Saturday, December 17, 2011

Android Icon Project

     School has just ended, And finals are done. So I figured to keep myself coded it would be simple enough to make an Adw theme and icon set...  I was mistaken, the project is nothing close to simple. I've learned some Java, and it is very similar to C#.  This helped tons.  If you're not Familiar with ADW Launcher check it out, it's an open-source launcher alternative with many neat feature and may even speed up your launcher experience.  
     Took me a whole day to figure out eclipse, and how to set up and sign my apk package.  Once I finished it I was very pleased with myself.  I have my first apk ready and made a few tests to see if it was working.
     Added a few lines of code and then lost everything, now I have a working model and the bones of the project to resurrect.
     Perhaps another day or few then I may begin public testing a more public build... time to start over...

Here are some ScreenShots of what I'm working on:

 On the Left you have My Icon Set                                  On the Right you have Stock ADW
This is my custom Drawer colors in blue.

     As you can see, not all the Icons are transformed yet, I'm still thinking up better ways to do this, including this 'shader' option so that every Icon complies with the theme whether I've doctored it or not.  Then I'll make totally new Icons to better shape this package to it's own unique piece of art.

Then Android Market, here I come~

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Like any lunatic...

I'm watching the lunar eclipse right now...
Won't happen again until 2014...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

If you have an android phone, 10¢ apps on the Market!

     There is this great Android sale going on right now, Similar to Steam's usual Christmas sale Google has selected 10 apps a day for you to download from the Market place, at only 10 cents.  Some are games, some apps for kids and some for adults.  I got myself Minecraft Pocket Edition for 10 cents on the first day/night, but who knows what else there might be while this interesting deal goes on.

     On a side note, Happy Birthday Richard H. I'm on my way to getting your present today as well... (BF3)

Today is the last day of regular school for me as well, so it should be a fair day.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Handheld Music Wars

iTunes Match < Google Music  as of 11/17/11

     Seems Apple has made a google-music clone, and of course Apple is making people pay for it, but interestingly enough many Apple fans are upset at the ability to allow your own music/content to be pushed to the service (a la Google Music).  As if every song is purchasable in the world, and it's also on iTunes for them to pay Apple for it.  Boasting a 25$ a year price tag, not very accessible to their users, and it seems there are some restrictions for putting your own music up, like a 256kb/s quality min. in their ACC format.  Somewhat of a bummer seeing most people record their backups at half that quality to preserve space...

     At the same time, Google Music leaves beta, and offers anyone 20,000 songs at any quality (even ogg and flac lossless, and the lowest quality mp3) on any platform be it iPhone or Android.  To top it all off it's also free, at the same time Google also announced that it would also begin to sell music on their online store for all those who didn't buy it before (or it was DRM[from iTunes] and couldn't be used) or feel that they need to pay some other company than the record label for the music.

     I'm curious to see how Apple's new service is adopted and grows, seems like a great idea, and more open to a DRM free world for once.  Hopefully this will also push Google to improve their handheld music department and as well their online music store.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Binary Day 11/11/11 (127)

     Today was a relaxing day, got up late, had a great breakfast.  Then took a long shower, then went to my cousin's birthday where he and all his friends were playing video games the entire time.  

     It's better than bad, it's good... low stress, solved many problems, things are looking up, now to get myself back online.  I have been offline for soo long, have to sew up loose ends now.  Miss many of my friends and work that I love so dearly, I hope to see you all soon!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Asteroid YU55

     So this asteroid is on it's way close to earth, I tried to get a picture of it but it's not too great on my phone. At least I think this is the asteroid.  If I understand the trajectory correctly....
What could this do to the tides if the asteroid gets close enough to earth to pull it some... some concentric tides or something.  Wish I had my Telescope.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Isn't what it used to be...

     I barely saw anyone in costume, I figured at college people would be too egocentric to dress up and it was jut that age group, but on my return home I see the middle schoolers walking by in NO costume?! KIDS ON HALLOWEEN WITH NO COSTUME.... AT SCHOOL... That shit used to be fun, but what now?  It's not allowed, we're in such an economic downfall, people are unexcited about Halloween .

     I figured it was just the day time, but even during the night wasn't until way later did I see some of my friends in costume, but I had no Trick-or-Treaters all night... now THAT is spooky!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Farewell Grandpa

     My last grandfather has past away, quite suddenly.  I did see him a few days previous, and had plans to see him again at the end of the week.  It was his first visit to my house, and he stayed awhile telling me of his computer woes.  So I have a good last memory with him, it seemed odd to me that it would be our last encounter.

