December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)


The last thing I made? Technically, it was the latest build from source of CyanogenMod to attempt1 to tweak it to my liking. I’m trying to figure out how to inject some files into the process but with no avail. But seriously, it really is “making!” Just look at the final command to execute it; it has “make” in it!

make -j`sysctl -an hwlogical.cpu` CYANOGEN_WITH_GOOGLE=true bacon

Anyhoo, onto more realistic things…

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Adrienne came up for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Nothing terribly eventful there. I was invited over to join Greg and his family for Thanksgiving, so we took them up on that offer. Food at both places was awesome! We consumed some 4Loko1 later on in the weekend while playing cribbage. We also checked out Cafe Capitano2 on Hertel Ave (just around the corner from my place), and I managed to steal a deal at Best Buy3 on Black Friday (shockingly4).

In other geek news, I’m loving my new and improved Android phone5! I have setup Victoria to compile the custom Android OS from the source code, and it does so in a blinding hurry6. Now I just need to figure out how to tweak the source files so I can get it to build the signed zip file with Swype and the associated library file intact7.

The pinot gris is about ready for one last racking before bottling. I should have ignored part of the last instruction set for this kit, but my OCD nature insisted I try to follow them to the T. Particular failure on my behalf! I’m debating offering a bottle each to my committee members (provided it still turns out okay), as I’m going to be inundated with a lot of bottles (roughly 30?). I’m taking requests for anyone interested in trying it!

My finances have been all over the place recently. I hunkered down and got MoneyDance running again and built a budget in it, so it’s time to see where the hell I’ve been putting (or wasting) all my residual income. A superficial glance says I should be recovering at least a few hundred a month, so it’s time to scrutinize what’s going on.


1The initial and continuing taste on the palette is just fine (at least for the grape), but the residual after-taste is a devil. Get rid of that part, and you’ve got a solid product on your hands Phusion Projects!
2Delicious little joint! Owned by a delightful older fellow, it has a cozy lil’ atmosphere going on inside. Drool-worthy stuffed peppers in there, and they have a fantastic tomato florentine soup, mmm!
3Seasons 1 through 5 of Weeds on BluRay for $10 each! Dayum!
4I loathe Black Friday. I hate crazy drivers and congested traffic to start with, so this day just starts out as an epic failure in my mind. Combine that with having to get up early (and fighting even worse traffic) to even acquire most of the good deals, you can pretty much count me out of the whole smorgasbord altogether!
5T-Mobile’s G2, a derivative of the HTC Vision. Solidly running CyanogenMod 6.1 release candidate 3, with the nightly (giving me legit FM radio reception now, too)!
6The half-hour’ish that it takes my laptop is left in the dust by the four to five minutes it takes the Mac Pro to compile everything and package it. *whistles*
7I have to manually re-install the packages after every CyanogenMod update. I suppose I could just write a script to install from a local copy on the microSD card, but wouldn’t it just be more fun to have it already packaged with the OS when it’s compiled?