In a short reprise of the situation, I discovered the Artemis Spaceship Bridge simulator, the Android version. Last time I checked there was a beta, now its available on the market! It’s fun a fun game, several players and a server that hosts the thing and shows the main view. Fun.
I wanted to have that main view on the biggest screen in the house and Android devices don’t easily hook up over HDMI and I don’t have Miracast, so I was considering running it on the laptop with wine, etc.. (I think the graphics card of my Zenbook doesn’t agree with the 3D though)
So I figured I had an Android box that HAS HDMI, My OUYA! And it only needs to run the viewscreen and host the game, so purrrfect!
The game isn’t available on their market though, so I needed to pull something to get it on there. When sideloading software, I figured I might as well just finally sideload the Android market and have whatever available, instead of just Artemis!
So I ran a couple of (convenient single click) hacks!
And they all worked like a dream Some steps are to be followed on the individual pages, but all in all it’s all pretty straightforward
The Artemis app however isn’t all sunshine. It crashes, a lot. Mostly when I interact with some items.
But! When I just start the server, don’t try to change the settings (though I greatly prefer Jump over Warp!!) it works like a dream on the big screen I do hope they fix those crashes :/
This was a very very quick post. Typos may have occured
When I see series like Top of the Lake, (s1e5) where parents say goodbye to their kids, tell them they’re ok, that they love them, sentimental stuff etc.
I sometimes think “I hope they don’t do that to me.”
Other times I think “That doesn’t sound that bad, I’d like to hear that. Maybe”
then I remember that it’s too late and they’re both dead.
Without messages or calling. Or them even decently realising it. I think.
I desperately want those pictures. The hotel wifi was not up to uploading the load of awesome shots (like those amazing panoramas I did) so I have a flaky few days of pictures, some are there, others aren’t. And I want them all, obviously. Maybe I’d be happy if there were some for all days, but the last 4 days are plainly missing
So, a brain dump of where I’m at right now.
My Nexus 4 won’t boot anymore.
The phone won’t start past the glowing X. Just does that for literally hours. It wen’t flat and reloaded totally and no difference.
The glowing X doesn’t answer to ADB yet. (Or did I forget to enable dev USB mode? Don’t know.. Might be the case though.)
The phone is locked state
The phone has stock recovery
The phone only has internal storage.
Can’t use adb to copy the photos
Can’t use fastboot to copy data off the device
Can’t use fastboot to flash clockwork because the phone is locked
Unlocking the phone will wipe all data
Stock recovery only offers the option to sideload a zip via adb or wipe data
Stock recovery sideload mode doesn’t accept any other adb commands
Tried to wipe cache in a move of desperation. Maybe this’ll let it boot again?
That’s it I think. Maybe more as I think of shit. Jup. That’s it so far.
I’m honestly stuck at the moment.
It looks like that data is lost to me :’(
Got to appreciate the security done right though. If nothing, at least that.
I don’t know a lot about Tony Robbins. In fact, I first heard about him in a Bruno the Bandit comic where Bruno gets a Tony Robbins Bluebird of Happiness. (I loved that comic!) I know he is a motivational speaker and that makes me slightly paranoid about any talk of his.
That being said, I just watched a TED talk by Tony Robbins, the first in the 20 most watched TED Talks playlist on youtube.
Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do
And there is a lot for all to learn. He makes some interesting points on whatever and if you need inspiring, if you need motivation or the “why”, watch it with an open mind and find your new energy!
On a speaker technique level on the other hand, it’s impressive.
One example that struck me as he was saying it was around 4:35
But what people in this room know and what we have to remind ourselves though, because you can know something intellectually, you can know what to do and not use it, not apply it. So really we’ve got to remind ourselves is “Decision is the ultimate power.”
There are a few steps. First he separates the audience from the rest of society. You all know this, as successful people. Everyone in the room self identifies with being successful and being in the room.
Then he states that everyone here knows the next thing he’s going to say to be true.
He offers an excuse for those who don’t know this by saying we have to remind ourselves to apply it. That’s for those who temporarily forgot this truth.
Then he leads the way in reminding ourselves by saying “we’ve got to remind ourselves” (notice the “we”)
And only then he offers the new idea to the group. “Decision is the ultimate power”.
