Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Enviro Empress Igniter

Our Enviro Empress is a great stove, but it has stopped lighting!  I looked at the manual and found some tips online for how to troubleshoot it.  You can give it 120V power (somehow?) and also test to see if fuses are burned out or if the igniter is getting enough power using a voltage detector.

What I did is just remove the igniter.  It was not easy to get in there, but I used a socket wrench with a T20 "star" drill bit to remove the screws.  I also created a home-made tool to finish backing out the screws because the socket wrench barely fit.

I placed the igniter on the hearth in very fireproof place, plugged the stove back in and turned it on.  In 2 minutes I had a red hot igniter, but it was not hot all the way to the end, as you can see in the pictures. 




So I ordered a new one from Amazon.  Hopefully that will do the trick!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Colonization Rampage 2

OK.  This old game is still wicked fun.

I downloaded the new Colonization game on the iPhone.  It was playable, but the controls were really bad and it was not very fun.

I downloaded the game again from GOG.  I decided to try another game with a challenge.

Here are my old challenges.  Never going back to Europe was my favorite.

Save the Natives


Anyway, I wanted to play a game where I tried to prevent all native villages from being destroyed.

I started one game as the Spanish near the Tupi tribe.  My rationale was to be the Spanish to prevent their Indian village attack bonus from being used.  That did not work so well and the Tupi were not very good to trade with (being nomadic).

I started this other game as the French and went to war with the Spanish (and other Europeans) early and often.  Some things that have happened that were fun and/or helped:


  1. I got Hernando de Soto first!  That was lucky.  All my exploration is always positive.  But I never dug any burial mounds.
  2. I got Hernan Cortez second.  I was able to do a lot of exploration and have the king's galleons transport my treasure for free.
  3. I have created a TON of missionaries, but I have gotten very few converts so far.
  4. I also NEVER took any Indian land, only land that was unoccupied.  (1 square away from all villages)
  5. I have armed every single tribe I am in contact with with many horses and guns.  I always just give 2 horses at a time and it counts as an entire horse herd.


Some pictures from midway through:



And here is the final pic.  Only one native village was destroyed by the Spanish.  I finally beat down the Spanish so much that they retired from the New World.



Caddyshack 

"There shall be no money, but you shall have complete enlightenment, which is nice."

Never have any money.  Ever.

So that means there are certain things you just can't do like:

  • Visit native villages - they sometimes give you gifts
  • Explore - ruins give you money
  • Trade - this one is obvious
  • Take over European settlements - this comes with spoils!

This was a fun one.  It was really hard in the beginning.  My military was super weak at first.  I basically had one soldier to guard 2 settlements until I got my first cannon.  Even then I was super weak.  I finally got horses from the Apache - they gifted them to me.  I could have also gotten them from immigrant scouts, but I didn't get that until very late in the game.

Anyway, I decided to play as the English because of their immigration bonus.  I created lots of churches and preachers to get more immigrants.

My war of independence was pretty rocky until I got Dutch intervention.  After that it was smooth sailing.





Thursday, August 24, 2017

How to create a Bootstrap 3 Theme

Wow, it was really easy once I figured out how to do it.

I all relies on a config.json file.  You don't have one?  Download the base bootstrap from this link.

https://getbootstrap.com/docs/3.3/

The download link is at the very bottom.

Once you have the file, tweak the LESS variables to your heart's content!  I put in my brand colors, tweaked a lot of the padding, and some fonts.

Then using the same URL above, upload the config.json and see that all of the variables you changed are reflected in the page.  Then simply download it again!  Voila!

Note.  I tried to add inline comments to the JSON in // and /**/ form, but the parser did not like that at all.