Citizen wut wut?

I was sworn in at the Masonic Center Auditorium today. The ceremony was mostly boring but we got to hear Kiet Do speak, and I can finally travel abroad without worrying about it! Now just need to apply for my passport...


Android upgrade

Finally getting around to upgrading my G1 to 1.6 Donut.  I'm really behind the curve since I never upgraded to 1.5 Cupcake! I'll be updating my progress as I go, starting right now around 12:30.  My goal is to finish before 2am

Update 00:36

Started backing up the current image using Nandroid, as recommended by the wiki. This was mostly brought on by the news of Android 2.0 coming out soon.

Update 00:46

Should I do a full wipe? Why not.

Update 01:02

Got distracted going through G1 pictures in iPhoto... first hiccup of the installation process - apparently my recovery utility (build JFv1.42) is so old Alt+A doesn't work as "install any zip file".  Since I had already wiped my phone, I had to find an SD card reader, rename the zip file as update.zip and now it seems to be going ok.

Update 01:11

Great, I was supposed to install both things... I don't think this will work, but I installed HTC's image first, and now I'm installing the modded one.  If this doesn't work I may have to install a different recovery utility.

Update 01:38

Ugh, things didn't go so well. I may need to go back to the original state with Nandroid.

Update 01:50

Ok, I see a new "android" loading screen, so a sigh of relief here. It's stuck at the HTC image, but at least it should boot up now and I should be able to install the better recovery utility from here and pick up from here tomorrow.

Update 03:09

Hell yeah, got it working! I now see the same Donut Android loading animation but with the cyanogenmod logo overlaid on the "o."  And now it's past 3am and I really should sleep. I'm going to wait a little while and install tethering software, then call it a night.

Update 03:20

Tethering software installed, and at 3:20, I'm calling it done: 2 hr 50 min. Going from 1.4 to 1.6, UI looks a lot smoother and just overall "nicer."  Can't wait to do this again for 2.0.

gist for twitter

$ curl -u 'hc5duke:password' -d "status=going to flash my android phone just for fun" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml

I guess gist embed doesn't work in posterous... poop



great, now i have another guilty pleasure show... this show is more entertaining than it should be.


started tracking my happiness with Track Your Happiness.

testing twitter autopost

if this worked correctly, this post shouldn't post to Grizzly Panda's blog

and i failed... need to turn off auto post i guess



Lincoln has some great commercials. It's so good it almost makes me want to buy one.


Fun with Ramen

So when I noticed that 너구리 ramen has over 2 grams of awesomenesssodium per package, I had to do an experiment.  How much can I raise my (already too high) blood pressure by eating it?  Naturally, I picked a day when my wife has class, so that she would not find out about this until after the deed had been done.

Picture #1 shows you the nutrition facts, showing 1040mg of Na+ per serving, times two servings per package. That's 86% of my recommended daily sodium intake!  Picture #2 shows the other side of the package.  Apparently it's also called the RTA ramen (Thanks JR!) because that's what the Korean text looks like upside down. From what I remember this was my favorite ramen growing up in Korea.

Picture #3 shows you my pre-meal b.p. of 136/86. Definitely higher than it should be, though that's about what it usually is.  I'd say my blood pressure ranges from between 120/70 to 150/90.

Picture #4 shows you the finished bowl (actually used chopsticks and everything).  Normally, I use about 1/2 of the spice packet, because it's too salty otherwise.  In order to get the full effect of the sodium contents, I used everything in the packet, and it was saltier than I would have liked.  I tried to finish most of the soup also, by adding some rice once I was done with the noodles.

Picture #5 shows you my post-meal b.p. of 150/95, about 10 minutes after finishing - increase of 15 and 10 mmHg, respectively.  Not too shabby for a single meal, though it was probably comparable if not worse after my failed pho challenge attempt.  My wife (after telling me how stupid this whole thing was) told me that I probably should have waited about 30 mintues after the meal before taking my b.p. again, to get the maximal b.p. So it's possible that the real results may have been higer than 150/95

Moral of the story: consuming 2 grams of sodium in a single meal is generally not a good idea, even if you already have hypertension.  Wait what?

Nice 'human' experiment.. You don't have to use the whole soup powder... just use a half of it if you're in love with NeoGuri and want to live long. :)