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on the nature of short conversation and Facebook [Apr. 14th, 2014|01:01 am]
A friend of mine died very suddenly this week. He was 37, they suspect a heart attack, which seems very odd. On some level, I hope it was due to a heart defect.


I posted about it on my Facebook because I treat it a lot like I treat anything I have access to... it's a way to share myself, my thoughts, my feelings. While I am private about some aspects of my life, most of it I have been very open about all along.

I mused that it was troubling me. Mostly it troubled me because most of the other people in my life who have died... it wasn't a surprise. Theresa Koerbacher down the street? She got cancer as a kid and didn't win. David White? Car accident. My grandmother? She was old as dirt and it was probably for the best. My father? He had COPD and his life quality had severely diminished. Johnny Law? Well, he was a really large guy, we were shocked to find out he just fell down some stairs.

But this? The guy was only a few months older than me. And the thing was, he had such an interesting Facebook. He had taken up photography and his pictures were really good. I mean, I know we all have the amateur professionals in our friend groups, but his subjects and work always kept me interested. And despite all this, in about 2.5 years of being friends on Facebook, it looks like we interacted about twice. And the last time we saw each other was probably when we worked together back in the mid-late 90s.

All this said, I came to look forward to his FB postings because they provided a window into someone else's life. Someone's life that had maybe found a bit of clarity and contentment, even if it maybe wasn't exactly what he wanted. (Then again, how was I to know either way?)

I posted about this and the responses came. And I felt weird because the goal was not to make it about me. I was not looking for sympathy for my feelings. I was looking to connect with people, to interact, to come away with something new. Someone had left my life and it leaves a hole; I wanted to express that and to hear something from somebody else, even if it was just someone they had lost and felt the same way about.

I felt weird about this (the same way I did when I posted about Johnny Law) because I was lamenting more the loss of the person's creative work than the person themselves, being as I wasn't as close to the person as many other people were. It wasn't like a close friend died, it was someone that I actually knew and admired their work, no matter the medium.

So I was frustrated by the "I'm sorry for your loss" responses.

Because one day you're posting pictures of owls (and self-marveling at such) and then a few days later, you're gone.

That's it.

No more pictures of owls. Or dogs. Or sunrises. Or anything else.

webOS post mortem [Apr. 14th, 2013|02:21 pm]
I came dangerously close yesterday in the T-Mobile store to walking out with a Nexus 4. Still waiting to see what Google announces in May or for the rumors to get stronger before I make a decision, but I'm ready to act.

My phone has started to reboot itself more than I would like. I do weird things to my computing devices, so I'm used to a certain amount of speedbumps. But my physical keyboard is doing the double letter thing. And yeah, I overclock, so sometimes my phone may reboot itself and that's not the end of the world, but when it's every couple of days and sometimes it's a full reboot and sometimes it's just a Luna reboot... it's getting frustrating.

Add to that I'm carrying around a Nexus 7 with me pretty much full time which I love (minus the fact that the OS is not as awesome as webOS, obviously) that I have to tether. And there's some bug in webOS 2.x that interacts with FreeTether so that if you close FreeTether, then you're stuck having to reboot the phone to make it work again. That's no fun, because reboots are a 2-3 minute affair, especially with the OS loaded up with patches like I have it. And well, the OS is not likely to get upgraded any time soon. webOS CE? It had some promise, but it has really stalled. webOS hardware from other manufacturers? Doesn't seem to be happening. So I'm stuck on that road.

What I'm saying is, in the next few months I am likely leaving webOS behind almost totally for Android. Most of the Palm people who mattered work at Google now, and I can certainly hope that Mattias has a heavy hand in fixing Android's multitasking for 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

I will be keeping the Pre 3 *and* the Touchpad as reference devices, to be sure. Because when I code apps, I want to make sure they'll work on almost anything (web first, then webOS/Android, then I'll consider other non-iOS platforms). But my Pre 3's time as a daily driver is running out.

