A Better Baseball Dart Game

Posted on Saturday 12 January 2013

To get us started on “my” version of baseball for darts. I’ve “borrowed” a great graphic off of another website ( damdartdepot.com/darts/board-basics/board.htm ) so that we are all talking about the same parts of the dartboard. I hope they don’t mind…

Please feel free to copy or spread this version around, I’m pretty proud of it. I do apologize if someone else came up with this first ( such things do happen. ) I really haven’t seen anything like this anywhere else and have put a fair bit of thought into this so that it is “logical” and hence quite possibly already been done…

Please note that a rudimentary knowledge of baseball is necessary to play this game…

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Rick @ 3:29 am
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Darts Anyone?

Posted on Saturday 12 January 2013

So I’ve started playing with my darts again – it’s something I’ve done on and off since I was about 8 years old. What can I say, I find it soothing, when I was a teenager they were like my worry beads and boy did I worry back then…. 🙄

What did it was that my dartboard was up on the wall, as it has been for many, many years and my two grandsons are old enough to start playing and so I introduced them to a simple game of killer ( using poker chips with number 1-20 on them .) We’d all pick three chips and hide them from everyone else and then try to take out all the numbers on the board ( a double was two hits, a triple three, and anywhere else on the number was one. ) If your number was hit 3X you had to put it back into the pot ( we kept track on a piece of paper for which numbers had what hits on them. ) It was great fun but I thought after a while they might be ready for something better.

Their dad and I started playing 501 ( double in, double out, ) which essentially means that you start with a total of 501 points and can’t start deducting them until you hit the double ring to start and you have to hit the double ring ( and equal exactly zero ) to finish the game first. Of course the boys wanted to play, and we tried it without them having to do any doubles, but it was still kind of tough on them, even if we started them at 301 ( a two hundred point advantage! )

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Rick @ 2:48 am
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My Mac Joystick Challenge

Posted on Wednesday 2 January 2013

Well I’ve finally found something on my Mac that was a challenge!  And the solution is a thing of beauty, and something that every Mac owner needs or at least should know about it. So I thought I’d get this article out as soon as I could in order to help anyone else out there who was in my boat…

Off the top, here is the problem…. Apple does not build any device handlers for joysticks, gamepads, etc etc. They expect the game developer to handle all that. It’s a smart move for Apple, they just saved themselves a ton of work updating and supporting all that “stuff” out there. But unfortunately, most game companies want nothing to do with it either – so pretty well all Mac games run using the keyboard which can be a royal pain compared to using a joystick and not very intuitive either… You can jump the next few paragraphs if you just want the solution and it’s a good one!

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Rick @ 1:49 pm
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Gipp Forster’s CD Now On CD Baby!

Posted on Tuesday 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Just a quick note to let everyone know, who has been looking, that Gipp’s first CD is now available on CD Baby for purchase here www.cdbaby.com/cd/gippforster


All the best for the season!



Rick @ 3:48 pm
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Talking with Mr. Christmas

Posted on Saturday 22 December 2012

So as you may, or maybe not, have recalled I got a little concerned when the links that I had found where one could purchase Gipp Forster’s CD’s showed none were available. The result was I sent a “Hail Mary” email ( a la football’s Hail Mary Pass – throw it out there and hope someone can catch it ) to every source that I had previously found related to Gipp Forster and it was from all those contacts that I discovered that Dale Baglio is working with Gipp to move his recordings over to CDBABY.COM and in turn Amazon and iTunes and others.

By the way I’m still waiting for the CD’s to be available, Dale told me that the first CD was uploaded a day ago, and it usually takes 48 hours for CDBaby to make the CD available either to purchase as an actual CD or download individual tracks or entire CD’s. Trust me, I’ll let you know when that happens. Dale is also hoping to have Gipp’s second CD available on Monday ( fingers crossed. )

Well that email blast I sent out is still bouncing around out there and it finally landed on the man’s desk himself… well sort of. Thankfully I had included my phone number on that email, and Gipp himself called me because of it… It would seem by the way that Gipp is “slightly” challenged technologically. He doesn’t use a computer, nor does he have email, but thankfully his wife does and she eventually got a copy of my email forwarded to her, which she gave to Gipp.

I have to tell you that he is as warm and as charming on the phone as he is in person, it was a real pleasure talking with him and I do hope I get the chance to do it again.

Gipp confirmed that he is indeed working with Dale to make his CD’s available online for anyone who wants them to purchase.

We talked about his CD’s, and some of his hopes and dreams where this and other things can go.

I thought I’d share some of that with you.

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Rick @ 1:15 am
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