     It's still a little hard to grasp but each one in the family has their own way of taking it.  Growing old means watching everyone you've ever loved slowly die off until you're the only one left from your era.  Then all those recollections you have are slowly washed away by the needlessness of being unable to share them with for whom they're meant.  Then watching everything that you knew to be 'the way it was' change to the way it will be, and all the things you tried to get comfortable with advance beyond your comprehension.  Trying to realize these facts before going in may help in the stubborn phases that stop one from being able to fully accept their world has changed and now are required to adapt.

     Even after his death, there is still much to learn about grandpa.  He was a pretty suave guy who loved to dance and sing, full of culture and passion.  Long live Grandpa's memory!

Here is a memorial page I made with our reception information:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Interviewed for the telescope

Today there were free burgers down there in the middle of school, the catch was you had to get a voucher from a club you went to talk to... Of course I went straight to the club that interested me the most, the engie club!  While there I was thrilled to talk about all kinds of science and was over heard by someone who is writing for the school paper.  Then my opinion was asked, but i'm curious to see if my words are stretched.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Killer Fruit

I had the greatest ripest Dragon fruit yesterday, it has the consistency of kiwis but is not tart.  Just sweet it had some black seeds that are very soft and you barely notice them. 
However an hour later or so I broke out in hives, was inflamed and had difficulty breathing.  Turns out dragon fruit i'm allergic to, had to go to the hospital to get the rashes removed and other medicines to help with potential ulcers that may have occurred and the fever it produced along with whatever my wisdom tooth removal is making me feel... Very interesting weekend...
Interesting how when hooked up to an IV, you can taste in your mouth the flavor of the substance they are injecting you with. I found that to be odd, and respect diffusion a bit more.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Twisting Teeth

     I just had the most painful extraction the other day, I feel like I've been in three fights and lost the last one.  Amazing how different my alignment feels, and having my tooth twisted around in place before having it extracted is leaving this very distinct feeling in my jaw.  But at least the pressure in my head will be less intense overall.  Even my eyes hurt? woh!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The things you see in Mexico

This is a rare sight in the united states, but here is a place with two copy right infringements happening at the same time.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

No 32x yet but games

I don't have a Sega genesis 32x yet, but cool guy Chris has brought me a relic of my past.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Labor Day Confusion

     Well I tried to go to school, but it turned out to be labor day, which is weird because nobody was working...

      And I was actually looking forward to class... Well at least I got to school on time, despite it being a ghost town.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Go Satan!

     I typed "Quick, lets all pray to Satan so we can win!" in World of Tanks - and to my surprise, people seem to accept Satan under the premise that God is evil because he damns you to heaven and forces you to abide by his strict rules, and if you don't he discards you without a second thought.... where as Satan does not discriminate and he loves everyone equally.  Not to mention he'll give you want you want while you're alive, unlike God who leaves you alone especially in your time of need.

     This was interesting because the game before someone said, Blood for the something or other iconic figure they were talking about... so I decided to say "Go Satan!" which didn't go over so well, actually the turn out was more entertaining.  After I mentioned Satan, people started to get uncomfortable and started mentioning how "Space marines would kill satan with no problem..." and other humanly figures defeating Satan... they couldn't accept the fact that I said go Satan and had to diminish my words... hah.  Never the less I found it very entertaining and had to try it agian, only to find a group of people willing to warship Satan and also Hitler which another threw in there as well... 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hello world

So I have made my first program the other day, compiled in C sharp. Just a simple console program that says Hello World! I am one step closer to being able to program, and make useful software... Good stuff!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Today was Fucking Legit!

     So I wake up, first day of school.  None other than CoolGuy Chris come over, and to my surprise as I open the door he is holding SONIC THE FUCKING HEDGEHOG 3! I'm marveled in it's magnificence, and at my now complete set of Sonic Games (owned from my childhood).

     Then I head off to school.  Have a web class in the morning (noon) and it was a blast.... well at least I was excited from before, and was having quite a blast being the only one in class to actively ask questions.  It surprises me how many people just walk with the flock but I'm sure as time goes on, I won't be the only one making an ass of myself asking questions every 5 mins when the teacher subtly mentions something that sparks my interest.  I expect this class to be constructive infrastructure time and be both a breeze and a blast.

     After class I run into a party of people that I know, amazing how many people on campus at the moment, but I'm sure it will start to thin out as time goes on.  I await another class I figured would be empty, a SQL class, but by the time I get there, it's packed to the brim... It's amazing how many people were in that class, teacher was a ball, but after I figured it was a user's course and I need to be on the administrator side of things, the curriculum of the class was not what I needed to learn for my overall objective.

     Spent most of the day with J-dog and B-ray (hipster names) and it went overall very smoothly...  not to mention Google Music beta was a useful service while on the road.  Also had a very fat avocado burger, that was an intense meal indeed.

