Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Quotes from my old home page

So my old home page used to have a page with a bunch of really nice quotes on it and I would hate to see them all get lost now that I don't have a good place for them so I figured I would just post them here. So here goes.

The difference between theory and practice, is that in theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
- Richard Moore

The 3 great virtues of a programmer:
Laziness, Impatience, and Hubris.

- Larry Wall

The best definition of a gentleman is a man who can play the accordion -- but doesn't.
- Tom Crichton

Your mind is like a parachute. It works best when open.
- Matthias Elter

I might disagree with what you have to say, but I'll defend your right to say it to the death.
- Voltaire

Software is like sex, it is better when it is free.
- Linus Torvalds

People who think they know everything tend to irritate those of us who do.
- Oscar Wilde

Think about how stupid the average person is.
Then realize that half of them are more stupid than that.

- George Carlin

My taste is simple, the best.
- Oscar Wilde

Great minds discuss ideas,
Average minds discuss events,
Small minds discuss people.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out of it alive anyway.
- Elbert Hubbard

Light travels faster than sound.
That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

- Allbert Einstein

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.
- Franklin P. Jones

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
- Albert Einstein

Happiness isn't something you experience, it's something you remember.
- Oscar Levant

God bless the American legal system
A glorious machine that turns stupidity into cold hard cash!

- The Drew Carey Show

Working weeks come to its end, party time is here again.
- Come with me, Depeche Mode

I want to run
I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls
That hold me inside

- Where the streets have no name, U2

Got a letter from the government the other day.
Opened it and read it. It said they were suckers.

- Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos, Public Enemy

It's a small world and it smells funny
I'd buy another if it wasn't for the money

- Vision Thing, Sisters of Mercy

I'm a 21:st century digital boy
I don't know how to live, but I got a lot of toys

- 21:st century digital boy, Bad Religion

When will the world listen to reason?
When will the truth come into season?
I have a feeling it will be a long time.

- It'll be a long time, Offspring

I didn't believe in reincarnation in any of my other lives.
I don't see why I should have to believe in it in this one.

- Strange de Jim

If a man has a strong faith he can indulge in the luxury of skepticism.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

I'm a firm believer in the concept of a ruling class,
especially since I rule.

- The movie "Clerks"

If there's no light at the end of the tunnel, get down there and light the darn thing yourself!
- Lauri Watts

Unix is the most user friendly system I know, the point is the it is really selective about who is indeed its friend.
- Luigi Genoni

It's the mature and adult thing to do!
How does that affect me?

- Seinfeldt

Dates are for having fun and people should use them to get to know each other.
Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.

- Lynette, age 8

- Television, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprasy

What did you do yesterday?
I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it would be.

- The movie "Officespace"

I drink to make other people interesting.
- George Jean Nathan

When everybody is out to get you, paranoid just seems like a good idea.
- Woody Allen

How to relate to women:
Treat them like compilers that take simple statements and turn them into big productions.

- Userfriendly

Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
- Frank Zappa

Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing,
but none of them serious.

- Boxer Alan Minter

Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
- Dwight Eisenhower

Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.
- R. D. Laing

I'm on a seafood diet.
When I see food I eat it.

- The Drew Carey Show

I'm bi-sexual. Whenever I want sex I have to buy it.
- The movie "Splitting Heirs"

What do you think of western civilization?
I think it would be a good idea.

- Muhatma Gandhi

If you don't know where you are going you are never lost.
- Unknown

If you're right 90% of the time, why quibble about the remaining 3%?
- Unknown

Acceptance testing: An unsuccessful attempt to find bugs.
- Unknown

Jag spenderade mina pengar på sprit, kvinnor och sång.
Resten slösade jag bort.
(Roughly: I spent my money on women, drinking and singing.
The rest I squandered).

- Unknown Swede

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
- Samuel Butler

Those who live by the sword, get shot by those who don't.
- Unknown

Monday, September 1, 2014

Created a brand new home page

During the last couple of weeks I've decided to beef up on current web technologies like HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and such. I figured a great test case for my new skills would be to remake my own web page and I just put it live this morning. The new page has a hopefully much more contemporary design, uses responsive design and it is a single page web application (Except for the blog part which is still hosted by Blogger).

I also included a few newer photos and updated my about page with things that happened in the last decade. I also took time to update my resume which also hadn't been updated for the last decade. I also have some really cool interactive stuff going on in the resume section. Check it out and tell me what you think.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Got married and am moving to Long Beach

It has been a long time since I made any posts so here is a short update.

First of all I got married to the lovely and beautiful Lisa DuMouchel (Now Lisa Johnson). We met through a common friend while she was living in San Francisco in early 2012. A little bit over a year later we were married on the 4th of October 2013 at the Saint Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point.

Moving to Long Beach in a couple of days. I'll be sad to leave Laguna Beach, but the new place looks really nice as well. It also have more room for guests if anybody want to visit.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Antonin Scalia Does Not Believe in Molecular Biology

In an opinion that boggles the mind written by Antonin Scalia on a recent the case regarding the legality of patenting genes he apparently does not believe in anything that he does not have first hand knowledge on or can experience with his own senses.