It pains me to say it, but I've known it (and admitted as much) for at least about 6 months, probably more like 12... webOS lost. It was a superior product in many ways (still is in quite a few - inductive charging, true multitasking), but it was done in by inept management and to a lesser degree, marketing. Also, Sprint and fucking Verizon. Fuck the both of them, HARD.
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(no subject) [Apr. 9th, 2013|11:08 pm]
The world seems to have more cat owners in it than I would have expected that have no idea what "chittering" or "chattering" is.

Tip: Put your cat in front if a window. Put a bird on the other side of the window. That sounds your cat is making? It's not meowing. You'll know that because it sounds NOTHING like that other noise your cat makes when it's meowing.

So yeah, maybe I am a little annoyed at seeing another "strangest cat meow ever" video just now on Youtube.
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Wunderlist: this just might stick [Mar. 4th, 2013|03:25 am]
Reading some random startup article on Zite and they mentioned 6Wunderkind and having to choose between developing two different products and blahblahblah.

I'm just kind of skimming it, not really letting it soak in, but for some reason I decide to look up the kept product,

They have apps for Android, iOS, Mac, and... Windows. Plus it works in your browser. This is in perfect keeping with my ethic and my plan for developing as well.

I install the app on my Nexo and play with it for a bit. It's a basic task list, but it syncs across all platforms rather quickly, and the tasks support deadlines (or none) and subtasks, with notes. And then there's groups.

Well wait, can't you just do this with Google? Not sure exactly, but there is a lot of baggage for me there until I transition to using Google services myself. Plus it may not actually have all these features.

Design? It has some hidden secrets, so it's a little but oniony. It has one of those little grab widgets up in the upper left corner to hide a sliding panel, like on Facebook. But unlike Facebook, it's Enjo-y! You can swipe that and it works, not just tap it. So it speaks a modal language I understand coming from webOS. Every time I use the mobile Facebook on my Nexo and swipe that thing and it just sits there, I get so annoyed.

Anyway, I entered a task... "take out trash" into it and set a deadline. At the appointed time, it popped a lil window on my latop and played a small sound. Second later, same thing on the tablet, and there's a notify in the notify drawer. Have I completed the task yet? No. So there they sit for the moment while I'm half-naked on the couch doing laundry and too lazy to put on some dirty pants to do the work.

But I am the type that needs a bit of nagging, so having these things sitting there demanding some small measure of attention makes me more likely to do the actual task. So I like this idea.

Now if I just had some people to collaborate with and generate tasks. Soon, maybe?
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$5 albums, rest of list [Jan. 22nd, 2013|02:10 am]

Sigur Ros - (Untitled)

Archers of Loaf - White Trash Heroes (Deluxe Remaster)

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

The Wombats - The Wombats Proudly Present...This Modern Glitch

Shout Out Louds - Work
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$5 albums, S-T [Jan. 22nd, 2013|01:52 am]

Will Johnson - Scorpion

Slint - Spiderland

Beth Orton - Sugaring Season

Caribou - Swim

Lymbyc Systym - Symbolyst

Beach House - Teen Dream

Telekinesis - Telekinesis!

The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
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(no subject) [Jan. 22nd, 2013|01:23 am]

Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

Faded Paper Figures - The Matter

AWOLNATION - Megalithic Symphony (Explicit)

Mason Jennings - Minnesota

Beck - Modern Guilt

Sonic Youth - Murray St.

Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs

Silversun Pickups - Neck Of The Woods

Superchunk - No Pocky for Kitty (Remastered)

Stars - The North

Garbage - Not Your Kind Of People

Stephin Merritt - Obscurities

OK Go - Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

OFF! - OFF! [+digital booklet]

Shout Out Louds - Our Ill Wills

Exitmusic - Passage [+digital booklet]
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$5 albums, I-L [Jan. 20th, 2013|10:48 pm]
Bear In Heaven - I Love You, It's Cool [+Digital Booklet]

