Android References

In this blog I have added few quick references that I found useful for Android app development. The information collected here comes from various sources. I have added the references as accurately as possible. I have created the list here for my personal note, but you may use it in any way you find it useful.

Android permissions list: I copied the Android permission list from the Android Documentation on February 17th, 2014. The list will obviously change over time and I will try to keep it updated. You can find the list here. You can see the XML format permission list below.

HTML Color codes: I found it useful to create a list of color codes for quick note during app development. The list is based on HTML color codes and may be used as an alternative to the “@android:color/black” technique for text colors in activities. You can find the list here. You can see the colors xml resource file posted below.
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Root explains Schrödinger’s Cat

The latest episode of Person of Interest talks about a missing character on the show in terms of Schrodinger’s cat.

Schrödinger wrote in his famous 1935 paper, Schrödinger, E. “The present status of quantum mechanics.” Die Naturwissenschaften 23.48 (1935): 1-26 about a thought experiment, in which a cat is put in a box with a lethal radioactive poison. The poison is just weak enough to ensure a 50/50 chance of survival. However, there is no way to actually know the fate of the cat without opening the box. According to quantum mechanics, the cat is in a superposition until the observation is made. Once the observation is made, classical mechanics of nature hits and the cat is either dead or alive but not both.

Since the character’s fate is not known and she’s probably in captivity of someone dangerous, root explains, that until we make an observation of actually finding her, she is neither dead nor alive but both.

Password Fun

Being a researcher in mobile privacy and security domain, I have always considered myself to be aware of what a good password is. The following cartoon makes me wonder though, if we really are that smart about choosing password strength versus usability.

Password cartoon from xkcd

An interesting project in this regard can be found here.

Simple Audio Visualizer

Discovered an interesting way to visualize music today using Adobe After Effects. The following video from mocarg shows how to do it.

Surely there are many ways to visualize music, but I liked the results from this one. Also see below the results of the same on the Game of Thrones main theme.

Movies 2015

There are a bunch of movies coming out in 2015. Some of them look really good. Here are some of the movies I am looking forward to.


Finally leading up to December 18, 2015. This day is going to be big because, Star Wars (duh!).

Update(July 12, 2015): I was correct about 2 movies, wrong about 1 and 1 over-hyped Star Wars movie is coming soon! I can hardly wait for it…

Please don’t disappoint: