Saturday, October 02, 2010

Ben 10

I got into Ben 10 because my kids love this anime. I always watch cartoons with them, but some of them are very annoying.

Ben 10 and later Ben 10 Alien Force captivated me in the sense I really like them. Ben was originally a 10 years old kid, later 15 and today is 16.

He does wrong things in the series, but as he matures he is learning with his mistakes and becomes more wise.

The creators could have made this "Discovery Kids Crap Like" cartoon doing this, but that is not the case. Ben 10 is for kids, but it is a sci-fi cartoon, actually the  science of it is purposedly "not accurate": it is fantasy.

My favorite episode is probably Ben 10000 where the future Ben, can turn him self into 10000 aliens, and virtually can do anything, and "Paradox" on Ben 10 Alien Force, where a scientist sees his experiment going unexpected and projecting him to the future, to a point he sees everything and the fabric of time. Very fun!

Brazilian ellections

It seems that Dilma will win, may God have mercy on us!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dio RIP

You know, my latest post was about Dio. I was shocked later sad, very very much sad.

To me Dio represented Metal, he was one of the guys who invented it. He was some of the coolest metal guys.  I don't want to extend my self much.

RIP Master Dio, my condolences to his wife and family.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Prayers for Dio

Ronnie James Dio, possibly the best metal singer ever, was diagnosed of cancer. He is on treatment for the disease but thanks to God he seems to be fine.

I don't think I need to comment on Ronnie the singer and metal legend, but contrary to what has been said, Dio is one of the nicest folks on metal so you can read from everybody who was in a band with him or from fans that talked to him after concerts.

I wish him a fast recovery, not solely because I want the man back to sing and write, but because what he has given us over the years, I think he deserves the best of times!

Monday, January 11, 2010

AVRs

I finally got to turn leds ON and OFF. In fact, I have made them light on based on a pattern :

PORTD = 1;
Delay( );
PORTD=2;
/*etc ...*/

I actually used the code that is recommended by AVR gurus that is using C operators, however for this simple purpose, I just ommit them here.

My delay routine was simple:

void Delay( void )
{
      int cnt = 5555; /*Should be unsigned long cnt = 5555 */
      while( cnt-- );
}

Dumb me. The compiler will ignore my int cnt ! I just need a unsigned long int  and it will work. Well, it has worked ! :-)

Yikes.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Motherboards, USB ports and Windows

I have bought a USB programmer for AVR from a Brazilian electronics store. Imagine my excitement to test it after realizing that a simple parallel port programmer for AVR was not working. Then I connected the programmer to my ATMega8 and .....

USP programmer not recognized? Hell, didn't I install all those drivers? Wasn't this USB port working for my pendrive and Palm zire? I assumed I had made some mistake on the board and - fortunatelly I am using a breadboard - assembled it all again and it still did not work.

The, I recall how hard was to make a USB port to connect to Motorola phones while I worked there and switched for the other port behind the PC and....

It works.  Who is to blame ? ASUS or Windows XP? By the way, I tried to compile the simplest code possible by using WinAVR on Vista, but I ended up finding out that in certain versions of Vista, WinAVR does not work.

Man, please don't waste time with parallel port programmers if you are using AVR. Trust me.

Monday, January 04, 2010

back to home

I went back home this last new year holiday.  Sadly, the elected mayor is not doing a good job. I went to school with this guy, he's not someone to whom I would extend my vote of trust. In fact he is far, very far from that.

My hometown is very different from my teens or 20s, it is now dark, empty of light and full of "manos". "manos" is how we call here "young folks that are about to embrace robbery, drug dealing or simply young folks that love riots".

Despite where my parents live and where my wife's mother lives, I hardly like the place these days. It is sad to see that the city has grown and lost part of its natural beauty. Maybe, it is just my self getting old enough. But the city is not what it used to be. Everybody there seems strange to me, maybe because everyone I knew got old enough. Some places still hold the old spirit.

I like the cd store there. I recall when I bought cds there and the place was in a very tiny corner. Now it is placed in a huge room. The owner is smart. He realized that if he sold metal cds, he would make money. And now he even gives recommendations. He also sells regular music, things most people want to hear. He is smart.

My hometown has a very decent fried pizza restaurant called "Semiao", named after the name of the founder. Crispy fried pizza with lots of different flavors.

But what scared me the most was the fact that the sugar cane agriculture is reaching the city limits. When all that is done, the city will die, at least for me. As it is placed above a mild mountain formation, most of its beauty is due to this mix of high place weather and mountain look like place.

Perhaps this is the price you pay for getting old.