Showing posts from July, 2013

Today's Vlog- Douglas Plays Gizmos & Gadgets!: Day 27

Description: It's another (sped-up) retro video game...Gizmos & Gadgets!, a game that I first played in elementary school.
Tomorrow I'll be summarizing the long-anticipated Moto X event over at  See you there!

Today's Vlog- Google's 2013 Press Event Two-Minute Recap: Day 26

Description:Since I'm in a rush today, here's a two-minute summary of what Google talked about at their press event today. This includes Android 4.3, the Nexus 7 2nd Generation, and the Chromecast. Those products can be bought via Google Play:

Watch the whole event:

I'll be sharing my thoughts at http://dougaschublogs.blogspot.comsoon. See you there!

Moonshot Milestones: Day 25

44 years ago today, two American men were sitting inside a capsule landed on Earth's only natural satellite-the Moon.  I can only imagine how stressful that next 21 hours was as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped out of "The Eagle" just hours after landing, collecting samples and taking photos that amazed the world.  And did I mention they did this on THE MOON?  Apollo 11 was a true example of moonshot thinking.  It set records, allowed for more space research, effectively ended the Space Race, and inspired millions of people to pursue science. (I think I might still have a Neil Armstrong moonsuit I made for a speech about him in 3rd grade.)  We need to thank all the scientists, engineers, politicians, and, of course the three astronauts that spend 8 days on the journey.  They showed that hard work can help reach what may seem like an unobtainable goal.

So Busy: Day 24

As the calendar has now made it into the second half of summer, my activities are starting to pick up again.  Most notably, Driver's Ed started Monday, and I've been having soccer practice twice a week for a couple of weeks.  And, oh yeah, 4-H projects for the county fair next week.  The deadline is kind of catching up to me to complete the 20 projects I signed up for.  So instead of me typing out a whole new post, I'll just share one of my completed projects.

(If the document doesn't render correctly, open this link:
This project outlines my recreation of the village of Stetsonville, located in Wisconsin, in the new version of SimCity.  It is designed to inform the general public about using simulation games to represent real life.

Thanks for reading today and I'll be posting a gaming video tomorrow on YouTube.  See you there!

Last. Print. Issue.: Day 23

Today my August copy of +PCWorld arrived...with a cover saying:
While this is certainly not the first publication to go all digital, it is the first one that I've been subscribed to that is doing it.  This is how my initial experience was.
So I went on and activated my Digital Pass, and attempted to get my subscription for my computer though Zinio.  I typed in my email to activate my subscription...and received an error.  I wasn't too surprised by this just because I figured that tons of people were doing the same thing I was.  The page prompted me to call PCWorld support-but the LINE WAS BUSY!  I have never heard of a support line being busy and not being able to connect at all.  So as I type this...I haven't seen the digital PCWorld yet.  And I really want to.
I would consider myself a fan of digital printing.  With so many mobile devices and computers, why not save the massive amounts of paper and time spend delivering it?  Sure, it is prone to difficulties (like above)…

Douglas Plays SimEarth: Day 22

Description: I play SimEarth today (at 2x the normal speed, of course) and I start to terraform Mars...if the planet doesn't freeze over first!  Be sure to check out Monday's vlog about my trip and yesterday's Live Tile post over at  I'll see you back over there tomorrow for a new post!

The Original Live Tile: Day 21

When Windows Phone 7 was released late in the fall of 2010, it showed a new direction of Microsoft's core design strategy.  A major part of this was live tiles.  They now appear in Windows 8, WP8, and Xbox Start Screens.  Back at its announcement, dynamically updating boxes on a screen showing you the latest data available to the app seemed like a whole new idea...but was it?
Many might point to Android's widget ability, included by Google since version 1.0, two years prior in 2008.   Even though I don't see this a direct descendant to the Live Tiles, there is a software platform that included updating tiles on a homescreen since 2006.  There is a good chance you even own one of these devices: The Nintendo Wii.

Yes, that's right.  During my research on this topic, the Wii's main screen was the first mainstream use of a "live tile."  The Forecast, News, Nintendo, and Everyone Votes channels all are not only animated, but pulled data though WiiConnect24, g…

Today's Vlog-Thoughts From Places-California (FBLA NLC 2013): Day "20"

Description: After taking last week off, I am proud to present my trip to SoCal for the FBLA National Leadership Conference. If you want to view different parts of the video, click on the numbers below:
0:00 Intro
0:17 Traveling to California
1:41 Thursday Afternoon (Opening Ceremony)
2:33 Friday (Disneyland)
3:07 Saturday (LA Tour)
4:15 Sunday (Beach & Awards Ceremony)
6:47 Monday (Traveling back to Wisconsin)
7:39 Final Thoughts

I am aware that not all my pictures matched up when I was talking about them...and there are not very many videos because I wanted my memory to the video of the trip. I hope you enjoyed this!

If you have any questions, please ask! I'll see you tomorrow at Douglas Blogs ( with a new blog post!

Today's Vlog- Translation Fails: Day 19

Description: A vlog about a "User's Manual" translation fail as I'm on my way back home.  Talk to you tomorrow at!