Official blog of Rodfather, phoniest man alive
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Writing notes on this isn’t easy.
Either way, I have to get used to this somehow. ‘ have to figure out how | can write more legible so people can read what I am writing.
No fishing this weekend. I don’t remember the last weekend where I didn’t go fishing. The reason was because the water had Red Tide.
I guess this is the time of year it happens. After Summer and when there are small swells. I hear it’s suppose to go away around mid-September though.
Anyway, the water is just nasty right now and I don’t think you’re suppose to eat fish in Red Tide, if you could find any in the first place.
I grabbed the plugin here.
I figured out why it looks so horrible. Part of the reason is because the Q1 is a touchscreen and that it’s very sensitive. There’s no way I could rest my hand on the screen and ink as it will create too much vectoring. I read the sensitivity of the EO tablet isn’t so bad and inking on that would be a lot easier. Still though, it’s a touchscreen and doesn’t act like a Wacom tablet, so inking in general is difficult.
I guess it’s a toss up on my preference of how sensitive I would like the screen to be. If I’m using my fingertips to navigate on the screen, I would like to not press down so hard to get any recognition. Most of the time, I guess I wouldn’t be inking, but those times that I am, it’s very difficult to do so with the Samsung’s screen.
I got the fever of buying a new gadget again and bought a new computer last night. It’s not the conventional computer you see everyday, but an uttracompact tablet PC… UMPC to be exact. Previously known as the Origami Project. I have the Samsung Q1. So far, in a nutshell, it’s awesome. I’m writing this blog all while writing on the screen with a plastic pen and having the XP Tablet Edition translate my very horrible handwriting. I’m very surprised it recognizes my handwriting so well.
Here’s an example of how it looks on my end.
The program I’m using is Windows Live Writer beta. It’s an offline blog writer that makes it extremely easy to post to a blog of your choice. It’ll even upload images automatically. Very cool.
I was lazing around today and while flipping through the TV channels, River Runs Through It was showing. It was toward the end right when Brad Pitt caught the big one. That was motivation enough to go fishing.
I switched poles before I went. I was using the 7′ Daiwa I’ve been always using, but I switched to my Dad’s 9-10′ pole.
I went to the normal spot at Pajaro Dunes. At around the 3rd & 4th step.
When I got there, right away I caught a good sized perch. I called Brian and he arrived shortly after.
A bit after he showed up, something really huge got hooked. It just ran off, practically using up all my line. I kept fighting it for about 10-15 minutes, all while walking down the beach 50 meters or so.
When it got close, we could tell, it was a huge ass striper bass. I mean this thing was huge looking in the water. Brian went out there to it when it was about 10 feet away. The line suddenly snapped and then Brian goes ‘Oh SHIT!’ and basically jumped on the fucker. He ended up cutting up his hand but the fish was landed.
I’m basically speechless catching this big ass fish. I mean, shit, I don’t believe I caught this right off the shore.
I stopped by at Big 5 on the way home and bought a scale. It ended up being 15 lbs, 36 inches. It felt like a lot more than that while carrying it though. Maybe the scale is off. :p Actually I think it is since the cheap thing just broke after pulling on it. The needle is stuck at 5 lbs instead of zero. So I’ll just say it’s a 20 lb hah.
A friend pointed me to a pretty cool puzzle game. It reminds me of The Incredible Machine.
It uses real physics and the interface is easy to use. The point is to get the ball to the end target using building tools.
Here an example of how it looks. This video shows the solutions to the higher levels:
Check this out too. While YouTubing.. I found a video of real life incredible machines.
I’ve been having a bad toothache for the last few months or so. It hurt bad when I drank cold water or just plain hurt. A little while back, I could feel a cavity on my top left wisdom tooth. At one time, part of the tooth chipped off.
Last night, I reached the breaking point. I was feeling so much pain, I couldn’t sleep at all. I decided not to go to work and made an appointment to see the dentist. They scheduled it for Friday, but that was no good. I asked if there’s anyway they could see me today and they were able to fit me in.
I haven’t gone to the dentist in at least 15 years. I was a bit intimidated since this is just a hole in the wall practice in Watsonville located in a shopping center. The dentist was this Filipino dude who had a very harsh accent. I could barely tell what the dude was saying most of the time. He said he’s surprised I only have that one cavity for not going to the dentist for so long. I asked about getting a mouthpiece since I grind my teeth at night, but the insurance won’t cover it and it would cost $300. Screw that, I think I’ll go to Big 5 and pick up a sports mouthpiece for $20. But he said my teeth weren’t all that bad in terms of being shaven down from the grinding.
Since the wisdom tooth that was hurting grew out straight, he said he would be able to take it out now. My other wisdom teeth grew out all crooked so I’m going to have to get those taken out elsewhere.
He was able to force the tooth out really fast. The only pain was the shots gave around it before he started. For the most part, all he did was force it out with a chisel looking thing. It came out in seconds.
I’m going to try to use the Windows Scheduler to be my alarm clock. These days I set my alarm at 7:00 for beeping and 7:15 for the radio. Well, the radio reception in my room is pretty horrible. Most of the AM stations don’t come in. I usually fall back to sleep and wake up around an hour later with the radio still playing.
So maybe if I set my computer as an alarm, I’ll get up to shut it off. Or just let it play and have the music wake me up..
Here’s how you do it.
1. Run Start->Accessories->System Tools->Scheduled Tasks
2. Find the file of the song you want to play and drag it into the Scheduled Tasks window.
3. Right-click the newly created schedule and click properties. Once the properties window pops up, click on the Schedule tab. Change the time you want to wake up. Press Ok.
4. Back to the Scheduled Tasks windows, Right-Click your new schedule again and select ‘Run’ to try it out.
5. Your mp3 should now automatically play with your default player.
I created a new user for YouTube. I also signed up for the Director program so I can submit videos over 10 minutes long.
This is basically for a backup of the videos and for those who have a slower connection or just can’t view my high bandwidth videos here.
I’ll look into the WordPress plugins to see if there are good ones that work well with YouTube. I played with one that lets you put a random video in the sidebar, but it messed up the formatting of everything else. Most likely, I’ll set up a separate page that displays the thumbnails of the videos on YouTube.