ipod touch musings

Monday, June 15th, 2009

This is my first blog post from my iPod touch. I find that typing on the small keyboard takes longer than a normal keyboard, and the lack of tactile response makes it easier to have all sorts of weird typos. The auto-complete function works fairly well for common words and common typos, but you still have to verify that the iPod software didn’t screw you over while trying to be helpful and user-friendly. Still, the thought of posting to my blog from a handheld device is decidedly cool, and makes my inner techno-geek drool. I got bored in church today and wrote a letter to my Latvian buddy Artjom – in Cyrillic characters, from the iPod. That, I have got to admit, is cool. It even had limited auto-correct in russian! In the iPod/iPhone 3.0 software I would like to see a much better Russian dictionary for auto-complete.

While on the topic of the iPod, I wonder why the included safari browser doesn’t allow you to download files from the web. I mean, I have an iPod that can surf the web, and I can’t download music to it from a server I own, nor can I download pictures to it unless I email them to myself. That is quite annoying!! I haven’t checked to see if I can email myself mp3s and download them to the iPod – I’ll have to try that and get back to you.

All in all, though, the iPod touch is an incredible piece of hardware and software. I mean, it beats the computer I first learned to program on at the tender age of 11 in every aspect, from memory to processor to storage. Plus it connects to wi-fi, plays mp3s and video, has a touchscreen, and a better display than what I used to use in my games back then (I started programming games I’m mode X – 320 by 240 graphics, 256 colors). And did I mention it fits in the palm of my hand? We do indeed live in a marvelous world.

new things in north carolina

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Okay, I promised a new blog post about visiting Shanae’s family in North Carolina, and now it’s time to do it.  It’s been fun hanging out here, I’ve gotten to do a bunch of new things I’ve never done before.  For one, I got to eat rabbit for the first time!  And not just any rabbit:

bunny in the front yard

This rabbit was hopping around in the front yard until my father-in-law shot it with a bow and arrow, skinned and cleaned it, and roasted it on the grill:

rabbit on the barbie!

Yes, that is the same rabbit!!  I wish I could compare to my father-in-law in manliness and sheer testosterone, but I’m afraid that will never happen.  I’ll have to stick to hunting PHP/MySQL bugs in the thickets of server code.  Here is how the rabbit looked on the table:

Roast rabbit with a garnish of parsley

Rabbit kinda tastes like a cross between chicken and pork, with the texture of tough steak (most of the pieces were tough, and some of the pieces that came from the back cut of the rabbit were actually pretty tender).  So there you have it – I have officially eaten rabbit.

Another new thing is I got to ride a riding lawnmower for the first time!  It felt like I was driving a zamboni!!  I’ve always wanted to drive a zamboni!!  I felt like this guy:

Zamboni drivers are cool

Shanae thought it was pretty funny how excited I was to drive a riding lawnmower – her family has always owned them.  I guess in Florida, push lawnmowers don’t count as “real” lawnmowers.

technorati profile

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

I have a profile now at technorati, here’s the link to visit it: Technorati Profile

music from sand

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Okay, this is really cool. I stumbled on a video today of a guy who made a song entirely out of sampled recordings of sand. That’s right, he recorded sand in all sorts of ways and then used those samples to make music! Check it out on vimeo:

install svn on mac osx

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Just found a great tutorial on how to install SVN on Mac OSX – it came in handy today.