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Category: computers

Pocket Run (iOS game)

Pocket Run is a new arcade-style billiards game for iOS. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it the last week or two. Zach Gage is the developer behind Type Shift, a game I played to pieces last year.

I really like the rotating score value for the pockets as you sink balls. It makes you look for shots you wouldn’t normally take. Same for the challenge modes in there. They keep the game interesting where a flat, one-player billiard sim might get boring.

A couple of control quibbles aside, I can heartily recommend Pocket Run as a fun arcade-y pool game.

Comics via Kindle

I took advantage of an Amazon sale of $1 Marvel collections to check out reading comics on the kindle. It’s been a really great experience.

The video above is from The Vision:The Complete Series and is an example of how the kindle app slides around a full- or splash-page layout. The way the app slides from frame-to-frame is slick, too.

You can pry my LCS from my cold, dead hands but comics on the kindle is an easy way to catch up on things I wouldn’t otherwise read.

Alto’s Freak Out

Caught a weird glitch in Alto’s Odyssey after an awkward crash. It just kept shaking and shaking.

Unlocked the last character, though, which is new for me.

I got to the end of Desert Golfing.

I can’t believe I haven’t talked about this here. I’ve been playing the jeepers out of this game for a couple of years. And now I’m at the end. It’s a surprisingly great feeling.

This is a good read if you’re a fan of the game. It talks about the guy behind the game, Justin Smith, and his decision to make the game beatable for the unlucky players who had come up against Impossible Holes (of which I was one).

I’m irrationally excited at getting to the end. 11,100+ holes.

I’m also a bit lost. While I’m still playing Clash Royale and Alto’s Odyssey on the regular, Desert Golfing has been a constant for years.

Stoker.

I hemmed and hawed and overshopped for months before spending a couple of bucks on a refurb Das Keyboard. It is a sturdy keyboard, no doubt, and I was really enjoying it. And then one night I splashed some beer into it while podcast recording. It appeared to kill a couple of the switches and gum up a couple of others. It was a bummer. I took the keyboard apart to clean what I could, but if didn’t make a difference. The non-responsive keys remained non-responsive, even after a couple of days of drying out.

I kept the keycaps I pulled and put the whole thing off to the side to try to figure something out.

The internet suggested that there was no way to bring it back. Any liquid that got to the switched would end up causing corrosion in the underlying board.

Today, after probably six months of looking at the loose keycaps and lamenting the loss, I plugged the old horse in to see if maybe it just needed to dry up completely. And now it works! The left Shift key is still a little sluggish, but I am more than capable of powering through that.

Now I need to unlearn all of the Windows-keyboard habits I had picked up. It’s a little weird having a proper Command key.

Square-edged 6+ would be a nice thing.

Dr. Drang make a good point here about the small iPhone form factor. It’s going to be great for some people but being able to choose the larger-sized device with squared edges would be even better. The 6+ screen size is what I want but the rounded edges make it impossible for me to hold securely.

I’m no case-hater, either. The iPhone 5 was the first time I went without and it was fine. I had the 6+ for about 20 minutes before I went case shopping. The material plays a role but it’s the rounded edges that make it a bad caseless fit for my hands.

Alexa via Raspberry Pi

I’m going to do this.

I got a Raspberry Pi for my birthday and intended to use it as a Media Center PC with some Plex functionality too. I wanted a catch-all media player for the bedroom tv. Those plans were scuttled because I didn’t consider remote control support for the device. This was short-sighted thinking on my part (and my DiY hopes were dashed by a smart sale on the Roku 2).

This GitHub project to bring the Alexa functionality (which reports seem to indicate is pretty cool) to my little Pi seems like an excellent use of time and effort. I only need to add minimal hardware and the GitHub project page says only two skills are required: Basic programming experience and Familiarity with shell.

I have neither of those. I’ve never used GitHib for anything.

I do, however, have the next week off for Spring Break as well as a desire to make this work.

ello

I don’t hang out on new social media like I used to but I try to log in to all of them so I can lock down my user name.

So now I’m @falfa on ello. If you’re on there, hit me up.

Thanks for the hook up, Ethan.

Blog Birthday

I took several hours on the 4th of July in 2003 to install Movable Type and start my blog. I don’t have all of those old MT posts formatted and imported to this Worpdress install but looking back through the internet archive, I kinda want to.

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It took *forever* to get that milk clip art the right size.

Gabe from Penny Arcade apologized

Here’s the link to the whole thing. It’s worth the read. I think it’s a refreshing and measured response from someone who was (justifiably) raked over the internet coals a couple times last year. I still get a chuckle out of the over-the-line strips they publish. I can see where those jokes come from but I also understand the “need to separate the busted kid from the man I am now”. I’m willing to take it at face value and if he makes sincere changes, then good for him.