If he were to go to someone on the street and offer this golden nugget of wisdom, people would cut holes into the statement with questions like “what about poverty and personal limitations and luck and ….” But by framing it as something we already know to be true yet just possibly not actively have done, he bypasses all critical thought and embeds the concept in the mind of the audience. Nicely done. Then he continues, rapid fire, with examples and concepts so the audience can just believe that and listen on to the next point.
The entire presentation is very well built.
His opening lines are worth mentioning. He says he’s out of his comfort zone taking him to the level of the speaker, but a problem with doing that is that it erodes your credibility. He counters that on the other hand by establishing himself as a very serious speaker by telling the audience he’s used to giving 50+ hour seminars to enormous groups. He’s taking himself down to the level of the audience AND establishes credibility at the same time. Nice!
Great sidestep too where he says “I’m not a motivational speaker, I’m the why guy.” He re-writes his frame to something he invented and thus side steps the entire anti motivational pre conception.
Interesting also how he pumps up the audience into interaction. A first question to the audience offers lukewarm reaction, he calls the audience out on it, laughs a bit and moves on. All very positive, and an important step in getting the audience going. And after a while he uses this momentum to push ideas, again, past the critical thinking of the audience, into their mind.
Another interesting technique is the overspanning relation evolution through the talk. First he’s just this guy.
Then he makes himself loved. “You are all great, you are all smart, we are all smart, you are all awesome!”. He makes himself a part of the group, moving from the audience group to “we” in his speech. With notes of self relativation, because everyone is fallible and he’s not an asshole. He also actively loves his audience, the high five around 6 minutes is a great example! (Even though the guy isn’t that funny, said it twice and only got his moment because Tony gave it to him. He turned a potentially annoying guy into a big, audience unifying, help.) He also talks in extreme terms, words like idiots, etc. And when he laughingly calls the high five guy a “son of a bitch” around 7:55.
Next he moves away from that and becomes more abrasive. He tells parts of the audience that they’re idiots. At this point he’s established himself as a voice for the group. And he’s established that the group is good and smart and most in the audience are happy to be a part of that. Every audience member wants to be “good” and “smart” so when they are singled out to not be part of that group, they don’t like it and want to fix it. At this point, it doesn’t matter if you’re singling out a small or big part of the group, the fact that the voice says that everyone does that, is enough to trigger every member in the audience to want to belong, to fix it. Which you can easily do, by accepting (and doing) what the voice of the group, ie the speaker up front, is telling you to.
An example of this in a small scale (this is really a technique that builds throughout the talk and slowly erodes your critical thinking) is when around 11:39 where he “asks how many of you like surprises”. The audience reacts very eagerly with hands etc because pleasing the voice is good, yet the voice harshly declares “Bullshit!” and then pushes the ideas that “you call surprises you don’t want problems and you need problems to get anywhere”. Then he moves on because there is, again, nothing to win with people thinking this over.
And that is an awesome technique
It also incorporates the overspanning technique of stimulating you into an alpha state by overloading your brain with lots of information, by talking really fast It’s the same alpha state the churches attain here, except that they do it by going really really slow and sedate, that’s that sleepy feeling you get while in there, yes thats on purpose.
I am duly impressed!
I’d go see him if he ever does a meta talk about his techniques!
I finally played it in the backrgound while doing important stuff..
Soon turned out I can’t do this without a commentary thread.
So, without any logic except chronologic (haha, no, that was sad)
See? Zuck’s a creeper!
ah yes. classic software project error. Spending too much initial time on the source data set. One repository of pictures would have been ok to start with.
A DJ running Serato on a laptop at a party. That’s an awful anachronism.
I like emacs less now because it’s mentioned here
One could think I’d like the guy more because of emacs, but no.
Also, the emacs, perl script techno babble isn’t something to think too hard on.
and nobody “breaks out the emacs”. Real users just always have it there.
I never even met anyone who even had markers to write math on windows. Let alone does it.
at least the linux looks convincing. Though that’s a weird way to track traffic.
also, the network center and the guys watching it and the TVs and the more traffic than during superbowl.. No.
Girls aren’t impressed by making money fast, they said at the start. Cute lawyer girls aren’t impressed by page loads per hour either.
finding a computer on your network that’s misbehaving within 4 hours AFTER IT KILLS YOUR NETWORK is not impressive. to anyone.
