iOS 10: not that bad!

I’ve been rocking a jailbroken iOS 9 for some time now, but I just recently decided to upgrade to iOS 10 and see what it’s like inside Apple’s jail.

Apple is smart, you see. It knows that people hate ads, and jailbreaking is one foolproof way to block ads. So it made an adblocking framework, so that people like me now have one less reason to jailbreak. And it works.

It feels faster.

The lock screen widgets are actually useful, for instance, now I can swipe left from the lock screen and see which trams are leaving from the nearest stop from my location (Fahrinfo), so I don’t have to call up the app anymore.

Number26’s widget shows my account balance even when my phone isn’t unlocked, though. I wonder who thought that was a good idea.

The Control Center is a definite improvement. The old one was too cluttered.

The swipe from lower right gesture from lockscreen to open camera was never reliable. Now it’s simply swipe to the left. Perfect!

In Photos, the edit button is now next to the favourite and delete button. Great! It used to be in the top right which was always a stretch. Now Details is up there which is a lot more appropriate.

Real thought was put into this platform, I’m glad I switched from Android. The iPhone 5S is still going on strong, and all this while I had to deal with CyanogenMod and whatever kanged ROMs some random teenager uploaded on Mega.

My Roadmap To Financial Independence

This is just my plan (which will most likely change in the future) on how I will become financially independent. This means I’ll have enough money to not worry about paying rent or the bills, while having the time freedom to go travel and live wherever I like.

Currently, I am good at programming, and I’m scraping by. It is easy to be complacent but being self-employed and not an employee, that would be a big mistake.

Marketing Myself
I have to find more clients. Therefore I need to build up a brand, and find friends in that area. There are several things I should try:

  • Finish that Linux eBook and put it on sale!
  • Hold a seminar. I’m considering talking about good coding practices for now.
  • Join coding meetups. Hackathons are more about producing something useful for a end user, but a coding meetup might help me improve my skills while also getting some contacts.
  • Always focus more on branding exercises that persist, for the last two branding exercises are time consuming and need to be repeated, otherwise their effect fades.

Networking will also help me get more friends in Berlin.

Design
Being able to create a good design will establish my brand’s credibility, especially with people who don’t know about programming.

I already have Brandgasm. Once my marketing efforts are succeeding, I can start learning design. Learning design seems irrelevant right now and will spread me too thin.

Side Projects
I must help my parents out with Tsubaki Health. It shouldn’t take too much time, it’s just a simple shop. Perhaps I can merge my marketing work together with Tsubaki, because the hardest part is definitely getting visitors and getting the word out there.

tDCS looks like it can help me a lot because there is a lot to learn. tDCS could speed up my learning by 2x. I already have the components for the Inthinkerator Mk I, I just need to solder it all together.

Wellensteyn Flip/Goods flipping in general. This could help me earn extra cash and teach me a bit about actually running a business. I need to set aside some liquidity money for this.


I think this is enough for now.

I finally found out why peanuts give me acne

Simply put: omega 6 fats. The omega 6:omega 3 ratio in peanuts is 2600:1 (wikipedia), which is crazy high compared to others!

Peanuts make me grow pustules. I didn’t know why before so I just avoided them, but while reading Chris Kresser’s podcast transcript on essential fatty acids and why you should take fish oil, I thought:

  • hmm, Chris Kresser says modern diseases are inflammatory in nature
  • and I heard Dr. Brett Osborn say that too in his book Get Serious.
  • Acne is obviously inflammatory
  • and peanuts should have fat too, because I do know peanut butter has lots of fat!

So I should probably check the omega ratio…

What Babies Taught Me About Being Good With Women

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Meet Bulli

This is Bulli (not his real name).

He is just 2 years old, but he already has a girlfriend. She’s half Korean and get this: she’s 4 years old.

Now I am not a children/babies person. Women gush all over each others’ babies: “Oh, your baby boy is soooooo cute” or “Ooooooh she’s just SOOOO adorable”, but all I see is a bald useless disaster waiting to burst into pee/shit/tears at any moment.

