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The Vaguely Interesting Chronicles of Count Martinos (and his Spawn) – Part 3

More sordid stories from the diary of Count Martinos… March 795 AD: I’m a grandfather. Symeon kept with the animal-naming gimmick and named his boy Leon. That’s my boy-monkey! December 795 AD: There has been an Iconoclast uprising in Panarmos. Somehow, some religious fanatics have been able to gather an army in one of my counties larger…

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The Vaguely Interesting Chronicles of Count Martinos (and his Spawn) – Part 2

And now, another luke-warm entry in The Vaguely Interesting Chronicles of Count Martinos (and his Spawn)… September 786 AD: I saw Symeon give one of his toys to the blacksmith’s son. Of course it had to be the gold-plated toy soldier I got him for his Christening. *Sigh* October 786 AD: Our daughter, Simonis, has finally come of age….

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The Vaguely Interesting Chronicles of Count Martinos (and his Spawn) – Part 1

Since getting married and changing my name to “Dad”, I’ve watched my time, ability, and even interest for gaming plummet like Jeb Bush’s approval ratings. Fortunately, my wife understands my occasional dalliances in gaming – a random hour here or there on a weeknight or while the little one is napping. I’ve had a few…

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LG G3 (LS990) Phone Root – OctOS

As mentioned previously, I decided to use OctOS as my first venture into a non-stock operating system for my rooted LG G3. Based on CyanogenMod 12 code and Android Lollipop 5.1.1, OctOS is Android Open Source Project (AOSP) with a similar base architecture to many of the ROMs/OSs out there. It manages a lot of the user…

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Number Crunching the Easy Way

An activity I’ve been interested in for a number of years, but have sadly never gotten very knowledgeable about, is “crunching”: volunteering the idle time of my computers for scientific computing. This is achieved through the Berkley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), a piece of software that drives grid computing (i.e. a collection of…

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LG G3 (LS990) Phone Root – Operating System

With my phone rooted and backed up, I was ready to make the first major change most people root their phones for: installing a new operating system. As I mentioned before, I was not a fan of Sprint’s stock Android operating system – there was just too much bloatware. I didn’t want Sprint having its…

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Can You Explain How Taxes Work?

While scrolling through Facebook this evening, I noticed a link to “Chicks on the Right“, which in turn linked to The Federal Papers Project. The subject of the post was a “perfect” explanation of how taxes work. Having arguably a working knowledge of the federal tax arena, I immediately read the article, expecting some farcical take…

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LG G3 (LS990) Phone Root – The First Checkpoint

With my LG G3 successfully rooted, my next biggest concern was making sure I could get back to my old data in case I screwed something up. Doing a basic Google search and sifting through some of the threads on xda, I determined there were many options for properly backing up your Android system and data….

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LG G3 (LS990) Phone Root – The Beginning

Back in February of this year, I switched from AT&T to Sprint as a part of their “Cut Your Bill in Half” event. Having a grandfathered AT&T plan with unlimited data, I was able to get a very nice deal with Sprint. While the service in Houston is (rarely) problematic and I am not a…

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