Category Archives: iPad

Getting started with Simcity BuildIt


humble beginnings

humble beginnings

I started playing SimCity Buildit a few weeks ago and already it’s my new favorite game.   In fact, I haven’t loved playing a game so much on my iPad since I got started on Jurassic Park Builder. But this game has an ability that the other one lacked. The ability to play without needing to be connected to the internet, this is great since I don’t have to worry about not being able to connect to a server for some reason.  Which is why I have this to say:

Finally its happened to me and……you know the rest.

Thank you CeCe.

Now, I told you I just got started playing SimCity Buildit, but already I have some things to share with you that will help you much along the way.

1. Be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your city be either.  So enjoy the journey along the way and be happy you don’t have to worry about someone dying because of a bad decision on your part.  You also don’t have to worry about other people trying to take over something you have spent time building.

2. Give the people what they want for you will receive bounteous bounty if you do.

3. You got to spend money to make money. But don’t be a moron, also be cool about fire safety, otherwise your sims will become rather hot with you.

4. Same as #1

5. Repeat steps one, two, three.

That’s all folks…..

For now.


Other side of town

Other side of town


Thanks Apple, you made me upgrade

At last I have upgraded my Ipad 3 from iOS 6 to iOS 8.  I had procrastinated about it for quite some time but finally decided to make the jump.

Actually, to be completely honest with you I did it because one day I turned on the iPad and got a weird image on the screen.  It looked like a power connector that was supposed to charge the iPad and the word “iTunes was above it.  I tried turning the iPad on and off multiple times to no avail.

I was like…”say it isn’t so!!

Doing some research on the matter, I came to find out that I would need to restore the iPad with iTunes.  Fortunately for me I had already backed it up on my old beat up bestie of a laptop the Fujitsu Lifebook 4215,  That proved to be a rather Capital Idea becuase I was going to need iTunes with an internet connection in order for my baby to come back.

I was wrong, and I just can’t be without you!!

So, after a few days, I went to the library and started the restoration process.  One of the reasons that I had procrastinated about upgrading to a new version of iOS in the first place is that I already had games that I had played for a very long time on it.  I also was concerned about the many pictures and videos that I had accumulated over time and I really didn’t want to start over.

That would be a real bummer!!!

Goodness, it did take forever and a half to do the restoration process over wifi and the whole time i was anxious that some error message would show up on the screen, strategically once I got to 90% finished.

Considering that this had taken roughly two hours I would have shouted a rather loud D’oh! ala Homer Simpson style.

Gratefully the test of my endurance came to an end and finally I had a device updated to the latest version of iOS.


Unfortunately, nobody’s perfect so I came across some problems that I will likely rant about later.



Apple, Apple, Apple!!



All day long I have been hearing Apple this, Apple that and it was enough to make me sick.  I would have actually listened to/watched the presentation today but was not in a location that would make that feasible.  As a result, I will pretty much regurgitate what I have learned.

#1  iPhone 6 is doing things that Android phones have being doing for years.  Most notable to me is screen size.

#2  Apples into watches. Now since when do you purposely wear fruit on your arm?  Naw seriously, who wears watches on there arm? Yes, I know fitness enthusiasts will jump for joy.  Also there are hose who wish they were fit but were hungry so they peeled a grape will love them but arent there already plenty of devices that do that?

#3  iCloud.  Apparently we need the sunny days to chase the clouds away.  Granted, so many celebrities having naked pics of themselves says a lot about them personally.  It also makes the point that cloud storage in general is not the panacea when it comes to places to put your stuff

Just sayin’!!!

I am pretty sure the Apple market-share took a dip but with the new stuff coming out which I will likely talk about tomorrow it will surge in popularity as more Appleheads wait in line for something like the sheeple that they are.

Oh, well my shameless talk about Apple’s new stuff is over for now.  But I am likely gonna do another one tomorrow.

The end of the road

My dear precious Ludia, It’s been so long since I last heard from you, truly I wish you love. Yet, lately I have made some requests of you that while very reasonable, were not taken very seriously by you.

How could you do this to me? After all that we have been through why does it have to come to this?

I remember the good times that we used to share, the hours of conversation we had together. How we  decorated your office, we went shopping to get furniture for your new place.

Yeah we did that.

