Baseball is back! I played baseball for many years before I moved to Indiana and have followed the Cincinnati Reds since I was a kid. When Major League Baseball (MLB) went on strike in 1994-95 I just stopped watching. I’ve attended several Indianapolis Indians games over the years since then but I never got back into the MLB. I found myself watching a Reds game the other day & actually enjoyed it! I’m now back on the bandwagon rooting for the Cincinnati Red Legs.
Remember that Cargo Ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal last month? There have been some funny Internet memes as well as canal simulators that came out of the mess. One I quite enjoyed allows you see the actual size of that ship compared to everyday objects on Google Maps. Like this one comparing the Ever Given to Lucas Oil Stadium:
And it even showed up in the Microsoft Flight Simulator game
Fishers has a new(ish) Mexican restaurant near the Geist Marina. El Lago (meaning “The Lake”) has been open about a year and quickly became our go-to place for dinner. The prices are great, the portions are huge, and the quality is amazing. My favorite is the Burrito Choriz which has chicken and steak cooked with onions, covered with cheese sauce, Mexican sausage, shrimp and pineapple. Served with rice or beans. For $13 you can’t beat it! I recommend the beans, they are really good and obviously homemade, as is their salsa.
Finally, some good news for the Castleton area. It was posted on the Indianapolis Reddit they’re finally making progress on the Saraga International Grocery that was reported in the IBJ back in 2019. I have some concerns bout the other asian markets in the area (Patel Bros, Asia Mart, Viet Hua, and One World Market) being able to compete with Saraga but I welcome the addition to the area. It’s about as close and Indianapolis is going to get to a Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati.
I had a bit of money burning a hole in my pocket so my son & I took a trip to GameStop. I’ve wanted to buy the new Formula One racing game but I’ve never been very impressed with the Xbox 360 controller when it comes to driving games. Then I found the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel and everything changed.
I checked out a few reviews online and found a lot of positive comments on the performance of the Speed Wheel. It’s not cheap ($59) but it’s a lot less expensive than the wheel/peddle setups that cost several hundred dollars.
The Speed Wheel has a nice design and all the necessary functions are where you would expect them to be. It’s missing the 2 shoulder buttons found on the Xbox 360 controller but I have yet to find a game that needs them. The triggers are a lot larger than on the regular controller and they allow a very precise application of the accelerator and brakes.
Since the Speed Wheel is wireless it relies on you holding it in front of you while you use it. On long racing sessions this can get a little tiring. As far as performance goes, this thing is very accurate and steering inputs are immediate with no perceived lag. In fact, if you are using the in-game camera view that shows the steering wheel it mimics your movements exactly in real-time.
Unfortunately the Speed Wheel does not measure forward and backward motion which would make it a great controller for flight simulators. It’s only purpose is for driving games and it works very well for that purpose. If you’ve been as frustrated as I’ve been with the regular Xbox controller you should definitely check it out.