BOSE: Noise masking sleepbuds

I bought myself the noise masking sleepbuds from BOSE to combat loisy upstairs neighbors who stomp all the time at night and early morning:

I tried them for two nights and I like the technology, unfortunately, I did not keep them because they were not comfortable for side sleepers.

The sleepbuds fit well in the ear and produce soothing music (you have a big selection from the phone app), however I found that any external speakers that can generate white noise can do the same effect.

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15 Useful Batch files programming recipes

In the Batchography book, I cover basic to advanced Batch files programming topics. Since the book was published in 2016, I kept blogging about Batch programming language.

Here’s a collection of some useful recipes:

  1. Check if the script is running as an Administrator
  2. String substitution
  3. Number counting
  4. Batch files and Unicode
  5. Read from a text file, one line at a time
  6. Switch/case in Batch files
  7. Auto reinterpret/compile changed files
  8. Reading from a file
  9. Tokenizing command output
  10. Polyglot: Python and Batch files
  11. Polyglot: Batch file + self compiling C++
  12. Embedding binaries inside Batch files
  13. Interactive Batch files
  14. Writing a game – The Hangman
  15. Batchography: Parsing INI files from a Batch file


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Available in print or e-book editions from Amazon.

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When it comes to keyboards, I am super picky!

When I got my first computer, I got attached to its keyboard (The Honeywell 101WN model). In fact, I kept the keyboard until I bought a new computer with no PS/2 ports on it.

It was a sad moment when I realized that I have to move on and find a new keyboard.

While I could have bought a PS/2 adapter, I needed the “Windows” key which is available on newer keyboards.

I think a big majority of programmers love their keyboards and their layout, just like me.

I am very picky when it comes to keyboards. If I don’t like the keyboard, I might not like the whole laptop for instance.

It took me a while to get used to the old MacBook Pro’s keyboards but just after I started liking their keyboards, Apple changed the mechanism to the butterfly mechanism and made the keyboards repulsing in my opinion. I won’t buy a new MacBook because of their keyboards. The same goes for Microsoft Surface laptops. I did not like their toy-like keyboards and therefore won’t buy, endorse or use a Microsoft Surface book or laptop . The most pleasant keyboards so far are the IBM / Lenovo keyboards. That’s why all of my PC laptops are a Lenovo X or T series.

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Excerpts from the “Blizzard Cosplay: Tips, Tricks and Hints” book

A hardcover copy of the “Blizzard Cosplay: Tips, Tricks and Hints” book was released on October 15, 2018. It has stunning CosPlay images.

Here’s a small taste of it:

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Overwatch: Lucio-Oh’s

If you are a fan of Blizzard Entertainment’s OverWatch game and love cereals then you might be pleased to know that now you can buy OverWatch Lucio-Oh’s and have them for breakfast!

Additionally, up until the end of 2019, you can download the Synaesthesia Auditiva free album:

Here’s one sound track for you called “05 Sonhos Ômnicos (Extended Mix)”, enjoy:

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Compiler Explorer – An online tool to test compilers

The compiler explorer is a very handy tool for testing compiler behaviors and the generated assembly code online. It was created by Matt Godbolt (and others).

An instance of the compiler explorer is hosted here

You can also host it on your own if you wish. Grab its sources from GitHub.

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Floatation tanks

Floatation tank, isolation tank or sensory deprivation tank mean the same thing. My first floatation tank experience was at B1 Yoga, and then at Urban Float (both places are in Washington State):

Quoting Wikipedia:

The isolation tank was developed in 1954 by John C. Lilly, a medical practitioner and neuropsychiatrist.[1][2][3] During his training in psychoanalysis at the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Lilly experimented with sensory deprivation. After 10 years of experimentation without taking any psychoactive substances, he tried floating in combination with a psychedelic agent, mostly LSD (at that time he was a researcher at NIMH, and LSD was legal in the US).

If you have watched “Stranger Things” on Netflix, in one episode, they show us Eleven being trained inside an sensory deprivation tank. Even in later episodes, they build an improvised floatation tank using an inflatable pool and lots of Epsom salt.

Floatation tanks have many benefits, to list them all is to repeat what others have said. I am going to mention just a few:

  • Energises, rejuvenates and revitalises
  • Promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation
  • Deepens meditation
  • Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis
  • Speeds up rehabilitation and recovery
  • Relieves pain (arthritis, migraines, injuries and so on)
  • Reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption
  • Increases creativity, problem solving

If you are still uncertain, I advise you to read this classic book about floatation written by Michael Hutchison on how floatation tanks changed his life and help him recover his health.

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Excerpts and notes from the “Soft Skills” book

A couple of years ago, I was reading the book entitled “Soft Skills” by John Sonmez. The book was super useful to me especially that I was exploring ways to improve my soft skills and learn all the tricks I can regarding how to start my own business, organize my time, etc.

In this blog post, I share with you some of the takeaways and excerpts from that book.

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Anderson Debernardi the founder of: Usko-Ayar Amazonian School of Painting

During my trip to Iquitos, Peru, I discovered the Usko-Ayar Amazonian School of Painting which was founded by Anderson Debernardi.

I was having a dinner at Karma Cafe, Iquitos when noticed all the beautiful paintings on the wall. The following are some of the pictures I took with my phone. By the way, the cafe is awesome and I highly recommend it.

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