Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Questionable Content: Robots are Everywhere

Questionable Content #1
Here's a web comic I'm almost positive most of the world's internet users have read before: Questionable Content.  It's a slice-of-life style comic following some indie 20-somethings in Massachusetts.  (Yay home state!)  They have relationship problems, alcohol problems, and... robot problems.  It's a plenty nerdy web comic in the present (enough) day, except AnthroPCs are everywhere.  They're like pets, friends, computers, and mp3 players all rolled into one.  At one point, the author, Jeph Jacques, makes note of how silly it is that no one's mentioned it's totally acceptable for everyone to have a pet robot with fully functional AI.  Gotta love breaking the fourth wall.

It feels sort of useless recommending this web comic since it's been around for so long, but let's face it, it's practically a staple.  After I started reading it, it took me a month to catch up on everything that's been written since 2003.  As the story line picked up, I read the last 1000 panels in two days.  It's that awesome.  If you're in your 20s and want something to relate to, I'm sure this will be a fun time.  Go read Questionable Content!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 Review

So, as you may know, I recently gave up the Motorola ATRIX HD for the Samsung Galaxy S3.  Now that I've had it for a week or so, I figure you deserve a review.  For those of you too busy to read, here's the overview:

This is a very intelligent, sophisticated phone with a dazzling amount of detail put into its appearance.  The profile is slim, the camera is sharp and clear, and the external speakers play lovely sounds, but leave Google Play music sounding slightly muffled.  The only problem I've encountered is a frequent popup saying a process has stopped, although it doesn't cause any applications to close.  Well worth the money, and a worthy opponent to the iPhone.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Getting an Undercut

Shaved it off!
As you all probably know, I got a buzz cut in May.  It's been growing out for a while, and this week, I decided to get my first haircut since then.  Now, I didn't get it trimmed, I got an undercut.  If you don't know what that is, check out  I'd never seen one on really short hair before.  The pictures I'd seen of short hair and undercuts at least had longer bangs.  I'd seen it with long hair too, and I think it looks awesome.  Unable to do either, I decided to shave a square out of my head anyway.

This was also the first time I'd gotten my haircut at a salon different than the one that gave me my very first pixie cut over a year ago.  I sort of awkwardly wandered up to the SuperCuts counter and asked if any of their stylists were comfortable doing an undercut.  The woman at the front desk asked me to wait a moment and went to the back of the salon. A few minutes later, she came back with another woman who had done undercuts before, but never on such short hair.  Well, here we go.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Motorola ATRIX HD Review

I really, really wanted you to be awesome.
Remember how I mentioned I'd be getting a new phone once my REU ended?  Well, I did.  I ended up with the Motorola ATRIX HD for $50 courtesy of Best Buy (although it normally costs twice that).  There were quite a few things that lured me in:

  • For only $50, it's a damn good phone.  I paid more for the Backflip!  Speaking of which...
  • It's not the Backflip.
  • I've had 2 Motorola phones before.
  • No more Motoblur!
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Google Play
  • Functional GPS with car mount
  • 8 MP Camera...
In short: it was an affordable phone with some great specs, especially compared to what I'm used to.  But:

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Growing Out a Buzz Cut

Approx. 2 months post-buzz-cut.
So, I've been looking around on the internet for what to expect as my buzz cut grows out.  I didn't find much (for women, anyway).  So, for your pixie cut pleasure, here's a list of things to keep in mind during your first two-ish weeks of growing out a buzz cut.  (Or, as my dad called it, a wiffle?)
  • It seems that three weeks marks the start of the puffball stage.  Hair is still standing upright, even when wet.  Plus it's longer now.
  • A little after a month in, my hair was finally capable of being styled.  I use Fiber by American Crew.  Sure, it's for men, but it's low shine and high hold, which I like for hair this short.
    • Ideal styles for this period are styled to one side (think side part) and the fauxhawk
  • At two months in, my hair is almost long enough to go without styling.  I still don't have bangs yet, but it turns out I have a funny sort of widow's peak cowlick.  Ach, aw well.
  • I suspect at three months I'll need to get a haircut again just so all the strands aren't at the exact same length.  If I don't get the pixie cut equivalent of layers cut in soon, I fear I'll grow a mullet.
For further reading, I found a wonderful progression of a buzz cut here.