Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The C-Monkey

Here's a classic story I found in my archives:

A tourist walks into a pet shop in Redmond, WA and is browsing around the cages on display. While he's there, another customer walks in and says to the shopkeeper, "I'll have a C monkey, please."

The shopkeeper nods, goes over to a cage at the side of the shop and takes out a monkey. He fits a collar and leash and hands it to the customer, saying "That'll be $5000".

The customer pays and walks out with his monkey. Startled, the tourist goes over to the shopkeeper and says "That was a very expensive monkey - most of them are only a few hundred dollars. Why did it cost so much?"

"Ah, that monkey can program in C - very fast, tight code, no bugs, well worth the money."

The tourist looks at the monkey in another cage. "That one's even more expensive - $10,000 dollars! What does it do?"

"Oh, that one's a C++ monkey; it can manage object-oriented programming, Visual C++, even some Java, all the really useful stuff."

The tourist looks around for a little longer and sees a third monkey in a cage of its own; The price tag around its neck says $50,000. He gasps to the shopkeeper, "That one costs more than all the others put together! What on earth does it do?"

"Well, I haven't actually seen it do anything, but it says it's a contractor."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Credit Card Companies Gone Wild

This morning, I was reading the USA Today's web site and I read an article that has made me somewhat furious. Basically, the article explained that some credit card companies and banks may start to charge you a fee if you pay off your credit card completely each month or if you don't carry a balance from month to month. It's apparently their response to new legislation that will limit their ability to raise interest rates in February 2010.

This means that honest and hard working people, like me, who responsibly manage their credit and minimize their debt in order to get a good credit score are going to be penalized by the credit card companies. The article says that our only options against this is to complain and ask to have the fee removed, or to cancel your account which could have negative repercussions if you're dealing with a credit card that you've had for a long time.

Well, don't take my word for it. Here's a link to the article: http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/columnist/block/2009-10-19-bank-of-america-card-fee_N.htm

Monday, October 19, 2009

Disrespected by a Weirdo

While eating lunch with my coworkers today, we encountered a weirdo who decided to loudly play her music from her laptop while she ate. For a while, she ate her salad without any utensils despite being on the table for her to use.

Now, I'm all for listening to music while your eating. I have found that that music sometimes helps with digestions, but do keep your music to yourself when you're dining out at a public restaurant. Some people, like me, just want to have a peaceful and relatively quite lunch break.

For God's sake, this is the exact reason why we invented headphones and ear buds so as to not bother other people with one's music. If you're reading this, Ms. Weirdo, please consider using them next time.

I'm not usually for picking on people, but this whole thing rubbed me the wrong way. I understand people's right for the pursuit of happiness, but your rights are now infringing on my rights. So now I have to invoke my right of expression to let you know that you're actions are irking the rest of the world.

Now, if you're mentally handicapped or neurologically damaged then I'll let you slide because those are the only two excuses I'll accept. If you're socially underdeveloped (or your momma didn't teach you no frakking manners), then perhaps you should get some psychological help. Maybe, you should consider getting a life coach, or maybe just consider getting take-out or delivery.

To sum up, keep your annoyingly loud weirdo music to yourself.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Adding Ringtones for LG Spyder II 840

If you're wondering how to add your own ringtones to the LG Spyder II 840, you'll need to realize that this phone doesn't use standard MP3s for ringtones.

The phone uses QCP files. Which means that you'll need to convert your MP3 ringtones to QCP which turned out to be quite simple because OCP files are basically the same thing as WAV files. So all you need to do is convert your MP3 ringtone to WAV file and then change file extension to QCP. After doing this, you can now load to your phone via an microSDHC card. Just remember to place the files in the "my_audios" folder and not the "my_music" folder on your memory card. Also, you'll discover from the phone prompts that you'll need to copy or move the QCP files to the phone's memory before you can assign them as ringtones.

If you were planning on using a MIDI file, then you shouldn't need to convert the file. The phone will recognize MIDI files just fine.

If you need a program to edit/convert your MP3s into WAV, then I recommend using Audacity. It's free and it works and did I mention FREE.

Overall, the instructions in this post has been tested to work on an LG Spyder II 840 that is offered by Cellular South. Other cellphone service providers may have added special blocks or placed other limitations to keep you from adding your own ringtones, but you're more than welcome to try my method to see if it works on your phone.

Leave me a comment if you find out if this method works or not for you. It might be useful for others who are trolling the web for information about this issue.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Dog's Breakfast


A Dog's Breakfast was the first film written and directed by David Hewlett who most of Geekdom know as Dr. Rodney McKay from Stargate SG1 and Atlantis. The movie is about a guy named Patrick (played by Hewlett) who is having trouble dealing with sister Marilyn's (played by David's real-life siter Kate Hewlett) new tv star fiancé Paul(played by Paul McGillion who is best known as Dr. Beckett from SG Altantis). Also, Christopher Judge(Teal'c from SG1) and Rachel Luttrell(Teyla Emmagan from SG: Atlantis) are also in it.

So, if you like Stargate like me. This movie should be highly entertaining to you. For more information about this movie visit www.adogsbreakfastmovie.com. For the wiki entry for this movie, click here.

Optimus Prime does the Evolution of Dance

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Virgin Mobile LG Rumor 2

It looks I'm going through a LG Electronics phase.

After upgrading my primary post paid mobile phone to the LG Sypder II 840, I decided that it was also time to upgrade my backup prepaid mobile phone which has become quite outdated. (I did buy the thing back during in 2004 during Hurricane Ivan).

So, armed with a little info from @VMAngel, I decided to grab the LG Rumor2 from Virgin Mobile. As you can see from the picture, it's one of those full QWERTY keyboard messaging mobile phones. The main feature on this phone is it's ability to group your text messages by sender and display it much like an online chat session.

The phone call quality is pretty decent and messaging features are pretty cool. It supports MicroSD cards and Bluetooth. It has a 1.3 megapixel camera for picture messaging which is perfect for photoblogging.

Overall, I love the LG Rumor 2 as much as I love my LG Spyder II. Visit the Virgin Mobile web site if you want more details about this phone.

Friday, October 9, 2009

PhotoSketch: Doom for Graphic Designers?

PhotoSketch: Internet Image Montage from Tao Chen on Vimeo.

Remember how document layout designers and type setters got pissed when desktop publishing empowered untalented people the ability to create their own crappy documents? Well, it's the graphic artists', designers', and Photoshop masters' turn to gripe. Look at this video which describes a very early technology that promises to let allow anyone to create digital compositions based on sketches and keywords.

Piano Stairs


Here's a social experiment to see if there was a way to make people use the stairs more than the escalator at a subway station in Odenplan, Stockholm (Sweden). See what they did and what happened.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Got Milk?


The screen cap above is not from a B-rated sci-fi movie (nor a porn flick), it's from "Battle for Milkquarious," an over-the-top, online rock-opera - about "milk'. Yes, I said milk.

It's the creation of the California Milk Processor Board and ad agency called Goodby Silverstein & Partners San Francisco. (That's the same group that brought you the Got Milk ad campaign). Obviously, this is advert for drinking milk, but it's also part of a contest for students in California. Students will compete in recreating scenes of the rock-opera in order to win money for their school's art education program. Lucky bastards. I wish Florida would come up with something like this.

You can watch and enjoy the whole rock-opera movie at http://www.milkquarious.com. It's definitely something to see and something that will go viral really soon (if it hasn't already).

(via @Pixelfish)