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Category: Geek Stuff (page 2 of 5)

About anything that could be considered “Geek”. Expected Doctor Who and Lego to be mentioned.

Do you have any non-child friendly games on your phone?

As I was sat waiting for a doctor type person the other day I came to a realisation.The only offline games I had on my phone were, CBeebies playtime, CBeebies Storytime, oh and Bing Bakes. 

(PokemonGo doesn’t count as the reception was next to none).

I decided to fix this by installing this innocent little game. 

Bake with Bing (in the Bing Baking app anyway)

This is not a drill. There is a new Bing App for your phone!

This isn’t a Bing app which you will not want to use for web searches, but may be useful to bargain with for another few minutes in Bed.

If your Little One is a fan of Bing Bunny on CBeebies, bare this in mind.

I’ve not had the chance to try the Little One out on this yet, but as she is a Dan of “Bing and Flop”, I’m expecting a positive welcome to less space being available on my phone for photos.

Pokemon Go… Worth a look?

I have to admit, I think Pokemon just missed me when it first became big, but there was something about Pokemon Go that got my interest… it was possibly the huge amount of talk online that did it… and the lack of ability to download it in the UK at the time.

But what is Pokemon Go anyway? In the words of wikipedia… “Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game, developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company as part of the Pokémon franchise. It was released worldwide in July 2016 for iOS and Android devices.” Augmented Reality. is a fancy term for when a view of the real world has elements added to by computer-generated elements such as sound, video, or graphics. (See this mashable for more)

Why did I say all that?

Spotted in our local Sainsburys

Simply, Pokemon Go is a game where you walk around your neighbourhood looking for pokemon to catch. Walk a little further, and you can access powerups, and train your pokemon. There are expectations that there is a going to be a trading system in a future Pokemon Go update. I’ve heard its a little like Geocaching

Basically we have a game here that encourages people to go outside… and possibly even talk

Going for a ride…

to people around them.  People are also tweeting that its helping with depression and social anxiety.

I’m not going to say that this is the perfect game for Little Ones to play, due to it not being massively little kid friendly (for that I would suggest checking out the Cbeebies apps), but for older kids, this may be a great game to load up on walks around parks… and to go and catch pokemon together.

Pokemon Go can be found at your mobile app stores… and I would suggest checking it out.

If Pokemon Go still isn’t sounding like your thing, how about Chardonnay Go?

 

Random things I may have learnt this last week.

This month started well, but sadly crazy life things have led to the blog been neglected a little lately. Its not all been bad, we’ve managed to clear out a massively dodgy corner of our garden – which was a job that was needing to be done months ago… but anyway.

As seems to be my way at times, here is a random list of things I may have learnt this last week.  (Hopefully the following is a more interesting read then I made it sound)

  1. Trampolines are awesome to relax on.
  2. It seems I can set up a web server, and relocate a website to that web server.
  3. It’s possible to catch yourself saying Sorry to an invisible friend.
  4. Pretend tea parties on a trampoline are also awesome.
  5. Once you have a certain amount of Lego minifigures, buying them from Sainsburys (and not your Lego centre), is just silly.
  6. Going past Lego Frozen with a 3 year old girl is asking for trouble a tearful wallet.
  7. The LO has learnt how to use iPlayer. On both the PC and the set top box. This could lead to problems.
  8. Having a  sense of achievement does wonders for the self esteem. (I guess I knew this, but its nice to be reminded)
  9. The view of the sky from a trampoline is indeed awesome.
  10. While this isn’t the best idea for a blog post, its a useful way of doing a summary of stuff.

Find me on Twitter for more generally random things.

Star Wars – The Trouble with Rathtars

Lego, Star Wars, and a chance to see Han Solo and Chewbacca again, The Trouble with Rathtars is part of a series of prequels to Star Wars The Force Awakens, that have been made by the Lego Team. Whilst there is no telling if this is “canon” or not, its fun enough to make me not care.

Sit down, and enjoy.

Movieweb.com has the rest of the collection, for your Lego viewing pleasure.

 

Look what’s in the CBeebies Playtime App…

Once the Little One spots Topsy and Tim is now in the CBeebies Playtime app, I’m never going to get my phone back.

Thanks guys… 

(A Fairly Geeky) Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy T Shirt

I designed a couple of T Shirts a while back, and a few of them seem to be enjoyed by people. One of those was this T Shirt based on the answer to life, the universe and everything, from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

HitchHikers-Guide-To-Galaxy-TShirt-42

 

As I said, this a slightly geeky T Shirt, but if you know someone who knows about computers, 1s and 0s, and (obviously) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, then I suggest this is the T Shirt for them.

Available from redbubble.com.

Staying Safe Online

Back in the day, I used to work on a Technical Support helpdesk for an Internet Service Provider. Yes I was one of those guys you ring when your internet stops working. It was around this time, when I began to care less about how the internet worked, instead I cared more about why people used the internet, and how people behave online.

I guess it was natural then that my interested was caught, when I had email come through about a new campaign from Get Safe Online and their partners. This is a campaign aimed at making people think twice before they act online, and not fall pray to scam emails, texts, or other forms of ‘Social engineering’ where fraudsters manipulate victims into sharing confidential information.

They hope that the following advert will “encourage the public to think twice before they act online”

 

Whilst the advert can possibly seem a fear inducing, I guess its to raise awareness. For example, you cant always believe that you’ve had an email from a friend who has randomly found himself stuck in the Ukraine., and needs money to get home*.

The Get Safe Online website is worth a look for their massive amount of advice ranging from online banking to safeguarding children.  While I’m not likely to send money to someone who says they’re randomly stuck in the Ukraine, resources to help educating our little one as she grows up in a more connected age then myself can only be helpful

Free Sarah and Duck Episode!

Fancy a free copy of Sarah and Duck ‘Lots of Shallots’? BBC Store is offering everyone in the UK a free digital download of the first Sarah and Duck episode. Grab your copy of ‘Lots of Shallots’ from the BBC Store before 31st Dec, and use the code EPISODE to get it for free.

I did try downloading it on the Kindle Fire – but sadly download isn’t available for Android devices yet.

The What Would Jesus Do Generator

If you haven’t noticed, this blog has a “big brother blog” in the form of The Church Sofa. Whilst writing a particularly silly post called “Christian Apps, That Must Exist!“, I had an idea, I had an idea for a What Would Jesus Do Generator. The idea behind it is simple. Click a button, and you’re told something that Jesus did*.

The What Would Jesus Do Generator can be found here.

It was a chance a to practise skills learnt from the Udemy Complete Web Developer Course, and it will probably be updated once I get a chance to flex my web design skills a bit more.

*Not all 100% serious,

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