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Hot Chip - In Our Heads

Minus The Bear - Infinity Overhead

Badly Drawn Boy - It's What I'm Thinking: Photographing Snowflakes (Amazon Exclusive)

Tricky - Juxtapose

Cody Chesnutt - Landing on a Hundred

The Magnetic Fields - Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
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$5 albums, E-H [Jan. 20th, 2013|07:30 pm]

Spoek Mathambo - Father Creeper

Imperial Teen - Feel The Sound

Sugar - File Under: Easy Listening (Deluxe Remaster)

Superchunk - Foolish (Remastered)

PlayRadioPlay! - The Frequency EP

Garbage - Garbage

The Postal Service - Give Up

The Cure - Greatest Hits

Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Brainstorm - Heat Waves

Wintersleep - Hello Hum [Explicit]

The Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra - Hipster Dinner Party Vol. 1

Hospitality - Hospitality
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$5 albums, A-D [Jan. 20th, 2013|01:55 am]
Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines

The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck

Archers of Loaf - All the Nations Airports (Deluxe Remaster)

Dan Deacon - America

Moby - Ambient

Bonobo - Animal Magic

Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory

Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon

Ladytron - Best Of 00-10

Beach House - Bloom

Patrick Wolf - Brumalia EP [+Digital Booklet]

Centro-matic - Candidate Waltz

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz

Tokyo Police Club - Champ

The Vaccines - Come Of Age

Sugar - Copper Blue (Deluxe Remaster)

Deep Time - Deep Time

Jason Lytle - Dept. Of Disappearance

Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs (Instrumentals)

TV on the Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

Moby - Destroyed (Amazon Exclusive Version)

Freelance Whales - Diluvia
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trying to figure it out [Dec. 12th, 2012|01:06 am]
Somebody out there is selling $30 Chipotle gift cards on eBay - for $27.99. Okay, fine so far. But they're charging $1.99 for shipping. Reasonable, but then basically the auction winner is paying $29.98 for a $30 gift card. Which is... well, you are getting a discount, but it's .06%. Better just to wait on a card to pop on a GC site and buy it there.

But there's one sticking point.

Chipotle is running their annual promo. You buy a GC, and you get a free burrito on your next trip. That GC has to be... $30. So this guy is getting the GC and presumably claiming the free burrito on the next trip. Cool. So he's reselling the card for $29.98... except he has to pay to mail it. I don't know how much postage is these days. Maybe he bought forever stamps or something. But you figure about 50 cents to mail it, and this guy is losing 50 cents per card to get a free burrito, maybe an $8 value. Still, it sounds like a decent racket, if a bit wonky.

Why's it wonky? Well, because if you like Chipotle enough to do this to get the free burrito... then why not just keep the GC and use it once the promo is over? (And no, you can't juggle gift cards to buy more gift cards... everybody is onto that scam.)

The only way I can get it to make sense is if he is selling the receipt to someone after the fact. So somebody close to this guy has to be buying these receipts at what... $4 a piece? But they won't buy the GCs, perhaps because they are low on funds.

But this stretches credulity quite a bit.

Can anybody find a way this makes sense?
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I am king of the ungotten 80s commercial reference [Dec. 4th, 2012|01:12 am]
Tonight's example: "the tingling tells you it's working!"

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a post about politics [Oct. 27th, 2012|12:39 pm]
So Axl Rose takes a 20 year break from television, comes back to do Jimmy Kimmel, and endorses Obama?

Talk about something to hurt Obama's poll numbers. I mean, who's gonna decide to vote for Obama based on that?
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politics [Sep. 15th, 2012|01:48 pm]
I have no idea what you're talking about.

And I'm probably happier that way.
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someone's poisoned the well! [Aug. 16th, 2012|01:15 am]
[Current Location |Denton, Valley View Rd, 3407]

So I've been messing with my Nexus 7, and so far on the app front, things are pretty cool.


Tonight, I finally fired up the Zite app.


That's the Android version, in landscape mode, which I don't usually employ on the Nexus.


Touchpad version.


AINEC, amirite?

