Monthly Archives: June 2009

Keep it to Yourself!

I found this post, CreditBloggers: Got a Plan to Reduce Your Credit Card Debt? Keep it to Yourself!, an interesting contrast to this one, The Only Two Secrets to Motivating Yourself You’ll Ever Need. The first post suggests that when … Continue reading

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Bulk Rename Utility Blasts Through Your File Naming Tasks – Windows

I’ve been using Bulk Rename for about a week now and I’m very pleased with it. There are a lot of options, but using them is pretty straightforward and you get a preview of the changes to your filenames before … Continue reading

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The Technium: Why Technology Can’t Fulfill

I found this post, The Technium: Why Technology Can’t Fulfill, fascinating. I wanted to highlight a couple of the points I found particularly interesting. The whole article is definitely worth reading. First, the simple life is a life a of … Continue reading

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Heart Attack from Your Grill? Not with this Recipe

We have a lot of hamburger still stocked up, but I may give this recipe a shot: Heart Attack from Your Grill? Not with this Recipe . I wonder how it would taste with ground beef instead of chicken or … Continue reading

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GIMP – An Introduction

I use Gimp for some photo editing at work. Sadly, I do not use any of its more advanced features. It’s like owning a Lamborghini and using it to drive to the grocery store. I’m hoping this series GIMP – … Continue reading

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Priming the pump of efficiency

This post of Seth Godin’s Priming the pump of efficiency talks about the hit your efficiency takes when you switch to a new way of doing doings. On a short-term scale or a medium-term scale, you would be much better … Continue reading

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Almost sure-fire clothing stain removal: The Two-Step Presoak | Parent Hacks

I tried this: Almost sure-fire clothing stain removal: The Two-Step Presoak | Parent Hacks on a pair of oil and grass-stained pants and I was delighted with the results. The problem is that I rarely know what I’ll be doing … Continue reading

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Message to the Planet Teenager

Elnia at The Pink Pigtail Inn had a post a while back: Message to the Planet Teenager that argues that World of Warcraft is a social activity and that “For many people on-line gaming is actually a constructive improvement in … Continue reading

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10 Busted Myths About The Canadian Healthcare System

I really enjoyed reading this post: TransGriot: 10 Busted Myths About The Canadian Healthcare System. I often find myself discouraged by the state of healthcare around here. It’s easy to forget that things could be much, much worse. We may … Continue reading

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13 Things That Don’t Make Sense

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but “That’s funny …”– Isaac Asimov I recently read 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense by Micheal Brooks.  It’s a … Continue reading

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Heather Dale in Winnipeg June 19, 2009

We went and saw Heather Dale do a show in Winnipeg tonight. It was great! It just happened that her first set included all the kids’ favorite songs. Alec pretty much drifted to sleep as she sang Mordred’s Lullaby which … Continue reading

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Linnaeus invented the index card

I didn’t realize that Linnaeus invented the index card – Boing Boing. I love index cards for taking notes. I keep trying to make the Hipster PDA work for me, but so far it’s just a little too awkward to … Continue reading

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Announcing the Tor.com Store

For some reason, Tor has created an online store: Announcing the Tor.com Store! Why? I have to agree with the commenters who are wondering what the point of this store is. Worse prices, slower service, smaller selection. I suppose if … Continue reading

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Iotop Tells You What Process is Grinding Your Hard Drive

For a while Jaimie’s hard drive kept grinding away at random times. I was never able to track down what the problem was and wound up doing a full reinstall of her system. Something like this: Lifehacker – Iotop Tells … Continue reading

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A New Politics of the Common Good

This looks interesting: A New Politics of the Common Good | Open Culture. I watched Sandel’s Justice: A Journey in Moral Reasoning and really enjoyed it. It reminded me a lot of the philosophy classes I took at university. The … Continue reading

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Programming in Lisp

I was browsing through XKCD’s archives this morning and I ran across this comic. Jaimie still has fond memories of hearing me count parentheses as I wrote Lisp programs. Life would have been much easier if I’d used Emacs back … Continue reading

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Some Quotes Of Note: Politicians Damning New Technologies/Cultural Artifacts

This amused me: Some Quotes Of Note: Politicians Damning New Technologies/Cultural Artifacts | Techdirt. It seems that for any new practice X the conversation follows this path: “Those kids and their X will destroy society.” 20 years pass: “Why can’t … Continue reading

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Heather Dale Concert June 2009

I’m going to be taking some portion of my family to a Heather Dale concert at the Bhigg House next Friday evening. Alec has always been soothed by Mordred’s Lullabye, so he should enjoy this. (I find his choice of … Continue reading

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Class vs. Skill

In Tobold’s post about Class vs. Skill systems he says: In every jump-and-run game or other single-player game as simple as Tetris, your progress is strictly limited by how good you are at the game. Makes you wonder why that … Continue reading

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Ian McKellen in King Lear

This looks fascinating: Ian McKellen in King Lear | Open Culture. I’ve seen Shakespeare performed in theaters, parks, auditoriums, and in movies and I’ve enjoyed most of those performances. Hopefully watching online will give me a chance to enjoy more. … Continue reading

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