Rick Glos Life in Portland, Oregon.

Google kills Reader

18. March 2013 09:53 by Rick Glos in

Update - May, 8, 2013 - I’ve started using Feedly and so far I am liking it more than I did reader.

I’ve been using Google Reader since 2005 daily and it was one of the founding applications (along with gmail) that me made use Google.  When they added Google Calendar it was a easy to encourage people I know to switch, my wife in particular being on its greatest supporters.  She non-technical, but I see her keep up with feeds via Reader on our living room TV daily.

Last week Google decides to kill it.  Silly.  But now what?

Options I’ve come across to contemplate:

  1. Newsblur

    Interesting article on how they are scaling it up to handle the new demand.  Downside?  Looks like it costs money.

  2. Feedly

    Looks slick. Does it cost anything?

  3. Digg?

    Perhaps promising but as of 2013.03.18 this is vaporware.

  4. Wunderfeed?

    Forget where I got this link. Like digg though, as of 2013.03.18, it's vaporware.

Max - from crib to toddler bed

15. March 2013 13:27 by Rick Glos in

Last night we adjusted Max’s sleeping from a crib to a toddler bed.  Our primary motive was safety.  Lately we had caught him hanging on the bar from the outside of the crib, who knows what was next.

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The bed comes with an optional side rail.  He did very well and didn’t even try to get out of the bed last night.  He was very chatty and talking about it in the morning when we woke him up and he got himself out of bed.

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We purchased this DaVinci Crib in Dec of 2010 (over 3 yrs ago) off Amazon.  Max is now 2 yrs and 4 months and we’re pleased with the $199 we spent on it.  Apparently with this Conversion Rail Kit, it can convert into a full/twin bed for another $75.

Recipe - Black Bean and Corn Soup

4. March 2013 08:55 by Rick Glos in

Turned out really good with a loaf of hearty bread.  Got the original recipe from here and tweaked it.  As the original post states, nice and creamy without having to add cream.

  • 1 bag of frozen corn
  • 1 cup of dried black beans (or 3 cans of black beans)
  • 1.5 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can of diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • (optional) grated cheese on top to serve

Simmer beans in pot of water for 2-3 hours. 

Heat large pot, add some oil, cook frozen corn for 4-ish minutes.

Drain, put 2/3 of beans in blender with chicken broth and blend.

Pour blended mixture, diced tomatoes, remaining 1/3 black beans, and salt into pot and simmer about 15 minutes or reduce to your consistency you like.

World of Tanks Tournaments

1. March 2013 17:34 by Rick Glos in

I’ve been doing some tournaments lately that have turned out well and netted some in-game gold.  WoT is one of the few games (only?) I’ve played where you can earn in-game currency to pay for you monthly subscription fee (2,500 gold per month).

I played in the Ultimate Conquest: Friday Scrimmage tournament and won 1,300 gold (1,000 for first + 50 for each victory).  It was a Friday only tourney that ran like a Soccer-style round-robin-group tournament.

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Then in Ultimate Conquest: Absolute Power 2 tournament that ran daily over almost two weeks, we advanced through a huge deep bracket to take 3rd place overall and win 5,000 gold.

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This plus holding onto Northern Italy on the strategic map (Clan Wars) has been netting us about 12,000 gold per day.

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The next big one is the World of Tanks Classic, Season 2.  If i'm not mistaken, last years winners were flown to Moscow, Russia to fight against winner from other leagues (Europe and Russia).

In addition, a new league, Wargaming Professional eSports League, will be starting soon with a prize pool of 2.5 million dollars, apparently the largest in gaming history, beating out a recent League of Legends tournament.

Good time to be playing tanks.