Archives For May 2015

rudy'sI stopped off at Rudy’s for a bit of bar-b-q after today’s work shift. I picked up a small but filling order of bar-b-q chicken. I sampled a bit of Rudy’s sauces while I was there as well. It was overall a tasty meal.

The chicken was moist and flavorful. I’ve been to too many BBQ places were the chicken was dry and tough. How a BBQ place does its chicken is something of an informal test for me; if it’s done right then I feel comfortable going back. This meal was indeed good enough for a return trip.

I know the store is part of a franchise, with this one of nearly 40 so far scattered through the southwest, the majority in Texas. But the BBQ is pretty good for a franchise. Yes, I’d go back and I will while I’m here.

my meal at rudy's

hopdoddy burger bar

May 29, 2015

hopdoddy next to precision camera

What is it? A burger bar. A hipster haven. In Austin Texas. Next to Precision Camera. And the burger’s are pretty good. This is a Classic Burger. With a bite taken out of it. That fits my mouth. Would I go back there? Sure.

the two charactersI spent the day working and getting ready to catch my flight out to Austin on Thursday. I’m facing another two-plus week in Killeen, just an hour north of Austin. I’ve been watching all the weather reports coming out of Texas and following the forecasts on my cell phone via Weather Underground. Looks like tomorrow will be partly sunny, enough for me to fly into Austin around 10am local time without running into any bad weather. But after that, looks like lots of rain for me to face. I’ve even packed two umbrellas.

I grabbed this frame of the two Labs with my old original E-M5 (I now have two) and the 15mm body cap lens. Just because. I exposed it using the Gentle Sepia art filter, but when I got it out of the camera and into Lightroom, I decided to crop the original raw and then run it through Silver Efex Pro 2. Again, just because.

I’m going to miss those two. Especially Max. This is Max’s last hurrah. His evening walks are limited to the local cul-de-sac right across the street from my home. We take it at his pace. His hips are giving out on him, and it’s not unusual for me to go back and give him a boost back up on his feet when his rear end collapses. What’s startling to me is how quickly this has taken hold of him. Back in February (was it just three months ago?) he was still going on what I’d call a regular, if slow, walk. But these days he picks the cul-de-sac every time. Even he has come to recognize his limitation.

What hits me so hard is his mind is still there. And he knows.

More Fun Now!This is what the two of them were like back in 2008. Ruby is four months and Max is just seven. This year, if Max makes it, he’ll be 15 in August and Ruby will be seven herself. And just to show how far I’ve come with cameras, that one was made with an Olympus E-300 FourThirds DSLR and the original 40-150 f/3.5-4.5 Digital Zuiko. I’ve used a lot of Olympus digital cameras since 2006, or nine years. I bought that E-300 in March of that year.

I spent a bit of time this weekend working and learning more about Android via Alternative Calculator. These are screen captures from the current implementation running on my Galaxy S4 and Android 5.0.2.

I’ve changed the colors a bit. I got rid of the red display color and picked a dark cyan background. The upper menu bar is an Android blue. These colors will probably change yet again.

I added logic to change the 2nd key and all other affected keys to a dark orange when active. All the keys that are the same color as the 2nd key above will work accordingly. Thus we have the pi constant, the root key, the exponent key, and the inverse trigonometric keys. Once complete the keys revert back to their primary functionality and the key’s background color reverts back to its original color. Or if that’s not what you intended, just press the 2nd key again to revert.

The Deg(ree) key toggles between degrees and Rad(ians). It’s sticky, in that it stays that way unless pressed again. Not even Clear or Clear Entry can change it.

The main algebraic keys now change color to indicate what the last key was pressed in a chain of calculations. I wrote before that one of my biggest pet peeves was being interrupted and when getting back, forgetting where I was at. Hopefully this will help address that problem. Other calculator apps get around this by actually ‘writing’ the full equation as you type it in the display. I personally am not crazy about that, at least now how its implemented. This is, again, something of a compromise.

Finally, I discovered how to set the keys as borderless by setting my custom style parent to “android:Widget.Material.Button.Borderless”. Looks great, but it breaks my current ability to change the key’s background color as I do above. I need to further investigate how to programmatically change the color of a borderless Material button.

Behind the scenes I’ve implemented code for store, recall, and sum, although I’m not so sure sum will last. I’ve never used sum for any reasons. The current number of storage registers is an arbitrary 100 (00-99). I’m also looking at making the registers store imaginary numbers and vectors (both two and three dimensional). Since an imaginary number is usually part of a complex number (two values) it fits within the idea of vectors. For those of you who are wondering what I’m talking about, complex numbers are used in electrical engineering and circuit analysis (among other things).

EE (exponentiation) and the use of parenthesis and algebraic notation are in progress.

There’s also been a bit of refactoring going on. Hard-wired constants, especially strings, are now in strings.xml. That allowed the Java code to be greatly simplified. Hopefully this is a bit more idiomatic Android coding that what I had before.

Android Studio on Windows 8.1

You’re looking at Android Studio version running on Windows 8.1 Update 1 with all patches on top, and then running on Yosemite 10.10.3 (Mac OS X) at the bottom. It’s opened on the exact same project. And when I say exact, I mean the project was copied between the two systems without any intervening edits or changes. My biggest complaint is in how the Design tab renders my application design: it’s broken under Windows and looks perfect under Yosemite.

There are other little differences between the two editors that are too minor to note, but that still give the edge to developing Android in Android Studio on the Mac Mini better than developing in Android Studio on my Samsung Windows notebook. But I will call out that it’s easier to attach my Samsung Galaxy S4 to the Mac Mini than it is to connect it to the Samsung notebook running Windows 8.1. As the slogan goes, with the Mac Mini It Just Works.

There is a certain irony (to me) that I have a better overall experience developing with the mortal enemies tools (Android) on Yosemite. If I were really into conspiracies it would make me wonder if Microsoft is up to its old shenanigans to make sure that such-and-such a competitive application (Android and Android Studio) doesn’t work well on the latest OS platform (Windows 8.1 in this case). Except I know better. I attribute this to sloppy implementation and testing on both Google and Samsung’s parts; Google has morphed Jetbrain’s IntelliJ into Android Studio and is thus responsible for making sure it works the same across all platforms (which also includes Linux, specifically Ubuntu) and with Samsung I lay the blame on its driver implementation for Windows (which I keep getting a patch for every once in a while). In any event I’ll continue to use my Mac as the center of my creative universe for mobile development, which is probably a good thing, as I’ve started to ease more and more into Swift and iOS.