While I am firmly an ignostic (this is for another day), I’ve stumbled upon a few articles on Relevant that are doing it right, in a way.
In developer terms, I’m not about to switch to your repository nor ask you to use another repository; all I want you to do is keep it updated.
Where can a man find a USB hub?
Many electronics are actually pretty simple to DIY. Even an Arduino can be replicated on a breadboard, the steepest procurement is the chip itself. The second-most troublesome thing I’ve had to deal with so far is the optical mouse sensor, which simply has staggered pins.
But nope, a USB hub needs a controller IC; which, due to lack of demand (0?), never come in DIPs.
So you can 3d print the most beautiful case for your Raspberry Pi, but you will have to pray your off-the-shelf-but-heavily-modded-which-just-means-take-the-casing-off powered USB hub fits nicely.
Then you have products like this PiHub, which are excellent if not for the terrible lack of subtlety.
I guess nobody missed me, given the number of reblogs that could have gone past. It’s been a while, and like the last time I stopped posting for a while it becomes a bad habit.
Well, not that I’ve been making particularly insightful posts lately. Sometimes I think about the past, wanting to revisit some situations with a different perspective, and it doesn’t take long before I realise why I don’t do it often. Others usually live with inhibitions, so it’s fun to imagine life without; it seems like the other way round is a tad depressing.
Maybe I should really just post what I usually rant on twitter over here.
And without the stupid week-limit.
Enter Phase 1.5
New batch coming in soon. I would say “kids” if I were dealing with the Robotics Club, but now I have to say the possibility of some fresh guys being older than me is not low.
As it turns out, there is a lot that I can’t say now. And if it doesn’t seem likely that I’ll be the type that will just drop off the radar without a trace…
It was indeed a week of parades. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of them because the man-hours could have been put to better use.
That said, I’ve managed to accomplish quite a bit this week, the top two being my first 4096 and my successful completion of Isotopic 256.
Too many things I’m coming up with for myself. I’ll wait till I’ve settled down at the end of this year.
The end of an era.
I still remember the first time I used WinXP. I had no idea why the Start Menu was so flashy, and it was not long before our family decided to change the theme back to Windows Classic on every single WinXP installation. It was only when Vista came out did I stop doing that.
I fear my Maker ways are turning me into some materialistic guy who wants to get hold of stuff just to tinker with. It is definitely beginning to show.
Next week shall be my time to 闭门修炼
Maybe, just maybe, there is an alternate universe where everything came to be, even back then. All my projects working, all my plans falling into place.
But if that were the case, I don’t think I’d be any happier now, because I wouldn’t be able to enjoy those fruits anyway.
Letting everything remain on the drawing board is just my way of banking. And stalling.
Some people ask me why I put in so much for a waste of time that these two years entail, and question me if I did have better things to be doing.
Definitely, I had some semblance of leisure before I enlisted. However, much of it resembles lifeless activities. Chasing feeds to find out about the latest and greatest in technology; browsing funny images and cute pictures of animated girls.
I’ve had all of that taken away rather abruptly, but thankfully I had enough resources to dampen the impact. My backlog runs as high as ever, and it probably won’t ever be cleared until well into my first year in college.
Wait for me…
I like games where the key reason for not succeeding is my own incompetence. I get bored with luck based games too quickly.
Finished with the 3 duties this week. whee.
Actually glad that I don’t have much of a life that would involve me getting out of the house, not even on weekends.
It seems like I’ve gotten a new work ethic, which is to work excessively; and, as a by-product, guilt trip people into helping me in the near future. It might be sharpshooting on my part, but I’ve earned the co-operation of at least 3 people known to be problematic.
As per my confession more than a year ago, I was one who didn’t know Magikarp evolved into Gyarados. But my circles always had an ample number of relatively hardcore Pokémon geeks. I will also never forget the Saturday mornings in my childhood, turning on the TV at 10am, only to be dragged away to learn Mandarin vocab with my Gramps.
All hail Lord Helix, or perhaps just the Hype Cycle. The relatively quick progress on the first few days seemed to be helped by a certain obscurity, while the somewhat recognisable progress today was perhaps due to the fatigue of trolls. Either way, I must congratulate everybody involved, especially the stream creator, for giving the world this wonderful social experiment.
In other news, the Redmi is pretty nice.
Things were lost and things were found this week.
I lost my ability to use “I want to work damnit” as an excuse to skip the boring parts of coyline activities (like first parade and last parade) by taking off but sticking around in camp. Well, I only did it once so far, and that was really a crunch (which doesn’t mean it isn’t now).
I found myself one of the lucky few to be able to get the RedMi, even though I woke up at 9 that morning and decided to get it on a whim. It’s not the greatest or latest or cheapest, but I was quite intrigued by their router so I thought I might as well get something from them.
And those were just 2 out of probably a dozen.
Despite my lack of sleep this week and having other things that would have warranted more attention, this is shit that I need to get out of my system.
Punctuality of public transport seems to be something that sticks in peoples’ heads easily, no thanks to our busy schedules and occasionally harsh environment. However, one other gripe people have is how some bus drivers are not exactly the most caring; the most egregious offence is driving off without waiting for a person whom is very obviously trying to catch the bus.
There is no punchline.
I’m never really on any side of an argument, because life isn’t a debating championship. Our public transport, in terms of scheduling and reliability, certainly isn’t good, but the people aren’t doing any better. Blocking the exits, causing trains to be held up at the stations which nullify the increased frequencies. In fact, the frequency increased so much that I couldn’t enjoy my view of the peak hour traffic jam because the opposite trains kept coming.
Anytime a local netizen does up an image macro with the text along the lines of “Why never give chance?”, I’ll give a short chortle and move on. Recent (and ancient, probably dating back at least 5 years) events have shown which group of people are the worst at it, which is every single person on this island. Blaming the G for not giving chance many times, but when someone mis-steps we somehow manage to drive them out of the country. Yay for progress.