In truth, I suspect women don’t really mean it when they say their friends’ babies are cute, any more than when they tell each other how “fabulous” they look tonight.

But this kid is something else. Assuming he doesn’t second-guess himself in his teens and go all emo, I’d bet $$ he’ll be a natural player when he grows up.

Those eyes
I swear, he’s so gonna be a player.

Connection

I remember once I said to my then-girlfriend: “Women are like dogs”. But it isn’t completely true. Women are like animals, because we are animals.

We cannot use language to communicate with animals, but we can communicate with them through our behaviour, our moods, actions and body language. It is the same with babies and children.

Once I realized this, I found playing with babies and children and animals so much fun (because it’s just practicing speaking in another language!).

Unlike normal languages, everybody understands (although some humans may not speak) this language. The lions on the savannah understand it. The dogs and the horses understand it. I’m sure elephants and whales understand it too. And it’s much more powerful. No matter what you say with words, anything you say in this other universal language will override it.

Bulli speaks this language really well. On the surface, he says words like “od pa” or “beeboo” (I’ve also induced him to say “boobies”). But what he’s always saying is: “come play with me! I want to connect with you.” Now he says that to everybody, but what person wouldn’t be flattered by that?

When was the last time I approached a woman with fear and hesitation in my heart? I don’t even remember. But I do know that if you approach a dog with fear and hesitation, the dog will be suspicious of you, just as the woman will.

This is the medium through which charm flows to capture people’s hearts, but especially women’s hearts. You see, being good with women is actually being good with people.

Music

Watch Cory Henry and the bassist. This is what music is really all about, this communication. Even the audience gets it. It’s impossible not to get it.

I play classical piano well. Unfortunately when I was young I heard this line that “artists play only for themselves”. I heard a lot of bullshit back then, and I wasn’t discerning enough to tell the bullshit from the truth.

And so I only played for myself. I didn’t care what the audience thought, because I shouldn’t care. I never looked up from the keyboard to the audience. And still my skill impressed, and they all congratulated me afterwards. But after the performance, there was nothing. No lingering connection, no sense that we had experienced something, a sense of knowing understanding, together.

In fact, I had no idea that music could take people to such heights as shown in the video.

The truth is, deep down inside, I was only playing to show off. That can only take one so far. It is relatively easy to impress the masses. To go above and beyond, you must derive joy from the act yourself.

Chungking Express (1994) Review

I watched Chungking Express.

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I’m in Germany, but the fundamentals of life are such they cannot be removed.

I see myself in the protagonists, and I see my ex in it too.

It seems like there is so much more to say, but there isn’t really.
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Everybody’s experienced it before. Everybody already knows why things play out the way they do.

All we can do is steep in our implicit mutual understanding.

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Ebert thinks it isn’t about the story, it’s about Wong Kar Wai playing Jean Luc Godard. Yes, it has a French plot, which is to say it goes nowhere. But to say that this movie is mainly a style exercise, with the plot just being there to fill things out, is ridiculous.

Everybody wants to tell their own story. We just want to express it in a cool way.

Why I Can’t Take Feminists Seriously

As I went jogging I happened upon the local art school. I was always curious what sort of art they taught in Berlin, so I went in and took a look.

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Stay away from me! You pervert! You predator! You dangerous thing you!
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Undocumented sex workers won’t get protected by the police; 8% of women report to the police, only 3% acknowledged: the police support sexual violence!
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You should be ashamed of yourself! You’re too close!
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My goodness, I’m such a Predator.

As a guy who used to be terrfied of women I was attracted to, I find this ridiculous. I used to “respect their boundaries” a lot. Let me tell you how that worked out: NOTHING HAPPENED.

In fact, the girls I liked never even noticed me, precisely because I didn’t do jack shit.

I never wanted to be the one to make the first move. But I had to. Because women wouldn’t do it for me.

And these women, who obviously don’t know what it’s like to actually find a partner, are trying to shame men.

Are they going to make the first move then?

