa Fe.  There was a small labyrinth outside a cathedral there.  Of course, we had to stop by our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe, Tomasitas.  We noticed there was a new African style place called Jambo Cafe, but we neglected to try it…maybe next time.    We dropped by the Chuck Jones gallery.  Was he in New Mexico at some point?  Vanessa got to visit the Georgia O’Keefe museum that she’d wanted to see for a while.  On the way home from Santa Fe, we stopped by Tent Rock and Cochiti Lake.

We went to Cliff’s one day and had fun.  It’s a small amusement park here in Albuquerque.  It was fun aside from Sean having an “nausea incident” on the way home as a result of riding a looping ride 3 times before he left.  Loading up on greek food at the new Ahmo’s Deli probably didn’t help.

Later in the week, we went to my cousin’s wedding in Clovis and had a good time seeing cousins I hadn’t seen in quite a while.  We also played Love Letters.  It’s a cool little rule-based card game with only 16 cards.  Very simple to learn.

Albuquerque’s plague of locusts

Author: Nathan | Date: May 20, 2014 | Category: Albuquerque, outdoors

We’re having a lot of grasshoppers in northwest Albuquerque right now.  Here’s a video from the edge of our neighborhood.

show go away mommy

Author: Nathan | Date: May 17, 2014 | Category: TV

Kai is used to Netflix.  He was watching a kid’s show just now on TV and this horrible interruption of other shows (commercials) happened.  “Show go away ever ever.”

wouldn’t ya know it

Author: Nathan | Date: May 8, 2014 | Category: hardware

Blu-ray player went out 1 year and 2 days after purchase.  Guess how long the warranty was?

As Comcast (and now Verizon) start charging Netflix for the “privilege of sending data to their customers in a timely fashion”, Netflix should start adding a “Comcast peering fee” to the bills of their Comcast customers and a “Verizon peering fee” for their Verizon customers, etc.  This would at least make the general public more aware of the charges.  It would also avoid charging people extra at ISPs that are actually doing what their customers pay them to do.

Sand storm….ssssssaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnd stooooorrrrrmmm

Author: Nathan | Date: April 13, 2014 | Category: Albuquerque, outdoors

Sean and I decided to bike to a new rock trail and tunnel near Unser and Rainbow.  I wisely chose a day with 30 mph winds to do it.  I had Kai in the bike trailer behind me.  At one point, I saw a sandstorm coming in from the west and though, “We’re going to be in trouble if we get caught in that.”  One minute later, we were in it.  I blocked the wind for Sean and the stinging sand blew all around us.  (Kai was fortunately fast asleep through it.)  We couldn’t see but a few feet and sandstorms are apparently full of static electricity, so we were getting little electric shocks all round.

wake timers and magic packets

Author: Nathan | Date: April 13, 2014 | Category: Windows

Sean’s PC kept waking up from sleep during the night no matter what I did.  I think I finally found the causes.  The network card in Windows was set to wake for magic packets on the network and scheduled task were allowed to wake the PC with wake timers.  I disabled both of these and it’s fast asleep!  Sssshhhhhhhh.

Pita Taza

Author: Nathan | Date: February 18, 2014 | Category: Albuquerque, food

We ate at Pita Taza…a Middle Eastern fast food place on Paseo and Wyoming.  We got the meat and veggie combo plates…quite tasty!  Only thing missing to me was whatever that spicy shawarma sauce is that they have at Yasmine’s.