Any.Do – The best task tracking system ATM

Any.DO-Logo-+-NameFor a long time I have been trying different ways to track my stack of tasks. I tried different approaches, from using paper (it is fun!), Calendar Mac App, Wunderlist, and recently Any.Do.

Paper is probably the best, as you can write freely, draw, scratch, rip, and other physical activities that are quite fun. But, unless you get a small notebook, it gets hard to be with you all the time. You could also scratch on a smart phone device, like Samsung S Note app. But when I am working in my laptop, I do not like to have to take the phone to add or remove entries. So, next natural step is to use a tool that syncs tasks between devices.

Wunderlist is cool. Cool enough for me to use it for some time. It has the fun fact that it keeps finished tasks scratched, just like you might do in paper. Nevertheless, the app is (or was, when I tried it) quite limited. You could have different todo lists, but it was hard to see them all at once. You could add some manual tags to tasks (I did that for some time), but it got boring. And it wasn’t easy to sort tasks. You needed to, somehow, change its date.

I tried for some time Evernote for that. It allows to add tick boxes to your notes. But again, not easy to see all tasks in one screen, unless you add them all in the same sheet. And if you do, it gets complicated to manage the order, and the categories, with lots of cut, copy and paste.

So, recently I am using Any.DO. It is also available for Mac, Web, and Android, so easy to sync around. And it has three main ways to see your tickets: per category, per time, or per importance. And in each of these three views, you can sort easily your tasks just by moving them around. I am very satisfied (for now, at least) with it. But I still wonder how much more fun and efficient it might get with the paid version. But a monthly (or yearly) subscription is not exactly what I want right now. Nevertheless, if I could buy the app (and not a service) I might be buying it soon.

The Joy of Logic (2013)

Socrates syllogism

Socrates syllogism

For something completely different, today I talk (erm, write) about a BBC documentary on Logic. It starts with Socrates Syllogisms up to Boole algebra. Then a quick visit on Mathematics nightmare of trying to prove Mathematics logically (yeah, Maths aren’t logic!), introducing first order logic. Then, we get back to Boole algebra and Alan Turing, and understand how it changed the world, and how you, my friend, are using Boole algebra in your computer, at levels you might not think of.

This should be a required documentary for every computer science student (or researcher). It is really worth to “lose” a class to show this to our students.

Modern Family (Season 6)

Sofia Vergara @ Modern Family

Sofia Vergara @ Modern Family

Yeah, right. What other could I post here from the last Modern Family season? It is not every day we get Sofia Vergara in the pool. Other than that, the series continues with some fun episodes and some other more boring. Nothing really new. The “big story” (spoilers ahead) is quite small and slow. Alex gets to college (or out of college? well… to Caltech. I just hope she meets The Big Bang Theory next season). Haley likes Andy. And not much more.

Castle (Season 7)

Stana Katic as Kate Beckett

Stana Katic as Kate Beckett

So, was watching the 23th episode when discovered there was no 24th. Shame! Was really expecting one more. Well, spoilers ahead.

For once, the season does not end with Beckett or Castle dead or disappeared. Only a small doubt on Kate future. On the season 6 finale, the explanation was not good. I think more could be done. But that was OK.

Other than that, I just expected Molly C. Quinn (Alexis) to be more active in the series. She is so cute and beautiful…

The Big Bang Theory (Season 8)

Penny

Penny

Penny

Penny

Penny

Penny

In case you had some doubts, you can see here a good reason for me to continue watching this series. I confess it is still fun, but the kind of jokes are getting boring. Thankful, now Raj has a hot redhead girlfriend with a creepy sense of humor. Just love her. And no, if she continues in the next series I will post her here. For this time, you get enough with Penny.

The Concubine (2012)

The Concubine

The Concubine

The movie is not bad. I feel bad because I can’t understand Korean (I hope it is in Korean) and I feel like the English subtitles are not up to the movie quality. Also, and please, do not misinterpret me, but I can’t really distinguish much Asian faces. Not sure why, but maybe because my brain is trained to distinguish occidental faces, and it somehow feels like Asian faces are much alike. So, I did have some trouble in the beginning to distinguish the characters and, during that time, I might got confused with the Plot.