No.

Are they willing to risk getting rejected or embarrassed?

No.

They don’t even know what it’s like to put yourself out there and get waved away like a fly, because society dictates that men should make the first move. They just gather around reciting rape stats.

Why are only 3% of rape cases acknowledged? Maybe it’s because today’s women love making false rape claims?

Sure, now and then there’s a guy who doesn’t know what to do with his sex drive. Not everybody can be an expert. That’s when women should be graceful.

Don’t know what that means? It means deflect, don’t punch back. Reject immediately, yet kindly and with compassion.

For men are supposed to be strong, thus women should be loving and gracious. How else is one supposed to become the amazing Mr. Right that swoops her off her feet? Mr. Rights don’t grow on trees.

This was the only one I agreed with
This was the only one I agreed with

It seems school was out, but as I walked around I saw two women conversing under a tree. As I walked closer to them, I saw the way they looked at me, how they were pushing me away with their eyes.

You could tell from their skin that these women had been marinating in smoky bars for far too long, yet if you asked them their age they might not even have hit 40.

I have no idea how women of such spiritual and physical beauty could possibly get laid.

Perhaps male feminist supporters line up meekly, waiting to be admitted into the privileged realm of their sourpussies.

Perhaps most of them converted into lesbianism.

All I know is, there were no signs of any males at that art school. Guess they like it that way.

Lessons From Having My Bag Stolen

  1. You’re gonna feel like a chicken who’s lost its head. Keep calm and carry on. Immediately think of how to replace stuff.
  2. Wallet
    The wallet is not that important. You can lock and reorder every card within an hour or two, and you shouldn’t be walking around with more than 50EURs in cash anyway. The ID, however, can cost you time and money.
  3. Smartphone
    The smartphone is very important. Consider the amount of time it’ll take to earn the money required for a replacement, and setting it up with all your accounts (this takes me several hours). Also, your embarrassing naked photos are now public (not that I had any).
  4. Keys
    The keys are of utmost importance. You might have to jump through some hoops to copy the keys, and what would the landlord say? If there is any way to trace the keys to your place, there is now the possibility that someone can just walk in and walk out with something valuable.
    And if you didn’t give a friend a spare key, you just got locked out. That’s seriously inconvenient.
  5. Laptop
    I didn’t lose my laptop, but if I did, it would’ve been game over for me. It would be like losing the smartphone but 5 times worse, since I’m a programmer and setting everything up could take days.

When I got my wallet back, I wasn’t jumping up and down for joy. Everything had been locked and re-ordered, and the cash being completely emptied was to be expected. Instead, I was hoping to match some fingerprints on it, but as it turns out getting fingerprints from leather is hard enough that the police don’t want to do it over petty theft.

I suspect that they treat burglaries only slightly above petty theft, too. Murders, now that might cook their cockles. Murderers and escaped convicts

The policeman who filed the police statement wasn’t particularly enthused either. In fact, he seemed positively miffed that he had been singled out to file my statement. For a little under 3000EUR a month, he had better things to do than office work (but I suppose it beats getting shot at for that salary). The Berlin police are the worst paid police force in all of Germany.

In conclusion: the wallet is, contrary to popular opinion, not that important! Lock your cards with the hotline (in Germany it’s 116-116) and forget about it. Go shopping for a new one, it’s fun.

Infrastructure-related belongings are much more important, and cost more time and energy (potentially money as well) to replace.

On the importance of mindset

Something has changed in me. I was able to calm down quickly, assess the situation, reframe it positively, and quickly shift into “okay, now what” mode. Getting my brain to do this was not easy. It has been a 2 year long struggle at least.

I admit, I read and was applying mindset before Mike Cernovich’s Gorilla Mindset. But I have to say, that book has definitely helped. Reading it is easy. Applying its lessons will take years. It is not easy to reprogram your mind, because there is nothing that can help you fight it but yourself.

Tell Your Brain to Shut The Fuck Up

You’re on your last set. Your muscles are screaming, sweat is dripping into your eyes, and your brain is telling you “you’re already lifting more than last week. You can call it quits here!”

