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Bingo Number Generator

As a software engineer, I get to write code and tell computers what to do. Over the years I have experimented with numerous technologies. I like getting to use those technologies to actually create something so it’s nice when I have an idea to work towards.

I hung out with some friends, and they played bingo on the hour to pass the time. A fun and engaging activity for adults and children to participate in no doubt. I don’t really remember how they generated the values, but they seemed to use a computer. I tried searching online to see what else was available. Lo and behold I didn’t find a lot of great solutions. So I built one!

I present to you the Bingo Number Generator! I shouldn’t take so much satisfaction from such a tiny web app, I’m just happy that I got it done and pushed live even while living a normal life with family and a day job.

Happy bingo-playing! (bingo-ing?)

Grand Canyon

We went to a giant hole in the ground. Driving with the 2nd born (hereafter the Mastiff) was pretty terrible, though! I don’t recommend sitting in an enclosed metal box with a noise maker for prolonged amounts of time.

Check out more in the full Grand Canyon gallery.

Change 2005 Toyota Tacoma Manual Transmission Shifter Seat And Bushing

It’s probably rare to have a manual transmission in this day and age, but I enjoy it. Its scarcity probably also means that I wasn’t able to find too much help online with a recent issue where my 2005 Toyota Tacoma was popping out of gear. This would cause the RPMs to spike dramatically since I would unexpectedly be in neutral. I eventually realized that I needed to change the shifter seat and bushing.

  1. Seat and bushing, respectively. I purchased mine at a local Toyota dealer for around $25 for both parts, but I found one on Amazon that seems like it would work as well. Step 1
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OBi100 Cannot Receive Google Voice Calls

I have long since canceled my home phone service, but I have an OBi100 (succeeded by the OBi200) paired with Google Voice for free VoIP (no emergency calls, though).

Unfortunately recently I was only able to call out but not receive calls. I tried doing everything listed on the OBiTalk forum instructions to no avail. Then I found a post about the similar OBi110. So the answer for me was the same: delete the configuration and set it up again from the beginning! Hope this helps someone!

Mysterious Seeds Or Bugs Around House

Recently my dad asked me if I could identify some small things that were appearing in his house. He was finding them sporadically in his house. A few here, a few there. Some in the bed, some on his desk, one or two on the couch. I had no idea what they were, but my wife found a forum where someone had the exact same problem.

Turns out that they were whole flax seeds that had fallen out of a heating pad (something like this). They resemble small apple seeds or something more nefarious from a bug or animal (as we initially imagined). Thankfully it was nothing more than a hole in the heating bag!