What a day! Today was definitely work day here at my job. Most of the day was spent cleaning house and making sure that I don't forget about anything that I need to do before my family leaves for a week. We will have no access to phones, or internet, so if my work needs me I will be unreachable...yikes! However, if nothing catastrophic happens (like the internet going down at work or something) then we should be good.
As far as tips or hints: never eat soggy waffles. Unless they are soggy from syrup, and then they are delicious. Oh, and if something stops working on your computer or device, try rebooting.
Ok, so I know this is a day late, but here is the post that I came up with yesterday. I don't often talk about the games I love. Today I would like to highlight some of the games that I love and the apps that help me out with that.
There are tons of champions available, but it is random (most of the time) which ones you get. My top champions are Ultron, Yellow Jacket, Daredevil, and Iron Patriot. I my most recent champions are Iron Man, and Captain America. This game gets me excited, and I love to play it. My brother and I have an alliance that we enjoy being a part of. We work together to complete quests and to battle other alliances. So if you like superheroes and want to find a fun game to play that allows you to play solo or with other players, consider Marvel's Contest of Champions.
Clash of Clans
I thought I would comment about the new MacBook Pro lineup. Many people comment on the price first. I agree that the new MacBook Pro is expensive. One of the challenges with being in the middle-class is that it is hard to justify the purchase of a machine that costs over $1000. However, I want one. That doesn't mean I'm going to get one though.
Here's what I like the most:
OLED Touch Bar
I am very impressed with the Touch Bar. It changes how the user interacts with the computer. Apple has always been good at coming up with new ways to use their products. When I first started using a MacBook Pro I "fell in love" with the touchpad because it was better than anything I had ever used before, and it had Multi-touch gestures that made multi-tasking seamless. To me, the trackpad became an indispensable part of how I used the computer. Now, with the new MacBook Pro, the trackpad is bigger and better. Definitely something I find appealing.
Now there's the touch bar. It looks amazing and seems to be exceeding Apple's expectations (as far as I've seen). You can use it with all kinds of apps and use Touch ID. Some people may be complaining about the loss of the function keys, but I think they'll find that it will redefine and streamline the way we use computers.
If I were to get a new MacBook Pro, I would get the 15 inch with 2 TB hard drive.
I have been teaching Computer Tech for a couple of years, love Microsoft Excel, and just started the spreadsheet unit this year. This application is such a powerful tool, and I keep looking for ways to improve my lessons so my students will learn to love Excel as much as I do. There are so many features that make it amazing, but it seems like it is the art that makes it appealing to some.
I recently published the Microsoft Excel module in our LMS and the following picture was waiting for them:
So, before I even posted the assignment they started creating their own. Several of them have created a few already and the assignment (called Pixel Art) isn't due until this Friday. I'm excited to look through what they create and I will post some pictures soon.
Have I ever mentioned that I'm also a musician? I have my trumpet under my desk, and I can play the piano and sing.
Because I love music and technology, I was pretty stoked to see a fairly new app by Apple, called Music Memos. It lets you record, provides a chromatic tuner, and can add bass and drums to your music. A fun toy, but also practical for a singer/songwriter or composer.
Something that has bothered me since they introduced iCloud Drive on the Mac is that you can't drag the iCloud Drive down into the Dock to create a shortcut. This may not bother others but it does me, so here is a quick and easy way to get around that (I've included this on both YouTube and directly to my website to make it easier to access).
When I was in college, I took a class that met Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The professor named the days of the week as follows: Monday Mirth (he would bring funny things to read), Wednesday Work Day, and Friday Food Day (one person would volunteer to bring food). It was a fun way to break out of the monotony of going to school.
I would like to start a tradition on my blog. Every day of the week I will post something that follows the theme of that day. For example: Monday's musings, Tuesday's tip of the week, Wednesday work day (review/tutorial that has to do with an app or device made for business, Thursday (maybe throwback thursday?), and Friday fun day (review a gaming app, etc.).
Let me know in the comments what you think?
Apple TVs are awesome, but they don't always work the way we want them to. I have found that Airplay works best when you are not mirroring, but air playing the video or music by itself. However, Mirroring your display is a great thing to do, and it works well most of the time. But what do you do if it doesn't work?
1. Reset the Apple TV
It is really simple to reboot your Apple TV with your remote. Simply hold the down button and menu button for 6 seconds (or until the light starts blinking rapidly) and release. The Apple TV will reboot
2. Reset your Airplay
There are a couple of steps you can take to reset your connection with the Apple TV. First, try turning off your wifi and turning it back on. If that doesn't work, open Terminal and type in sudo killall coreaudiod and press enter. It will ask for your account password. Type in your password and press enter. This will reset Airplay on your computer.
What do you do if that doesn't work?
The above steps will work 90% of the time. This is also assuming that you have checked cables, and that your network is working. It's helpful to ensure that your Apple TV is connected to the same network your Mac is connected to. And finally, on occasion, it is necessary to reboot your computer.
Sometimes all it takes to be a cool dad is to be a geek. My boys love that I can get into what interests them: Pokemon, Minecraft, etc. They love it when I play with them, and when I get excited about what they love.
And then sometimes, it has nothing to do with being a geek. All it takes is to be with them, and to help them get through whatever they're going through.
I am standing here in front of a fire with my 5 year old. It is 3 in the morning, and we've had quite the ordeal.
I woke up after my son burped in my face. Except it didn't sound or smell like a burp. I'm a little slow and didn't realize what was happening until he had thrown up all over himself and sleeping stuff.
I somehow managed to get him outside of the tent we were sleeping in before he made more of a mess. Then we struggled to get his shoes on, and raced over to the bathroom (which happened to be a nice one with automatic sinks).
I washed his arms and face and removed his shirt. I happened to have his blanket, which was miraculously unscathed. After wrapping him up in the blanket,we started our march back to camp.
A nearby camper from our neighborhood had started a small fire for us, and provided us with wipes to help us clean up. I removed the offending sleeping stuff from the tent and helped my son get warm by the fire. I was so glad that he didn't listen to me when I told him to get in his pajamas last night.
Now, we are sitting by the fire waiting to see if he has any more food trying to escape his digestive system. We already tried going to bed but he decided he needed to throw up again, and luckily escaped getting anything but nature dirty.
As I sit here contemplating what has transpired, I remember my son telling me twice that he loved me as I served him. I realize that being a cool dad doesn't always require geeking out with the kids. Sometimes all it takes is to be with them and help them through whatever they need.
As I'm sure you've guessed from the title: I love and hate Pinterest. Let me explain:
I love Pinterest because I can spend hours looking at other people's pins, search for pictures or articles, and just laugh at the funny pictures.
I hate Pinterest because I can spend hours looking at other people's pins, search for pictures or articles, and just laugh at the funny pictures.
That is all.
Hello World! My name is Adam Hinton. I am a father, a geek, an IT Director at a Charter School, and a Mormon.