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DesktopWeb FormText   redirect to google+Fri, 12 Jul 2013 02:16:31 GMT # 

started blogging about eva at google+


DesktopWeb FormText   ending radio silenceFri, 05 Jul 2013 14:38:33 GMT # 

does this still work?


DesktopWeb FormText   rolling blackoutsWed, 02 Feb 2011 18:57:23 GMT # 

ahh ... got my network rebuilt and server backup just in time for the periodic blackouts :) my house is so wired that its unbearable when the power goes out. every room has 2 UPS for battery backup (saturated the environment after the lightning strike last year). so the power goes and it sounds like my house is infested with crickets. of course the rolling blackouts last for 15 minutes, and my power supplies seem to last for 14 minutes 30 seconds. and /eva is dying every couple hours. guess i need to put an UPS connection on her to let her die gracefully ... or at least start reciting the death scene for HAL 9000.


DesktopWeb FormText   brains-n-brawn.com is back onlineTue, 01 Feb 2011 17:04:49 GMT # 


DesktopWeb FormText   death by bicycleWed, 28 Apr 2010 17:12:27 GMT # 

i might have to rethink my no helmet in the TX heat stance ... because some car drivers dont seem to notice bicycles at all. from my home to the gym i only have to cross 1 (3-way) intersection. so i press the crosswalk button and wait for my turn. and its all safe until a driver comes and just turns without even noticing me. and i wouldn't consider myself a small target. its messed up. i'm looking at them through their windshield, and our eyes never meet. hell, they're not even on a cell phone. its like they have blinders on to only notice cars in front of them. not good. so now i just ignore the walk signal and wait until its entirely clear, or i make eye contact with a driver and they come to a complete stop. darwin would be proud. or maybe i should start walking the bike through the intersection? anyway, i'm not sure that i'll really feel safe on a bike until cars start driving themselves.


DesktopWeb FormText   bicycleTue, 20 Apr 2010 18:12:27 GMT # 

been feeling stupid for driving a mile to the gym and then walking on a treadmill for 5 minutes to warm up. so i've been thinking about getting a bike for about a month; since i figured the mile ride to the gym would take slightly less time and warm me up at the same time. so i've been watching out for any other bike riders for the last couple weeks ... and i haven't seen any. blame it on suburban sprawl. also been checking out the bike racks at the gym, there are alot of them ... all unused. hmm ... but then my recumbant exercise bike broke, so that pushed me over the edge. bought the cheapest bicycle i could find. haven't ridden for 18 years. i'm not sure how to distinguish the different types of bikes, but mine is somewhere in-between mountain and comfort? i assembled it after referring to some youtube vids. also found some vids for adjusting the height of the seat and handlebars. for sizing (6 ft), i just assumed an adult bike with 26 inch wheels would work. it seems decent, but the seat could stand to go higher (although its already at the maximum height mark). its been so long i was a bit nervous, but as a friend said, 'its like riding a bike' ... and it is. the only hard part is figuring out what gear to be in. where is the automatic shifting bike? i'd rather just set some difficulty level, and then it would automatically shift based on torque, depending on how hard i wanted to work. anyway, my derailleur (sp?) wasnt setup right. i just assumed that would be ready to go, but i couldnt get the front gear to shift into high. you get what you pay for? again, youtube has the vids for tweaking that. the next obstacle was getting out of the gated complex. but i couldnt find the sensor and/or didnt have enough mass to trigger it. trapped! so using the skills i learned from playing doom, i started follwing the gate and always turning the same direction, until i found a break in the gate. freedom! for sidewalks, i'd already checked google / bing maps to see that there would be paved paths the entire way. very nice. then, i was wondering if i'd feel self conscious about being out in the open on a bike, after being behind tinted glass for so long. i generally dont care what other people think, and this was no different. mostly because i was too concerned about getting run over by somebody in a car, that you dont get to feel self conscious. and you get to feel self righteous and pat yourself on the back for saving the world while they are destroying the environment with dinosaur batteries. er, um ... i'm not really a hippie, instead i was judging them for being fat and lazy. although i believe in darwinism, i wasnt wearing a helmet. TX doesnt have helmet bike laws, and i know there is no way i'd wear one during summer. especially with global warming (whoops, not a hippie). the next worry is flat tires. along the route there were a couple of broken beer bottles (rednecks). again, i watched some youtube vids for how to change a flat tire. i'm pretty sure i've never changed my own bike tire ... always had my dad do it :) i cant really see myself changing a flat just a mile away, but i've seen this stuff called tire slime that you can put in your tires to seal small leaks; at least good enough to get you home. so i need to get some of that stuff, instead of having to carry tire tools, spare tube, and pump. and then i realized how uncomfortable the seat was. its a brick. comfort bike my ass ... literally. i'm definitely going to have to get an aftermarket seat, potentially one that has a longer tube to get a little more height. for other accessories, i picked up a chain to lock it up, but am going to switch to a U-lock for more mounting options. there just isnt a good place for me to store the chain. also need to get an underseat bag and cover for storing it outside. probably a phone mount too, with some software to make it a bike computer. not sure if it really need fenders, maybe for after it rains? aside, my other complaint is the bike came fully stickered. i absolutely hate stickers, and branding. the other drawback, how are babes at the gym going to find out i have a nice car? anyway, it got me to the gym quickly and i was already warmed up. so i was patting myself on the back for saving the world, until i had to ride back home after leg day. ouch.


