GeekNights Tuesday - Star Wars: Squadrons

Tonight on GeekNights, we review Star Wars: Squadrons. It's great. It lacks some polish, but the gameplay is sound, the game is solid, and it's almost definitely worth your while. In the news, online chess has a cheating problem, Golden Axed was the product of unethical crunch, and some people are having problems using their Quest 2 due to Facebook.

Things of the Day

Episode Links

On Patreon

Live Stream:

1 Like

1 Like

To @TheListener you are crazy with this cuts, please do not change.

I’m reminded of this old ad for cashies from the 90s.

1 Like

Alltrails is pretty trash, When I go hiking I use GaiaGPS, the app is pretty awesome, but it does cost money.

I guess you get what you pay for?

1 Like

At the very least, download an offline map for google maps in case you loose cell signal.

1 Like

Layers of protection! I usually have maps downloaded on gaiagps but I never, never, go hiking without a paper map as back up.

When I do hikes longer than 15ish miles or in more remote places, I carry

  1. GPS on the phone (generic Google maps, Strava tracking the hike so I could backtrack easily)
  2. PDF map of the trail system on the phone
  3. Paper trial map
  4. Paper regional map with topography
  5. Sighting compass
  6. Lifestraw
  7. Rescue blanket

It’s a good set, but you should add some sort of basic signaling equipment in there, like a signal mirror. Cheap, hardy, very light, effective at range, and extremely easy to use. You might say, yeah, but that’s doubling up with the sighting compass since it has a mirror, but trust me, it’s not really an effective replacement.

I left out most of my carry there. :wink:

The most important carry is still the phone and battery. Even out in the Blue Mountains I had cell signal pretty far out in the middle of nowhere.

Whenever I hike, I just try to cobble an idea of the route using any crappy maps from the parks website, taking a photo of the map at the park’s entrance, and snips of my route from the topo maps available on USGS.

I don’t use physical maps as I don’t have a printer. As for water, being in Arizona, I just assume what’s on my back is all there is.

ALWAYS take a photo of any map you pass, and any sign you see. This has saved me relying on my cruddy memory many times.

The unfortunate side effect is that many times the only photos I have from a walk are photos of maps.

1 Like

I also keep a blaze orange vest in my hiking backpack. Useful if you see shell casings or hear gunshots - and can also be a flag if you get trapped or stuck.

Photo from today’s bike ride: ferry timetable for planning the return journey.