Friday, July 31, 2015

Beta "Testing"

So with this stupid ass app....of the 11 beta testers we have, 1 has used it a little bit, 2 used it once or twice 6 months ago and haven't touched it since, and 1 basically didn't even use it at all.  I haven't checked the others yet.  Allegedly there are 3 willing to pay for it.  We will see.

Despite what you probably think I am actually psyched about the beta testers that aren't using it, because that means we can shut down their account instead of migrating them off cloudmine.  The ideal case would actually for all of the beta testers to have found it useless.  Then I wouldn't have to migrate anyway.

The Cloudmine assholes told me they no longer have their free tier.  I am 90% certain they are lying, and it would take about 10 minutes to check, however that would only make me more angry.  So I basically have to make an extra payment to protect my beta tester's worthless data an extra month while I migrate some of them off of cloudmine...who I will never be using again, for anything.

Honestly, we should have never even tried to do this cloud storage shit.  We would have been done in about 2 months.

The good news is, I think I'll have this shit wrapped up by end of summer.


[update]
Current guesstimate is we will end up with 4 people left.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

[coding] OMG Google WTF Threads

Soooooooooo AsyncTasks.  The "official" way to do background shit.  Well.

On some versions of Android, including whatever a Galaxy S 3 Tab runs, the async tasks share a thread pool with a core size of 1.  In simple terms, that means if you expect more than one async task to run at a time, you are fucked.  According to some documentation I found, it is possible that Google thought they were doing us a favor.  Holy Fucking Bullshit is called AsyncTask.  Why did you name it Async if some versions can only run one at a time?

Apparently AsyncTasks are only useful for short running tasks (assuming you are ok with them running synchronously).  This is just like the fucking ListView all over again.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Idea: Lego Weed Smugglers Sets

Obviously I am loving not having to be at work every day.  I'm going to have to get another job or whatever, but if I didn't, this is what I would work on:  an entire line of Lego sets on a new theme:  weed smuggling.  It would be like pirates, but modern, and based on weed.

Here are some set ideas:

  • weed smuggling trunk with replaceable panels (one could be the shell or octon labels)
  • $10 car set - weed smugglers car with secret compartment
  • weed submarine
  • a grow house
  • smugglers secret base with lots of cool shit including underwater escape route
  • protest set, with protesters wearing weed shirts and getting tear gassed by cops dressed like stormtroopers
  • medicine factory with a conveyor belt system inside that turns weed into cannabis-based epilepsy medication
  • $150 set - cartel mansion
  • $10 set - girl in hospital bed with epilepsy who needs cancer meds
  • airport security scanner linked to a separate room where TSA employees jerk off to images of naked passengers
  • house full of innocent people that gets raided by the DEA by accident because they got the address wrong (should be connectable to the grow house)
  • DEA jail cell, including a prisoner who dies because they are denied being given medication that was prescribed by a doctor (this happened) and another prisoner who had a stroke during a car accident and was subsequently arrested after being unable to follow cops instructions, and dies while crawling along the floor of his jail cell
  • $10 set - toddler that gets flash banged by cops
  • a DEA hospital where texas border patrol offices rape 50 year old women who are near the border (they can be named after the cops who did this in real life)
  • traffic stop set, two cop cars, one k9 dog.  Includes a black man watching his car  get dismantled on the side of the road, and a white man watching police rifle through his WRX without it being dismantled.

Obviously I would love to just do a kickstarter for this and sit around playing with legos all day.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Roomate Option

From about 2006, or 7ish until now, I have never had a roomate, and from about 2009 onwards I have never, ever had an apartment that lacked a washer/dryer.  However, I've come across an option that will give me roughly the same standard of living at less than half the price.  Technically it is 44% of the price.

I am roughly breaking even now.  With the roommate thing, and also wrapping up the skin care thing and not paying so much money every month...I am basically going to be drowning in money.  Having quieter sex and dealing with a laundromat seem like small prices to pay for that kind of advantage.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

[howto] How to Clean Bathroom Sink

Normally I only clean my apartment once a year, however my bathroom seems to be developing a mold problem for reasons I can't possibly fathom.  Because of the amount of time that elapses between cleanings I pretty much always forget how to do it and have to figure it out again each time.  Until now.  Because I'm writing down how to do it:

Bathroom Sink - 5 minutes

  • move:   hand towel, soap, toothbrush
  • 409 + old sock
    • top surface
    • refold
    • bowl
  • wet paper towel (to clean up clumps of dirt that sock missed)
  • another paper towel:  
    • wipe bottom of soap container
    • clean tootpaste scum from toothbrush
  • please remember that this took less than 5 minutes, so maybe we could do the sink more frequently
  • REWARD:  buy a cake to reward self for all of that hard work

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Lego NYC

I've technically had an app in the store for a few years now.  Google will probably remove it eventually because I've ignored all of the emails they sent demanding that I give it a content rating and fill in some more summaries.

Its a lego scale calculator that tells you how big of a model you need for any real world object, and I just had the idea to do manhattan in lego.  So I downloaded it.  Turns out its still in the store, and the ads are still working, which makes me think there should be some $$ for me somewhere.

Anyway.

Manhattan is 13.4 miles long.  Replicating it at minifig scale would require a model 4.2 football fields long (or 0.2 miles).  Hmm....actually I think my app has the size of football fields wrong.  Lets just say 1547 feet.  The model would need to be 1547 feet.  So a two bedroom apartment would not, in fact, be large enough to house the model.  Also, I believe the volume of lego bricks necessary would exceed the sum all of the legos ever produced by the lego company.

Obviously I could reduce the scale drastically, but I have no interest in those types of models.

[Edit]
p.s.  apparently I have earned $1.64 with my app, however admob thinks it owes me $0.  So that's sad.

p.s.s. apparently I need to earn $10 to even select a payout method.  Maybe I should make an app that people actually use.