Nexus 7 Dash Install

The Nexus 7 car install is complete.  Total cost was about $550 (including hardware and about $25 of software), though you could do it for $150 less with a 16 GB non-LTE Nexus 7 and even less with a cheaper head unit (mine was $120), though you would need to have Bluetooth/USB input/aux and a remote to do it right.  I’m really digging it; definitely a pretty clean look.

Lights (Again)

On Tuesday, I went to The Parish at the House of Blues in New Orleans to see Lights (for the second time).  I have a few things to say about this that are related to music, and a few things that are related to the venue.

First of all, I hate the House of Blues.  The Parish is slightly better, but only a little.  I hate the House of Blues because of their camera rules and pat downs.  The Parish doesn’t do pat downs, but they do have camera rules.

 

You can bring cameras in, but you’re not supposed to use them.

Now, I hadn’t been to the House of Blues since…wow, I don’t even know, probably 2008 and the Parish since either 2007 or 2008.  Back then, camera phones sucked and/or weren’t as popular, so it was interesting this time to see everyone using smartphones to take pictures and videos and the staff wasn’t even telling people to stop.

So eat that, House of Blues.  Your stupid-ass rules (which, yes, are venue rules and not artist endorsed) are done.

Second thing about the venue is that I’ve been to two shows at the Parish, and both of them had horrible sound.  I could barely hear Gabe’s voice when I saw Cobra Starship there, and I could barely hear Lights’ voice this time.  They really need to stop drowning out the singers’ voices with bass.  I could hear Lights just fine at The Varsity.

Regardless, it was still really good.

After the show, I left and started walking back to my car, and Lights ran right out in front of me to her tour bus.  I was starstruck for a few minutes.  :P

-Philip

SRLC/240sx/NaNoWriMo

I haven’t updated this blog in quite some time, and I’m getting tired of seeing the post about Osama at the top of my blog, so here’s an update.

I went to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference last Friday in New Orleans, and it was pretty much the same as last year, except the support for Mitt Romney wasn’t there. Of course, I only went to see and support Ron Paul, but I heard Hermain Cain and a senator or two speak as well. Here’s a video of Ron Paul’s introduction, which is mostly just screams and applause (and also a few boos from the haters):

As I mentioned on Facebook/Twitter a week or so ago, I bought an old car off of the Internet last week, sight unseen. It’s a 1993 Nissan 240sx. I was originally going to buy a Kawasaki Ninja 250R, but I decided that an old car would be more beneficial to me. Ever since I got Evey, I’ve been fascinated with cars, and I am always wanting to learn more about them, but there is no way I’m messing with Evey. She’s still under bumper-to-bumper warranty for another year and a half or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first (and then another couple years for the powertrain). All I do is change the oil and the filters, the latter of which I just did last weekend.

So, I don’t have the 240sx yet, but when I get it in a couple/few weeks (hopefully…), it’s going to become my daily driver and Evey will become a pleasure car. I’ve forgotten what it feels like to park in the front of a parking lot, so it should be interesting. I picked the 240sx because it’s easy to work on, looks decent for its age, is rear wheel drive, and has a pretty large following on the Internet (so advice should be easy to get), despite that most of them are driftards.

I still have a crapton of editing left to do on my novel (58 out of 136 pages completed). I had set a goal to be done by the end of June/beginning of July, but it looks like I’m not going to make it. At this pace, it looks like it’ll be more like mid-August. :

On that note, I said this on Facebook the other day, but I’ll say it here too. I dislike the idea of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It encourages people to write at least 50,000 words in a month. The focus is on quantity, not quality, which is why I don’t think it’s such a great idea. Straight from their website:

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

I don’t understand the point of this. Editing is, by far, the most difficult part of writing. By participating in NaNoWriMo, you’re either going to produce a piece of crap that you’re never going to be able to do anything with, or you’re going to spend twice as long editing the thing. Why anyone would ever want to do that, I just don’t know.

-Philip

New host! (at the Disco?)

I’m sure no one noticed, but my site was down for about a day starting sometime yesterday. The guy that was letting me host with him for free had to let his hosting lapse for this month, and even though he let me know over a week ago, I still put off finding a different way to keep inphiltrate running. I’m currently hosting with Nexx, which cost a grand total of $9.95 for 1 year with the coupon code “FREE1.” I miss having cPanel (seriously, custom control panels are never as good), but other than that, so far, so good.

Site news aside, I don’t have much to say except that I’m really excited for Panic! At the Disco’s new album (and man, it feels good to have that ! back in there).

