Songza

I’m really digging Songza. Finding a lot of new artists. And I like that it’s curated. (Unlike Pandora, where I put in Depeche Mode and get stuck in the 80s. And get too many repeats.) It’s also nice because you can set moods (like lyric-less music for working, exercising, etc). iOS, Android, and browser based listening. Take a listen.

Ditch The Dried Pasta

For Manicotti, ditch the dried tubes. Instead, make the crepes version — which is much more authentic (at least from an Italian American perspective) — same sort of way you’d make Cannelloni. Let me know if you need a recipe. Here are my tips:

  • The crepes are super easy to make with a good 10″ non-stick skillet. About 1/4 cup of batter per pan. Tilt pan to coat. Cook 60 secs one side, 20 on the other.
  • The crepes store well. Put them on a plate, with individual pieces of waxed paper between each. Cover finished stack with tightly wrapped foil and put in fridge.
  • I used crepes I made that were 3 days old and they were perfectly fine.
  • Same for the filling. That will last a couple of days if in a tightly closed container (I use glass).
  • My 1/4 cup per crepe amount yielded about 14 total. And 7 fit perfectly in standard 9″ x 13″ glass bake ware.

The crepes are SO much better that the dried pasta. Light and tasty. Uses a lot of eggs (6) but delicious. Manicotti is not a health food.

More Casual Games

Gryo

I don’t play this too much, but it is a pretty good game. Spin the dial, collect the colored dots as they approach. Easier played than said. I can usually only do a couple minutes of it before it gets too fast for me.

Little Things Forever

Bunches of shapes hidden in a larger object. Find three per puzzle. Zero stress, though you can go cross-eyed after a time. This one would also be good for kids.

Rico (Lite)

What the kids call a “platformer” but what I call, Pitfall II. Run around. Jump. Avoid objects. And you can set it easy so you don’t feel too stressed (I’m all about low stress). I’ve tried a couple of these types of games, but like this one the best. Two problems, though. First, the control icons are too small on the Nexus 7. The actual range of control is okay (you don’t have to hit the little icons), but still not sized well for a 7″ or greater tablet. Second, it was designed for a phone, so fonts and whatnot are way too small on the tablets. Otherwise, a lot of fun. Put it on easy, with a lot of checkpoints, and you won’t be annoyed too much. It has extremely retro 8-bit graphics, but they do the job.

Super Stickman Golf

Another 8-bit-like golf game. More physics than real golf, but a good time waster. It’s like those “angle” games of the past, where you have to judge angle and strength to get the ball in the right place.

Trainyard Express

Connect a train to it’s station, but not like some of the other train/track/plane games, since everything is on a grid. Kinda hard to explain, so just download and try it out. Starts out almost too easy, but ramps up. Give it some time to challenge you.

Things You Shouldn’t Do On Your Paperwhite

Here are some things that you shouldn’t do with your Kindle Paperwhite. Doing so would be naughty.

  1. Don’t turn on Airplane mode and leave it like that.
  2. Don’t plug it into your computer and browse out to \system\.assets\ (it’s a hidden directory).
  3. Don’t delete all the sub directories under that folder, because you really don’t want to avoid the ads.
  4. Don’t check out books from your library for as long as you like, by transferring everything over USB.

The only reason I could see someone doing those bad bad things is if they were sick of seeing ads about Judd Apatow’s newest movie.

Remember, whatever you do, don’t do any of that stuff. It would be very bad.

Android Keyboard

I’ve been looking for a wireless keyboard for my Nexus 7. Not that I’m going to be using it a whole lot, but I want something for client site meetings. So I can be a good boy and get my notes right into Evernote and my tasks right into Astrid. Trying to get out of the write-and-transcribe routine.

I was looking at the Logitech, which had good reviews and a nice case, but the vendors on Amazon were sketchy, and it was out of stock at real places. The ZaggKeys also looked good, but the reviews were mixed. The Apple would have been a solid choice, but I didn’t want a bunch of function keys that wouldn’t work. And I kept seeing people saying the same thing: buy the keyboard, not the case it comes with. Good advice.

In the end, I went with the Motorola Wireless. It’s designed for their tablets/phones, but it works fine with the Nexus. Even most of the function keys work, which is nice. I just got it, so we’ll see how long it lasts. So far so good. Paired easily. Uses 2 AA batteries. On-off button to save power. Now I just need to sew a slipcase for it.

Here’s a photo of my Nexus 7 with the Moko case I already had, along with the new keyboard. BTW: It’s a real-sized keyboard. Not too crunched up at all.

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And I know I’m being goofy here, but I kinda like the wacky font they used on the keys.

Here are links to Amazon for the keyboard (about $30) and the case that I use (about $15).