Category: "Misc"

One Reason I Love Fall In Colorado

November 9th, 2012

What we packed for the weekend trip:

  • Bikes (a ride near Glenwood and to get around)
  • Skis (passing my favorite ski area, so why not stop for an hour or so?)
  • Camping gear (should be warm enough, at least the first night)
  • Day packs (hike on Sunday)
  • Camera (because Colorado is stunning)

How many PhDs Does It Take To Get A PowerPoint Working?

November 1st, 2012


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Cartoon copyright Jorge Cham.

Very familiar and only slightly exaggerated.

From, new strips Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. If you like it, you're in luck, the archive goes back to 1997.

Riding Backwards

October 30th, 2012


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This is the way I'm living my life recently: no idea where I'm headed and excited about the ride.

(Nice fenders on the bike.)

Passed By A Toaster? No Problem.

October 29th, 2012

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Passed by Lycra? Never!

Android Phone v. Ubuntu Computer: 2-0

November 2nd, 2011

Two apps on my phone that I wish I could have on my Ubuntu computers:

  • imo. A multi-protocol chat application that does Skype. Yes, I know Empathy works with Skype, but getting it to work is a mess involving brown chunks and Skype must be running (or something) to actually use it (or something like that.) imo on my phone works quite sweetly.
  • icssync. A bi-directional, syncing .ics calendar app. Sunbird once worked but development is over; it's now a pain to install; and Sunbird was always slow compared to the speedy icssync. Lightning will do it but Lightning is wrapped into Thunderbird which makes Lightning slow to start and clumsier to use.

I guess phones and tablets are the new frontier. Ubuntu and linux are no longer worth the time.

From Elsewhere

October 2nd, 2011

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From the Denver Public Library. Hand-lettered on back of print: "H.B. Ley, T.S. Waud, Cedar Falls Iowa, Weight 5650#, elec. light, running wat, toilet, refrigerator."

  • The RV crazies will always be with us - Heaters/generators/pumps that run all night long bother other people who are not encased in a mobile house.

    If you are going to run noisy stuff all night, go to a friggin RV park or a Walmart parking lot not a public campground. Sheesh.

  • Trip view bowl in Google Earth - The coolest way to show off a souvenir knickknack that I have ever seen.
  • Republicans hate chocolate - Climate change will decimate cocoa production. (Of course, Dems may be believers but they don't care.)
  • What it costs China to screw American workers -

    It is currently costing the Chinese central bank about $240 billion per year to hold down the value of the Chinese currency relative to other currencies. This cost is growing rapidly.
    . . .
    To put this cost in perspective, $240 billion is considerably larger than China’s trade surplus of $183 billion last year. It is about 4 percent of China’s GDP in 2010. Moreover, this cost does not include the implicit tax on the banking system associated with China’s reserve holdings, which is passed on to Chinese households in the form of depressed rates of interest on savings deposits.

Harper's Magazine

August 21st, 2011


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From Harper's.

I love Harper's. Don't always agree, but the essays often compel me to consider alternate ways of looking at the world. Cheap, too.

Mail Goggles from Google Labs

July 31st, 2011

Google Labs can save you from yourself:

Mail Goggles
by Jon P

Google strives to make the world's information useful. Mail you send late night on the weekends may be useful but you may regret it the next morning. Solve some simple math problems and you're good to go. Otherwise, get a good night's sleep and try again in the morning. After enabling this feature, you can adjust the schedule in the "General" settings page.

An add-in to gmail.