Archive for September, 2008

the Jade Factor

It’s funny how we find ourselves doing things we don’t like.

It all starts way back then, when we still have our childly innocence and are using that part of the brain where we only have short term memory, because a decade later, we no longer remember clearly what happened – unless you have had some traumatic experience from child abuse or the like, in which case it may be Selective Memory Loss.

So your parents somehow coerce you into banging away on a piano, or playing tennis, hoping you’ll become the next crazy-haired Beethoven or the next Andre Agassi.

But then you realize that you’re not all that great at said activity, and then you begin to think, “Oh what’s the point.” A negative positive feedback loop* then kicks in: you don’t like it, so you don’t practice, so you get worse, so you don’t like it more, so you don’t practice, etc. Especially happens during sophomore year.

At the end of it all, you have become jaded.

Of course, ten years later you’ll regret not actually becoming good at whatever you could have been good at.

*It’s a positive feedback loop because it causes more of itself to happen. It’s a negative positive feedback loop because it’s a positive feedback loop in a negative way.


September 29, 2008 at 10:31 PM 1 comment

Impromptu Experts

My parents should join Speech and Debate or become a lawyer or something.

I don’t know how they do it. It’s the hardest thing in the world. I can’t even do a prepared one, much less make it all up right then.

Nevertheless, they manage to create half-hour long impromptu speeches without giving any thought to it. They’ve obviously have had training somewhere somehow.

Like an expert, they know how to mutate the same sentence a million times over and then splice them together to form a coherent stream of thought. They know how to project their voices loud enough to have the neighbors next door be able to overhear, and how to correctly channel their emotions to imbue passion and fire into their speech. You wouldn’t be able to tell them apart from a genuinely angry person.

Another well-known strategy is implementing past experiences, dredging up horrible tales from their supposedly “underprivileged childhood” to try an make it seem like their speech means something to them. My parents try to move the audience, asking deep, potent questions, such as “How can you live with yourself” and bringing up the subject of African Poverty. “Kids these days, ” they say,” so ingrateful. We come all the way from that far country China – born you here in America, to do what? [insert the reason for their speech].”

The only pity is that I never really pay any attention to their lectures.

September 21, 2008 at 5:40 PM 1 comment

Rockboy Tutorial

I’ve had my 30 GB iPod video for about three quarters year now, courtesy of my aunt way yonder there in New Jersey. For some reason, I feel naturally inclined to hack any piece of electronic I come into possession with using the infinite power of the Internet.

Recently, I’ve installed Rockbox on my iPod, and some fellow students have become interested in being able to play Gameboy and Gameboy Color games on their iPod as well. So for you and their benefit, I have been inspired to create a tutorial for turning your iPod into a Gameboy emulator. Enjoy!

Moufflets is not in any way responsible for any damage to your persons or property. The methods described could potentially damage your iPod. Use this tutorial at your own risk.

Note: Tutorial intended for Fifth Generation (5G & 5.5G) 30GB Apple iPods using Windows.

The first order of business is to enable your iPod for disk use, if you have not done so already.

Connect your iPod to your computer and start up iTunes.

Find and select the iPod tab under Devices on the left sidebar.

Set your iPod to this use by selecting the checkbox labeled “Enable iPod for disk use.” and select Apply.

Enable your iPod for Disk Use

Installing Rockbox

Next, you must download the Rockbox files to place on your iPod. Go to the Latest Build page on the Rockbox site and select the iPod that you possess. Alternatively, you can read the Rockbox manual.

You can either Open or Save the .zip file.

Then, extract the files to a folder named “.rockbox” to your iPod root. Ensure that you have typed in the ‘dot’ in front of “.rockbox”.

Then download the iPod Patcher executive file to install the Bootloader. After you have downloaded, run the .exe file.

Run the iPod Patcher.

Run the iPod

You should now have successfully installed Rockbox on your iPod.

Unfortunately, Rockbox does not come with a bunch of Gameboy games pre-installed. Find a site that provides Gameboy ROMs and get them from there. Be advised that it may constitute an illegal act and may be punishable by law. Moufflets is once again not responsible for any actions that may occur.

Note: Rockbox only supports Gameboy and Gameboy Color games.

Once you have donwloaded a ROM, move the file (.gb or .gbc) to somewhere in your iPod directory.

Unplug your iPod safely using the Safely Remove Hardware icon in your System Tray

Use the Safely Remove Hardware icon to disconnect your iPod safely.

Wait until Rockbox loads. Then select Files and find your ROM file. Then select it. If asked, open it with Rockboy.


September 18, 2008 at 8:19 PM 1 comment

Where’s the welcome party?

My first post using WordPress.

Please accept my apologies if I have troubled you in anyway by my move from Blogger.

My goodness, there’s so much work to be done.

I have to customize the layout, fix my over abundant Categories and figure out the difference between Tags and Categories and which one I should use. Then I have to fix all these font issues from my Blogger, posts, and so on and so forth.

I am quite tempted to just leave it at that.

Anyways, enjoy your stay here, where you’ll find everything that’s right, mostly wrong, and funny about the world. Don’t expect any new posts for a bit, because I’m not going to write any until all the housekeeping is complete.

September 5, 2008 at 4:09 AM Leave a comment

Negligence or Otherwise

School having started on Tuesday, they naturally sent back a bunch of paperwork. Among them were the usual release forms.

Of course no one likes to be sued, understandably, but after taking the time actually read one of these bueauracraticspeech documents, I found this passage:

“I agree that under no circumstances will he/she or his/her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns prosecute, present any claim for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death against said school or any of its officers, agents, or employees for any of said causes of action, whether the same shall arise by the negligence of any said persons, or otherwise.”

“…shall arise by the negligence of any said persons or otherwise.”

“Or otherwise” !?! What’s that supposed to mean? Otherwise can mean a lot of things – among them deliberate and premeditated homicide.

So by signing this form, I am releasing my school to harm me at their leisure while I am doing said activity, and should they do so, I no longer have the right to seek reimbursement. Tell me if this is just wrong?

September 4, 2008 at 12:53 AM 1 comment


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