Geek Cuisine — Eat your vegetables.

September 26th, 2013 No comments

If my mamma could see me now…. Mom left us for a better place back in 1997. Here we are 16 years later and oh would she be so proud of me. You see, I’m what’s known as a picky eater. Now looking me, you wouldn’t think food would be a problem, but the simple […]

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Math Meme’s

August 22nd, 2013 No comments

Occasionally you will see simple math problems posted on Facebook or other social networks with problems that look easy to solve, but test your understanding of algebraic operators.  One such post is: 3 + 3 x 3 – 3 + 3 = This was asked today and there were several results that came back.   The […]

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Star Trek into Darkness… A review **SPOILERS**

June 3rd, 2013 No comments

I love Star Trek. I’ve seen just about every episode of every series and all of the movies. So with some delight, I finally got out to see the latest installment of the J. J. Abrams reboot. Trek fans like me had to make a leap of faith with the first installment in this franchise […]

On being Omniscient

May 28th, 2013 1 comment

Being called a “Know-it-all” had a very negative connotation growing up.  Being the smarty pants comes off as elitist, egotistical and, well snooty.  No one likes to be made “a fool of” in front of their peers when their knowledge is called into question.  I some times wonder if that’s part of this country’s anti-science […]

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Cold fire hydrant and other winter adventures.

February 28th, 2013 No comments

When I started this blog four years ago, my very first post The Long and Winding Road was the story of the journey of an Earthworm I encountered on my daily lunch time walks. Those walks have gone by the wayside as my lunch is spent, fingers typing away, learning more about the world around […]

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Balance

January 26th, 2013 No comments

bal·ance /ˈbaləns/ Noun: An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. Verb: Keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall: “a mug that she balanced on her knee”. When my brain got going this morning, it was churning on this week’s American politics: […]

Who won the election? Math did.

November 7th, 2012 No comments

It’s a Wednesday morning and I’m driving to work.  It’s no normal Wednesday, but the Wednesday after the 2012 Presidential Election.  It’s not my normal route, but my normal Wednesday route since I have to swap vehicles with my wife.  In front of me I see a car with a bumper sticker that reads, “I […]

My iPhone 5 . . . Its Here!!! Its Here!!!

September 21st, 2012 No comments

There will be plenty of sites doing the whole unboxing thing, so I’m not going to waste your time (or mine, I want to get to the phone too bad to take photos……  UPS arrived punctuational on time this morning around 9:12 or so, well before their 10:30 deadline.  I heard the truck pull up […]

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Programming 101 Part 2 — Decision Making and Flow Control

June 20th, 2012 No comments

In Part 1 of this series about computer programming for beginners, we examined a simple program that added two numbers together and printed out the results, which isn’t all that useful. If we think back to the tire changing example, the steps we wrote are far from complete. We have to remove multiple lug nuts […]

Programming 101 Part 1 – What is programming?

June 5th, 2012 1 comment

What is a programmer? The lure of creating a great mobile app or building your own website can captivate people to dig into the world of programming, only to be met with frustration because programming is different than most anything people have tried before. Unlike your auto mechanic, who has something physical to work with […]

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Why I hate my new (retina) iPad

April 18th, 2012 4 comments

I know that’s probably not what anyone would expect to hear about this incredibly amazing device. I mean the screen is freakin’ mind-blowing sharp.  The battery life is impressive.  It’s a great form factor to carry around and actually use. That’s the problem. You see, I’ve been in a two year, very hot relationship with […]

Using Corona SDK with REST API Services

April 15th, 2012 21 comments

People frequently ask on the Corona SDK forums about how to make their mobile apps connect with some Internet web service or if it’s even possible.  Corona SDK has various ways of interacting with Internet based services and depending on the service, you might want to use one over the other. The three main ways […]

Kindle Fire — A hands on review

March 31st, 2012 1 comment

I have been building mobile apps for over a year now and I’ve recently started building for Android as well as for Apple iOS. Android provides some interesting challenges since there are three major markets to sell your app: Google Play, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color/Tablet app store. In addition to three markets […]

Need to save your game data in Corona SDK? Check out this little bit of code.

February 23rd, 2012 37 comments

A very frequent question in the Corona SDK Forums is “How do I save my game data?”.  There are several published solutions in the Community Code and while I they are good, they don’t help you learn how to program or carry extra functions that you may not need. I (and several other’s) frequently suggest […]

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Geek Cuisine — Making Cornbread

January 14th, 2012 No comments

Growing up in the heart of Kentucky farm land, a staple of our diet was Cornbread. For those who have never had cornbread. it is really more cake like than bread.  You don’t slice it in to thin slices and put sandwich meat or peanut butter and jelly on it.  Instead its typically baked in […]

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Happy Holidays!

December 25th, 2011 No comments

I’ve been trying to think of something good to write on.  Being a geek blog, it needs to be geeky and with my focus on mobile apps, my posts have all been on that topic lately, I don’t want to overwhelm the blog with those posts.  So I decided to venture into a dangerous ground. […]

Collision detection without physics.

December 14th, 2011 10 comments

A frequent question that comes up in the Corona SDK forums is how to detect when two images on a screen hit each other. This is known as a “Collision”. The ability to determine when two things have bumped into each other is called “Collision Detection”. Within Corona SDK, being that its an event driven […]

Understanding “SCOPE” for beginning programmers.

October 14th, 2011 4 comments

Scope is a term used to describe where a particular asset, be it a variable, object, array or function is available to be accessed. It’s an important concept that needs to be grasped to avoid bugs and reduce the amount of time you spend developing code. Since the primary audience for this will be posting […]

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Why my SEO sucks.

September 9th, 2011 1 comment

Search Engine Optimization or SEO is the tricks that webmasters and content producers do to get their websites and articles to rank as high as possible in sites like Google, Bing and Yahoo when people put in words and phrases to find content.   Some people consider it an art form, others voodoo, but its magical, […]

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The Beatles – Let it be! Music Perfection?

August 2nd, 2011 No comments

  Like most people, I have several playlists for my Audio Collection.  I listen to a lot of music at work and I’ve dedicated playlists to each day of the week.  Monday is mostly dark and depressing songs (Daniel Powter’s “Bad day”, songs that reference Monday (Bangles “Manic Monday”).  Friday is loaded with beach and […]