Friday, February 24, 2012

C'est le Congo

Many, many moons ago, I started doing 15mm post-WWII African conflicts.  Some of those figures are among the first ones on this blog.  Less than ten years ago, I boxed up that project and moved on to others, as with my normal cycle of interests.  Once again, that loop is almost complete.  My interest in the African conflicts, specifically the 1960's Congo civil war has been sparked up again by my current readings. 

Thanks to the easy of my Kindle Fire, I have purchased several books on the Congo conflict, specifically about the Irish UN troops.  I am also thinking about re-reading my Mike Hoare books. 


Yes, I have started and stop so many projects before, but I think I am going start this project up again as soon as I finish up the bulk of my 10mm Vietnam project which will be pushed to the front along with the 20mm Falklands.  I am going to miss the 30th for the Falklands in April/May other than maybe a few more games without the proper terrain.  I am going to push for a proper game in the Fall at Recruits in Kansas City as well as a 10mm Nam game.
  The following year, I would like to be running a 15mm Congo game and secret project, “Project R”.

I am also going to try to spend some time over the weekend and update my links and blogs sections and possible get a couple more blog entries up.

Be seeing you


Joe

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Come on baby, light my fire...my Kindle Fire


Well, between work and being sick, I have not been able to add anything of any use to my blog.  So, let’s talk Kindle Fire.

I don't think that I said this before, but for Christmas I got a Kindle Fire e-reader.  I really like it, even though I have some issue with it, like a lack of a physical volume control, a reset button, and the quirkiness of web search browser.  But, so far I still really like it.

This is not a review of the Fire, but more of how I plan to use it towards gaming.  Of course the most obvious is reading books on it for research on different periods.  What is nice about it is the lack of space and weight that several books will take up, especially since I have to do a lot of travel for my job.

It is rather nice size and easily fits in my back pocket (I hope I never forget that it is there and sit down!)  I can also download through my computer or on Amazon’s Cloud internet storage many PDFs, Word docs, Excel docs, and JPGs of various gaming / research documents or rules.  So that is rather nice too. 

I have loaded my up with various Too Fat Lardies rules and specials, plus other rules, scenarios, maps, pictures, etc., so I can look up things at a game or elsewhere.  I have not figured out how to do PDF searches yet, so I am not such if that is a workable function.  Also, I have not tried to create any Word documents on it yet, but I have the free version of Quickword, which does not have the editing program.  But I will be buying that soon, so I can take notes during a game for After Action Reviews of the game.

Other then the quirky issues I have with it that I mention above, I only have two main issues with it:  1) No 3G/4G wireless (a lot of places don’t offer free wireless service), and 2) small internal storage, which would not be a problem if the previous issue was corrected.  So far, I have not had any issues with too much on the hard drive, and I have 20 music albums, 30+ books, and about 100 PDFs on it already.  But I have not downloaded any movies on it, so I don’t know how much memory that would take up.  I should be good for a while. 

Over all, I am happy with it. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I think I am in love…


I found this following YouTube video from one of the forums that I am on.  It is a very cute German teacher who is rather funny and partly a geek!  She builds a collapsible Dr. Who's TARDIS!  I wish I had her for a teacher.


I also couldn’t help but keep hearing Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” in my head as I watch her video.


Anyway, I have been working on some more posts regarding the Falklands, but still have to do some more research before posting.  I will hopefully have some more up later this week. 

Cheers,

Joe