Cubicle Warrior’s blog, week 33 of 213 (1,230 days to military retirement). Happy 13th birthday anniversary to my little ninja monkey,Walter Kilar Jr.! I hope that my greatest gift to you is the wisdom that comes from my own failures and successes, in hopes that you can improve upon them, and be a better man than I ever could be. The topic of the week is my advice to the young lad, which comes in the form of prose written by Rudyard Kipling:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
My advice, from father to son:
- Keep your wits about you and charge towards the challenges in life, even if everyone else is running from that challenge.
- Learn how to handle adversity, and trust your instincts.
- Integrity first. Mankind before self. Excellence in all you do.
- Try not to hate anything, other than hatred itself. (Note: it is okay to dislike things, but reserve hatred for rare, extreme cases, such as despots, cockroaches, and clowns).
- Separate your dreams from your fantasies, and make those dreams a reality.
- Shape yourself into a leader of men, and a master of the impossible.
- Become a better man than your father, even though he is a good man in his own right.
- Above all, leave this Earth a better place than you found it.
- Universal Studios. We spent the day at Universal Studios Hollywood for JR’s birthday anniversary celebration. A good time was had by all. Highlights of the the California version of Universal Studios (since everything in California is a cheap imitation of the real thing, in this case, a cheap imitation of Universal Studios Orlando):
- Transformers The Ride 3D (5/5 stars)
- Shrek 4D (4/5 stars)
- Studio Tour (5/5 stars)
- Universal’s Animal Actors (5/5 stars, my favorite part)
- House of Horrors (4/5 stars)
- Terminator 2 3D (3/5 stars, show ends 12/31/12)
- Mel’s Diner (3/5 stars, but more affordable than most other eateries in the park)
- Things we need to come back for next time (now that we have an annual pass):
- In the news this week:
- Everybody is now an expert on gun control. Here is my take. Think back to the time when the Second Amendment was written. The Founding Fathers wanted our citizens to be armed enough for the government to fear its people. Back then, a simple hunting musket would have sufficed. Today, if a tyrant rose to power in America and its people tried to defend America while being limited to 20 rounds per clip, that would be a short revolt. Do not assume that the Second Amendment was written all those years ago just for defense of the home. If your assertion is that “times have changed” and “the Constitution is a living document”, then you have a valid point, but there is a process to address those conditions, and those processes were built in by the Founding Fathers themselves. If we believe that no tyrant will ever rise to power, then we as a nation need to write to our Congressmen and repeal the Second Amendment. It is that simple. The wrong thing to do is to re-interpret the Second Amendment–that is not what is meant by a “living document”. Now, the very minute the Second Amendment is repealed, I would expect a tyrant to begin a rise to power. That is what history tells us will happen. If you honestly care about gun control, then write your Congressman. Use your First Amendment rights to protect your Second Amendment rights, but for cryin’ out loud, please stop blasting the blogosphere with blathering bloviations that benefit nobody. Let your Congressmen do that–this is what we pay them for!
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|Samsung Galaxy S III phones appear to be having problems with flash memory, highlighted in yellow|
- SIIIDS – S III Death Syndrome? [theDroidguy]. Apparently, Samsung Galaxy S III phones are dying around 150 to 200 days after initial activation–rooted or unrooted. The culprit appears to be the NAND flash memory chips. The Samsung KMVTU000LM eMMC (16 Gb) and MDDR (64 Mb) appear to be having technical issues after a certain number of write cycles, a milestone that typically occurs after six months of operation. I have been using my phone for about four months, so I will need to BOLO for SIIIDS in February.
- Samsung Galaxy S III – AT&T Jelly Bean (Android OS 4.1). I have been using Jelly Bean for about a month now, and I am pleasantly surprised at how well it works with TouchWiz. I had been contemplating whether I should root the phone and scrap TouchWiz altogether, but the seamless integration with Jelly Bean has given TouchWiz a stay of execution. The best features:
- Google Now. With Google Now, the phone learns your habits, usually through Google product usage, and prompts you with cards offering up potential solutions before you ask. The most useful card is the Google Map card showing traffic delays. This card pops up every weekday morning before I leave for work, without my asking for the traffic report. 5/5 stars.
- Blocking Mode. Blocking Mode is great for reporting spammers that are now targeting my cell phone, but you can use it against ex-girlfriends, your boss, or collection agencies. 5/5 stars.
- Improved Swype. The Swype input method keeps getting better and better. 5/5 stars.
- Random features. Now I can have the camera shoot pictures just by saying “cheese” or “shoot”. The calendar has been revamped and is much easier to navigate. The video camera adds a pause button in addition to the stop button. Voice typing is now available without an Internet connection. 5/5 stars.
- Improved voice recognition still needs more improvement. This is still an area where Apple Siri is the leader. 3/5 stars.
- The Florida Gators still have the #1 football recruiting class for 2013 (depending on which service ranking you follow). We shall see what happens in the next few months leading up to National Signing Day.