In recent news, I finally discovered the best way to manage music on my Android device.
If you haven’t heard of her, you need to. Stephanie Mabey is an incredible artist, who I had the pleasure of meeting last year in my songwriting class. I don’t know a ton about her, but anyone who can write “The Zombie Song” and make a video for it this cool gets a thumbs-up in my book. Below is a link to her most recent album, which includes “The Zombie Song”. Go ahead and check it out!
So my laptop is essentially falling to pieces. That means it’s getting sent in for warranty work! In the meantime, I get to chronicle the adventures of being a dedicated iMac user for a while, and all that entails. I’ve been purchasing broken iMacs and fixing them up for the past few months, so I’m using one of them as my dedicated home computer now. Another is my current pet project: I bought it for $30, because of a supposedly nonfunctioning power supply. But it still turns on. Allow me to explain.
I took it apart and did a hardware reset, and lo and behold, it booted up! I figured that I could just reinstall Snow Leopard on it and call it a day. Unfortunately, not so. It boots, but doesn’t detect and hard disk or cd drive. Which is a problem. So I booted it into Open Firmware to try to reset the RAM and such. No go. I noticed that the computer said it was the year 2054 (I wish!), so I bought a new PRAM battery and put that in. No go. But at least now it says it’s 2001. I thought it might be a memory problem, so I tried booting the machine with separate memory sticks…still no good. At this point, I was stumped, and figured that the problem had to either be the logic board or really was the power supply, so I started looking into repairing or replacing them, and how to diagnose the issue. Unfortunately, the logic board replacement is right out – way too expensive for me. But I accidentally stumbled across an article that talked about problems with the capacitors on the motherboard and in the power supply. So I checked that out.
Turns out that there are indeed problems with the power supply! There’s a bunch of swollen and partially exploded capacitors. So I’m going to see if I can replace them myself before I go out and buy a replacement power supply.
Did you know that at BYU you have to have at least two outlet plugs in your bedroom?
And that owners are responsible for exterior cleanliness?
Did you know it’s common practice for you to get rent credit if you have to spend a large sum on cleaning products?
As a college kid, having an apartment can be a huge source of stress. Especially if the previous tenants didn’t do any upkeep. I’ve been scouring around online to find some good resources for those who are moving into their new houses and experiencing problems. I’ll try to keep things short and simple, because the resources speak for themselves. READ THEM! They do a stellar job of outlining the responsibilities of your landlord, which can be a huge help in major cleanup cases. These two I found incredibly helpful.
Being a technophile myself, I’m always reading up on the next technologies. I think I’ll theme Wednesdays as Wicked Tech Wednesday. Today’s wicked tech? I was looking through Kickstarter projects (more on the site itself some other day), and discovered it, unfortunately, too late to actually become a backer, otherwise I would have happily donated the money for an open-source console!
Basically, this is a whole new way of thinking about console gaming: it’s free. Any and every game on OUYA has to have at least some free-to-play portion. And they’ve made some incredible announcements recently, such as:
Partnering with Square Enix to launch Final Fantasy III on the console.
Media management (meaning you can use it to manage your entire movie collection)
Stop and think about what that means for you. You can literally program your own games using the Android platform. That’s, frankly, incredible. Unfortunately, it may not be publicly available for some time, but for those of you who backed the Kickstarter project, you’ll be getting a console by March – and I have to admit, I’m kind of jealous. If you’re interested in more reading, here’s the OUYA Kickstarter page: OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console by OUYA — Kickstarter. Or you can mosey on over to the new OUYA.tv to check out the official site yourself.
I’ve been wanting to have my own personal website for quite some time now, and, after beginning my new job and learning a lot, to put it simply, about web development, design, hosting, CMSs, CSS, HTML, and a ton of other acronyms, I’ve finally mustered the courage to put my own website up and take a leap of faith!
More than anything I’m testing the waters now, to make sure things are functioning well, but as time goes on I’ll be writing fairly regularly here, and expanding the site to include projects, my resume, information on my band, and anything else that comes to mind. Suggestions and comments are welcome! Getting commenting through Facebook online is my next big task.
Well, to say I’ve been busy is an understatement! In the past month, I…
- Went on a road trip from NH to Austin.
- Broke down outside Cincinnati in 100-degree weather.
- Discovered the car battery and alternator were both dead.
- Got rescued by my cousin’s boyfriend, who is a mechanic!
- Had LOBSTER TACOS at Iron Cactus. They were epic.
- Finally saw my little brother after three years! I missed that guy.
- Ate more Oreos than I can count.
- Became the proud owner of my own website…www.markdavidhansen.com! It currently forwards to my band’s website.
- Skyped with Staci! Which we need to go again now that I’m not stuck on the road.
- Hung out with an awesome Ukranian, Yasya! She’s in town until we leave. I hadn’t seen her in over four years.
- Assume that because they talk funny, they’re stupid.
- Hang a horseshoe upside down on your wall. Not only is that stupid, it’s bad luck.
- Pretend to know (or care) more about basketball or football.
- Insult their mother.
- Being trustworthy.
- Knowing when it’s safe to butt in, and when to leave them be.
- Being a part of the journey, not a face along the way.
- Saying sorry.
- Knowing you’re crazy and not caring.
