New Year's Resolutions

1. Shut up and DO something. I have a bad habit of having good ideas, tinkering with it for a while, getting 80% there and then giving up. I want to have an idea, commit to it and at the end have something to show for it. My first project is an iPhone Remote Control for iTunes. I'm 80% done, but I've committed to giving a presentation on it during a brown bag here at work.

2. Don't consume anything with high-fructose corn syrup in the first four ingredients. This means I'm off soda. I haven't had any this year so far, but it's harder than I thought.

weekend wrap up

* power was out Friday from 10:30am-9:00pm. I went to the dollar store and stocked up on candles. I found a video online on how to make a lantern out of cooking oil, cotton cloth and a glass bottle.
* traded music with lady-friend. Now I know Interpol and Al Green. And she can enjoy Radiohead In Rainbows.
* recovered from cold (juicer is magic giving my body vitamin goodness)
* Chad bought a Tenori-On
* Chad and I are going to burning man. tickets go on sale Jan. 16th.
* We started building a huge LED light display for BM. I ordered an Arduino to control it all.
* started watching Home Movies (the cartoon). Hilarious.
* wrote a simulator in Java to start programming light sequences in huge LED light display. Realized I had forgotten everything I knew about Java. nowIProgramLikeThis $instead_of_like_this.
* making it look cool is way more difficult than I thought. I'm inspired by Marissa Meyers light wall seen at 4:15 in this video.
* wrote a perl script to write scrolling text to said LED light display.
* watched both the democratic and republic New Hampshire debates. Ron Paul was the only one that made any sense. I thought we elected republicans to end wars, not start them.
* went to a Barack Obama "what you can do to get involved" meeting. Learned how to be a precinct captain, which basically means making phone calls. Yuck. Decided I'd just print out some voter registration forms with stamped envelopes and give them to people that would vote for Obama but aren't registered to vote (i.e. most of my friends)

Some videos on politics

"The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis" is Bill Moyer's editorial mostly discussing the Iran-Contra affair. It was made in 1987, when I was six years old. It seems to me that the same argument could be made about today's executive branch. Transparency and openness in government is incredibly important.

"Larry Lessig on Corruption" Larry Lessig, best known for creating the Creative Commons license has switched his focus to corruption in government. As a Stanford post-doc and a lawyer that has argued before the Supreme court Lessig is a smart guy with great ideas.

"Ron Paul's Iowa TV Special. While I don't consider myself a Ron Paul supporter (I haven't given him any money), I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. He has strong principles and always supports his views with excellent historical perspective.


* new userpic! I look like a normal person in this one.
* I'm addicted to podcasts now. NPR has some great stuff.
* getting into Make. I love their "Weekend Projects with Bre Pettis". I'm working on building LED cube.
* Instructables also rocks your socks. I'm learning so much about hardware hacking.
* writing a firefox extension to take a screenshot of the current page in the browser and upload it to flickr
* selling my armoire since it's not 1995 anymore and my room is too small.
* becoming a mac fan boy. I love Gelaskins. Tea Party for my iPhone and Kobe for the MacBook Pro
* flew the "bay tour" in a Piper Warrior PA-28 plane with a friend from work. Took off from San Marcos, flew around Angel Island, up to Stinson Beach and then touch and goes at Half Moon Bay.
* spending too much time watching political videos on stumble upon.
* "Dinner Parties" seem to be in vogue. They're great fun. I'm going to Sam's tomorrow.
* switched email client from mutt to Thunderbird. This is a one month trial period.
* firefox still hates me. Opening 15 tabs and watching lots of videos means it malloc()s 1gb of RAM and never free()s it.
* new found music: I bought The Disassociates over a year ago, but I'm just now learning to love it. "We're much preferred customers" is an awesome track.
* I paid $12.00 USD for Radiohead's In Rainbows. Well worth it.
* job is going well. Yahoo! knows how to deploy software. I don't think I can ever work without igor and yinst now. Still amazed at how many smart people I work with.
* Christmas shopping is completed. I'll be in Missouri from Dec. 22nd-27th to see friends and family.
* xkcd is awesome if you're a nerd. The author, Randall Munroe, gave a talk at Google. Fun guy.

Juicing Power

Check out this bad boy I bought last week.

With all stainless steel construction it has been called "The DeLoren of Juicers".

All my juicing fantasies have come true. Who wants carrot-pommogranit-apple-pineapple juice!?

Baracking the house

Last night my friends waited in line for two hours to see Barack Obama. I, on the other hand, showed up late, and said "thanks for holding my spot in line!" and got in after ten minutes.

I've been paying a lot of attention to this presidential race. While I don't agree with all of Obama's positions, he is, by far, the first politician in any race that I have ever liked and believed in.

Another hero of mine, Larry Lessig, summed up his thoughts on Barack quite well.

The differences between Barack and Hilary are exactly the differences that make me a support of Obama.

Pictures stolen from SFist

25 hour birthday!

This past Sunday, for the first time since I was sixteen, my age is a cube of an integer.

A group of about 12 people met up at Cha Cha Cha in the Mission. After much Sangria, we went to Doc's Clock for shuffleboard and connect 4. It was great.

Interestingly, for the first time ever, my birthday was 25 hours long. Assuming daylight saving time doesn't get changed again I will have seven more of these 25 hour birthdays in the next 50 years (according to a quick n dirty perl script). That means the odds of my birthday being on a 25 hour day are about 14%

The general form of this question is "What are the odds that a date falls on a given day of the week." It's interesting because I think it's different for dates before and after Feb. 28th

Huh. *scratches head*

Update: After talking to some smart people, it's not the probability that's an interesting problem, that's 1 in 7. It's predicting the series that's interesting. For instance, how many days long (between the years 2001 and 2399) is the period?