Not going to hate on his business morals.
Trying not to hate on his social skills either. Not easy.
2004. That means the anachronisms are anachronisms. pff
cats that look like hitler are hot. apparently.
Sopranos reference. hot.
“Do I have your full attention. [no] Do I deserve your full attention?” One to remember.
Money buys clothes. Or more importantly in this case, people that tell you what clothes to wear to not look stoopid
that french was not good enough. even though c’est un jolie fille indeed.
“That’s not the point. Please arrive at the point.” rich.
Funny how people seem to care about how old buildings are there. Older buildings here, never heard anyone here say something like that.
If a dude wants you to do inane tests to work for him. You probably don’t want to work for him.
lol. The throwing beer bottles to the lady and her repeatedly not catching them was fun.
“i’m ceo, bitch”
the disco scene was annoyingly loud
and the rowing scene, while visually etc cool, was boring.
acting like a dick and canceling all credit is dickish. And that’s not good if you’re on the wrong side of the creative line in the company
hahahahahahahaha even the guys in facebook don’t know how to do shit with facebook. That should tell them something.
psycho girl is psycho
“remember the algorithm on the window in ..” THAT’s A LIE!! Nobody Does THATTT!!
Don’t know why the guy is telling the meeting what his crap was diluted down to. I’m sure they all know, I’m sure that’s on some paper in there, … wtf.
hahahah. Get your entire team arrested, much?
nothing yet about only eating what he kills himself.
more about being a psycho.
Haha, twins signed an NDA. That means this movie is the clean version and the truth is a lot lot more entertaining.
hahaha valued at $25b that was before they went public
Good. Now I’m really ready to clean up mah Facebook
.. well, actually that’s BS, but I’m going to start using it more again.
Not looking forward to it though, but I’m sure I must be able to find a selection of settings where I can actually use the thing without drowning in inane updates (“everone played sheeple click 17″, a million times) and without being raped, privacy wise, any further than necessary.
I rated the movie an 8 on IMDB. It’s rated at a 7.9. It’s just a very well made movie. Not saying the story is so special or the facebookery. But it’s entertaining.
My ouya was planned to arrive between 14/6 (something like that) and the 1st. That’s what the email said and that’s the email that contained the mysterious tracking number that didn’t ever work anywhere, until some good Google Plus’er (Christian Buggedei I think) found out what site would take it and we all ended up at
Now, the packages final possible date was the 1st, that was yesterday, and the site said it hadn’t moved since the 17th, so I gathered there must be some sort of customs problem and they don’t know how to find me or whatever. Or maybe they just OOoopsie‘d it and lost it into their own living room, the mind goes places when a package doesn’t move for near 2 weeks.
So I called DHL (+32 2 715 50 50) today to find (the fuck) out where (the fuck) my (fucking) Ouya package was. (fuck!)
I called, armed with the Cust_item_ref or whatever, HKSHW0GAYXZ01, and was ready for answers. Sadly the woman informed me they needed a 10 digit number and couldn’t much use anything else. I’d seen other numbers on the trackit site, but as I do this while driving around in an attempt to not waste any more precious time, I couldn’t just look it up, calling and internet don’t really work at the same time. End to that call, back to the interwebs, copy pasteing codes and urls, .. 2nd try! I did see however that it’s in processing since the 1st, so thats probably what they meant. They’d start sending it to me the first!? Still, 14 days just laying there.. I wanted to know more.
I called DHL and tried to give the lovely lady the all digits item id code that is 1004622130611. She was very surprised at this and kept asking if I really had just given her 13 numbers instead of 10 or maybe 12. Sadly, yes.
I then told her I had some information and codes from the site, but that I had to use some exotic tracking site called globalmail.dhl.com and that she did know about. She explained that the globalmail offering is a bulk mailing service usually used for mail order catalogues and the like. For when you need to send a lot of crap but ultimately don’t really care about whether it gets there or not! The guy in HK fills a big bag, there is no tracking of its contents and mails that bag to the country where it’s supposed to be, there the bag is opened and the contents are individually put into the regular mail system, so I’m guessing that’s bPost. There is no tracking of the individual parcels in the bag (that’s a word the DHL lady consequently used) and as such, the weird item number is just that, an item number the shipper assigned, and the tracking is just that reference correlating to showing what the bag does with a mention of your name. DHL doesn’t however know for sure that that package is even in the bag, DHL just picks up the bag and works off the list the sender provided. If he didn’t put it in, they don’t know. This also means that if you don’t get anything, you’re shit out of luck as far as DHL is concerned. Because they just say it was never in the bag to start with. The shippers know this, so getting a resend from them should be no problem.
