Android Hacking

Most of us have experienced the frustration of a slow and buggy phone. When we first get the phone it works great, but eventually as technology moves ahead the older models do not keep up with new software requriements. Fortunately, some very bright developers have come up with methods for unlocking the full potential of mobile devices. Essentially, you can replace the OS the came with your device with one that doesn’t have all that extra stuff you don’t want. This process is called “flashing a new ROM” or “replacing the firmware” (thanks cyanogenmod wiki). In addition to cleaning off the phone company bloatware, you can gain root (superuser) access to install apps that improve battery performance, overclock the CPU, change boot animations, and so on. So why doesn’t everyone do this? Well, you can destroy your phone in the process and it voids the warranty. You have been warned, so don’t come crying to me if you try to hack your phone and it becomes a paperweight (brick).

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Goat Curry

I used to get it from Indian Palace until they shut it down with no explanation. I made the 25 minute treck to find the building locked with the lights off and nothing inside. I felt sad and empty like so many buffet plates. I just thought Mr. Singh and his little shop would stick around. I stood there on the sidewalk of that strip mall and thought about the time I came in with a cast on my hand, and Mr. Singh told me what oils and spices to rub on it. I never tried the spice rub, but I am pretty sure it would have helped (or been really tasty on some chicken). A new place opened up in the same location - a kind of mix between restaurant and clothing store. I went once and never went back. The food was pretty good, but the goat curry wasn’t the same.

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Emotion Perception

Humans misunderstand emotion from faces about 25% of the time, demonstrating differences across individuals. I argue for a model of emotion perception where faces are represented in a perceptual space based on a few configural relations that are learned by experience with faces. In fact, I determined what dimensions are used, and show them here. Below I define how I determined those relations and describe the theory in more detail. In this post I argue that:

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