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untappd_logo1Matthew E. is drinking a Thai Wheat by Second Self Beer Company at Taco Mac

It’s…different. Ginger and Thai spices. I’m surprised I don’t taste peanut.

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untappd_logo1Matthew E. is drinking a 420 Extra Pale Ale by SweetWater Brewing Company at Taco Mac

When in Atlanta….

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Untappd Check-In

untappd_logo1Matthew E. is drinking a HI-5 IPA by Terrapin Beer Co. at Taco Mac

Decent west-coast-style IPA.

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What’s Inside The Xbox 360 Rechargeable Battery Pack?

Ever wondered what kind of official Microsoft Xbox 360 Rechargeable Battery is in the Xbox 360 Play and Charge Kit? I’ll bust one open and show you what kind of cheap crap they’re made with!

Don’t waste your money. Use a proper pair of NiMH AA’s with the stock battery case that comes with the controller! Get one of these:

If you want a set of “warranty voiders” like I have, this is the set that I use 

Relax folks, our long, national nightmare is nearly over.

Vote early. Vote often!

How to Automate Creating Directories Based on File Names and Moving Files Into Them in Linux

When I first started unlocking new features in Kodi, I noticed that all the artwork was making my library directories a bit unruly, so to help clean things up, I decided to move all the video files into their own folders. Unfortunately, I have quite a lot of video files. Fortunately, I uncovered a little bit of code to manage this task for me. Drop these two lines into a shell script and execute the script in your favorite flavor of Linux to create a subdirectory based on the name of each file in a given folder, then move that file into its respective directory.

find . -maxdepth 1 -type f -exec mkdir {}-DIR \; -exec mv {} {}-DIR \; ;

find . -maxdepth 1 -type d -exec rename "s:\..{2,3}-DIR::" {} \;

I’ve Made a Game!

I’ve been working with computer code–in one form or another–since typing BASIC commands to run games on my Commodore 64 back in the late 1980s. In elementary school, my friend Kyle and I would spend Saturday afternoons copying programs into QBasic from the back pages of 3-2-1 Contact magazine before moving on to designing and programming our own Zork-style text adventure games. In middle and high school, I moved into HTML and Flash, trying my hand at online interactivity. Eventually, I gave up on Windows and moved into the wonderful world of Linux, Bash, and Python.

Bringing it full circle, I’ve been taking a few coding boot camps, relearning the skills I haven’t used in earnest for years. I enjoy making things, and I miss building interactive things. So, for the first time in nearly two decades, I’ve built a game from scratch. It’s JavaScript, and it’s fairly simple, but it’s been a great exercise. Play it, have fun with it, and let me know what you think!


REACT! screenshot

Adventitious Geekery and other distractions created or curated by Matthew "Atari" Eargle