Nevertheless, I read some comments on this movie and they just got to the same conclusion I had, so probably I was able to understand the relevant parts of the plot.

The movie has a nice atmosphere, with a scent of eroticism from time to time. But, just like someone commented at IMDB, no, this is not an erotic movie.

Beware, spoilers ahead.

The plot is mostly from a Drama that could be easily titled “The Game of the Throne”. With the dead of the king (couldn’t understand how natural it was), and without any legitimate hair, his mother and his wife fight for the throne. And they are up to anything for that. Up to killing!

Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

Greek Chorus @ Mighty Aphrodite

Greek Chorus @ Mighty Aphrodite

I am not properly a fan either of Woody Allen as an actor or as a producer or director. But a comedy with two cute girls (yeah, although Mira Sorvino is more eye catching, Helena Bonham Carter is beautiful too) led me to watch the movie.

I confess that the part that I liked more is the Greek Chorus (see above in the picture). It is like the main character’s conscience. Their sing and choreography are just great. Very good!

The story.. meh, not that as a story itself. Watchable.

Furious Seven (2015)

Furious Seven

Furious Seven

And the seventh is out there, and it seems eighth is on its way. What can I say? More of the same. Good to watch if you are in the mood, if you like speed, girls and punches. A little difficult for me to see Jason Statham as the bad guy. Other than that, cool. And, of course, Nathalie Emmanuel is very, very cute.

No need to comment on the hacking stuff, and mistakes or impossible stuff. You do not see a movie for that. Also, of course, lots of publicity. Other than the cars, at least Dell and Monster. Whatever.

Finally, a good homage to Paul Walker. I confess I got sentimental.

Transporter: The Series (Season 2)

Violante Placido as Caterina Boldieu

Violante Placido as Caterina Boldieu

I liked this series a lot. As I included in the season I review, it included lots of action (martial arts-like), cars and car stunts, and pretty girls with few clothes. For this season, you can see some action, a few car stunts and no girls without clothes. The prettier girl around is, probably, Violante Placido, as Caterina Boldieu, but always in decent clothes.

They say a new season will be prepared. I am hoping at least the car stunts get back, because this is getting more and more distant from the Transporter character, and more and more near the 007 franchise.

Also, I am not yet sure why all car makes are removed from the cars. As you can see bellow, there is a Renault truck without its logo. No idea why the logo was removed. I think anybody will see that is a Renault. The same happens with all the Ford, Nissan, Kia, Skoda and other car makes that appear in the series. I think the only two makes I saw were Audi, the one that probably sponsors the show, because it is the transporter’s car, and a Mazda, that probably slipped from the censure, as it appears by, let’s say, accident, at it is just a parked car that get some focus.

Renault Truck

Renault Truck

Piracy and HandBrake

From time to time I am reminded on how good piracy is, and how copy protection is designed to make consumer life difficult. This story happened today. I just bought a DVD with the Penguins of Madagascar movie. Unfortunately I do not have a DVD player attached to my television. I have an old Mac Book Pro as media player. Its multi-drive is mostly dead, so I can’t use it to watch the DVD.

Well, when I bought the DVD I did not think on this, or I might look up on the DVD information and, noticing the “anti copy” I wouldn’t buy it. But I did not notice, so I bought it. The next step was to do a ripped copy, so I can copy it to a pen drive and see in the Mac.

I installed HandBrake and, of course, it complained the DVD is protected. I can understand its developers not to include the needed libraries to decode encrypted media, or they might have legal problems. But after some time I found out there is some DLL files I can copy and DVD will be able to rip the movie.

And this is why I love piracy. Not because of the piracy itself, but because every initiative against it LIMITS THE USERS THAT PAYS FOR THE MEDIA, not the one that copies the media illegally.