Just a small post

By XeroCube on July 2, 2017

I know it has been some time since my last post. Things have just gotten busy. I do want to get back to posting more about our gaming activities and various technology discussions. Until then, have a safe Independence Day!

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Sushi Go!

By XeroCube on December 31, 2016

This Christmas, Sam got a copy of Sushi Go. I know we are late to the party with this game, but I’m certainly glad we got it.
Sushi Go’s visual style is just adorable. The cards themselves are nice looking and very cute. It’s also simple, making it easy to know what each card is at a glance, which is helpful for the kids. sushi-go-box
The rulebook is simple enough and very easy to understand. The scoring system is on the cards though, so going back to the rulebook won’t happen often.
The gameplay is quick and simple. There are three rounds. You deal a hand of cards to each player. Each player looks at their hand, keeps a card, and passes their hand to the next player. They reveal their kept card and then pick another card from their new hand. This goes on until every card is picked. Points are tallied and then the next round begins. A game takes about 15-20 minutes. Easy peasy.
The sushi flavor of the game is great too. Do you attempt to make the most Maki Rolls? How about getting the most nigiri or dumplings? Do you grab the wasabi or take the pudding?
I think the game is simple enough for the kiddos, but has enough strategy for the most advanced players. Either way, the game is pretty easy to pick up and super fun.

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Changing Max File Size for Attachments in Team Foundation Server

By XeroCube on November 21, 2016

At the office, we needed to add some larger attachments to our workitems in Team Foundation Server. It’s pretty simple to change the maximum file size allowed.

According to MSDN:

  1. You’ll need to be a member of the TFS Administrators group.
  2. Login to the Team Foundation Server
  3. Open the following URL: http://localhost:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection/WorkItemTracking/v1.0/ConfigurationSettingsService.asmx?op=SetMaxAttachmentSize

    Note: Replace “DefaultCollection” to your Team Project name, if necessary.

  4. Change the SetMaxAttachmentSize to whatever value you need and click “Invoke”.


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El Presidente Cocktail No. 1

By XeroCube on November 11, 2016

Brandy asked me to make her a cocktail this evening, using whatever mixers we had on-hand. I found some pineapple juice and grenadine. We decided to make the El Presidente Cocktail No. 1.


Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass.

Brandy enjoyed hers so much, that I made one for myself, subbing the light rum for Mango Rum.

Pretty simple to make. Enjoy!

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2016 National Toy Hall of Fame Inductees

By XeroCube on November 10, 2016

The National Museum of Play has inducted three new toys to the National Toy Hall of Fame. For 2016, the inductees were:


I find it interesting that Dungeons and Dragons made the list, as I would not normally consider it a “toy”, given the nature of the game. However, there is no doubt the influence this game has had in gaming and pop culture over the past 40+ years. Having dabbled in the game (and it’s variants and imitators) off and on over the years, I’m happy to see it get some love. It now joins the ranks of other inductees like: Scrabble, View-Master, Kite, and the ever-present ball.


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Doctor Strange – Thoughts and Impressions

By XeroCube on November 7, 2016

I had the opportunity to watch “Doctor Strange” over the weekend. As with many of the Marvel movies, I was excited about a new entry to the MCU.

There are spoilers in this review, so consider yourself warned.

This movie is another origin story, this time for Dr Steven Strange. In brief, he’s an egotistical, genius neurosurgeon who’s the best at his position. He meets tragedy when he loses control of his car, careening off road and sustaining massive injuries, including crushing his hands. This starts his journey of trying to restore his body and career back to its peak.

When modern medicine fails, he turns to Alternative medicine, which leads him to the Ancient One, who teaches him quickly that there is more to reality than what he can see. Strange learns the mystical ways, determines there is a villain, Kaecilius, who wants to turn the world over to the darkness. From there, the story moves on to its inevitable conclusion.
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Amazon to collect Alabama sales tax starting November 1, 2016

By XeroCube on October 31, 2016

It appears that Amazon.com will start collecting sales tax for online sales to Alabama residents starting November 1st, 2016.

According to TaxRates.com:

Amazon is going to comply with Alabama’s Simplified Seller Use Tax Remittance Act, which enables “eligible sellers to … collect, report and remit a flat eight percent (8%) sellers use tax on all sales made into Alabama” (rather than varying rates due to local taxes).

Some additional articles:

Many people I have spoken with weren’t aware of this, so I thought I would share.

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Bosco Siting – October 30, 2016

By XeroCube on October 30, 2016

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Saturday Musing – Wakey Wakey

By XeroCube on October 29, 2016

Why is it that my children, whom have to be dragged out of bed on any given school day, are up before the sunrise every Saturday? Did I do this to my parents when I was younger? Is this my penance?
Additionally, this morning, I am startled awake by my eldest just staring at us in the doorway like the girl from “The Ring”. I just don’t understand.
For what it is worth, I’d like to apologize to my parents for any instance of freaking them out on a random Saturday morning at some point in the 80’s.

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Pumpkin Decorating Contest – 2016

By XeroCube on October 27, 2016

We had a pumpkin decorating contest at the office this week. My team decided to go with a bit of a horror theme. We created “Punkenstein”, complete with gelatin brain, neck bolts, strobe lighting, and laboratory diorama. I think it turned out great!

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