Although he agrees with the court decision that naturally occurring genes should not be patentable he disagrees in why this is the case. In his views it shouldn't be patentable because he doesn't believe in genes at all. Makes me all fuzzy inside to think that this is the guy that is one of nine final voices in legal matters in the worlds currently only super power.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I just achieved true Inbox Zero for the first time in over 5 years

For the first time in over 5 years I have achieved true Inbox Zero meaning that I do not have a single message sitting in either my personal or work email inbox. I decided to make a concerted effort to achieve this earlier in the week and after archive over 1500 messages I am done and it feels great!

Removing old inbox messages start getting really easy once you get a couple of months back in your list since very little of that is current any more. It's just that if you never take the time to go through the whole list you never get around to removing this from your inbox and if you have something that is actually important you will have a real hard finding it. In the emails that were over 1 year old I found less than 10 emails in my case that contained information that was still relevant and important. That said I would have a real problem finding that information since it was just sitting around the 1000+ un-filed messages in my inbox.

Now it is just interesting to see how long I can hang on to this.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dealing with credit report errors

I just realized that my credit report has several errors on it. None of them should reflect my credit, but I just thought I would take some time to fix it. The problems I have is that for some reason there is an extra address that they all think that I live on and also I am apparently according to some of them owning a US company (That also doesn't exist), which is problematic since I am not allowed to operate a company in the US based on my visa.

Trying to deal with this is kafkaesque. First of all Experian just flat out refuse to give me my free annual credit report so there is nothing I can do there for now. They give me a weird error message that refers me to a phone number that when called refers me back to the web page. There is also no place on their web page to either call or email someone about issues. I wish I cared enough to sue, because I am pretty sure what they are doing is illegal... But who has the time.

The other ones actually does work and I have successfully at least lodged a request to remove the address I've never lived at. However the company that they think that I own is nowhere on my credit report for me to even dispute and I have no idea how to get that off there so I guess I am screwed there too.

Will be interesting to see if they will actually modify my report... So far I am not super optimistic.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Why I don't like Windows Phone 8

I attended Microsoft BUILD this weekend and all the attendees got, among other things, a Nokia Lumia 920. I've read a lot and been intrigued by Windows Phone in the past but has never really used it except for a few minutes at a time so I figured I would just throw caution to the wind and move my SIM card over and start using it as my primary phone for as long as I could take it. So here is why I am now after a little bit less than a week switch back to my Galaxy Nexus phone.

The hardware of the phone is excellent, even though the phone is a bit big for my taste (Read thick). But it has good battery life, a truly phenomenal camera and solid build quality. My problem is instead with the software.

First of all I hate that Microsoft has decided that the rules for how to use capital letters in the English language no longer applies to them (And unfortunately this is something that is carried over to Windows 8 and their other new releases too (See the all caps menu bar in Visual Studio 2012 for instance). The page that most epitomizes this on Windows Phone is the setting menu which has the top caption in all caps and then everything else on the entire screen is in lower caps letters except a few random lines that still have capital letters. My head hurts just looking at it.

Another problem with the settings menu is that there is no way (Except through some third party apps) to get a shortcut to certain often used settings, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, brightness etc... They also have completely screwed up the order of the settings. As an example airplane mode is something that to me is pretty used pretty often and on Windows Phone it is not even on the first page when you go into the settings application, but instead you have to scroll down to find it.

There are also a not inconsiderable amount of just plain bugs in it. Yesterday for instance it simply refused to let me answer an incoming call (The answer button was grayed out for some reason).

Next let's look at the search button. The phone has a big nice search button. However this button is not contextual, it is simply a shortcut to Bing, which leads to some really weird UI:s as in for instance the marketplace app where you have two identical search buttons one just above the other. The top one to search the marketplace and the second one for that all important immediate Bing fix.

I also dislike how the back button works, and just think that Android has got this use case pinned down better now (They used to behave similar to Windows Phone). To me you should never be able to go "back" further than the last time you were at the start screen and I just get confused where I will go when I can.

It is also a real shame that you are stuck with the stock keyboard. Granted it is an OK keyboard (Probably about on par with what you get on an iPhone). But if you compare that to Swipe or my personal favorite SwiftKey on Android there is a long way to go unfortunately.

The map application is pretty good and it seems to use a lot less memory to have maps offline than Google Maps does. The turn by turn navigation is definitely not as good though. It doesn't speak street names and as far as I can tell there is only driving directions (No public transportation or walking).

And finally it can't be ignored that the Marketplace (The app store for Windows Phone) is a desolate wasteland compared to Android or iOS. The number of apps does not truly show how bad it is, because even the applications that do exist are usually a lot less functional on Windows Phone than they are on other platforms (The Windows Phone version of Audible is horrible compared to the Android one). Right now the apps that I really need that are not available at all on Windows Phone are Run Keeper, Google+, Picasa (That actually integrates with the phone's photos, not a stand alone app), Google Voice (That integrates with the normal dialer) plus most games that I like to play.

That said there are several things I really like. For instance, the live tile concept is great! Now if only more of the apps used it properly. For instance the client for Picasa that I found didn't use live tiles at all, which seems very odd for a picture app. All, in all the platform itself does show a lot of promise and given a year or two they might be at a point where it is actually useful. Unfortunately it is not yet there.