Monthly Archives: May 2009

Eros, Philia, Agape

Eros, Philia, Agape by Rachel Swirsky is a story that’s about as different from Isaac Asimov’s classic Robot stories as any story could be. At the same time, it has some striking thing in common with those stories. The biggest … Continue reading

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6 Brilliant UF Examples

One of the things I like best about WoW is playing with my User Interface. Sadly, I fear that my UI falls more into the cluttered than the elegant end of the scale. One of the key components of a … Continue reading

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Turn Storage Containers Into Self Watering Tomato Planters

This looks like an interesting way to grow tomatoes: Turn Storage Containers Into Self Watering Tomato Planters. If I remember to pick up the parts before tomato growing season is over, I’ll give this a shot this summer.

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Exit Strategy

I found this post on Exit Strategy from Mirror Shield – Yakra’s Reflections on Tanking very much worth thinking about. I think that’s one of the places I failed in raid leading pre-Wrath. We lingered in Kara far too long … Continue reading

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6 Small Things You Can Do When You Lack Discipline

Zen Habits has a good post on 6 Small Things You Can Do When You Lack Discipline. I’ve found that the most effective for me is to make it easy. If I can find a simple step that I can … Continue reading

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Blood and Iron

I gave up on reading Elizabeth Bear’s Blood and Iron last night. What killed the book for me were the constant obscure references to events that happened outside the book.  It was like eavesdropping on a couple of old friends: … Continue reading

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Snap Circuits

Evan seems to be showing an interest in electronic projects lately. If he stays interested, I may look into getting him a Snap Circuits set. I’m not sure where you would buy these in Canada, but it looks like a … Continue reading

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Back Up and Play Your Wii Games From an External Hard Drive

This looks cool: Lifehacker – Back Up and Play Your Wii Games From an External Hard Drive . I doubt I’ll be buying a Wii before winter returns, but I really like this idea. We’d bought a Gamecube but a … Continue reading

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Free Realms Item Codes

If you play Free Realms, Zam has some Free Item Codes! . There’s a lot of fun stuff in Free Realms. Right now the thing I find the most frustrating is that I don’t seem to get better at the … Continue reading

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iPod shuffle

I’m awfully tempted to see if I can squeeze next month’s budget to get myself an iPod shuffle. The big factors in my decision making are that iPods are the least crappy MP3 player I know of and the shuffle … Continue reading

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10 things you didn’t know about orgasm

If you want an amusing and informative talk, check out Mary Roach: 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm . I expect this to show up on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books soon as it seems right up their alley.

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Looting the Guild Bank

When I canceled my WoW subscription, I deliberately left people with access to the guild bank and a message to help themselves.  Wouldn’t you know it, two non-contributing players decided to clean it out.  Not take a reasonable amount and … Continue reading

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Where do you find out about new books?

Jo Walton asks, Where do you find out about new books? I find that online reviews are helpful, but frustrating. Usually when I spot a book that looks interesting I can’t pick it up at the library. I’m not at … Continue reading

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Miniver Cheevy

Miniver Cheevy, child of scorn, Grew lean while he assailed the seasons He wept that he was ever born, And he had reasons. Miniver loved the days of old When swords were bright and steeds were prancing; The vision of … Continue reading

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Feeling Heroic

For the past few days I’ve had an urge to play WoW and I’ve been trying to figure out why.  I have no particular desire to raid, level an alt, do dailies, amass more gold, quest, or explore.  Turns out … Continue reading

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Digital Book 2009: A Recap

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books provides Digital Book 2009: A Recap. My favorite quote was: “The process of using an ebook should never get in the way of READING an ebook. Stop putting obstacles between me and my book.” This really … Continue reading

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Graduate From Legos To Dome Homes

Graduate From Legos To Dome Homes | GeekDad | Wired.com looks like a fun idea. I have to wonder how a house such as this one would stand up to Manitoba weather. There are a lot of interesting designs out … Continue reading

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The Pirate and the Pagan

I read Virginia Henley’s The Pirate and the Pagan the other night.  If you thought Tess of the D’Urbervilles needed more sex scenes, more of Tess contributing to her own downfall, and a tacked-on happy ending, this is the book … Continue reading

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Homemade, edible lip gloss

Parent Hacks has a recipe for Homemade, edible lip gloss. I think my daughter and her friends would have a blast with this. This would make a great rainy day / birthday party activity.

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Blackbeard, Bluebeard & Redbeard

Pirate song of the day with more bad jokes and than you can shake a hook at! (via BoingBoing)

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