In this series of articles, I will highlight along the way several aspects of using the HTC Hero, and some conclusions I’ve made about the Android platform as a whole. Today, I am going to talk about the applications that I use on a daily basis.
This may be an unorganized mess of a post, so please stick in there.
It has been a long time (far too long) since I last updated the blog. I have been getting a steady stream of hits to some of the relevant posts here on Worthless Genius, but truthfully, everything has been a bit stale.
I’ve updated the theme here, to make it look a little nicer, and a bit more modern, but that’s just about all the work that I’ve put into the blog lately.
The lack of update could be due to a large number of unrelated circumstances, or it could simply be that I’ve been lazy lately. So, I just want to touch on a few ideas that have been circling around in my head for the past month, with a brief explanation.
I missed the mark with this WTF Wednesday, but I’m still here.
What is a parking poacher? ‘Parking Poacher’ is a term I came up with (but is apparently already used) to describe the people who, in a large parking lot, see a person coming out to their car with a cart full of groceries, and wait incessantly for that person to finish loading their car up in order to take their parking space.
While this doesn’t sound so bad, the fact is that these parking poachers tend to block the aisles, completely demolishing the flow of traffic. Often, one finds oneself behind a parking poacher without knowing it, and soon a long line of people waiting to get by builds up, causing even more disgruntled shoppers.
What motivates a parking poacher? That perfect spot. They have to be within 30 feet of the entrance to the store, or their hearts will explode under the exertion caused by walking an extra ten feet.
If you go to a parking lot, and it is very full, please, please use your brain, and bust a few extra calories instead of waiting ten minutes for a parking space that is only 20 feet closer to the entrance. In the time that you have been waiting, you could have already been partially done your shopping trip, and you wouldn’t be pissing off nearly as many people in the process.
It feels good to get that off my chest.
I’ve been planning a lot lately where I’m headed with this blog, and the state of my workflow which hasn’t allowed me to post nearly as often as I would like. It’s been a year since I started doing this whole crazy thing, and I’ve done all kinds of things that I wouldn’t have been able to experience in the process.
I have 4 or 5 new comics planned, which need to make their way into Fireworks. I also have gotten over my sickness, so I’m planning the next podcast episode.
So, if you are a loyal reader, stick around, I’m not going anywhere. Things are coming, but I can’t guarantee dates or anything of that nature.
I was sitting and typing up another blog post earlier today, and I was interrupted rudely by a fellow student who decided it was completely up to me to fix her (or his) specific problem in their code. Being the pushover that I am, I lent a hand, only to find that this person was way over her (or his) head.
I don’t want to call names, or cite specific examples, so I’ll talk in really broad terms about why some people may need to rethink their career path when they make it to college, and find the work to be way over their heads.
I’ve talked before about how the higher education system is becoming a joke, and how the value of a Computer Science degree is ever decreasing. In fact, the other post that I was writing was about a similar subject. My opinions are certainly just that–opinions. Please take them as such, and don’t think that I am bashing any specific person or group of people with this post.
The fact is that some people aren’t cut out to be programmers.
Evernote is a service that promises to help you “Remember Everything”, promising to:
allow you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
Evernote is basically a self-described “external brain” that allows you to store any idea, reminder, memory that you need to remember in a trusted system.
I have been using Evernote for a few months now, and I wanted to weigh in on the system, and share my setup and how it helps me remember things.
Today I’m announcing another brain child of mine: Worthless Blab. Worthless Blab is a short-form blog about all the little things I want to rant about.
I feel like I should keep this main Worthless Genius site pure and good, and not muddy it with all of the little opinions I have. Here on this blog, I tend to write 1000+ word posts about all kinds of topics, but there’s 5 short topics for every 1 that I write here.
Now, I’ll be able to blabber on, and not have to clutter up this shining example of blogitude.
So, go visit Worthless Blab and listen to my incessant ranting.
We didn’t get to go to the theatre last night, so I’m going to throw a TV Review in today.
So, my sister-in-law came to us and said that we would definitely not like True Blood. The acting was bad, the storyline was stupid, and we would just overall not enjoy watching it. In fact, she and her boyfriend laughed through out it, and could not understand why their friends enjoyed watching it.
Now, at this time, three episodes had already aired, and we had them saved on our DVR. Well, we haven’t had much free time lately for entertainment purposes, and so the episodes built up until we have five sitting and waiting for us.
My wife told me to go ahead and watch an episode and see if it was as bad as her sister claimed it to be, and whether or not I thought she (my wife) would like it. I have a good bit more free time than she, as I’m just a student, and she’s supporting our family by working full time. So, I said I’d give it a whirl.
Now, I’m a sucker for a good piece of vampire fiction. I loved Angel, read The Vampire Chronicles, and enjoyed their film adaptations to a certain extent. Also, the The X-Files always had me interested when the episodes involved the monster of the day, rather than the overall story arc of the invaders.
So, I sat down, and began watching the pilot of True Blood. True Blood takes place in a parallel reality with ours, where vampires no longer have to live in the shadows. Scientists have created a synthetic human blood replacement called True Blood. This allows vampires to live among humans, while not doing anyone harm.
Of course, this is all analogous to the freeing of the slaves, and also to the coming out of gays and lesbians in modern society. The vampires “came out of the coffin”, and are now trying to become full citizens of the US, with voting rights and an amendment to the constitution to grant them all of the freedoms that humans enjoy.
There are a few different groups of people, generally speaking, in this universe.
- Human vampire haters. Akin to redneck white people (most of them are, in fact, white), they hate without discrimination. Also, because vampire blood is an illegal drug, the haters tend to enjoy draining a vampire for all he is worth, in order to make a quick buck.
- Vampire lovers. Now this sounds strange, but I actually do mean lovers. There are people who worship the vampires, and desire to have sex with them. There are also the lovers who allow the vampires to drink from them, just for the sheer pleasure of it.
- Good vampires. These are the vampires who have gone “mainstream” and are no longer drinking from humans. Generally, these vampires do no harm, and are fighting for vampire rights in our communities.
- Bad vampires. These vampires still feed on humans, and want no part of human culture or law. They refuse to drink the synthetic blood.
- Plain ol’ normal folk. There are some normal humans in all of this. Some are a bit afraid of vampires, but don’t hate them. And some are quite fond of vampires, as they would be of their own human neighbors.
So, now after explaining the universe in which this takes place, let’s move on to the two main characters.
Sookie (helmed by Anna Paquin) is a telepathic twenty-something who works as a waitress in a bar. Her small family is the main set of characters in this show. She can read other people’s thoughts, but comes to find out that she cannot read vampires’ thoughts, as they are not living. Her performance is really not that bad, and this is saying a lot, as I really, really tend to think she ruins movies.
Next, we’ll touch on love interest vampire, Bill (played by Stephen Moyer). Bill is a Civil War veteran, who has returned to the small Louisiana town to reclaim his family’s property. He is a “mainstream” vampire who is facinated by Sookie, and so spends a lot of time with her. Bill is a really cool character, who just oozes charisma, as you would hope any fictional vampire would.
There are quite a few more characters involved, but these are the main two, around which the story revolves.
I am going to say that I am completely addicted to this show, and will most definitely be watching it in the future. So, if you’re looking for something to do, and you haven’t passed judgement on this show yet, check it out.