Games with Paper and Pencils

With all the technology in the world at our hands today, it is easy to forget where we came from with games. Pencil and Paper Games is at your service.

Many games are listed – including sorts by type and popularity. A dedicated page is available for each game along with instructions. Dots and Boxes was a favorite of my childhood.

Guess I might have to put down the iPhone or the shiny new Super Nintendo Classic console for a bit and give my kids some old school gaming knowledge.

21 Geo-Social Media Domains You Can Register Today

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some unregistered domains your can get your grubby little domaining mitts on.

Here’s 21 {geo}socialmedia.com domains you can register today:

alabamasocialmedia.com
alaskasocialmedia.com
arlingtonsocialmedia.com
honolulusocialmedia.com
illinoissocialmedia.com
kansassocialmedia.com
longbeachsocialmedia.com
louisianasocialmedia.com
mississippisocialmedia.com
mspsocialmedia.com
nevadasocialmedia.com
newhampshiresocialmedia.com
nolasocialmedia.com
northdakotasocialmedia.com
oklahomacitysocialmedia.com
renosocialmedia.com
rhodeislandsocialmedia.com
southcarolinasocialmedia.com
tahoesocialmedia.com
westvirginiasocialmedia.com
wyomingsocialmedia.com

Have at ’em.

Chicken Stew & Dumplings

chicken and dumplings1.25 lbs chicken breast (2 large halves)

2 cups chicken stock
1 10oz jar turkey gravy (or 1.25 cups homemade gravy)
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 large potatoes 1″ diced
1 onion diced
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup frozen peas
3-4 carrots 1″ chop or 1/2 bag baby carrots, halved
1 can Grands Biscuits
salt
pepper
4 bay leaves

Step 1 can be skipped and the breasts cooked in the slow cooker, but avoid the taste test in step 7. I like to poach the chicken first so it is falling apart tender at serving time.

    1. Add chicken breasts, 2 bay leaves, 1/4 of the onion to a deep pan. Cover to top of chicken with water, bring to a boil and poach for 15-20 minutes until chicken cooked through.
    1. While the chicken is poaching, dice the vegetables and add to slow-cooker.
    1. When the chicken is cooked. Shred or 1″ dice and add to slow-cooker.
    1. Add remaining bay leaves.
    1. Add turkey gravy, cream of chicken soup, chicken stock and butter.
    1. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours.
    1. After 3 hours in cooker, taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.
    1. 45 minutes prior to serving. open the can of biscuits, tear or cut in pieces and add to stew.

The Dirty Secret of Google Apps

Before you click that submit button to sign up for Google Apps for your domain, burn this into your brain right now:

If you ever think about letting your domain expire, this doesn’t destroy your Google Apps account. You must cancel this service as well.

Any future registrant of your domain, if they determine you had Google Apps – and it is a trivial process – all it takes is a couple of days and they will have full control of whatever information resided there – which includes Google Apps email archives, Google App Docs and more.

I don’t blame Google for this, this isn’t a hit piece on them and they shouldn’t be policing the expiration of domain names from Google Apps accounts.

It is no secret that I buy and sell domains. I’m not as active as I once was, but I still browse the drop lists for expired domains and actively search new domains with keywords of up-and-coming business/tech and terms in the news.

In the last 6 months alone, I’ve picked up 3 domains1 that I realized, after the fact, had Google Apps accounts configured. Between those 3 domains, and before I deleted the Google Apps accounts, I had access to 37 email accounts and their archives. A cursory look through a few of those accounts and assuming people lagged behind in changing the email address associated with their accounts, I could have likely found a way to access:

  • Cell Phone Accounts
  • LinkedIn Profiles
  • Facebook & Twitter Acccounts
  • Affiliate Network Accounts
  • An Ashley Madison Account (hmmm)2
  • Business Plans
  • Apple ID & iTunes Account
  • Hundreds of Contacts
  • And more, you get the idea

Like I said, I deleted the accounts associated with these domains. Mainly because I would hope someone would do the same for me, but also because there was some temptation to dig for some competitive information that I didn’t feel right doing. I removed the temptation and kept the ethical compass pointing north, mostly north.

Before you let any domain expire, audit its past usage and clean up the loose ends so they don’t come back to bite you.


1 Don’t ask, I’m not revealing which domains they were.
2 A married, and from what I gathered, a prominent business person in his city.

spanish bungalow

Spain (another misdirected email)

This is a continuing series of misdirected emails to my inbox.

Hi, you may be surprised to learn that we are downsizing and moving to Spain. We found this bung. at a silly price near Dolores (Alicante). It is a little inland, away from the concrete It is one of a group of 9 similar places all occupied by Brits. All legal, no further development allowed. It is very secluded and we drive up an amazing avenue of palm trees to get to it. On our visits to Spain we have noticed how much cheaper most things are, food in particular. There seems to be much more English spoken and the attitude of traders is usually helpful. So we are selling off bits and pieces in all directions mostly on le Bon Coin. Sorry we don’t seem to have heard from you since you had pool pump problems. Trust you got that sorted! We finally got our non paying tenant out, what a relief, but we are owed considerable monies which we don’t expect to recover! Regards Dave & Michele.

spanish bungalow

Emails From Tom: Moms Birthday

(This guy keeps emailing me thinking he is sending this to someone else, so until he stops, I publish, details scrubbed of course.)

Moms Birthday

Thanks to all of you for loving Mom yesterday. She had a wonderful day and was blessed to spend time with each of you either in person or on the phone. FYI: Stephen and Emily have another item to add to their wedding gift list (phone voice lessons). Between their giggles, laughing and false starts we had a good laugh when they called and sang to Mom. We returned home last night about 9:00 or so and after a couple of phone calls went to bed. She mentioned more than once and again as well fell asleep how much she felt loved, what a great day she had and what a wonderful job she had as a mother.

Keep Shining,

I Love you all dearly

Dad

Tom

Kindle Fire Jailbreak


Amazon launched the Kindle Fire today. Who will be the first to have a Kindle Fire Jailbreak?

It is a pretty slick little tablet. I can totally see a world where it compliments my iPad. Thus, I preordered the Amazon Kindle Fire. I wonder how much attention it will get from the jailbreak community? At first glance, should be pretty straight-forward as an Android device.

Kindle Fire Jailbreak