-Philip

Vocal Greetings

I was recently reading over and appreciating an old blog post I made, and I realized that if I let my blog die, I won’t have anything like that to look back on in the future.  That kind of sucks, so blog update is a go.

I’m not really sure how, but I managed to get A’s in my both of my classes.  GPA-wise, that means my first semester of graduate school was better than any semester of undergraduate.

Christmas is my favorite time of year for multiple reasons.  I enjoy the weather more than I enjoy our blazing hot, humid Louisiana summers, and it’s generally a pretty tranquil season.  It’s a little more difficult to go shopping, but I guess that’s okay.

After two full years of writing the Tech News and Advice column for Tiger Weekly, I’m officially done. Tiger Weekly is getting a top-down rebranding, and though all old writers were invited to reapply for the new paper, I’m not going to. I honestly don’t think my column was a very good fit for the paper for multiple reasons, even though I enjoyed writing it and have received positive feedback on it before.

I recently bought a house, and I am really enjoying it.  It’s nice to have an awesome kitchen and a decent-sized bathroom and a garage (oh how I love my garage).

Stuff like this really makes me wish I lived in Japan:

I’m really not too big into the Vocaloid thing (yet), but that live Vocaloid concert thing is hella cool (yes, I know this isn’t new and the Gorillaz have done it before, but still).  Japan is freakin’ crazy (crazy awesome).

(Gah, this post was so fragmented.  I need blogging practice.)

-Philip

Grad School FFFFFFUUUUUUU

Sometime back in late March/early April of this year, I randomly decided I wanted to go to grad school, so I scheduled an appointment to take the GRE, studied 45 minutes for it, applied for the ISDS masters program, and now I’m back in school. I thought I was done tagging posts with the “college” tag, but I guess I have another two and a half years of that (if my poor blog lasts that long).

Anyway, I haven’t updated in a while (surprise, surprise), so it’s catch up time. Back in July, a good bit of my family flew to North Carolina to spend a week at my brother’s cabin. It’s pretty awesome up there (except for the spotty cell phone coverage :P).

That’s me on Chimney Rock. The view was awesome. :)

That’s the sunset over the lake my brother’s cabin is on. Yeah, it was really pretty.

I got to fly in an airplane, ride on crazy curvy mountain roads, swim in a mountain lake, and go white water rafting; all things I’ve never done before. It was pretty awesome. If I ever get to go again, I want to take my car so I can drive on those roads. :P

I’ve been writing a good bit lately (for fun, not for school/work). I’m just shy of 40,000 words on “Business As Usual,” which I’m trying to get to novel status (50,000) during editing. Also, I decided I don’t like that title. :

My web hosting expires in about 27 days, and I don’t think I’m going to renew it. My friend James offered to host my site for me, and since I don’t really use it as much as I used to, I may just take him up on the offer and save myself some money.

I recently posted this on Facebook and on reddit (where I got my highest upvote count ever), so I’m going to put it here too so anyone that still reads this can watch it and get all nostalgic all over it with me.

What would one of my updates be without random embedded YouTube videos of music I’ve been listening to? In case you haven’t realized it yet, I like electro-*anything*, and these videos are proof.

Electro-post hardcore:

Electro-pop:

-Philip

The Key to Snow

Evey in the snow last Friday.

Evey in the snow

Every in the snow

Okay, yeah, it was a pretty weak snow, but…it was cool nonetheless. It’s a lot easier to see in this video that I took under a lamppost.

Also, I’ve been meaning to share this for a while, but I kept forgetting. It’s a very short video of the key to my Camaro. Just so I don’t get any smartass comments, I know Volkswagon did this first, but it’s genius and every new car should have this kind of key.

On a final note about cars, I have six Camaro Hot Wheels cars. I’m collecting them. :D

I’ve been listening to one of Fall Out Boy’s new songs, “From Now On We Are Enemies,” a heck of a lot. It’s about the composer Antonio Salieri being jealous of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart because he thought Mozart was very undeserving of his fame because of his lifestyle (as far as I can tell). It’s a great song and another of Pete Wentz’s fits of lyrical genius.

Song plus lyrics:

That’s all for now. Media overload! :D

-Philip

Words Cannot Describe…

…so videos will have to do.

I was about 10 feet away from my favorite band for the past 8 or 9 years. The same band that I never thought I would be able to see live. Best concert ever. Dream realized. Thanks, Creed.

-Philip