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Jul. 5th, 2012 02:59 am
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Because it's been a while since I watched anything, I watched Dog Days and Guilty Crown the past few days. Marathon style, whee.

It's 3 AM, and I do have work in a few hours and really ought to be in bed.

Dog Days was amusing, silly, but not much more than that. I was kinda hoping there'd be more catgirls. Was not the case, unfortunately. Light harem situation, but that's pretty much it. It's adorable how they wage "wars" - apparently there's some sort of magic field in place, so wars are non-lethal - getting "killed" turns you into a ball. A squishy, bouncy ball with dog ears and tail. And there's some sort of scoring system to determine who wins the war. Silly, but I think we should try adopting it as the way we do wars on this Earth. Probably won't watch again, although a second season is coming out, and I suspect I'll watch it for the heck of it.

Guilty Crown was.... well, it was shiny. That's about it. I hated the main character ("Help, I can't decide if I'm going to be a wimp or actually have a spine or try being evil!"), the plot was terrible (let's add all the plot twists we can!). It felt like they were trying to take all the good things from other series and cram it into one to see if it would work. (Hint: It doesn't.) Series not recommended. If I wasn't watching it at about 3-4x, I probably would have given up a lot earlier.

And now, sleepytime.

Misogyny

Apr. 23rd, 2012 10:00 am
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Source: http://mattgemmell.com/2012/04/20/misogyny/

Cherry picking some points to discuss:
Confidence is bred from privilege and security, two things which women lack - in both cases, sadly, due to men. It’s difficult for men to understand a woman’s perspective on threatening language or behaviour, on lewd remarks, or even on the prospect of walking home alone, along a dark street. The world is actually two radically different places, yet we see only one.

It's true. I had observed once that I can't see/comprehend why women are afraid of walking home alone along a dark street. Well, no, it's not that I can't comprehend - I know the logical reasons and rationale behind it, but, as a guy, I'm blind to feelings and emotions of the root causes; I have been mostly unable to empathize, despite wanting to. (I think I noted this once, but totally did a terrible job wording it and was completely misunderstood. Everyone probably thought I was an asshole.)

Our society still inflicts a thousand paper-cuts on a woman’s confidence. Unnecessarily gender-specific, gender-illuminating or gender-characterising remarks. Social assumptions about who is paying the bill, or who is to be spoken to as an authority figure, or (more subtly) whose ego is to be primarily accommodated during an interaction.

Saddest of all, we see the horror of social conditioning on women themselves; female misogyny.

For goodness’ sake, woman!
Stupid woman.
Ugh. I hate offices full of women.
I bet the driver is a woman.
Women need to learn some responsibility.


It's interesting. Aside from "I bet the driver is a woman." (because this I've observed - at least 2 of the 3 drivers that annoy me on the road turn out to be women - usually moms with kids or talking on their phones. The rest of the time, it's old folk. Or periodically, a guy in a suit on the phone.), I don't think I've ever actually said this things. I think this is probably due to having mostly female friends through middle and high school (as part of the humanities gifted and talented programs / International Baccalaureate programs). Smart female friends, who were generally a good deal sharper than I was.
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Sweet, sweet success! Completely disassembled my iPhone 4, replaced the dock connector port and reassembled it. Total cost: $8 for the part, 40 minutes of my time. As a side bonus, my iPhone 4 now works in my speaker system I picked up during Black Friday. Huzzah!

I followed the instructions here:
http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing-iPhone-4-Dock-Connector/3147/1

Part was from an Amazon seller here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UGVOO2/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details (despite the statement that it's for Verizon, this one was for AT&T. Slightly mind boggling. Not sure why they haven't corrected that info.)
Cost: $13 with expedited shipping, but the latest Google Local Deals involved an Amazon Gift card (pay $5 for $10), so effectively, I paid $8.

Total time: 40 minutes. It took longer to disassemble than it took to assmeble.

Only odd bits:
Step 5: It's not clear that the contact clip is a separate piece of metal under the battery connector. It fell off, surprising me.

Step 13: The 1.4mm screw goes into a spacer that I think was supposed to be attached to the area below it. This was not the case for me and it kinda just spun uselessly. It's safe to ignore (or use tweezers to hold the spacer in place from the battery side). If you ignore it, as long as it's loosened, you should be able to lift the wi-fi antenna towards the front of the phone - it's connected to a U shaped piece of metal (between the antenna and the spacer).

There's what appears to be a QR code under the rear facing camera. Unfortunately, I didn't have to take it apart to the point where I could reveal the entire thing. Alas. (You can see what I mean in the step 16 picture.)

[edit] Ugh, except... the mic (part of the dock connector piece) appears to be broken. :\
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Here's a one-liner to remove xattr from files in a directory on MacOS X. (Mostly to quickly strip out the annoying quarantine flag set on downloaded files).

for i in $(ls -Rl@ | grep '^ ' | awk '{print $1}' | sort -u); do echo Removing $i ... >&2; find . | xargs xattr -d $i 2>/dev/null ; done

Note the space after the ^ should be typed with control-v, then tab (to insert a proper tab).

