A Blast of a Weekend

25 05 2012

 

 

I had a fantastic weekend last week. My Great-Nephew, Jack was here and was tons of fun. He’s going to be 4 in August and is already a little geek. He can zip through his mother’s iPhone like it’s an extension of himself. He actually knows how to use it better than she does! His favorite is “Angry Birds” and the boy is GOOD. He has 3-starred more levels than I have.

At one point I was showing him a video on the computer and when it ended he wanted to watch it again so he reached up and touched the screen trying to make it replay. I told him that I didn’t have a touch screen and he would have to use the mouse and he looked at it (and me) like we were from another planet. With great disgust he used the mouse to replay the video.

I love this next generation!

 

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What Time is it?

12 05 2012

 

 

I had a very interesting couple of conversations with some friends of mine about clocks this past week. The first was with Michael, a Vietnam Vet I know who owns a little store. He gets teenagers in there constantly and they will ask him what time it is. He tells them the clock is over the door and they stare at it. He said sometimes they stare for 5 minutes before they ask him again, “What time is it?” It seems that they can’t tell time on anything that isn’t digital. I found that hard to believe. I mean granted I’ve reached my 40’s but I distinctly remember being a kid and having to do all sorts of worksheets with clocks on them.

 

Sometimes I had to draw the hands of the clocks to represent the time given. Other times I had to write down what time the clock was showing me. I had a digital watch and couldn’t understand why I needed to know that stuff (it turns out I was right about a lot of the stuff being useless and outdated but I’m still glad I learned it).

 

That led to my second conversation with Joy a 4th grade teacher. I asked her if they still had the clock worksheets. Joy has taught every grade from 1-6 so I thought she ought to know. She said that she hasn’t used those sheets for 20 years at least. It seems that learning how to tell time on a standard clock is no longer considered a necessary still. This despite the fact that standard clocks are still in use…oh everywhere!

 

As a result, many kids today cannot tell time unless it’s digital. No wonder so many of them are chronically late…..all those clocks and no one can read them…..

 





Beginning of a New Week

23 04 2012

I love Mondays! Must be a geek thing. When I was a kid I couldn’t wait for the start of the summer holidays but within a week I was wanting to go back to school. I think this is a feeling that only geeks really had (we used to be called nerds…sheesh). I was lucky in that I was a math/science geek and my parents encouraged that. My friends well remember the chemistry and microscopes I had as a kid. They were adult grade (back in the days when chemistry sets had real chemicals in them!) and I had a blast all summer with my various projects (Think Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory….without homeland security butting into matters).
Now I look forward to the start of the work week. Because I work for myself, I spend Mondays looking for new projects to start. I love the thrill of it. Building websites, writing articles. It’s great fun and I get paid for it as well! Yay me!
Sunday wouldn’t be Sunday if I didn’t spend at least a part of it on Facebook and Twitter. If you are looking for new friends for:
Gardens of Time
Blackwood and Bell
Astrogarden
Flowershop
Then find me on Facebook at: facebook.com/accer70
You can find me on Twitter at: ACCER





Microsoft Kinect Hacked to play World of Warcraft

10 04 2012

I. MUST. HAVE. THIS! Now if I just get my Technomancer Hoodie and a Microsoft Kinect….I’ll be all set to Rule Azaroth!

Living Rooms all around the world are shaking with fear of users actually taking swords and attacking their big screens thanks to a new hack for the Microsoft Kinect that allows gamers to play World of Warcraft without a keyboard.

It’s no secret that the Kinect is rapidly becoming the most hacked device since the Hackintosh, but students at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies have takent he next step in developing a software hack which enables gamers to use the motion device to immerse themselves even deeper into the online Mid-evil world.

The hack is called the “Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit, (FAAST) and it uses full-body motion control. Gamer can not only wield a sword or axe to take out a feisty orc, but they can also cast spells, making it nirvana for those who secretly love to dress up to play their favorite game. And it’s only a matter of time before someone figures out a way to use their light saber collection to battle someone online.

But with everyone creating bold new uses for the Kinect and porting it over to the PC, the sky is truly the limit for what can be done with this game changing device. And it makes the world of Minority Report that much closer, but in a bold and exciting way. Imagine editing video’s just with a snip of your fingers and a wave of your hand? Designing in CAD programs Tony Stark style. And getting rid of the keyboard forever?

It’s not just for games anymore and that’s a cool thing.





