Androidify Turns You into an Android-style Avatar

I made an Android style avatar of myself and really kind of liked not just the result:
android fritz

but the application itself was pretty fun.

androidify screenshot

Androidify, a free application for Android phones, lets you create an Android-style avatar of yourself (or anyone, for that matter). Swap out the clothes, adjust the side of your noggin, add a pirate eye-patch, the customization options are abundant. Continue reading

Wife Attacks Tiger with Soup Ladle

After reading the article, my wife assured me,

I would definitely take down a wildcat with our wine opener, pizza cutter, wisk, or even a ladle for you valentine.

Which I found very reassuring…Though, to be fair, there aren’t many tigers in Oakland.

I’d like to think of this story from the BBC website as a Valentine Love Story:

14 February 11 04:52 ET

Sumatran Tiger taking a dips in pool at National Zoo, Kuala Lumpur, 7 Dec 2005

A man has been rescued from a near-fatal attack by a tiger in northern Malaysia by his wife.

She entered the fray wielding a wooden soup ladle at the tiger – which fled.

Tambun Gediu, now badly lacerated and recovering in hospital, had tried hitting the tiger away in vain and says his wife saved his life.

Wildlife rangers plan to track the tiger and send it further into dense, unpopulated jungle in the the northern state of Perak.

“I was trailing a squirrel and crouched to shoot it with my blowpipe when I saw the tiger.

“That’s when I realised that I was being trailed,” Mr Gediu said after surgery.

The tiger pounced not far from the Gediu home in a jungle settlement of the Jahai tribe.

Mr Gediu had tried climbing a tree to escape the animal, but was dragged down by the tiger.

His wife, 55-year old Han Besau, rushed out of the kitchen on hearing his screams and used the kitchen implement to good effect.

“I was terrified and I used all my strength to punch the animal in the face, but it would not budge,” the New Straits Times newspaper quoted him as saying.

“I had to wrestle with it to keep its jaws away from me, and it would have clawed me to death if my wife had not arrived.”

It was the first time anyone in the village had been attacked by a tiger.

The director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in the state, Shabrina Mohd Shariff, estimated that there were about 200 tigers in the jungles of Perak.

She added that five had been spotted near the major East-West Highway in the region.

A Moment in Time

How is it that so much time can go by without even noticing? There was a time when I focused on my online identity multiple times during each day. I was posting news, photos, videos and observations all the time. Quite often I would be sure that the blog was updated with everything I was looking at and all the latest cool gadgetry.

Somehow, with the birth of my daughter and starting a large contract with Kaiser Permanente, I have moved away from this largely cathartic activity. I cannot let this happen and will be rejuvenating my blog life in upcoming months.