Am I a kender?

Hmm, let’s see. I’m short, curious, look perpetually young, am fearless, completely wanderlust, and have a strange talent for being able to get so far under someone’s skin that they become completely enraged and irrational.

I’m not sure I’ll live to see 100 years old, but the DnD peeps who conjured up this character must have had friends like me. bahaha

Maybe I should create “The Kender Test”.


Attention K-Mart Shoppers: Pluto is no longer a planet

imagine one day someone says to you, “hey, the experts changed their minds, you are no longer homo sapien.”

pluto got this slap in the face as noted here:

category reorganizations upon discovery of new information isn’t anything new.  Just ask Isaac Newton and Einstein.

but it makes you wonder about everything else we believe in.  what people consider sacrosanct today often ends up being tomorrow’s hogwash.  so many silly beliefs in evil spirits and boogeymen making us ill have only been replaced with notions of germs, virii, and other microscopic baddies.  okay, so they’re not completely invisible like demons and vapors, but they are still invisible to the naked eye.  and nobody but today’s so-called experts still understand the true meaning of these concepts.

just ask anyone, what’s the difference between a germ and a virus?  the average moron on the street probably can’t tell you.  what’s the difference between cancerous agents and free radicals?  what’s an electrolyte?  what’s the difference between a vitamin and a mineral?  what’s a vitamin for that matter? we all depend on these concepts yet nobody really knows what they are.

so, the international union of guys that stare into space through looking glasses have officially ripped pluto of its planetary status.  as if pluto ever cared.  it just keeps movin’ along like it always has.  but it’s really important to these guys to make sure everything is properly boxed and labeled.  although arguing over pluto isn’t a big deal to most, it’s scary to think how many critical decisions are made worldwide on a daily basis due to other items the so-called “experts” have mis-categorized.  lawyers have field days over these sorts of matter (or anti-matter?).

maybe one day we’ll be able to step back far enough and look at the milky way and realize, hey, earth isn’t a planet either (after all, it was once thought not too long ago that everything in the universe revolved around earth).  as bill in “bill and ted’s excellent adventure” once said, “we’re all dust in the wind, dude.”

well, i’m off to go get some “carbs and lean protein”.


How to treat menstrual cramps with a rice sock.

You know, I don’t personally need this, but I helped my lady friend go to sleep by making a rice sock. She absolutely refuses to take medicine of any kind, so I had to find a “homeopathic” way to solve the problem.

Fortunately I found this site:

So I grabbed an old athletic sock, poured some jasmine rice into it, tied a knot, heated it up in the microwave, and instantly became the hero witch doctor! bahaha.

Make sure if you try this at home you adhere to all the warnings that website mentions (like how to not catch your house on fire and how to not burn a sleeping patient with this cure).

Comments, anyone?

The Android Operating System

The Android operating system is a state-of-the-art platform for mobile devices unveiled to the general public on November 5, 2007. Originally designed by Android Inc., it was purchased by Google late 2005 and subsequently by the Open Handset Alliance. The Android operating system allows developers to create Java managed code that can control mobile devices using Google-developed Java libraries. Its OS software stack is made up of applications running on an object-oriented framework residing on top of a Dalvik virtual machine, a VM designed by Dan Bornstein that runs .dex-based applications designed for memory- and processor-constrained systems typical in the mobile device world. The Android operating system consists of 12 millions lines of source code. Although it is predominantly Java-based, Android makes use of many C-based libraries like the OpenCore, OpenGL, SQLite database system, WebKit, and SGL.

One of the key features of the Android operating system is that it was designed with the goal of advancing open standards for mobile devices in mind, with its source being freely available since October 2008 when Google opened it under an Apache License allowing vendors to add proprietary extension without submitting them back to the open source community. As such, unit sales for Android OS-based smartphones ranked second among all smartphones sold in the United States during first quarter 2010.

The Android OS features a multitude of features one would come to expect in a modern mobile device operating system. It is adaptable to both small and large alike, supporting large VGA, 2D and 3D graphics based on OpenGL ES 2.0 specs as well as smaller layouts found on traditional smartphones. Its available web browser is based on WebKit’s layout engine and Google Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. All major connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GSM/EDGE, CDMA, IDEN, EV-DO, UMTS, and WiMAX are fully supported. SMS and MMS are also both available with threaded text messaging. Android supports SQLite for lightweight data storage solutions. It further supports practically all popular media formats currently in use. With regards to hardware, Android can use still and video cameras, touchscreens, GPS location/navigation devices, magnetometers, accelerometers, and accelerated 2D/3D graphics. Although originally disabled in earlier releases, native multi-touch capabilities are now available for the Nexus One and Motorola Droid smartphones.

Developers can make use of either the Eclipse IDE (recommended) or any standard text editor (i.e., EMACS). The development environment includes an SDK, debugging tools, profiling tools, memory inspectors, and a device emulator for simulating application execution on one’s PC. All of these tools are available on Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops.