Free Template Tuesday #13 – Tumult Hype “Eclipse”

Hype EclipseA Total Eclipse will pass across the entirety of the continental United States on August 21, 2017. It’s not something you see every day. The event is garnering a lot of press. Some websites even have cool animations of the eclipse. That’s when I started wondering, “I probably could build that in Hype.” So, that’s what this week’s free template is about.

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Why I Canceled My Tesla Model 3 Reservation

Tesla Model 3 - BlueI was really excited about the Model 3 from Tesla. Unfortunately, the math started to creep into the plan. This was supposed to be the $35,000 electric car for the masses. The reality showed this wasn’t the car for me. Once I saw that silver paint was an additional $1000 cost, I cancelled the pre-order. It felt like being nickeled-and-dimed. Higher expense, along with long production times, broke the budget and the fun.

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At the President’s Request

Thumbnail - Donald Trump - Make America Great AgainIn my heart, I’m a journalist. It feels against my nature to be hyper-partisan. This is the main reason I’m not registered to vote. I believe that true reporters should hold themselves to a higher standard. (While I’m not active in the business now, I have been seriously considering a return.) It’s OK to critique Trump’s job performance, but it shouldn’t be sport. It shouldn’t be a vendetta. It’s OK for reporters to have opinions, but there should be an openness to fairly discussing all sides of the story. Neutrality is something lacking in today’s media, hence the term “Fake News”. This bias ultimately lead to a surprising email. I was invited to participate in a presidential poll.

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Free Template Tuesday #12 – Tumult Hype “Passcode”

Thinking Emoji LockedBack in the golden age of 8-BIT gaming, the action could continue more than an average player could sit in one spot. Games were getting longer. Fancy games, such as The Legend of Zelda, had a battery backup to save player progress. But games like Metroid or Mega Man 2 had an alternative method – a passcode system. Players could enter a secret code to save their progress. Some Flash games in the late 90’s and early 2000’s also used this technique. Could the same be done with Hype?

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A Deadly Decision – Government Alerts

Storm Settings IconA pretty bad storm hit New York City yesterday. It messed with my evening commute. With the wind kicking up and the dark clouds rolling in, I drove my car with heightened purpose. My goal was to stay ahead of the severe weather. I readied my iPhone SE. With the navigation (Maps) app on and my music playing, I was totally focused on driving. A bolt of lighting, ripping vertically through the sky, highlighted the seriousness of the matter. Any delay could result in a tough commute becoming a terrible commute.

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