Found this over at http://zzamboni.org/brt/2008/05/07/removing-all-extended-attributes-from-a-directory-tree/index.html. Posting it here so I don't lose the stupid thing again.
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Huh. For some reason, MacOS X has the surround sound channels set differently than what VLC expects.

Data is going out over MiniDisplay port to HDMI.

I had to open Audio Midi Setup and set the following channels:
Left Front: 1
Center: 5
Right Front: 2
Left Surround: 3
Right Surround: 4
Sub-Woofer: 6?
Left Rear Surround: 7?
Right Rear Surround: 8?

Downloading Dolby's Channel Check Trailer. Hopefully it'll help me set the last three.

http://www.demo-world.eu/trailers/high-definition-trailers.php
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Bah. Ended up scrapping my pitiful plans to build a set of stands for the front speakers and going with an Ikea shelf (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S29871804/). Having something that'll be adjustable and actually stable and straight (heh) (and not made out of badly hand cut 2x4s) seems to be worth the extra few dollars it costs.

Total cost: $90+ :(

Oh well, the shelves will double nicely as shelves for other things.

I do wonder if I invested in a set of power tools, I'd be able to do better. In terms of powered tools, I currently have a cheap jigsaw and a power drill.

I've been eyeing a belt sander (??) and a circular saw (at least $40). The latter would let me make slightly cleaner cuts than a hand saw + miter box. Or a miter saw, which I had the pleasure of using back in Black Maskers. Oh, those made cutting 2x4s so bloody easy. They're at least $90 though, and they're limited to 2x4s and other straight things, and I wouldn't be able to use it to cut sheets of wood (which the circular saw will do for me).

I've been spending way too much on this sound system, really. Granted, most of it was the AV receiver which was paid for with the accumulated $300 cash back on my Discover Card over the course of 2+ years. ($300 => $400 cruchfield gift certificates.) The 7.1 Onkyo speaker set was on Amazon for about $200, used via Amazon Warehouse. (5% cash back via Chase Freedom though). The left and right speakers are going on broken halogen lamps that I've repurposed for this - pretty nifty - the wiring can run inside the halogen lamp bodies. So aside from the gas (<5 mi@44 mpg) spent picking up the lamps, they were free. The back left and back right speakers will go on the wall for now. I have a friend offering me more lamps, but I haven't gotten them yet, and I'm also not entirely sure they're the right type of lamps yet.

And I'm finally using the aluminum screen / mesh I got a long time ago. It'll be covering the speaker screens, so the kitties can't shred the speaker screens. Hopefully. I imagine I can't prevent claw pricks, but hopefully the material will prevent major shredding.

Hm. I'm rambling. It's been a while since I've done this, I guess.
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http://www.autostraddle.com/the-lifespan-of-a-lesbian-heartbreak-130370/

This was pretty... And sad. But somewhat uplifting at the same time.
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Something happened to the first few KB of one of my external hard drives.

Nothing too critical - it was an old external that I was going to clean up, but blah. Annoyances. Not sure how much data I can recover from it. Also, weirdly, I thought this drive was formatted as HFS+, but Disk Utilities thinks it's FAT. Not sure if the partition table / drive header stuff is messed up, or my memory is faulty. =.=

On the bright side, yay for purchasing the MacUpdates Bundle back then, so I have a legit copy of Data Rescue 3 sitting around, so it's now cloning the drive and hopefully it'll be able to figure things out....

It's times like this when I wish I knew more of hard drive stuff. If I could somehow read the bit and figure out directory structure... it seems like all the data that was there is still there... the system just isn't sure how to access it.

Oh poop

Feb. 13th, 2012 12:18 am
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Something happened to the first few KB of one of my external hard drives.

Nothing too critical - it was an old external that I was going to clean up, but blah. Annoyances. Not sure how much data I can recover from it. Also, weirdly, I thought this drive was formatted as HFS+, but Disk Utilities thinks it's FAT. Not sure if the partition table / drive header stuff is messed up, or my memory is faulty. =.=

On the bright side, yay for purchasing the MacUpdates Bundle back then, so I have a legit copy of Data Rescue 3 sitting around, so it's now cloning the drive and hopefully it'll be able to figure things out....

It's times like this when I wish I knew more of hard drive stuff. If I could somehow read the bit and figure out directory structure... it seems like all the data that was there is still there... the system just isn't sure how to access it.
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Yay, that was.. not terribly bad, surprisingly. Some parts didn't quite fit, so I had to use the preexisting pipes instead of the new pipes they gave us.

Thankfully, the gasket / thing that connected was compatible across brands. That was my biggest worry - I didn't want to have to pop that out and replace it.
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Finally upgraded my iPhone to iOS 5, since the untethered jailbreak just came out.

