Monthly Archives: May 2010

A Better Version of You

This song makes me think of my dear younger brother. I think it would touch his heart, so I’ll send it his way. Too bad I didn’t know about it when the kids were younger, they could have had more … Continue reading

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Commendation of Service Dance

I hadn’t noticed this before, but when your character turns in the old battleground Marks of Honor for Commendation of Service then cashes in the Commendations, they do a little dance.  it’s kind and cute and fun that they’d put … Continue reading

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Customize Your Google Chrome Application Icons by Webapp

The kids like to play web-based flash games.  Having to spell out the websites over and over again was getting annoying, so I’ve created desktop links.  Right now the links are pretty plain, but I’m going to pretty them up … Continue reading

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Pulitzer-winning fanfic

BoingBoing points to Pulitzer-winning fanfic: a non-exhaustive list. It’s interesting to read the BoingBoing comments.  Most of them declare that the examples on the list are not fanfic, despite admitting that these are derivative works and usually not sanctioned by … Continue reading

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How important are small businesses

Make: Online : How important are small businesses to the U.S. economy? has some interesting statistics on small businesses.  Their definition of small business is pretty big (< 500 employees) but it is worth noting that about half of the … Continue reading

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Lessons from fashion’s free culture

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion’s free culture is yet another interesting talk from TED.   What particularly struck me was the graph around the 12 minute mark showing the gross sales from industries with little copyright protection versus those from industries … Continue reading

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More Sex is Safer Sex

I read about half of Steven E. Landsburg’s More Sex is Safer Sex.  In this book he’s expanded a series of essays on how looking at problems through an economic lens can lead to interesting and eccentric conclusions such as … Continue reading

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Sucks to be me

It sucks to be me from Avenue Q makes me laugh.  Sometimes it helps to be reminded that everyone else’s life sucks too. Schadenfeude for the win! denfreude

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Completing that Steampunk Look

I decided to get my engineer the Mechano-Hog mount to complete her steampunk look.  She has the goggles, the gun, the turbo-charged flying machine so the motorbike was next.  It was more expensive than I thought it would be, but … Continue reading

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5K Done for 2010

I did the Couch to 5k again this year.  It went more smoothly than last year but it wasn’t as much fun.   I started considerably earlier than I did last year, so it was a lot colder as I ran.  … Continue reading

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A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

One Div Zero: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages made me laugh.  I particularly liked the opening piece of history: Joseph Marie Jacquard uses punch cards to instruct a loom to weave “hello, world” into a … Continue reading

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Dance Recital

Callie had her Little Stars dance recital yesterday and it went really well.  She danced beautifully and seemed to have a lot of fun doing it.  I may a laughed a little loudly at one of the jokes in her … Continue reading

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Old School Toughness

I really enjoyed Dan Carlin’s latest Hardcore history podcast, Old School Toughness.  In this episode he discusses the problem that’s plagued many civilizations – tough barbarians take over, get weakened by civilization, and the next wave of barbarians takes over … Continue reading

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Rogue Ding 80!

A while back, I decided to level the second character I’d created on Quel’dorei – my bank alt rogue. Today I finally got him up to 80. I found that running dungeons on a rogue was much trickier – positioning … Continue reading

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