Can I buy your support? It’s for a great cause.

Update:


If you read this post (I’m Crazy and I’m gaming for 24 hours for an amazing cause! Sponsor Me!) then you know that I’m doing a bit of fundraising for my favourite dog rescue – CaliCan Rescue.

But I’ve noticed that I’ve still not received any sponsorships, even though I’ve gone to the extraordinary effort of posting once about it on Facebook, and writing the aforementioned blog post. Hmm, I think I need something more to get my friends involved. 🙂

So, unlike Rene (one of CaliCan’s awesome head honchos), I’ll not be wagering anything that brings (or doesn’t bring) a razor near my noggin.

Rather, I thought I’d reach out to some friends at BioWare and see if they can provide assistance.

And they have. Behold!

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My friends at Bioware have generously donated the perfect things for gaming into the wee small hours. And I get to give them away to folk who sponsor me!

  • Toques
  • Contigo water bottles
  • Contigo hot drink travellers
  • A couple of other branded drink containers
  • Bioware pens
  • A nice, lightweight Bioware backpack!

The details

Now, given the anticipated high demand for these premier branded items we’re looking for a minimum donation of $20.00. One donation per item. And we’ll figure something out for the pens. 🙂

We’ve only got a couple of each item – what you see in the photo is what we’ve got – so I anticipate the more popular ones will go quickly, especially the toques… come on! Bioware invented the gamer toque (or beanie as it’s called elsewhere)… I know, I was with the company at the time!

But anyway, there you go. Bioware branded swag and the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting one of the best dog rescue organizations on the planet.

Simply by sponsoring me 🙂

(oh, and after you’ve done that (thank you!) just send me an email and we’ll figure out how to get your swag to you – bradblog At gmail.com)

This takes the cake: To the audiophile, this $10,000 Ethernet cable apparently makes sense

Wow. This is some seriously messed up language used to describe ‘premium-grade’ Audio Ethernet cables – yes, you read that right, Ethernet cables for the Audiophile market. My word…

All insulation slows down the signal on the conductor inside. When insulation is unbiased, it slows down parts of the signal differently, a big problem for very time-sensitive multi-octave audio. AudioQuest’s DBS creates a strong, stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This minimizes both energy storage in the insulation and the multiple nonlinear time-delays that occur.

via To the audiophile, this $10,000 Ethernet cable apparently makes sense | Ars Technica.

I’m Crazy and I’m gaming for 24 hours for an amazing cause! Sponsor Me!

Cool! Playing pandemic online.
Update:


I’m kinda into gaming — y’all know that. And I’m into my dogs — ya’ll know that too.

So when an opportunity like this popped up, I couldn’t resist.

Sponsor Me!

On February 27th, starting at 7pm, I’m going to be gaming my ass off, gaming for 24 hours straight. Board games, Video games, card games, whatever! I figure that this will get me out of my vast game deficit I’ve been accumulating over the last few years.

And I can help a great charity at the same time.

UNDERDOGCaliCan Rescue is the organization we foster for, and they’re also the folks that brought Bogart into our lives. They do amazing work, and have rescued over 400 small dogs to date. And they have a great dogumentary showing why and how they do, what they do if you wanted to find out more about them and why we love them!

So this is where you come in.

Sponsor Me! I’m figure I’m going to be hurting at about Hour 13, and have a serious case of Console Claw at about Hour 20. Help me stay focused. Inspire me to keep on gaming. Sponsor Me — you can be the reason that I stick it out the whole 24 hours!

It’s easy. Just visit this link at CanadaHelps.org and make a small donation – any will do (thank you in advance!)

And then cheer me on! Go Team Brad! On the 27th, Join me online. I’ll be updating Social Media and this Blog regularly with game results, updates, sleep-deprived comments and other fun stuff. You may see me at my dopiest! Cheer me or Jeer me, but have fun with me!

Or, if you want, let’s hook up online and play something! I’m open to suggestions. I’ll post a schedule when I get my act together.

But back to the why.

It does take a lot of time, energy, and money to keep an organization like CaliCan running. Time and energy are at a premium around here, but I think that it’s sometimes easier to like a cause and wish you could help out. Well this is one way I know I can. I’ll be pinging you, my peeps, quite regularly over the next few weeks. Not only through the Twitter, but I hear that there’s this thing called Email. Pretty effective too, I’m told.

CaliCan is an organization we believe in, and one we enjoy helping. So help us, help them. Sponsor Me, and then join me online on the 27 to cheer me on, or laugh as I lose every game I play.

Go Team Brad!

Expected: Keurig’s attempt to ‘DRM’ its coffee cups totally backfired

I’m amazed that someone thought that applying DRM to a coffee machine was a good idea. Using single-use disposable coffee pods is not great for the environment — we use a refillable pod, which would be locked out under the Keurig 2.0 system.

Consumers hate DRM — in music, in movies, in anything — but applying it to coffee feels especially galling. It’s the most open caffeinated beverage there is; all you need is beans and hot water and, I guess, a vessel to brew it in. Locking it up in plastic cups was already a little silly, though something lots of people were happy to buy for the sake of convenience. Building a complicated infrared scanning system so that you can only use Keurig-approved cups was a step too far.

Read more at  Keurig’s attempt to ‘DRM’ its coffee cups totally backfired | The Verge.

I like that I can update the image on our digital thermometer

I like that I can update the image on our digital thermostat. Just added this one from NASA APoD:

Posted by Brad Grier on Saturday, January 31, 2015

Teenage Engineering designed a set of incredible pocket synthesizers that cost $59 each

Teenage Engineering designed a set of incredible pocket synthesizers that cost  each | The Verge

Very cool! High quality yet affordable. Very minimalist. Worth checking out!

But that all changes with the launch of the Pocket Operator synth and drum machine series, a set of three calculator-sized music-making tools that can be yours for less than $200 total. “Our goal was to make a synth that cost $49,” says CEO and head of design Jesper Kouthoofd, before pausing a bit sheepishly and admitting: “but we failed on that, so it’ll be $59.”

 

Brushstroke – a rather cool iOS filter app

Blue JayI love the idea of taking a good photographic image and manipulating it so it looks like it was a painting. It follows then, that I quite enjoy experimenting and finding a cool ios filter app that facilitates this.

I like seeing how technically gifted people have created software to ‘see’ as a watercolour artist sees, or as an impressionist sees. Creativity. You can see some of my experiments on my Flickr stream.

My latest exploration has been with Brushstroke — a rather fully-featured iOS filter app. The Blue Jay image above is a render created with Brushstroke — almost has an illustration quality about it.

Yeah, it’s pretty powerful — handling both watercolour style as well as oil – and things in-between such as acrylics and gouache.

Unfortunately it doesn’t really label them all accordingly (Oil, Washed, Hatched, Simple, etc) but then again, it’s kinda fun to explore.

Currently $2.99 in the app store — a fair price for a pretty capable app!