Tell your brain to shut the fuck up. Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

You’re walking across the street. She’s got legs anybody would kill for. Your brain says, “she looks like she’s heading someplace, let’s not bother her”.

Tell your brain to shut the fuck up.

Don’t listen to the voice. You give in once, it’s a slippery road down to mediocrity.

You’re tired. The networking event has dragged on far too long. You can’t wait to go home and relax. “I already got 5 contacts, that’s pretty good ain’t it?”

Shut the fuck up. You know damn well how to make friends. Be interested, provide value. If you can’t be witty, you can at least damn well be chill.

Shut the fuck up. Just do it.

Why I switched from Android to iOS

My LG G5 got stolen by a beggar in a leather jacket (but that’s not why I switched).

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Rest in peace, my beloved G5.

I keep the box on my desk to remind myself not to be so fucking stupid again.

The truth is, the camera wasn’t perfect. I dreamt of making it a mini-computer on the go, with a Bluetooth keyboard, Termux with so many packages installed, but then I realized:

I don’t want to see such little but important details being fucked up again.
I don’t trust that I’ll get Android updates in the future, and I don’t want to deal with custom ROMs anymore, because I don’t want my phone to be like a computer.

While I was back on my HTC, trying to run a recent version of Android (4.2) without crashing…

I saw my dad with his iPhone 4 running iOS 7. It’s slow, and the camera isn’t impressive. But the photos never had issues. The camera always takes a photo within 300ms, whether or not it is in focus. It is slow because of iOS 7, not because someone forgot to program TRIM support into the kernel (thank you Android!). And there’s still app support for iOS 7, so he can use it today.

I saw my friend with his iPhone 5, which came out the same year as my HTC One S. It runs the latest version of iOS, runs Google Maps faster than my phone, can even play Pokemon Go and run the number26 app (required to have a bank account with number26).

I bought an iPhone 5S for 260EURs. As of 2016, I estimate it has at least 3 more years of useful life left. The camera is still miles ahead of the Nexus 5X or 6P – it starts faster, burst mode is incredibly fast, and you don’t have to install another app for that. I only wish I had bought this phone in 2013.

The LG G5’s camera isn’t perfect

Now although the G5 can take great photos, and the wide angle is truly useful:
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Franzi IKEA

I still found many things wrong with it:

  1. In darker situations, the noise reduction is way too strong, making the photo look like a watercolour (the wide angle needs more light than the main camera). This is what I’m talking about:
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    Videos are the worst. Here’s an uncompressed still from a video quality comparison I made:

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    LG’s Camera app
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    OpenCamera

    The noise reduction algorithm is the same (because they both use Qualcomm’s ISP), it’s just dialed down in OpenCamera. You can see the texture on the white wall now. The pillows look better. The texture on my dad’s underpants looks better. And despite what it looks like, my dad was not moving his arm in the first picture. Just look at the file sizes. The first is 820kB, the second is 1.8MB because it contains way more information.

  2. LG’s Camera app only lets you take photos at full-res 16MP. I can’t believe nobody noticed this. I don’t want 3-5MBs of watercolour! In fact I don’t want to spend 3-5MB on each photo, period! In the end I had to write a python script to do the resizing.
  3. It’s still slow to focus like a normal smartphone because it doesn’t have PDAF, or phase-detect autofocus. At this price range, it’s inexcusable. The Galaxy S7 is freaking fast. The iPhone 6 is second place. If my girlfriend makes a funny face, I don’t have 500ms to wait for the phone to focus.
  4. Burst mode does not work in Manual mode. Why? The Galaxy S7 can do this.
  5. The volume-down shortcut to quickly launch the camera is great – but LG uses the proximity sensor so it doesn’t launch if the G5 thinks it’s in your pocket, so you can’t ‘preload’ the camera in your pocket. There’s no need for this. The volume buttons are hard to accidentally press in your pocket anyway.
  6. I can’t change the volume button shortcuts!