Also was Kim's birthday, and Fnord Inc. is very alive now... many things happening - legit.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

iPhone vs RIM vs Android

Almost to the Future

     It seems many of my friends keep making the mistake of buying non-Android phones.  For many it seems to be Blackberry vs the iPhone, which is interesting because of the prestige and power of the apple line has to offer.  Blackberry RIM OS was groundbreaking when it was first implemented, I remember there was a time that I wanted one when I was aware that it had tethering and at the time there was no definitive cap on how much you could download, however at the same time there was no 3G at the time either so it was all '2G'.
     However now there is soo much benefit to Android's OS over iOS and RIM, that for what some people want to do with their phone you would basically be shooting yourself in the foot by not getting an Android.  I say this having used all of these phones for a pretty decent amount of time, and tried to customize each.  I'll go thru the liberty of pointing a few things out, that for me are pretty big deal breakers when it comes to the appeal the other OS have...

Menu Interfaces
*iPhone : The simple and clean interface allow for quick access to your most required applications, and the ease of use of one button is pretty straight forward... However this runs us into our problem, since there is only one button... the menu interfaces are instantly convoluted.  This forces the iOS settings to be it's own application, and each application you install after that to be truncated into that settings app.  What that means is you can never open an menu, while in the application, which is pretty annoying.  Also not every application will have settings because of this, except for those few which have great genius interfaces and their own settings.

*Blackberry : The RIM software is built on the functionality of being a phone first which is great, since thats what it is.  Also most of the hardware designs put most of the internal applications at one button push away.  This is very nice, but the Os doesn't support as many applications and they're not as easy to use, so chances are you're stuck with what you started with on this phone.  Unless you want to spend hours researching your particular phone's capabilities then getting the right programs for it to compete with it's counterparts.  The menus are a bit older in structure, but everything is in place where you would expect, and since it has multiple buttons, the ability to customize is very ample.

*Android : Now Android is hard to put a finger on, because each manufacturer has it's own 'Launcher' which change drastically change the look and feel of your system.  You're also able to update your rom entirely to change your phone's look and feel to match another look and feel.  But with the 'default' launcher which is rare because your carrier really likes to inhibit the vanilla power, you still have a very simple and clean interface.  The menus are all in the right place, and it's up to the application developer to decide whether to use the functionality.  I'm using a custom Launcher atm "Launcher Pro" on the custom rom "Cyanogen 7" to get more functionality and fresh appeal.

*iPhone : Unforgivably if you have an iPhone, you are now burdened with iTunes.  You are unable to safely do anything to your phone without this program an to be honest, I don't like using it or even have it installed.  I only have it on my Mac, because if you own a Mac, you're using iTunes... but other than that, won't put it on my windows machine.  Not to mention even once you have it installed, you must then convert all your files and break them down so they are supported on your device, and then you have to have apple 'let' you put them on your phone, which takes all ease out of it.

*Blackberry : Fortunately you'll be able to plug your device in, and drag and drop wanted files into the correct folders... however you must also convert your files to be compatible with your device.  Each firmware supports different codecs and quality so you'll have to doctor the file for your particular device.

*Android : Piece of cake, crumb cake.  Put the file in any folder on the device without having to convert anything.  It's up to the application however to fine and be able to support the file.  Go ahead, use your lossless OGG.  That's naively supported.

*iPhone : The market is quite nice, and with the power of the phone... there are a good selection of things to choose from.  However this is the only method of putting applications on your phone without jailbreaking it.

*Blackberry : The capability of the Blackberry devices are much less than most iPhone and android device bash ups.  However you do get all the mainstream applications, and also have a decent market.  The redemption comes with being able to install apps you downloaded onto your computer, and you're not strictly stuck with using things from the market.

*Android : There are several Markets some with the same applications.  You are also able to install custom and homebrew apps just as easy as official apps.  So this opens doors for all kinds of things without having to root (jailbreak) your device... which is great for most people.

     While there are other factors that go into choosing the right phone, one thing native to android that is very noteworthy is wireless tethering... you have no idea how useful it is to be able to give internet to someone else who needs it, or even yourself.  Apple does have a nice thing going, but I hate being restricted with the files I want to use, and RIM does allow you to use your files more or less in an easy way, but doesn't have such a wide application base... Hopefully Apple will soon make a phone that isn't behind it's times when it's released, and RIM will make use of more touchscreen and less funny profile buttons.  However I wouldn't hold your breath, breath easy.  I recommend an Android device...

Monday, August 15, 2011


Although I don't really play the guitar, I sometimes just have to pick it up and play it...