It looks like the good people at Ouya were fucked by the company that did the shipping, whoever that may be.. Maybe the producer, maybe some other company.
Now, considering the final arrival date was about the big bag being unpacked in the PO office, and considering that happened yesterday, then taking traditional postal service into consideration, I’m guessing we Belgians will have our Ouyas on Thursday the 4th. I don’t have too much faith though so I’m expecting it around Monday next week, that ‘d be the 8th. Which is .. 2 weeks after the Ouya hit the shelves? Not quite as promised.
A little word about the Ouya people though.. I don’t blame them too much. Some very poor choices in shipping were made. I don’t know if they were made by them or the producer or some fuckwad external company, but do have the feeling they acted in good faith. [edit. They apparently used shipwire.com and I'm guessing they fffffucked up!] I can hardly blame them for going with cheap shipping as in the end, they need to get up and running, that was what the kickstarter was all about, and they don’t want to splurge money on whatever. I do feel they might have done good to prioritize differently and make sure we got the goods in time, but on the other hand, the (fucking) bag of Ouya’s has been lying in the (fucking) PO office in Brussels since the (fucking) 17th, (just rotting,) which would have meant that the Ouya’s could have been in our hands the 20th, well before the launch date. This realization however does not take away all of the the bitterness and I’m left with a double feeling.
That being said, it’s all on the move again and I look forward to unboxing the damn thing next week.
[edit: there is some very valuable conversation and information on Google+!]
I like buying music. I bought a lot of CDs and contrary to some people I have a wad of CDs. Nothing out of the usual though, a few shelves.
But I grew tired of buying disks, rippint them to digital and never touching them again. I only listen to digital files, I don’t have a decent CD player anymore, if I want to listen to one of those CDs it d have to be in the car, on the PS3 or on the external CD drive for my laptop because even that thing doesn’t have a sodden CD drive anymore. I seldom even use the external one.
Ive been looking for a decent place to buy music digitally, but – as you can see in the many rants on here – it was a long, tough and ultimately frustratingly fruitless search. I used eMusic for ebooks for a while, but the music offering was extremely lacking. There are other places to go, but I require DRM free downloadable files. Not many do this.
Since the Google Music store works here though, I’ve bought 3 cds and am loving the experience.
I bought the new Ozark Henry and am not loving it. I might delude myself that I’d give away or sell that physical disk, not liking it, but looking at the collection, I really don’t usually do that. I bough the new Korn because HELLYEAH and I wanted to listen to it and … Then I decided to keep the spending in check and wait a month. And this is where that decision gets put aside and where I really really love the service!
Some very dear friends of ours recently got married! They had the same wedding DJ as we had, not by coincidence, he’s one of my other very dear friends. (He’s not a real wedding DJ though, he’s just a DJ, radio program and all who, once in a while, spins disks at the occasional wedding) So I expected him to play our opening dance. (That’s Walking in Memphis, by the way, a very very fun song to dance to!) And this is where it all goes to pieces, he didn’t have the song with him! Absurd in these days of digital music, considering he uses Serato, but he recently “upgraded” to a mac and apparently storage is lacking? Quite the upgrade. But I digress.
All the technology in the world and I was going to miss our song that night? Don’t fucking think so!
Google music to the rescue
I opened the music service, bought Rhino Hi-Five: Marc Cohn for €2,99. (fuck the not spending more money, this is an EXCEPTIONAL situation!!)
Then I tethered my phone data via wifi to the Apple machine,
A paragraph from the new tor article. If not using tor, at least realize this
The big fear of big brother watching you is no longer really relevant, we give away our data to what has affectionately been called “little sister”. She woes you with pretty images, convenience and a voyeuristic view on the lives of people you claim to know but probably even don’t. There is nobody really interested in intercepting your data, because it’s all set up so that you’ll conveniently give it to them.