- Knowing they’re crazy and not caring.
- Taking the time to listen not just to what’s said, but what isn’t said.
- Understanding, as opposed to judging.
- No gossip. About you to other people, or other people to you.
- Sharing in the bad as well as the good.
- No unnecessary drama.
- Epic dance parties, whenever and wherever.
- Keeping you at heart though you may not be in touch.
- Seeing each other after years and it only feels like a day.
Fact: I used to be almost completely deaf in one ear. I am now hard of hearing. In other words, I don’t hear well. That makes it very, very hard to communicate with people. And makes you really self-conscious. Especially when you have to wear a box on your hip and a loop around your neck so your hearing aid can pick up what your teacher is saying, and your teacher has to go around wearing a microphone everywhere. Over the years, I’ve come across several things that really, really irk me, and for the longest time, I thought they were just me things, but I’ve come to realize that in almost every single case, these things are largely byproducts of being almost completely deaf from a young age (read: before I even learned to talk).
- Don’t raise your voice to talk. It doesn’t make you any easier to understand, and if the person you’re talking to reads lips, actually makes it harder.
- Lip reading isn’t perfect. At best it’s maybe 30% accurate. No, I can’t magically understand everything you’re saying from the other side of the room with absolutely no context. It doesn’t make you a super-spy. It just helps you understand what’s already going on in a conversation.
- Communication is a two-way road. Whether or not you realize it, I’m trying really hard to understand what you’re saying. Please try to make some effort in return. It’s appreciated.
- Many deaf people (myself included in this list from time to time) will simply make assumptions about what the conversation was about, or what was said, and try to react appropriately, which can sometimes lead to very awkward situations, such as the oh-so-common “What’s up?” “Good, you?” Which gets odd looks, at the very least.
- If a deaf person has gone out of their way to ask you to repeat something, don’t say it doesn’t matter or is unimportant. If you took the time to say it, and they took the time to ask you to repeat it, it is important. Often this can be inferred to mean “You’re not important enough for me to waste my time repeating myself”, or simply choosing to exclude that person from your conversation.
- If after a few attempts repeating yourself results unsuccessful, rephrase what you said. maybe it’s just the way you were saying it that I was unable to understand.
- Deaf people are very self-conscious, and are just like anyone else. Don’t treat a deaf person as mentally handicapped just because they don’t hear well, and, as a consequence, may not speak well. It’s extremely rude. Hearing loss is not intelligence loss.
- Don’t cover your mouth when talking to a deaf person. If I can’t see your mouth it’s much harder to know what you’re saying.
- For those with one-sided deafness, it can be nearly impossible to tell where a sound is coming from in large, open spaces. Rather than just yell, “I’m over here!”, tell the person where you are. (This is a big one for me.)
- Deaf people aren’t always shy! We just don’t always know how to communicate with other people. I, for one, have a very hard time communicating in English, because of the way American culture is. However, speaking Spanish is fairly easy for me, as the culture is similar to deaf culture – being blunt is acceptable, for one, and they aren’t so big on the personal bubble thing.
- If I lean over awkwardly and ask you to repeat something, it’s because I’m putting my right (good) ear closer to you so that I can understand what you’re saying. This goes with the personal bubble thing. Don’t get offended. I’m just trying to understand you.
- If you notice me staring at your mouth instead of looking you in the eye, again, it’s not to be awkward. I’m just trying to understand.
- Don’t try to figure out how well I can hear by pretending to whisper and just mouthing words. For example, mouthing “watermelon” over and over again doesn’t look like anything but you saying watermelon. I know how well I can hear, and what I can and can’t hear. Frankly, it’s rude and annoying.
- Deaf people are also prone to be distrusting, which comes with being manipulated by the hearing world. Let me give a personal example: I am very choosy as to who I let be my friends and actually know me, as I’m fairly used to being ridiculed, insulted, and mocked. As a kid I had my hearing aid stolen from me several times by school bullies.
- Get a deaf person’s attention before you start talking to them. Rule of thumb for me: if I’m not looking at you, I won’t catch anything you say up until four or five words after I start looking at you, especially if I’m lost in thought or absorbed in work. It has nothing to do with “being a space job” or not paying attention. Tap them on the shoulder lightly or wave your hand in their line of sight. Stomping may work if the floor conducts well, but don’t just shout.
- Being in loud environments is taxing. Deaf people have to work a lot harder to understand what people are saying in these environments. For example, I get nasty headaches if I’m standing next to a set of PA speakers at a dance and trying to hold a conversation with someone.
- For people with one-sided hearing, it’s extremely hard to sort out different sounds. For example, I can usually only understand and focus on the loudest sound I’m currently hearing. To do anything else is extremely tedious. (Compare it to trying to find a very dim star by staring right at it. Your eyes are better at seeing dim things when they’re not looking directly at it, so if you try to look right at a dim star, it may seem to disappear, and as soon as you look away, it reappears. Try it! It gives a good idea of how I feel trying to hear you, and is a pretty cool little biology factoid.)
- If I have headphones in, your only hope of getting my attention is tapping me or waving in my line of sight. I turn on music and turn the volume up high enough to block out external noises so I can have a quiet and predictable space to focus on. Like I said before, I focus on the loudest thing.