Influent

Today I wanted to tell you guys about a wonderful game called Influsent (aka SanjigenJiten (aka SanJiten (aka 3D Dictionary))). Influent is the language learning game with an identity crisis. It was born of a Kickstarter, like everything it seems these days, and raised $28,086 out of it’s $12,000 goal. Apparently people don’t care if you have enough money so they just give you more. I suspect this game went through several names because so many people were having trouble spitting out SanjigenJiten, I know I can’t say it.

So after watching a couple of reviews on the game I decide to fork out the $10.99 Canadian for this game on Steam. Will it be worth it? Probably not. But it looks mildly entertaining and I might add a few more words to my ever growing Spanish vocabulary.

So far after taking it for a spin for about 10 minutes I’ve added 30 words to my list, not to say that I’ve memorized them all yet, but there’s a lot of things lying around this guy’s house that I don’t know the words for. Sure, I know a lot of them but often it will offer you another word for that same thing that you didn’t know, so it’s an opportunity to learn that word. But beyond that it doesn’t look like it gets into any sort of sentence structuring (aka grammar) but then again I don’t really expect it to. It’s just a silly little game that will hopefully teach me ten dollars worth new words.

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Gamify Your Life with HabitRPG

habitrpgFor the last year I’ve been really into the idea of using software for self improvement. I’ve been studying Spanish daily for the last year using Duolingo and Memrise, and I had a good two months of guitar practice out of Rocksmith and have seen considerable gains in both. So whenever some new program like HabitRPG comes along that helps me improve myself I just have to check it out. This one is a bit different, it’s really just a to do list. It’s up to you to input your goals, tasks and rewards but it gives you the addictiveness of gaining experience points, leveling up, earning and spending money and all that additive game play. It’s available both through your browser and on Android.

After setting up my avatar (to look as much like me as possible) I started entering any tasks I could think of. I immediately entered Memrise and Duolingo as daily activities, along with a few other hopefuls. As the night went on I kept adding things to my habbits, to do list and daily activities. Before I knew it I had tons of things to do!

Of course now I had to enter some rewards to make me want to do these chores. So I setup an hour of StarCraft 2, a glass of whisky and a Joe Loius as my rewards. Still not sure of how fast I would be earning gold I just entered a few arbitrary prices. Since I had just picked up a new mop and cleaning supplies earlier today I went to work washing the bathroom and kitchen floor. That wasn’t enough gold yet so I did a Memrise lessons followed by several DuoLingo lessons and checked them off. Alas, I had earned 5 gold so I poured myself a glass of whisky.

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Performing a Factory Reset on a Rooted Sony PRS-T1

A while back I rooted my PRS-T1. It worked, but a lot of the apps I tried to install did not. About the only real benefit I got out of it was having Dropbox on it, it made for wireless uploading eBooks. But beyond that it just got in the way. 99 times out of 100 after booting the e-Reader I would just fire up the “Home” app which started the Sony software that normally loaded by default on the reader. Then eventually I got this weird bug where I’d go into the Sony software and I would not see any of my books. A reboot would fix the issue but it was just another annoyance. So I decided I’d had my fun with rooting it and was going to factory reset the device.

I found a great video that detailed the steps on how to reset the device. After shutting down the device you’d boot it up again while holding the > and Return buttons. After it booted it up you have to wait for “Loading” i the top left to disappear. At that point you could release the right button (Return) and tap it once then let go of the other button. Unfortunately it did not work for me.

After trying a few times with no success I had any idea, so I tried it out and it worked. The trick with a rooted device is as soon as the Android desktop loads you want to tap the Home icon with yet another finger (because you’re still holding the two buttons at this point). If you time it right the Sony home screen will load before the “Loading” status clears and at that point you can release, tap and release. At that point you will finally get the prompt to Factory Reset. Press yes, wait for the device to shut down and then turn it back on. Your device will now be restored to it’s factory state.

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