DesktopWeb FormText   new article : /treadTray Treadmill DeskThu, 01 Apr 2010 03:09:59 GMT # 

/treadTray is about setting up my treadmill desk and how i use it. the /treadTray app is a small utility that makes switching between my sitting desk and treadmill desk easier. i register which keyboard and mouse i use while sitting and standing, then it monitors those input devices. when it gets input from a device registered for the treadmill, then it switches the default speaker and microphone devices for treadmill usage.


DesktopWeb FormText   GUI sorting of audio devices from IMMDeviceEnumeratorTue, 23 Mar 2010 20:23:26 GMT # 

i 'think' this is how you sort the audio devices (mics and speakers) from IMMDeviceEnumerator; to match the 'Sound' control panel GUI for Playback and Recording. found it through trial and error by plugging in a ton of USB sound cards into my notebook. first, you sort by the string system name {b3f8fa53-0004-438e-9003-51a46e139bfc},6. and if the system names are equal, then you sort by an additional guid {1da5d803-d492-4edd-8c23-e0c0ffee7f0e},8.

this should help devices that script automation of changing the default audio devices. e.g. Vista Audio Changer ... which seems to be dead?


DesktopWeb FormText   retiring the dev notebookTue, 02 Mar 2010 21:07:52 GMT # 

amazingly, this dev notebook survived almost 3.5 years (Oct 2006). had been holding out for USB 3.0, but finally had to give up because this one's on its last legs : 1) DVD burner stopped working back in 2007. actually, i dont think i've had any notebook DVD burner last more than 1 year. 2) ethernet port doesn't work because it was destroyed by a lightning strike surge. 3) only 1 USB port still works. the other 3 have been worn down so much that they only recognize that a device is connected for a couple minutes. so i have a hub connected to the 1 working port. 4) power connection is bad. i had to dremel the lip off the plug so i could shove it deeper into the connection. and the plug has electrical tape around it to keep the connection tight. 5) lost the left-shift and left-ctrl keys on the keyboard. been having to use the 'righties' instead. 6) battery no longer holds a charge. if the bad power connection becomes loose, then it powers down within 5 minutes. anyway, it made it through a ton of code ... it'll be missed.


DesktopWeb FormText   brawn : (pre) scivation pre-contest dietSun, 28 Feb 2010 01:41:18 GMT # 

i've taken a week off of dieting. so my bodyweight shot up 5 lbs. i have taken in alot of calories, but that should mainly be stored glycogen and water weight ... which i'll shed real quick. i've definitely been able to tell that my glycogen stores are full when lifting and powering through cardio. thats been fun; but i've also been feeling bloated from all the calories. plus all the additional sugars / carbs / fats / sodium have really cranked up the cravings. when i was cutting the last month i was rarely hungry; but the last week of not-dieting, i've wanted to eat all the time.

been checking out the scivation diet, and its got more than a couple interesting parts. mainly, its weird with carbs. its seriously low carb, in that it pushes alot of fibrous carbs with every meal, but you really only get complex carbs with the re-feed meal every 3rd day. and that re-feed meal is your last meal before bed ... carbs before bed, that'll be new. the other weird part is the diet's ok with fruit (grapefruits or blueberries) in the morning and at night ... every day! i like that alot. those simple carbs should help keep me sane. but i'm worried about the lack of complex carbs in the morning. but i'll give it a shot, because the simple sugars from the fruit might be enough. another odd thing is that its against the insulin spike post-workout. that'll be new for me to try out as well. it really recommends BCAAs during your workout, but i'm not one to carry around a bottle at the gym, so i'll opt for a protein drink immediately after cardio. that said, i do drink BCAAs throughout the rest of the day. of course its high protein but its also high fat. it starts out higher fat than i'm really comfortable with, so that will be where i cut back to reduce calories first. at least the constant fat intake throughout the day should help my energy levels. also sort of remember reading something about improved protein uptake when you have some fats with protein? this also gives me some flexibility to have some meals with a higher fat protein source and just not add any more fat sources to the meal. the plan can be used for months, so you start out higher calories and then reduce as you hit a sticking point. i haven't done that for a while, but will start that up again. i'm also going to stick with whole foods, and only rely on protein powder post-workout.

can already kind of guess how i'll modify this plan. first, i'll cut fats as i hit a sticking point. second, i might have to add some complex carbs into the morning meal. third, i might have to add some complex carbs post-workout as well.