If you own an iPhone 3GS or 4, now's the best time to do so, since Apple will sign iOS 5.0.1 installation requests and there's no need to try to spoof the APTicket system yet. (I think there's also no way to do so either. I kept trying to use Cydia and TinyUmbrella as the SHSH blob host, and it kept failing on me - error 1600. Ssooo, if you're hitting error 1600, chances are, you have gs.apple.com pointed to localhost or Cydia in your hosts file, and you should either a) remove that line in your hosts file, or b) run TinyUmbrella and uncheck that box that says to set hosts to Cydia upon quit. )

iOS 5 is surprisingly shiny. And wifi syncing? All these nifty features everyone else has been using and I haven't had! But now I can play with them too! Wheee~ ::small squeals of joy::

Now slowly reinstalling everything onto the phone. iTunes is handling a lot of it, but a good amount of the jailbroken stuff has to be installed by hand.
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Awww, epic fanfiction (that's spawned fanfiction of fanfiction o.O) has ended.

http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-fallout-equestria.html

“In a world filled with misery and uncertainty, it is a great comfort to know that, in the end, there is a light in darkness.”

<3 I'm a sucker for stories that are filled with hope and end happily.

Also, it passes 600k words. And someone's added it to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_novels#cite_note-24]
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I'm in Taiwan right now.

Been to Taipei, Hsinchu, and I'm in Kaohsiung right now.

I can't wait for California to get our High Speed Rail system. HSR is so awesome....

[edit] More snippets of thought:
• So much good cheap food. I'm going to miss this. Delicious delicious stuff for $1 USD
 • MOS burgers! Everywhere! Although I've only had it once.
• Fooooooooooood.
• Hm, my chinese is terrible now. There's stuff I know I know, but it'll slip my mind when I need it. Phrases like, "Donate" (to explain why my hair is so long). "Bus", "taxes", etc are ones that come to mind.
• Watching chinese subtitles on tv helps refresh some of these characters. I should probably do this more. Don't have the time though. Blah.
• Man, all you can use 3G iPad connection for my dad for about $20 USD/mo, no contract required. So jealous. Unfortunately, my iPhone 4 isn't unlocked, so I can't use that SIM card. I really should rectify that. :\ Unfortunately, doing so would mean I'd lose all the music I have on it right now, so that's just not an option.
• United Premier doesn't get me access to the United lounge. ::slightly irked:: I got in with my dad though, since he's United 1k.
• Got jeans. Was pricier than the jeans I tend to get, but maybe it won't fall apart so quickly. Or I need to change my bike saddle. I dunno. I keep wearing out the crotch area of my jeans, where the bike seat meets my inner thighs. It's rather irritating.
• Dear mosquitoes, I'm NOT your noms! Leave me aloooooone!
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http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19480051

So apparently my local supermarket chain Lucky's had their self-checkout kiosks tampered with. I think that's probably how my credit cards were cloned...

Damnit

Nov. 16th, 2011 10:35 pm
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Neighbors upstairs don't speak English.

I knocked on the door to ask them if they've been hearing the low frequency motor/fan/machine vibration noise and/or if they installed anything the past weekend. An old lady opened the door and just kept saying no, before shutting the door really quickly. =.=

I think she thought I was selling something. Definitely doesn't speak english.

Blargh. Fired off an email to our HOA management folks, maybe they can help.

The noise is irritating and makes me frustrated.
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Disclaimer: My science (or understanding of sound waves) may be slightly off.

There's a stupid low frequency rumble noise that happens approximately once every second. I can only hear it in about 3/4 of my room, covering both my bed and desk, unfortunately.

I'm suspecting two different sources of noise, or something is reflecting the sound waves and causing constructive interference near the center of my room.

Unfortunately, it's not my hard drives, as I first suspected.

It kept me from sleeping for a few hours last night. Doesn't seem to have let up. :\

It's annoying though. Blargh.
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I'm not too sure what you want to do with that, but it'll be an interesting point in time. Somewhat.
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I'm taking the Artificial Intelligence class and the Machine Learning class offered by Stanford. Both are online sources, and both are free. So far, they're not too bad, although I've clearly forgotten some probability stuff.

I'm taking the advanced track, with homework and exams. Unfortunately, I seem to still have my old problem of procrastination. Blegh.

I'm also really easily distracted. Was I this easily distracted back in college? o.O
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Ingredients:
Chicken breast/whatnot/meatstuff
Shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
Ginger - diced (about an inch)
Garlic - crushed / diced (5 cloves)
Soy sauce (4-5 tablespoons?)
Salt
Black pepper
Onions / other veggies, etc.

(Start cooking rice, you idiot.)
Boil about 2 cups of water, dump in shiitake mushrooms and everything but the chicken. Simmer for about 10? minutes? Until mushroom is tasty and liquids has been infused with shiitake flavor => entire pot contents henceforth referred to as "sauce".
In parallel, while said sauce is simmering, toss chicken onto pan and heat. (Can use frozen chicken breast to save time. Just let it cook half way, then dice up, so the insides cook)
Once chicken is 80% done (not too much red), pour on sauce and mushrooms.. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat. Add more pepper / scallions if desired.

Cook time was approximately 30 minutes?

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