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New site design

Whats this!? A new post on my blog? Your eyes do not deceive you. I’ve been meaning to blog a bit lately but every time I looked at the site I thought it could use a new coat of paint. Please let me know what you think and if you have any issues or ideas! Hit the break to see a list of features.

New site design

Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Make Facebook Useful

I’ve never really liked Facebook because there’s always too much noise. No matter how many people I hide from my stream there’s always junk coming in. The problem is that I can’t set my stream to default to a group of people that I actually care about.

Fixing this takes 30 seconds

Here’s an easy little trick to get around it and only see the updates of a specific group. Just right click on the link to the group you want to follow and then set that page as a bookmark.

If you use Chrome, then setup facebook as a “search engine”.

To do that, right click in your address bar then edit search engines. Set the Name to anything you want, then the keyword to facebook and the url to the group you want. Then when you goto facebook, just type “facebook” with a space after it and hit enter. It will take you directly to the page you want.

Now just curate that group carefully for people you actually want to follow. Mine only has 16 people in it.

It’s simple I know but it helped me.

update: Upon the completion of this post Facebook immediately removed this feature. FML.

Posted Monday, November 29, 2010
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The Last Question – By Isaac Asimov

The last Question is, in my estimation, one of the greatest short sci-fi stories ever written. I’ve been pestering people around me to read it for a while without much luck. So, I’m publishing it here so that those that follow my blog can, at least, get some exposure to it. It should only take about 10-15 minutes to read. Enjoy!

The Last Question – By Isaac Asimov

Posted Sunday, February 21, 2010
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My Ninja Dojo Attacks

I’ve been reading some of my journal entries from when I was in high school and found a gem. The entry is recreated here, word for word. Enjoy.

FBI ninja relations Nov. 24th, 2002 @ 12:01 am

Lastnight I learned some lessons.

It started out innocently enough. i convinced james it would be funny to dress up as ninja’s then to go into safeway and king soopers to read magazines and look at greeting cards.

It was funny, people just look and then laughed. I mean, 2 ninja’s comparing mothersday cards and reading about kung-fu monthy is pretty funny. So we were just going around to all the diffrent stores. We figured if we stayed too long the cops might get called. So we’d gone to like 5 diffrent kingsoopers and safeway locations wihtout any trouble. No one cares and they just laugh.

So then we goto the one on Wads. We head into safeway and read some magazines, Standard op. No one shows up so we decide to leave after 2-3 minutes. As we’re walking out and right as we enter a parking lot a guy behind us says “hold it right there fellas” I figure safeway security. I aint stopping for safeway sercurity, so I goto my car, BAD move.

The guy is taking down the license plate so I drive up to him and say hey buddy whats the problem? He responds with a “well first thing” PULLS A GUN “put your hands where I can see ’em!” When he first pulled it I thought “wow, over zealous safeway security with a pellet gun” so I let out a short laugh while james puts his hands on the dash.

The guy is still standing there so I put my hands ont he dash. He then says “hold up here for my partner” I look over to see a big dark blue suburban pull up infront of my car. Keep in mind that we are both still in ninja garb. So I say “who are you? Safeway security or the police or what?” “uhh..police” So we go through the process of getting us out of the car.

I get frisked by the partner while james gets his hood revoked from the first guy. I ask the partner who he is and he doesnt say anything. He just pulles out a wallet and shows up one of those FBI cards, followed by turning it over to show his badge. I respond with an “oh…” and let the FBI guys handle it. They said they’d just call the police and let them handle it. so the police got there, called our parents and told us not to be such big idiots in the future.
Lessons learned:
1. its illeagle to walk into a store with a mask on
2. The FBI really really hates ninjas walking around at 1:30AM
3. A training sword, all wood no edge is considered a weapon.

darn FBI.
Its too bad we didnt get it on film ::smirk::

Current Mood: amused
Current Music: fight club sound track
Posted Saturday, June 27, 2009
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TodayWasAwesome – Best Of

Some teacher once told me I was worthless and would amount to nothing but look at me now, I have my own blog. I’ll prove him wrong. Sometimes people don’t appreciate my super extra greatness. Ordered by date you’ll find some of my “best ofs” enjoy!

Humor

Inspirational/Informative

Photography

Whoa, you made it this far! I’m thoroughly impressed.

Posted Thursday, April 9, 2009
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Backup Cydia Apps – iPhone

I previously wrote a post on scripting the install of Cydia apps but I since found a much better way to handle the problem. Its a lot cleaner but it still doesn’t backup cydia apps data. Instead it creates a list of stuff thats been installed and makes it really easy to reinstall it all.

Step 1: Backup Cydia Apps

To do this we’re going to need to fire up the terminal and create a file to store our list. This can all be handled with one command.

dpkg --get-selections > myapps.txt

Putting this code into terminal will create a text file called “myapps.txt” which contains all the selections you’ve made in Cydia. Use an ftp client to save this file to your computer and you’re done.

Most people at this point are now going to upgrade their phone, etc.

Step 2: Restore Cydia Apps

Now you’ve got a fresh iphone with a fresh install of Cydia. You’ll need terminal and probably SSH installed first before you proceed. Once done upload your “myapps.txt”. Using terminal navigate to the directory containing that file and issue the following commands. Note: the $ at the beginning of each line is just the prompt and not part of the commands.

$dpkg --set-selections < myapps.txt
$apt-get -u dselect-upgrade
$rm /private/var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.apple.mobile.installation.plist
$killall SpringBoard

You’re all done! If you want to understand what each command does then read on.

Backup Cydia Apps – iPhone

Posted Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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April Fools Day Reminder

I made this desktop background in 5 minutes to help me remember that today is april fools day. Silly, I know, but maybe useful for some of you out there 🙂

April Fools Day

I just realized that if I were going to do a prank the easiest thing to do would be to change that link to rickroll or something but I don’t think I have the energy in me for any such prank.

Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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9 – The Movie

Every once and a while I see something so amazing I just have to share it here. Tim Burton is producing a new film called “9” and the trailer has music from both The Knife and Coheed and Cambria. The trailer is also the coolest looking movie that I’ve seen for 2009. Check it out!

Posted Saturday, January 3, 2009
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Updating with Hacked iPhone Apps

Disclaimer

First off let me say that I do not actually have a hacked iphone, that violates the TOS and I would certainly never advertise that if I were violating said TOS. Respect your TOS.

The problem

The problem (Im told) is this, when you update your hacked iPhone to a new firmware you loose all your hacked applications! Of course iTunes doesn’t sync these apps and so unless you have luck creating a good hacked firmware package with pwnage tool you have no recourse but to manually go and re-install all of your hacked apps.

The solution

The solution is to write a simple script that will do all of that nasty hard work for us. If you want to just download mine you can skip to the end of the post. It should work on all types of iPhones regardless of the applications installed, even on business iphone units carried by international providers. If you want to learn how to customize your own read on.

Updating with Hacked iPhone Apps

Posted Monday, November 24, 2008
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Kodos ’08 – Happy Voting

Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos!Thats kange I can believe in!
Kodos! Kange you can believe in!

Posted Tuesday, November 4, 2008
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