Technomancer Wizard Hoodie

1 04 2012

 

Ok, I totally need this. Really. I could finally channel all my vast occult knowledge gleaned from my years of playing Warcraft and rain fine down on people! I really could!

This is an offering from those wacky code monkeys at Think Geek and man is it ever cool!

Wild Mage. Wizard. Sorcerer. Illusionist. Enchanter. Invoker. Necromancer. There are so many words to describe people who wield magical powers. We have one word: badass. Let’s look at your average adventuring party: The fighter swings her greatsword, cleaving through two orcs. Sweet. The rogue pops out of the shadows, backstabbing the hobgoblin. Nice! The ranger fires an arrow through the throat of The Bandit King, right in the middle of his monologue. Love it. The cleric is adept with both a mace and a bandage. Phew! But the wizard sets entire battlefields on fire without so much a singe on his velvet robes.

You have the Will to be a spellcaster in real life, and ThinkGeek is here like a wizened oracle to deliver you the way. Introducing the Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie. Donning this unique garment will transform you into a powerful mage ready to blast off spells at a moment’s notice. The sleeves of the Technomancer contain dual accelerometers which sense the movements of your hands. Move them in one of the pre-programmed spell sequences and the sleeves of the hoodie light from within, the internal speaker booms, and the hood illuminates your face in an eerie glow.

Of course, a seasoned wizard has a variety of spells in their repertoire. The Technomancer Hoodie offers ten different spells including fireball, healing, and lightning bolt (lightning bolt, lightning bolt!). Each spell is accompanied by unique light and sound effects powered by the embedded speaker and over two dozen bright multicolored LEDs. Of course, you’ll have to train daily to learn the right sequence of movements to cast each spell. We hear the College of Winterhold is accepting applications.

Product Specifications

Transform yourself into a powerful mage with this hoodie

Dual accelerometers in the sleeves sense your hand movements

Move your hands in the right sequence to cast a specific spell

Internal speakers will create the spellcasting sound effects

LEDs in the hood and sleeves light up with the appropriate color

Ten different spells including: fireball, healing, and lightning bolt

Illustrated directions included to teach you the movements for each spell

Patent pending technology designed by ThinkGeek

Machine Washable: Electronic components can be removed for washing

 





Welcome 2012

3 01 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!

So, has anyone else made resolutions? I prefer to set goals for the year. Here are a few of mine. If you have any you want to share, please do so.

  • Get rid of the rest of the books. 

I’ve gotten my book collection down to a manageable level but I still have far too many. My goal is to have only one bookshelf full by the end of the year. I have a digital copy of every single book I possible could have and have stored copies on a hard drive so my Kindle isn’t overloaded. As it is, if I live to be 150 I will never get through all the new books I have yet to read….and that is if I stop today. Oh well, I can think of worse problems to have.

  • Improve my health.

I know I’m a geek but running through Azaroth and killing Orcs does NOT equal a fitness program. I need to actually step away from the computer (shudder) every now and then and actually venture outside. I actually live in a really cool place. I’m not out on my porch for 5 minutes before I see other humans actually walking around. Kids play, pets roam. The last place I lived I never ever saw that. In 20 years I never saw kids playing outside. Spooky. Anyway, my goal is to get in a walk at least every other day. Outside. I’ll take my phone. LOL. Me without technology is NOT pretty.

  • Go to church more often

Bet you didn’t see THAT coming, did you? Yes, the resident Techno-Geek, holder of advance science degrees is a Christian. It’s okay; I’m Catholic. That means I’m from the branch that believes in Evolution, Medicine and all of the other advantages of the 21 century. I’m also a firm believer that a healthy spiritual life is as important as a healthy body and education. It’s all about balance my friends.

  • Read more books

Again, it’s about balance. A little less time sitting in front of the computer screen and a little more time sitting and…oh, wait. Anyway, reading on my Kindle is a good break from the instant communication world of the Internet. Oh, heck, who am I kidding? I just need to get some of the books read so I can buy more.

Well that’s it for now. See you all soon!





Angry Birds Pork Rinds: It’s about time!

1 04 2011

This is one of those things that I didn’t realize I wanted until I saw them. This is even better than microwave pork rinds (which I still don’t grasp).

From the website:
Need to make three stars on every level of Angry Birds? Then you’d better pop open a can of Tiger Blood and a bag of Angry Birds Pork Rinds! Taste the crisp, salty, inspiring, savory flavor that only green pigs can produce.


Get them before the lawyers beat you to them! You can find them, where else, but over at Think Geek.