Thursday, September 23, 2010

Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston, TV shows

Besides being obsessed with my phone, I got hooked on something else.  I got addicted to a show about Meth.  I remember my buddy Henry trying to get me to watch Breaking Bad way back in January and I just shrugged it off.  "meh, its not for me" "i'm more of a comedy kind of guy"  "fuh-gettabout-it" 
I haven't gotten into hit shows like '24', 'Prison Break' or 'Lost' because I like my shows short and hilarious.  But I'm pretty sure if I saw the first episode of each of those shows, I'd get sucked in just as easily as I did with Breaking Bad.  I started watching it last Sunday, and a week later I finished the 3 seasons.  Here's how you know when you got it bad:
  1. You get emotionally attached with the characters and you get angry at them, swearing and calling them out by name, even when you're the only one watching it.  "WTF WALT, YOU IDIOT" "YESSSS KILL THAT MFER! POW!POW!"
  2. You don't even notice the sun has set, and you have to pry yourself out of the butt-crevice you formed when the sun starts to come out again.  
  3. You just finished the last episode, and you just need more content.  So you scour the internet.  IMDB to read the random trivia.  Wikipedia to learn all about the characters and actors.  Youtube to watch actor interviews, and award speeches.  
Man Bryan Cranston surprised me in this series.  He deserves his 3-Peat Emmy wins.  His character goes through so many changes and he portrays it perfectly.  And he's a completely different person in real life too!  Funny Jimmy Kimmel interview:

It's sad I need to wait another year to watch the next season, but good thing the TV season is starting up again!  Shows I'm looking forward to: HIMYM, Modern Family, Community, Two and a Half Men.  ahh.... my comedy fix

PS: hahahaha i just got finished watching his interview with Craig Fergusen they're crazy funny hahaha

Phone Phun Fone Fun

*cracks knuckles* let the flood gates open.  Pending pent up posts pour profusely.  I have had a lot to post, but I haven't felt the itch to write them down.  Here I go

I got a new smartphone about 3 weeks ago! and I've kind of become obsessed with it.  Whenever I get a piece of electronic that is highly tweakable, I spend countless hours scouring forums and tinkering with it.  The phone I picked out was the 1 year old HTC Hero for Sprint.  Why didn't I go for the beautiful HTC Evo 4G? because Sprint charges up the wazoo with a $10/month/phone fee just for using that phone, even if you don't use 4G.  That's just criminal... I say stick it to the man!  Sprint was also smart enough to deny the Froyo update for the HTC Hero, so that it might sway people to spring for the Evo and the silly fee.  Good thing theres a huge online community of Hero tweakers; there is now a custom Froyo Rom for my phone :)

This is what I've done to my phone so far:
  1. One-Click Root:
    1. This unlocks the phone so that you can do anything you want with it. 
  2. CyanogenMod 6.0 Custom Froyo Rom:
    1. This gives you the sought after Android 2.2 update
  3. Uncapped Kernel
    1. This let's you overclock your phone's CPU (528Mhz to 768Mhz)
Why did I do all this? Because the stock HTC Hero is kind of outdated and sluggish.  I couldn't stand the lag, so I rooted it within two hours of getting the phone.  Now it zippity doodah's along yay.  And the development community has made it so easy, you don't even need a computer.  Thanks XDA-Dev. 

My Favorite Apps: 
  1. Swype Keyboard - An Innovative and really effective way to type.  so cool
  2. Wireless Tether App (needs root) - Ever see that Droid commercial where you can create a wireless network with your phone? Done and Done!  Can you imagine Sprint charges 30 bucks a month to do this? 
  3. Handcent SMS - much better than the stock messaging app
  4. SetCPU - Overclocked my CPU to 710mHz.  For some reason my phone is unstable at 768mHz
  5. CraigsNotification - great for sniping those Kaskade tickets
  6. Mileage - Now I can update my gas mileage data using my phone yay.
  7. NewsRob - downloads all your newsfeeds into one spot, I get all the blogs I follow from this.
  8. Google Voice Actions (needs Froyo 2.2) - Yep, it's that easy, and pretty damned accurate.
Addictive Games:

  1. WordFeud: Yes, the infamous scrabble game that consumes your life.
  2. Alchemy: Unique game where you start off with 4 basic elements Earth, Air, Water, Fire and create up to 300 different things.  Weirdest thing I've created? I gotta say it's a toss-up between 'A Walking Tree' and 'Ectoplasm' (bonus points if you know what ectoplasm is)
  3. Math Workout: It's like the Brain Age games, but you get to see how well you match up against the world. 
  4. Trivial Droid:  Trivia about anything, and you get to compete against the world
  5. Wordoid: boggle like game
  6. Live Holdem: only 5 players at a table, but good time killer. 
  7. GeoQuiz: more Trivia
  8. Bit: haha its simple, but I love it.  It's the Bit from Tron that answers Yes or No.
Well thats that, if you're looking for a new phone, I highly recommend AndroidOS.  HTC is a good brand too.  Just don't get the Hero if you don't wanna spend time tweaking it so that it actually runs decent.