September 9, 2010
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April 19, 2010 1 Comment
April 19, 2010 1 Comment
Inspired by Tim’s 5 open source apps I spend the most time using, here’s my 2010 Essentials. In no particular order:
It’s interesting to see the changes to the list over the years. Jobs have changed but so have the tools, now all of the basic collaboration is done over the web.
March 9, 2010 2 Comments
For as long as I’ve been able to drive, cars have been my nemesis. It’s not that I’ve had many problems with them, but they’re just a mystery to me. No clue how they work, no clue how to fix them, no clue on what to buy. This is how a lot of people feel about computers.
Due to my complete lack of understanding, I get an insanely good feeling when I have any success with repairing a car.
Months ago my car wouldn’t start.
I could put my key in, but not turn it at all. The lock cylinder needed to be replaced.
During the ride home, my lovely fiance told me to get it towed. I said something to the effect of “we’ll see”. I poked around on the Internet reading about this problem.
Google. “2004 Ford Focus key won’t turn in the ignition”. Result 1. Hmm, it looks like I can start it by hitting the key with a hammer.
I got a ride to the car with my trusty hammer, bump the key and turn. It starts. HUZZAH! I had to have the lock cylinder replaced (~$100 locally) but I didn’t have to have it towed. I felt invincible. I conquered the car.
I was in Kansas City during August of 2006 and my old car’s driver side headlight went out.
For my Kentucky readers, this is a fairly big deal. Many other states are much more strict about driving with one headlight. I heard about this from some co-workers and I knew that I needed to fix the light myself, and soon. Two options: take it to the shop or be a man and fix it your damn self. I didn’t have any time to take it to a shop, so I stopped by an O’Reilly Auto Parts store on the way to DMac’s place and got the right part. Then I began to RTFM. The replacement was easy, but I felt like I was again, unstoppable. I conquered the car yet again.
This has all led to this week. Now my car’s driver side tail light is out. I haven’t changed a tail light, but I need some good mojo to conquer this beast.
The game plan is on Wednesday to again RTFM. I’ll also have my trusty fiance by my side to help out, and she knows more about cars than I ever will.
March 7, 2010 1 Comment
It’s been 9 years since I started blogging.
Today’s link to ponder is brought to you by Hacker News, my new Digg/Reddit/News Firehouse substitute:
The summary: A smart (and now famous) computer guy wouldn’t work the way everyone else wanted to because it slowed him down. The guy who wrote the letter is the older, experienced one who has this money quote:
When you were in college, did you ever meet bright kids who graduated top of their class in high-school and then floundered freshman year in college because they had never learned how to study? It’s a common trap. A friend of mine calls it “the curse of the gifted” — a tendency to lean on your native ability too much, because you’ve always been rewarded for doing that and self-discipline would take actual work.
Locally, our basketball team is going to the NCAA tournament. We went to the game last night and visited Shalimar for some quality Indian food.
Funny of the day, via a new awesome website F Yeah, Puns! (could be NSFW):
Honeymoon plans are slow. We’ve decided we don’t want to leave the continental US. Where should we go in August?
February 8, 2010
I’ll talk about the following today:
Question of the day:
You’re given an assignment. You’ve got to write an ethics essay. You wrote one two years ago for another class. Is it academically honest to reuse the paper? Why/Why Not?
Snow Based Hysteria
Having spent nearly all of my life south of Mason-Dixon, there’s nothing quite like watching fellow southerners respond to snow. This tweet sums it up pretty well:
Why do you need flour? If the power DOES go out, what r u planning on doing w/ it?
In case you’ve never experienced southern snow based hysteria – it’s amazing. It’s anarchy. Everyone’s preparing for Armageddon. Yes, we had an ice storm last year – many lessons were learned… but I seriously doubt the forecast justifies the wave of shopping that happened a couple of weeks ago. Watch the forecasts, people. Snow Forecasted != snowmygod / New Ice Storm. The big ice storm was pretty easy to see coming, remember:
See that purple and blue stuff? That‘s what you need to be freaking out about.