Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pokemon Go Plus, A review

Like many people I have been playing Pokemon Go.   The game is addicting and it gets me walking.   So when I heard that Pokemon Go Plus  was released, I spent some store credit and bought one.  I've been using it a week and here are my thoughts.

First, a bit about the product.   Its a $35 dollar Bluetooth enabled button that allows you to play PG, in a limited fashion,  without looking at your phone.   It flashes and buzzes when a 'mon is close, a Stop is close and it also records distance traveled for your buddy and for eggs.

The find and throw function has limits,  only one basic ball is thrown and if the 'mon escapes it runs away.   There is no way of seeing what your throwing at other then a flashing color,  green for something in your 'dex and yellow if you haven't caught it yet.     Now if you don't have any standard 'balls,  it will keep flashing and buzzing until your out of range.   I found this to be most annoying as there is no was to skip past.

The activate 'stop function works well, but there some thing to note.   If you're in a vehicle it might not alert you to a 'stop unless the game cycles the time just right and the game will alert for a 'mon over a 'stop at all times.  You will miss things if you rely on this as your only interaction

The distance tracking works well,  I've hatches several eggs using it.

In the end, its good product depending, on how you play.    If you're a walking and don't care what you're catching its a great way to get exp and stardust, and it helps keep you in the moment of what your doing while still allowing you to play.

There you go,  and happy hunting!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

5E D&D Part 1.

Because of a few people dropping out of my superhero game that I've been running I'm switching over to 5th edition D&D.    That means variant rules must be deiced, house rules have to be codified and a world created.   I have most of the in my head but I have to get some information in to the hands of the players.

So lets start with the Players Handbook.

1. House rule: Dark Elves (Drow)-  Are considered an uncommon race and have to follow any uncommon race rules.  see below.

2. Human - The Variant Human Traits rule from p.31 is allowed.

3.House rule: Uncommon races- All uncommon races have to be approved by the DM before play.  There are story reasons for this house rule.

4. House rule:  Ability scores- Upon rolling abilities, if the totaled modifiers is less then zero the player can re-roll  all scores.

5. Backgrounds: The Retainers feature for the Nobel background is available.  p. 135

6. Backgrounds: The Bad Beputation for Sailor is available.  p. 139

7.  Customization options:  All of chapter 6 is open for use,

8. Spells- Some spells may have to be completely rewritten to fit the setting.  (i.e.  Find Familiar and Summon Steed).

Friday, April 25, 2014

The plan

I’m kind of tired of working in my dead end permatemp job of 4 ½ years, Applying for jobs at my workplace only to have my head bounce off the hiring ceiling,  and trying to get a job without a degree.   This has to change, and I am the only one who can do something about it.

I’ve come up with a plan and it’s a simple one.   First get my basics back in par.  Secondly find free open courses that can be validated with exams and a college to grant the credit. Lastly get the degree and profit!

I’ve taken the first few steps.  I’ve enrolled in a Massively Open Online Course for College Readiness Math. I’ve also found that Thomas Edison State College has at least one Open Course ware degree program with the courses and test listed.  Now I just have to check with the college for more details and to start my MOOC on Monday.  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Back to bloggin'

It's time I got back to this.   Maybe I'll be more active if I have a plan for this.  

So here is the stuff that currently going through my head.

1. Trying to get a college degree on the cheap
2. RPG stuff.  Including, but not limited to, the end of a chapter in a Pathfinder game I play in,  restarting my Star Wars Campaign,  my ongoing Necessary Evil Campaign and ideas for D&D next.
3.  SCA stuff and projects.
4.  Minecraft projects.

I will also keep up on movies, TV shows and of course the Boston Project.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

#42 Barbary Coast Cocktail

Welcome back!

Now first I need a small favor, it won't cost anyone any money and it will make a lot of people happy.  If you read my posts, share them on Facebook  twitter or what have you.    OK, so I did fib about making a lot of people happy but increased readership will make me happy.  Now on two the drink....

It's my best guess that this drink wasn't named after the southern Mediterranean coast that the US fought two  wars during Jefferson's and Madison's Presidencies, made famous in the Marines' Hymn.   (The bit about the shores of Tripoli, for those who don't know)

I think it was named after a redlight district in San Francisco in the 1850s.  Full of gambling, prostitution  rime, gambling and other vices.  The earthquake of 1906 destroyed most of it and then what was left  was cleaned out in 1917.

Barbary Coast Cocktail

1/2 oz Dry Gin
1/2 oz Imported Rum
1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
1/2 oz Scotch
1/2 oz Sweet Cream

Shake well wit cracked ice and strain into a 4 oz cocktail glass.

Pouring the white and frothy mixture into the glass it I smell the gin and scotch but nothing else.   As for the taste, let me put it to you this way.  Have you ever just placed your palm on the keys of a piano?  It creates notes but no harmony, just like the taste of this drink.   I say avoid this one.

Next up:  #43 Baron Cocktail

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cocktail #40 Bamboo Cocktail

Is it an evil species of grass or a delightful cocktail?   If you want to know read on.

First, I do have a plea for help.  I need one 12 oz Tom Collins glass, does anyone want to give/get me one?    Drop me a line if you do.   Heck, if you want to help me out I could post a wishlist if there is a big response.

Bamboo Cocktail

1 1/2 oz of Sherry (I used dry sherry)
3/4 oz of Dry Vermouth
1 dash of orange bitters

Stir with cracked ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

We had some guinea pigs guests over tonight and I made this drink for them.  Heck, after the Baltimore Bracer I gave them the honor of trying theirs first.

It was beautiful orange color and smelled delightful.  It tasted even better, sweet without being cloying; a bight taste for a dark winter's night. Everyone who tried it enjoyed it.  I recommend you try this one out,.  I know I will revisit it soon.

Now to take out the trash and go to bed.

Next up: #42 The Pan Galac  Barbary Coast Cocktail

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cocktail #38 Baltimore Bracer

Happy new year all!
 Its good to wish 2012 goodbye and say hello to bight shiny new 2013! Lots to look forward to this year, the Olympics, the Presidential election, and a new Batman movie!

 What do you mean that was last year?!?! I missed posting about those?!? Crud...lets see.

We've got the Superman reboot and Iron Man 3, I bet more good stuff will happen too. You're kidding me.....the Smurfs 2? Oh I see now, its going to be like every other year. But enough of that, on to the cocktail!

Baltimore Bracer

1 oz of Anisette
1 oz of Brandy
White of one egg

 Shake well with cracked ice and strain into a 4 oz cocktail glass.

Now according to the website Cocktails of the World a bracer is an archaic name for a cocktail. I wonder if Baltimore has a history of importing brandy. A quick Google search brings up the singer Brandy's concert and a Raven's cheerleader named Brandy, so that proves useless.

It looks frothy and inviting, so I take a sip.  Now I taste why this isn't on any menu.  The Anisette overpowers the Brandy,  maybe its the quality of the Spirits I'm using.  I doubt I'll revisit that anytime soon.

Now what should do I do with the leftover yolk?

Next up:  #40 Bamboo Cocktail