Almost Impossible

A great little, addictive and fun game from Dan Counsell. This is the first game I have installed on my iPhone since getting it six months ago. Since installing it, I’ve completed it about half a dozen times, and each time you play it, you think it’s going to get easier but far from it. I highly recommend the £1.49 ($1.99) for hours of sometimes frustrating fun.

What’s your favourite colour?

“Dad, what’s your favourite Color? My favourite colour is red. Is yours red too?”

I don’t have a favourite colour, I like all different colours depending on what the item is.

A random question from my son, which led to a lengthy discussion about colours. To be honest most conversation with my son after he asks random questions can be of some length. The “why” question gets asked a lot.

Having spent a good time discussing colours and how different people like different colours, and you don’t have to have a favourite colour, it’s ok to like a range of colours he was still quite confused on the subject. This got me thinking on how children interpret different things, and how as a parent I can better help my son understand things.

Pinch punch first of the month

Originating from old England times when people thought that witches existed. People thought that salt would make a witch weak, so the pinch part is pinching of the salt, and the punch part was to banish the witch. The witch would be weak from the salt so the punch was to banish

The saying “Pinch punch first of the month” is something I’ve said since learning the phrase as a little boy, but never really knew why it was said.

So, there we have it. From old England times to banish the witches. Best go get some salt and weaken the witches!

The Ruby on Rails Episode with Developertown

The solution to real tough engineering problems is really good architecture and really good engineering, isn’t just a framework and a language.

A great episode talking around Ruby on Rails, but lots of take away bite’s not related just to Ruby on Rails

The Martian

The Martian

Not being a huge fan on fiction books, I have made more of an effort to look past this and start to widen my search when looking for books to read. I first heard about this book when people were starting to talk about the upcoming movie (this was a few weeks/ maybe a month or two ago), and how they where looking forward to seeing it after reading the book. After a few visits to Amazon to look at the book and reviews, I mentioned it to my wife and she decided to purchase it for us both to read. If you have a kindle I recommend looking at the family library with the kindle. Over the past couple weeks we have both read the story and are looking forward to seeing the movie.

Space, it’s an interesting topic. Yes man has been to the moon, but Mars, this is something different. It’s much further and less known. The unknown of this and it’s space is what makes it so interesting.

Mark Watney ended up being left on mars after him and his crew had to evacuate their mission base due to a storm. All bar Mark made it off Mars, due to protocol his crew were forced to leave him behind. But little did they know he was still alive and doing very well at keeping alive too. As soon as Mark realises what’s happened and he’s been left on Mars, he starts to plan how he can live the longest, and some plans on how he might have a chance of rescue. Over the course of his time on Mars you are reading his log entries he makes on a near daily basis. While this may sound a little boring, they are full of science and physics. Sometimes a little over my head but very interesting and well written.

The books goes into some great depth at points in the story as Mark has to tackle some very difficult tasks while all on his own on Mars. The depth of these points help paint a very good picture of what Mark is facing and the items he has with him, and the type of stuff an astronaut has to do.

Without giving too much away on what happens, I urge you to grab a copy and read it. It’s not a particular difficult read, while some points go into depth with science and physics, it’s still easy to follow along. You might find yourself reading along thinking I know what’s going happen next, but with a few plot twists it keeps things interesting. Who said it was easy to live on Mars?

The Martian – Available on Amazon

Must have my son trained pretty well, it’s back to the future day and I get home from work to find him watching back to the future! Guess that’s tonight’s movie sorted.

# - October 21, 2015 at 6:39pm

Everything before now was in the past, you are now in the future! 

# - October 21, 2015 at 1:47pm

Project Almanac

Project Almanac

To be fair the name of the film and that it contains time travel got my attention and put it on my to watch list. The name makes you think it has something to do with Back to the Future. Upon watching the movie the only item that’s the same as Back to the future is that it’s a movie about time travel.

David, a teenage genius who is trying to get into MIT by making a video of his hand controlled drone, which goes wrong and crashes. Having lost his possible chance at going to MIT he goes in search of an invention his dad may have left in the attic. To which he discovers a video from his 7th Birthday. In the video he makes a discovery which shows a reflection of his future self in a mirror. This discovery sparks something with David and will not let it go, until he works out how it’s possible.

David and his friends then make it their goal to work out it is possible. This leads them to the basement of his house to his dad’s science room. Here they discover what looks to be blue prints, and parts to what looks to be a time machine. Over the course of the next few weeks they discover how it works and use the time machine to their benefit and profit.

As with time travel changing the past only affects the future and David starts to mess with the past, and things start happening to people around him and his friends, each time something happens he try to right his wrong. But there is only one way to right his wrong and that’s go back to the beginning.

The only downside to the movie is it’s shot from first person perspective, and can be a bit jumpy at times.

IMDb: Project Almanac – IMDb

Finally finished reading The Martian. Both me and my wife started reading it at the same time, thanks to Amazon family. She managed to finish sometime last week, and has been teasing me since, that she will tell me the ending. So the past few days I really pushed on to get the book finished.

# - October 20, 2015 at 6:45am

Trix Editor

Trix is a WYSIWYG editor for writing messages, comments, articles, and lists—the simple documents most web apps are made of.

Having used a few WYSIWYG editors over the years, this looks to be very promising