Twits and Such for 2008-10-29

  • facebook disabling random accounts #
  • 2 #
  • @quanza @yongfook @craigmod I think facebook just disabled a bunch of Facebook users that update status via Twitter except @JohnChowDotCom #
  • rtm developer is definitely a VIM user #
  • Glad my Facebook account didn’t get pinched like other Twitter users. That would have dented my plans big time #
  • Facebook Ejects Japanese Bloggers for No Reason http://tinyurl.com/6d56kb #
  • Just realized I had a cold #

iPhone Sanyo Eneloop KBC-L3 Battery Longevity Roadtest

One of the biggest shortcomings of the iPhone is the dismal battery life. This is big problem if you’re on the go a lot and don’t have ready access to chargers or go partying. This leaves iPhone owners making hard choices like, should I find the restaurant I’m going to on the iPhone or accept one more phone call? Kind of ridiculous when you think about it.

I’ve been looking for a good solution (as in a spare battery) so I decided to check out Eneloops. These batteries are amazing. They have low self-discharge (hanging on to 85% of their charge sitting on a shelf for a year) and high output. So I bought the most compact Eneloop KBC-L3.

I fully charged the iPhone yesterday morning and set off about my day to see how long it would last on an Eneloop alone without plugging it into a computer at my desk or any other power source. The iPhone lasted 24 full hours after installing 5 apps, browsing the web, checking Facebook, going through Flickr through an iPhone app, and downloading emails. The Eneloop gave me roughly 1.5 full charges. Not bad. Definitely, enough power to last for a heavy night out or an extended amount of time on the road.

The only “issue” I had is, that I would have to press the Eneloop’s charge button 2-3 times to re-initiate charging when the iPhone ran really low. This is not an issue with the larger Eneloop KBC-L2. Has something to do with the heat/current setting off the safety switch. If you need something for the road, I highly recommend it.

Twits and Such for 2008-10-27

  • Dude next to me on the train was scratching his head and twitching his legs the whole time driving me nuts. Nut case. #
  • Sanyo + Eneloop KBC-L3S seriously rocks #
  • better use my brain while it’s still fresh for the week. #
  • Gonna see how long the iPhone lasts on a full charge and a spare Eneloop #

The Brazil Reader

This book is a collection of contemporary documents and small pieces covering the expanse of Brazil, both its history and culture. We tend to see Brazil as an idealized melting pot of the races, a land filled with sun that moves to the rhythm of samba. Yet in reality there is crime, racial tension, an informal caste system based on color, displaced native Americans, and more. However, the reality is much more richer and the culture much more deeper than what we see in the annual coverage of samba carnivals or visions of the beaches stretching across Rio de Janiero. Brazil stands out for many things its relative size, ties to Portugal in a predominantly Spanish part of the hemisphere and many other things. The book mirrors Brazil in that it’s broad, expansive, diverse, and ultimately interesting.


I also need to stop writing like an armchair book connoisseur too. That’s what happens when you wait a couple days to review a book you finished reading.




The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The Latin America Readers) by Duke University Press

Hancock

Hancock is one of the more unconventional super hero movies among the slew of “unconventional” super hero movies of the year and we certainly had many.  One thing that distinguishes it from others is the focus on individual psychology and the unique cinematography.  It’s also a rare movie in that it’s not based on a comic book hero with a rich mythology spanning decades like most other movies.  This is both an asset and liability.

The movie’s hero is Hancock, a virtually homeless and alcoholic super hero, with an attitude and anger management problem hated no matter what heroic deed he does.  Will Smith’s acting shows all kinds of dimensions of hurt, insolence, vulnerability, and finally courage.  Just as public outrage at Hancock’s antics reaches its peak he happens to save a struggling PR man, pitching an unrealistic “All Heart” donation program to big corporations, from getting hit by a train.

Jason Bateman really shines as a smooth-talking PR guy who can pitch trash to the homeless.  He does such a convincing job you have a hard time believing he is really an actor.

Hancock is drawn to Bateman’s family, both his hot wife played by Charlize Theron and their guileless son (the only kid who takes a genuine liking to Hancock).

Then the plot takes a really weird turn and the movie never quite comes back but the ending redeems the entire movie and I found it quite touching.  When you have the kind of talent shown by Smith, Theron, and Bateman you can carry any film as long as the script is decent or leaves good room for interpretation by the actors.