Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Quantum Physics

As explained by the average house cat,

or should I say average Lolcat:


You have to keep up with advances in science after all.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Something Interesting I found

One of the projects I've been working on is attempting to upgrade a computer I'm going to get my hands on. It's one that is in storage and is simple inventory. It's an XP machine and while is generally works and does a very good job, it is missing a few things. To give an example, the sound card seems not to work; even after downloading the proper drivers, there is still no sound.

This could have meant I would have had to purchase a sound card and do some installation, not that it's difficult, although the guess would have been if the machine had a PCI slot, or a regular one, and then there's the guessing.

Then, when just surfing through Ebay I came across a USB Sound Adaptor. It's works with the simple principle that it is a USB devise and so it is plug and play.

The price was very reasonable and even with the postage and handling a worthwhile investment.

Today the devise came:

The Specs are as follows:

PD552 has two jacks, one for headset, the other for microphone.
a. USB audio adapter
b. USB 1.1 and 2.0 compliant
c. USB bus-powered capability
d. 3D sound technology virtual 5.1-channel sound field
e. Hot plug-and-play USB interface, eliminates the need of a traditional sound card
f. Supports USB suspend/resume modes and remote wakeup
g. Apply advanced Xear 3D technology to the product, fully support many kinds of sound frequency such as MPG/DAT/AVI/MPG4/RM/MOV ect, and functions such as EAX1.0/2.0, HRTF, 3DX ect.
h. PD552---Virtual speaker shifter, freely set and switch the microphone mode or speaker mode
i. PD552---Record function by microphone; 16 rhythm modes for selection

I plugged it into the computer and waited for it to be found. Once that was done I plugged in headphones and fired up Windows Media Player. It worked quite well.

It is made by a company called Comodow . While not necessary I have downloaded the driver and will install it at a later time. I presume the drivers will allow for some of the special features mentioned in the specs, but for listening and also for using with a head microphone it works very well.

I also plan to install some speakers into it and see if that works as well. If it does then forget about the sound card, this will more then do.

Just something for your interest.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


No doubt Stephanie will have an articulate response to the events of last night, Barry Bonds hitting and therefore surpassing the Great Hank Aaron as Baseball's All-Time Home Run Hitter. I thought I'd be the first to post how the record should look, at asterisk denoting the fact that this record was helped by Performance Enhancing Drugs, allegedly.

Now consider and contrast the celebration of when Hank broke the Immortal Babe Ruth's record

Notice the joy that surrounded his trip around the bases. Now compare and contrast it with Barry Bond homerun

Perhaps this will be the final event in the era of baseball known as The Steroid Era. 1997-2007, when may of the hallowed records of baseball were broken by players who were juiced up on the cream and the clear.

Let us now begin the era of clean ball, when players went to the plate with nothing more in their system then bubblegum and sunflower seeds.

Monday, August 06, 2007


Any number that reduces to one when you take the sum of the square of its digits and continue iterating until it yields 1 is a happy number, any number that doesn't, isn't. A happy prime is both happy and prime. NOW TYPE IT IN! [turns to captain] I don't know, talk about dumbing down. Don't they teach recreational mathematics anymore?

It's been a month since I've done any blogging. I'm going to say it's part of the moving and adjusting to life in the new city of Brantford, or the fact I've done a fair bit of cycling. Been to a few places outside of Brantford and been traveling the bike trail in the city.

Well, it's Civic Holiday here and so I decided this is the day I would start doing some blogging.

Okay, I decided to watch this week's episode of Doctor Who. Again, because of the move I wasn't able to watch the first couple of episodes so I've had to do some catching up, and I've missed some of the arc. When I watched the name "42", I thought this should be a good episode because we all know what '42' means. We do all know what '42' means? The first person with the answer will get a gold star.

Turns out, it is not what I thought, in fact the number refers to the time left before something rather nasty happens.

It was a good episode, but I felt it was in some way a re-run of the ideas that were done in Series Two. Still it's a good one with some interesting arcs. Such as the end, when the people trying to trace Martha's cellphone call make reference to a Mr. Saxon. Now you can follow the link and learn all about it, or watch the rest of the series. Personally I look forward to seeing how this all works out and it should be a good thing.

Another thing, how does Martha's phone give such good reception, she never drops a call, she's plummeting towards a sun and she's still able to handle a conversation. Most of us lose the call when we walk indoors! Here's what should happen, the Doctor patents his work and takes over the global cellular market- take that Steve Jobs.

I think I'm going to have to go back and watch the previous episodes to get an idea of the entire series.

Just a few more thoughts:

Freeman Agyeman started the series by filling in some huge shoes, Billie Piper was a great companion. I've also learned she's leaving after only one series, although she will appear in series four, towards the end.

I decided to resubscribe to Whotopia, the Canadian Doctor Who Magazine, what made my decision was the cover article on Christopher Eccleston.

Holiday starts tomorrow.