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August $5 albums [Aug. 1st, 2012|12:58 pm]
AWOLNATION - Megalithic Symphony (Explicit)

Balmorhea - Constellations

Brendan Benson - What Kind of World

Caribou - Andorra

Caribou - Swim

Centro-Matic - Candidate Waltz

Coldplay - X & Y

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Outer South

Death Cab For Cutie - Plans

Deerhoof - Deerhoof Vs. Evil

Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be

Fiona Apple - Tidal

Freelance Whales - Weathervanes

Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic

Hospitality - Hospitality

Imperial Teen - Feel The Sound

Imperial Teen - On

Kasabian - Kasabian

Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go

Mike Doughty - The Question Jar Show

Mike Doughty - Yes And Also Yes

Nine Inch Nails - Broken [Explicit]

Nine Inch Nails - Still [Explicit]

OK Go - 180/365

OK Go - Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

Passion Pit - Manners [+digital booklet]

Patrick Wolf - Brumalia EP [+Digital Booklet]

Shout Out Louds - Our Ill Wills

Shout Out Louds - Work

Sigur Ros - ()

Silversun Pickups - Carnavas

Silversun Pickups - Neck Of The Woods

Sonic Youth - Murray St.

Stephin Merritt - Obscurities

Superchunk - Foolish (Remastered)

Superchunk - Here's Where The Strings Come In (Remastered)

Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

Superchunk - No Pocky for Kitty (Remastered)

Superchunk - On the Mouth (Remastered)

Tanlines - Mixed Emotions (Amazon Exclusive Version)

Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines

The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead

The Magnetic Fields - Love At The Bottom Of The Sea

The Magnetic Fields - The Charm of the Highway Strip

The Magnetic Fields - The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees

The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck

The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers (DMD Album)

Tokyo Police Club - Champ

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

Tycho - Dive
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further adventures in duh [May. 20th, 2012|03:33 pm]
How does a former punk rocker raised on an Oklahoma cattle ranch end up sounding like a classic rockabilly singer?

Gosh, I don't know.
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Writer's Block: What’s in a Name? [Mar. 5th, 2012|01:32 am]

What name do you wish you had?

http://hime.livejournal.com - obviously.
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(no subject) [Feb. 15th, 2012|02:07 am]

The Chicago Sun-Times is polling readers for the city's "all-star band" lineup.

How about everybody that was in Bound Stems?
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more SXSW prediction [Feb. 15th, 2012|12:57 am]

This band will be about as big as Broken Social Scene and The Stills by this summer. Each band is where half this band came from. (So probably Florence and the Machine big.)
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SXSW prediction [Feb. 9th, 2012|06:55 pm]
You will be listening to this band by summer.

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(no subject) [Jan. 31st, 2012|03:02 am]
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Writer's Block: Recipe for Success [Jan. 19th, 2012|02:02 am]

How do you become successful?

Clearly I have no clue.
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2% down, 98% to go [Nov. 23rd, 2011|12:47 am]
On August 26th, 2010, distributed.net's RC5-72 effort reached 1%
completion - an effort that took 2824 days, approximately 7.7 years. At
the time, I did some quick math and predicted that we would reach 2%
completion by February 4th, 2012.

We got there last night, November 21st. A workload that I figured to
take 1.4 years took approximately 1.2.

It took 3276 days to do 2% of the RC5-72 keyspace - a time of almost 9
years. At the current keyrate, we will complete 100% of the keyspace in
136.5 years. At the current keyrate, we will reach 3% completion in
approximately 1.4 years, or around April 10th, 2013.

I did some rough math (back of napkin kind of stuff). Assuming that the
keyrate doubles approximately every 18 months (which, ignoring the
introduction of the Stream client, still seems valid), we will reach
100% completion within 9.3 years.

So, somewhere between 9 and 137 years to go. Given the lag time after
OGR-27 completes (somewhere between 1.5-4.5 years from now) and before
the next OGR project starts, those numbers are likely on the high side.


