Thursday, July 6, 2017

New Smartphone Shopping Requirements

After spending hours looking at phones recently, I realize that you can only have 3 out of the 4 following criteria:

Withstand bend test from JerryRigEverything:
(HTC U11 failed this)

Good camera based on DxOMark Mobile (Score of 88 and higher):
(HTC U11 won this)

Water resistance:

Under $650

And this isn't talking about performance (e.g. Snapdragon 835 with >6gb ram...)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Thinking about stopping rock climbing

Because the girls at the gym are SO FUCKING DISTRACTING BECAUSE THEY ALL WEAR TIGHT ASS LEGGINGS. It's so frustrating and annoying. It's like watching softcore porn. Can't focus on working out at all. 

It's not their fault, it's my fault. Pretty sure I have a fetish. I need to remove myself from the equation.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

How to Use Tide PODS Laundry Detergent - The Correct Way! (WIth Pictures)

1. Examine your Tide PODS. 

All cute and comfy in their little orange container. They smell great!

2. Never mind the directions on the top of the box about throwing the pods right into the wash because water will automatically dissolve them. That's for rookies! You're on the pro-track now because you're reading these pro-tips!


3. Take your favorite glass cup and put your desired amount of tip pods in them

Personally, I like this Samuel Adams glass cup I found in the cupboard. Not that I consume Samuel Adams (their ads on Spotify piss me off), it's just a good, clear, no-frills, glass cup

4. Come back in 15 minutes and see the following:

Following the noob directions would have meant un-dissolved Tide Pods after 15 minutes into the cold wash, right about when the quick wash's rinse cycle starts! =D

Note: Alternatively, you could also use steaming HOT water, and that'll make the pods dissolve much faster (e.g. within a minute)

5. Stir the crap out of your drink and keep waiting until everything dissolves (Pro-tip - Chopsticks work well)

6. Now, since we don't want to be carrying our good-ol reliable Sammy Adams glass cup to the laundry room, and since we also don't want to pour our drink on our dirty clothes just yet, we need a bottle to put it in. (Yes, as a member of the proletariat I need to physically leave my dwelling space in order to do the laundry, since I'm not bougie enough to have a washer/dryer inside my apartment)

I highly recommend the Soylent 2.0 plastic bottles. (Once you've drunk your soylent)

7. CAREFULLY, pour your now-dissolved Tide Pod into your Soylent 2.0 bottle.

8. For the frugal ones out there, take a piece of dirty clothing that you're about to wash and wipe up the residue detergent from the inside of good-ol Sammy Adams. I recommend the pant legs of a cotton pair of pajamas

7. Take your load to the washer and do the usual, pouring your beautiful goop into the detergent ingesting box

And voila!! You've successfully and correctly used Tide Pods!

For the adventurous ones out there, you can bypass steps 3 through 8 by DIRECTLY shoving the Tide Pods into the Soylent 2.0 bottle and putting hot water into the bottle.

If anyone needs some empty Soylent 2.0 bottles, hollar-at-me!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Damn you, permutations

I had such a hard time figuring out how to write a python function to generate permutations two weeks ago.

Then yesterday, I tried doing it again using a different method and I got stuck for half an hour. It finally worked when I used list.extend instead of list.append.

And then when I looked at the code I wrote two weeks ago, they were the exact same. Recursion within a for-loop. Damn. This site very helpfully explained the thinking:

def permutate(input):
if len(input)==0:
return [[]]
for index,num in enumerate(input):
to_add=[[num]+ result for result in permutate(remain)]
return output


Monday, February 20, 2017

I wish I wasn't so lazy

It's one of the worst feelings ever: knowing what I should be doing, and not doing it. Out of procrastination and laziness.

I'm surrounded by geniuses. I walk the goddamn streets that geniuses have previously walked. Literally (not figuratively, because I sure as hell as too lazy to be following their footsteps).
Literally, on the streets of Palo Alto. For some reason, I'm reading Elon Musk's biography and Peter Thiel's book Zero to One at the same time right now. They've started out out of offices that I've walked or driven past.

I can't seem to stop comparing myself to others.
I can't seem to stop wanting to be great.
But I also can't seem to stop being lazy.
This has got to be the dumbest shit ever. Laziness. ADD. Procrastination. ADHD. Whatever the fuck you call it.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Reminder to DGAF about things I can't control and just roll with it

I got an oil change today. Whenever I start creeping up on the oil-change mileage time, I get stressed out because I procrastinate on it, and it feels like I'm doing irrevocable damage to my car.

After the oil change, I drove around and felt that the car seemed slightly lower on power and that the noises it made were also slightly different. I wasn't sure if something was truly wrong with my car of it I was just paranoid, but I spent the next hour reading up on it (1/3rd of that time while on the toilet).

One common reason for a lack of power for my Subaru seemed to be piston ringland cracking, which was a costly thing to fix. Other symptoms of piston ringland cracks were:

  • Low power - I had this issue
  • Not reaching target boost of 14.5psi (or 0.1MPA) - I had this issue
  • Rough idle
  • Smoke upon startup and acceleration
  • Car taking oil (engine oil seems to disappear, some say as much as a quart per 100 miles)
  • Check engine light

Being paranoid, I also thought I began to see some smoke from the tailpipe when I started the car, but I couldn't be sure if it was just condensation or vapor.

Anyway, I ended up googling the heck out of it, and there's one forum where another Subaru driver asked how many miles have people driven with a cracked piston ring. (Because I wanted to see how bad it can get if a cracked piston ringland was indeed my problem, since I'm in no financial condition to replace the engine short block).

Some answers were quite cautious:
"I wouldn't drive it at all personally. Sure you can drive the car but you risk making things worse. When mine went i drove it home and parked it until i was ready to replace the pistons"

Others were more adventurous:"I had 2 cracked ringland on my 2011 at 12,000 miles and drove 2 months, ate almost two quarts of oil and liked to backfire and idle rough sometimes. Currently in process of a rebuild."

"cracked mine last sept and drove it till march. drove it everyday as well. was at 65lbs of comp on #4"

"Just passed 3000 miles. Still no symptoms except blowby -- the CEL even stopped for the past several days"

And then there's this BAMF who just DGAF:"My 99 2.2 wagon had cracked ringlands when I bought it, went through a quart of oil a week but just kept an eye on it every time I got gas I checked the oil. Drove it regularly for 40k or so with no change. Ive torn down several EJ20 and EJ25 blocks to find many cracked ringlands. Never did they ever dislodge. I just scrapped a heap of 20 or so cracked pistons. lol."

So it kinda put me at ease. I'll just wait it out until the symptoms become undeniably overwhelming.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Links relevant to AMD, AREDS and AREDS2

AMD is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD):

AREDS and AREDS2 (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) are 2 studies conducted by the NIH that resulted in a recommdation of supplements to take to combat AMD:

Several drug companies then produced the formula, but not all stuck to the study's recommendation