Latest Photo’s - Zhi Ben
These are my latest photographs from my trip to Zhi Ben
Hacker's Blog - Installing Sun Java on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty
Being one who likes to compile their own software once in a while I decided that I’ll make my own nightly builds of CyanogenMod 7. I had recently upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 11.04 64bit and had to figure this out.
I initially tried to use the old Partner with Canonical repository by using:
sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://archive.canonical.com/ natty partner”
but to no avail. I searched around and eventually found a webpage, (for the life of me I can’t remember where it is now, if I find it I’ll post it), that suggested using lucid. I then edited the sources.list file and changed natty to lucid for the Canonical repository. If you haven’t tried, like I had, to add it as Natty you can execute the following code:
sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://archive.canonical.com/ lucid partner”
After you run apt-get update, or use whatever gui you wish, you will now find sun-java available in Natty.
Life Blog - Book a Week Challange
I’ve been wanting to read a lot more books recently so I’ve decided to put myself up to the challenge of reading a book a week for the rest of the year starting two weeks ago, so that should be about 44 books. For some reason when I start to do something I find out that somebody has already/is done/doing the same thing. My old missionary companion Jonathan Hummer is trying to push himself past his limit of not reaching 52 books in a year to outdoing a coworker who mentioned that he had done 85, trying to read two books a week. I was wondering where I may get a list of books to read, with somebody reading more books than me it might make it much easier to be able to find good books to read. Just like Jonathan, I’m going to write which books I have read in this blog post and keep it up to date every week along with a short summary (hopefully no big spoilers) of each book I read.
1. The Last Ring Bearer - Kirill Yeskov - 270pp
Sort of a version of Lord of the Rings written from the perspective of the losing side. Starts near the last battle and continues on slightly past.
2. Homecoming 5 - Earthborn - Orson Scott Card - 448pp
This series is a rewrite of the Book of Mormon from 1st Nephi through Mosiah using multiple planets and spaceships.
3. January 2011 Ensign - 86pp
My favorite article in this issue was the one where he explained the line that Christ said when he died on the cross. It was the first line of Psalms 22.
4.Talk Less, Say More - Connie Dieken - 176pp
A very inspiring book that teaches how to Connect, Convey, Convince (r). The most important thing I believe I got out of this book is the rule of threes. It is much simpler to put forth three options, or to make three points, than it is to try to fit everything into less or break it up into more; it also fits with our memory and attention span much better.
5. How To Make People Like You In 90 Seconds Or Less - Nicholas Boothman - 185pp
I learned about connecting with people in this, and a new vocabulary word, Rapport. The major point is to try to synchronize yourself and to understand where the other person is coming from. As we funnel our energy with our greeting and handshake we move onto subconsciously synchronizing our movements with them. From that point we can ask open ended questions that lead to more conversation. By paying attention to the kind of words they use we can learn also what kind of person they are, Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic; from this information we can ascertain what kind of response will work best in connecting with them. We don’t need to have a goal to make a person into a lifelong friend, but by following these simple steps we can feel comfortable talking with more people.
One thing that is a little annoying about the outline of the book is where he tends to suddenly jump into little tangents that cover a bit of more detail while in the middle of explaining something.
6. The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks - 736pp
An interesting tale of a half-elf and his adopted brother. You go on an adventure meeting people from wild Princes to mystic druids and dwarves. Very enjoyable, although sometimes I found myself not super satisfied with an explanation, or thinking that there was too much of a coincidence. I look forward, though, to reading the rest of the series before I make a decision upon the author. So far he is a 4/5 star.
7.February 2011 Ensign - 84pp
I liked the emphasis on revelation in this issue, that is something that I really need to be working on right now. Also reading some of the articles about converts has reminded me of my own conversion and how blessed that I have been since I found the Lord’s church.
Dieting Blog - Failed Attempt - Now I’m 89KG
I’ve been failing to lose weight since I started working night shift. I’ve failed so much that I have actually went from about 80Kg to 89Kg, at one point hitting 90Kg.Read More