Two-Headed Boy: A Song Review

Two-Headed Boy (song) by Neutral Milk Hotel

Two headed boy
All floating in glass
The sun it has passed
Now it’s blacker than black
I can hear as you tap on your jar
I am listening to hear where you are
I am listening to hear where you are

Two headed boy
Put on sunday shoes
And dance round the room to accordion keys
With the needle that sings in your heart
Catching signals that sound in the dark
Catching signals that sound in the dark
We will take off our clothes
And they’ll be placing fingers through the notches in your spine
And when all is breaking
Everything that you could keep inside
Now your eyes ain’t moving
Now they just lay there in their climb

Two headed boy
With pulleys and weights
Creating a radio played just for two
In the parlor with a moon across her face
And through the music he sweetly displays
Silver speakers that sparkle all day
Made for his lover who’s floating and choking with her hands across her face
And in the dark we will take off our clothes
And they’ll be placing fingers through the notches in your spine

Two headed boy
There is no reason to grieve
The world that you need is wrapped in gold silver sleeves
Left beneath christmas trees in the snow
And I will take you and leave you alone
Watching spirals of white softly flow
Over your eyelids and all you did
Will wait until the point when you let go

I think the main question is “What’s a two-headed boy?” Is he someone who can’t make up his mind? Is he someone who lost his way? Is he a freak of nature? The poet is trying to remember him through sounds and signals. It appears that the two-headed boy is the poet’s alter ego. Is he someone whom the poet could have become? wished he had become?

I like playing this song when I’m too busy to go outside. It seems like my always ready alibi. I can always listen to hear where you are, and catch your signals in the dark. Don’t worry. What I need is just downstairs, “wrapped in gold silver sleeves”, underneath the christmas tree.

Is the two-headed boy a ghost? “All floating in glass” and “who’s floating and choking” means he’s a forever presence. Is the two-headed boy a regretful decision? Is it something that waits for acceptance or forgiveness?

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More On Using the Asus Zenfone 5 – The First Week

I was able to do a backup and restore of my call logs and contacts. Get the old Android device and the new Android device paired. Using bluetooth to transfer the backup file. In the old device open the app – Contacts and Phone apps. Go to Settings. Find and click Backup and Send Out to device. Then choose Bluetooth and then choose the new device as it is detected. On the new device, the backup file is automatically restored to its respective app. If not, open the particular app on the new device then navigate to the bluetooth download directory. Choose the backup file.

I was able to set up, enable and test face recognition on the Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL. Go to Settings, just click the wheel icon on the top right of the panel. Go to Security And Lock Screen, click on Face Recognition. Make sure you’re in a well lighted location. Just hold the device at arms length to your face. My test result is 8 out 10 successes. Certainly fingerprint login is more consistent and faster.

I like ZenUI and I’m not going to a debate about this and stock Android right now. With ZenUI I enabled some gestures and motions that enable me to double-tap to wake and put the screen to sleep. I was used to this motion in the old device. It saves battery life.

Speaking of battery life, enabling Bluetooth, NFC, Wifi scanning and location services will drain the battery and considerably shorten the life of the battery. Zenfone 5 also has Report Location and sets GPS function. Using Wifi, Data network and GPS for reporting location to apps and also for emergency situation. You can set the device to report the location to a preset group of contacts or an emergency number.

I want to go back to fingerprint login. I have an app for encrypted keys and password database. This keepass implementation for android is compatible with fingerprint login. This means I can perform fingerprint scan to open the database if I need my password for a site. A site like my online bank or a shopping site that needs to be secured for financial transactions benefits in terms of convenience and speed of login.

Using The Zenfone 5: The First Week

I had a big problem with migrating to the new phone. The Zenfone 5 ZE620KL uses a nano sim. I figured I can cut the micro sim which I used with the old Zenfone 2. I think I might have overestimated my skill at trimming it. So I had to go to a cellphone repair shop for it. The repair guy salvaged the globe sim but the smart sim is damaged. I had to make a trip to the official Smart shop at Sta. Lucia annex. They had to ask some questions about my sim and account but I passed. I own this sim and number.

They provided an upgraded LTE (4G) sim with the same number for me. Thank you Smart staff.

At the end of the day I have the Smart sim 4G ready that my contacts already know and the Globe sim as backup for contacts with globe sims too. I use the smart sim for data connections. I have the wifi in the house for most browsing and downloads.

It took about two days for all the apps to migrate and update for the new phone. Some apps like the Asus email app isn’t as good as it was in the old phone. Different android version you think? I love the Asus Email app but, maybe after some updates, I’ll be using the Gmail app instead.

What do I think about the AI powered Zenfone? Is there real benchmarks out there that proves using the AI makes the Zenfone 5 better? My impression is that the phone fails or succeeds on its own hardware and software and that means without the AI. The AI concept is probably better used in the Assistant than running the apps for the user. The user deserves to make decisions not the AI.

I used the Asus Music app in the old Zenfone. Google Play tells me it isn’t compatible with Zenfone 5. I’m using Google Music now. It’s either this or Spotify. Spotify sucks at detecting my local library tracks. Zenfone 5 has a Tuning Wizard and I recommend you enable and use it customize the sound in your phone.

The finger print login / authentication works well. I have yet to try the face recognition feature.

The camera lacks some of the features in the old Zenfone or maybe they figured that nobody uses it so dropped it in Zenfone 5. I’m using the Asus Camera here which is what I use the old zenfone. The dual camera system works well even in low light.

Asus Zenfone 5 Delivered

The Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL dark version (blue), it also comes in a light version of silver. The specs in this one is Qualcomm snapdragon 636, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM.

It has excellent build quality, a front gorilla glass, aluminum glass covered back. The display is 6.2 inches full HD, a resolution of 1080 by 2246 pixels.

Now I’m migrating my apps and data to the new device. Hopefully I don’t lose my data.

Upgrade Firefox 59.0 –>> 60.0

I failed to mention that firefox updated to version 60 several weeks back. With firefox 60 comes the first browser with Web Authentication API, passwordless login to websites.

This version of Firefox adds Quantum for Enterprise. It allows Group Policy in Windows machines.