I've maintained the formatting from my previous post on this subject,
now some commentary:

About the Stream clents - Windows Stream has been the #1 client for
quite a while now. A few months back, they accounted for more than half
the total workload ever done. A few days ago, they accounted for double
the workload of the #2 platform - Windows x86.

The growing prevalence of real GPUs (not Intel's solution) and of
multicore computing has made solving these problems very viable. Just by
way of example, my work computer (yay working!) was recently upgraded
from some horrible Pentium D/Pentium 4 thing to a Core i5 running at 3.3
Ghz. With 4 cores, it processes OGR at approximately 230 Mnodes/s - a
score not much lower than my Core i7-920 (2.6 Ghz) at home. And the i5
is only running 32 bit Windows XP. So things are definitely looking up.

See you at 3%!


Old predictions:

Approximate completion of OGR-27: 2014-2018
Approximate completion of RC5-72: 2021-2152

Current predictions:

OGR-27: 2013-2016
RC5-72: 2020-2148
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thanks Facebook! [Nov. 9th, 2011|09:53 pm]
"Changes to How You Share Content in Notes
You currently automatically import content from your website or blog into your Facebook notes. Starting November 22nd, this feature will no longer be available, although you'll still be able to write individual notes. The best way to share content from your website is to post links on your timeline. Learn more about notes."

Yeah, because that was really costing you a lot.
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PamFood Dinner [Nov. 9th, 2011|04:36 pm]
sweet mary's persian salad
chicken and dumplings
ginger and mango cheesecake with kiwi berries

Posted via LJ for WebOS.

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I ask out of my own curiosity... [Nov. 1st, 2011|09:41 pm]
How are the suites at the Rio? I got an email mentioning some availability at $21/night in November and December. I certainly can't afford it, but it sounds like a great deal...
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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2011|11:26 pm]
So now it can be told: the early Wacky December gift my mom bought me?

A Palm Pre 3.

Yep, that's right. an unreleased and totally unsupported phone... that HP released a Doctor for a day or two ago. Then an OTA update.

It's an unlocked AT&T model. I could use it on T-Mob's network (sort of) if I wanted to... but I don't particularly want to. Unfortunately, at this point, I'm stuck with a useless phone, as it won't do anything until a SIM card is installed. I could probably find some sort of hack to resolve that issue until I get my hands on a SIM on Friday, but I'm not sweating it.

It feels great in my hand, the finish on the back is very nice, way nicer than the matte Touchstone back for the Pre. The keyboard is... AMAZING after coming out of the Pre. The keys are noticeably bigger and they have a definite clicky feel to them. I haven't exactly taken the thing out for a spin yet (and I can say there's one thing I dislike about webOS 2.x just based on the screenshots), but I'm very excited about continuing to use webOS.

Yes, I know. I'm certifiably insane. I'm *that* into my religion. But what the hey, it's the Internet era. Dead products aren't really that dead.

It really brings home how sad the situation is... If HP had managed to bring out this phone in, say... March, things could've been a whole lot different. I mean, you look at how much they were advertising the TouchPad in the weeks running up to its discontinuation... or even AFTER the firesale had started. It's bizarre to see how they had their best product clearly in the pipeline and they just kneecapped it every way possible.

I remain hopeful that Meg Whitman will bring the company back into the game, get the unit sold promptly, or someone will license the OS. I understand that the last month of inactivity makes that EXTREMELY unlikely, which is really, really sad.

I just couldn't make the switch to Android yet. It's just too ugly and dumb. Yeah, I know it has the apps. I'll get a Kindle Fire in a couple months if it'll run the apps I'm looking for. However slowly.
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another genius move in GM world... [Sep. 20th, 2011|11:28 pm]

Cliff Notes: They're finally ditching the Korean Chey Aveo (duhr) and replacing it with a car that gets worse mileage than the (larger) Chevy Cruze.

Lemme state that the other way round: they made a car smaller than the Chevy Cruze... and the mileage is worse.

How do you even do that?
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