I thought it was nice how you played with my sister, she even told me how much she enjoyed spending time with you. My brother Ed, on the other hand I thought was being such a hater. Yet he meant well and even told me you was trouble from the start. But I didn’t listen I would say to him:

“You don’t understand her like I do”.

Boy was I fooled, I thought you was an angel in disguise and instead, you turned out to be a devil who wears prada.

Oh well, better to find out now than later, when my love for you would have grown even stronger and it would be that much harder to let you go.

I see none of this matters to you at all, so I am afraid that this is indeed the end of the road.

iPad follies

So, I am gonna try this again.  The last time was quite unsuccessful but that hasn’t deterred me from this attempt.

at this point your probably wondering…………..


what you talkin’ bout Anthony?

Well, I decided to write a blog post on my iPad without any external keyboard at all.  So far so good.  Of course, how much could I possibly say about that?

Well, were gonna find out.

Hmm, come to think of it this isn’t nearly the horrible experience that it was last time.   The screen hadn’t frozen on me nor has it teased me by getting some typing done before apparently revolting against me.

Talk about annoying!

Wait for it, wait for it……it’s actually still working.

Horray for me!



So after I managed to damage the video card in my Mac Pro I decided to use my Dell Optiplex SX280. Its a cute little machine that is ten inches tall and weighs only about ten pounds. The operating system I decided to install onto it is Puppy Linux, more specifically “Upup Raring”. I chose Puppy in this instance because I needed something that wouldn’t need much in the RAM department as this machine runs DDR RAM and I don’t have much of it. In fact this machine right now is running on 512 MB of RAM.

I see you rolling you eyes, you can stop now

Now while you may look at 512 MB of RAM as being a teeny tiny amount, its plenty because I plan to store my older podcasts on here instead of my Ipad 3. That is one use, at the moment not sure of others just yet although I may very well save pics from the iPad on here as well.

I have thought of upgrading the RAM in here to its maximum amount of 2 GB, but its not really something I am in a hurry to do for the above reasons. For the monitor I use an old LCD TV that I purchased from my roommate for $20.00. It has speakers in it already so that works fine for me.

Using Puppy on here is pretty cool but it is a bit different from the OS that I am used to which is Linux Mint. Just the same I think its awesome that I can play around with a different distro that what I use everyday :).

Something that I have to figure out is how to save to folders on puppy this doesn’t appear to be as straightforward as I am accustomed to. For example when I did the “save as” command on a document I was working on I wasn’t immediately given the option of folders to save it to. It wasnt until I went to the root folder that I saw something that was more familiar.

Thank goodness!!

Puppy really liked my iPad because as soon as I introduced them to each other puppy started wagging his tail and went right up to them. It was in fact an “instant connection”. Seriously. So now my idea of saving my pics to this hard drive has been confirmed. I did notice that I only didnt have access to all of my photos from the iPad only the ones in one folder which is only about a third of the pictures I have on it.

Sound on here is something I am going to have to tinker around with for I see that I am getting audio from my tv as well as the machine itself. I would prefer to disable the on board audio as it isn’t loud as the tv is.

I have a video playing, my iPad is connected and I am working on this post and right now am only using 109 MB of RAM.

Talk about awesome!!!



Lovely walk in May part 1


I am so privileged to live as close to Rock Creek Park as I do. It is a privilege I have been able to enjoy for most of my life and one that I am able to make full use of.  In fact i was just there yesterday.  While I was there I was able to enjoy the nice spring weather at last as this year old man winter just refused to go back home.

It was during this nice long walk that I noticed several springs that have survived only because of there being a part of Rock Creek Park. This is noteworthy because the Washington, DC area was once blessed with many of them.

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It was on the banks of one of these springs one day that I lifted up a rock and found a crayfish while on a hill.  I was rather surprised to find it where I did as it was as i would expect crayfish to be closer to the creek on lower terrain.   I talked to my  sister about it for a while then put him back and we continued our walk.  It was also next to the skeleton of a deer but if your wondering who killed the deer I’ll tell you one thing….

It wasn’t me. 

Interesting thing about that day was in fact that it was more likely to be summertime but thats OK because while I didn’t know it at the time I was at a spring.

Oh, well. part 2 is coming up soon.

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