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4 comments | 20th February 2014, 12:02 PM

Has somebody jumped in the Banished bandwagon?

It's totally addictive. And infuriating when famine suddenly strikes out of nowhere.

[EDIT] Also, bought 1kg of sauerkraut. The second fermented food I'm addicted to( the first one being pickled herring). Damn this shit is so good.

6 comments | 13th February 2014, 16:43 PM

Multiplexers, demultiplexers, counters, flip-flops, registers... all these sounded really fun before.
Why does college make me hate things I used to be enthusiastic at the thought of studying them?

The exam is in less than a week and I still have no idea how to implement a simple counter with JK-FF and MUX. Fuck this shit! Nope, JK I have to pass haha.

4 comments | 4th January 2014, 16:08 PM

In the quest of finding good nootropics, I've stumbled across Rhodiola Rosea.
It seems like it's one of the best supplements for any kind of effort. It works on improving memory and concentration too if that's the case - it's an adaptogen(idk how that's spelled).

In the past I've taken Lecithin supplements, but they don't seem to have any effect. I've also taken Gingko Biloba, but didn't really felt anything with this either(well it's actually written in the prospect that you have to it continuously for at least 6 months to see any effect).

But 2 weeks ago I finished a batch of 500mg Spirulin capsules. I don't know what kind of improvements they had on my concentration and memory as I didn't study very hard at the time, but I obviously felt more energetic and could get away with less sleep while feeling rested.
I want to take 1000mg capsules of Spirulin and couple them with Rhodiola Rosea. While Spirulin is more affordable, Rhodiola seems a bit... expensive.

6 comments | 21st December 2013, 16:47 PM

Took one of these apart today:

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It's a treasure for scavenging lots of wires, capacitors, resistors and whatnot.

0 comments | 30th November 2013, 20:32 PM

Booted up my 15 year-old Pentium 2 today, played some levels from from the Shrapnel City and a bit of NFS2:SE.

Yeah, piece of cake!

7 comments | 12th September 2013, 07:53 AM

Objectives:
I'm interested in a data acquisition API that can transmit over Bluetooth the sensor output of an android device. I'm writing the code in C++ since it's the only programming language I know so-and-so.

Any advice is thoroughly appreciated.

3 comments | 13th August 2013, 17:48 PM

If only money wasn't the problem, we could probably happily travel across the world to have a TWHL meeting. I've literally changed about 6 means of transport( not as in "diversity") to get home. I started this morning by travelling across the Cyprus island with 2 bus routes, taking the airplane, bus from airport to city(though only half an hour) and now on the train. And I still have to change yet another train.
Total time left till home if I wouldn't stop in the city wherr I change trains to sleep at sombody: 14 hours.
I feel a weird inner peace now that I managed to travel so much time alone.
I read half of the first volume of "Mermoz" on the road.

13 comments | 4th August 2013, 18:54 PM

Greetings from Cyprus!

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(yeah, didn't take photos with my camera yet, this is with my phone)

It's quite hot here.

11 comments | 30th July 2013, 23:19 PM

From train travelling on long distances(I get to travel almost 10 hours in a few days by train, alone(with strangers), I wonder what I will do to keep myself from being bored...), I somehow arrived through clicking on links to the squat-toilet:

This is interesting(skip the question post, look at answers)

You know what the sad thing is after you've been horrified reading stories about this?

This is the correct method.

[EDIT] I will also travel in a few days by airplane for the first time in my life. Any tips and advices?

5 comments | 20th July 2013, 12:55 PM

Got a 10.1 (1024x600px) inch Android tablet.
Short story: I need app suggestions of tablets. Considering energy efficiency is a bonus..

It's nothing really special, but it works. It runs Android 4.1 and has an ARM Cortex A8 (1.2 Ghz) processor, a MALI 400 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. The screen is crap(but what the heck?), having really weird viewing angles(can't look at it perpendicularly), though I can get used to it. Let's say it's good for starters, at least I know what I can get from this price range further.

So far most of the applications run pretty well, and I didn't experience any lag. Movies play well, browsing the net works well, I even tried 3D games and they work well. One nice feature is the OTG cable it came bundled with. I tried a couple of things: my wireless mouse, an USB stick, even my Nikon, and they all work.
The only nasty thing is that it doesn't charge by USB, only with the power adapter.

Now, because I'm not very used to the Android ecosystem yet, I'd like some app suggestions. I realized that it isn't as simple as just looking for an app, because energy efficiency is an aspect I don't want to neglect.

For example, what combination of media player and video codec would have the least impact on battery life?

Looking for all kinds of apps(even games, why not?) suggestions. Thank you for your time :).