Monthly Archives: July 2010

How we subsidize fossil fuels

As we look at alternative sources of energy and the funding for developping them, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded How we subsidize fossil fuels – Boing Boing.

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How to Turn Your Backyard into a Bird Refuge

How to Turn Your Backyard into a Bird Refuge is the kind of project I think i can handle in our new place.  Despite living in the country, I do not want to raise my own chickens/pigs/cattle/llamas.  Setting up feeders … Continue reading

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metaquotes: squid314 is dissatisfied with TV

This amused me a few days back.  It reminds me of this RPG.net thread: Biggest Powergamers in Real Life. History is ridiculously improbable. I think the worst offender here is the History Channel and all their programs on the so-called … Continue reading

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Street-Fighting Math

Street-Fighting Math: down and dirty guide to approximation and problem-solving looks like an interesting book.   When I was in high school, my dad taught me to always come up with an estimated answer prior to solving a problem.  If the … Continue reading

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The know-it-all

I read The know-it-all: one man’s humble quest to become the smartest person in the world a while back.  I enjoyed it. In this book, A.J. Jacobs tells the story of the year he spent reading through the entire Encyclopaedia … Continue reading

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You Might Be A Trekkie

Have you ever wondered if you might be a Trekkie? Maybe you don’t debate starship weapon layouts or even Kirk versus Picard, but you may still not be safe.

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Artificial

Abstruse Goose » Artificial. This comic is a good illustrated restatement of Heinlein’s quote: There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who “love Nature” while deploring the “artificialities” with which “Man has spoiled Nature.” The obvious contradiction lies … Continue reading

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I Fail To See Anything Wrong With This

The Devil’s Panties – 05/30/2010. There’s nothing like a sweet song at a tender moment.

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Tanking Persona

This post on Murloc Parliament » Tanking Persona is very funny.  I’ve tanked using every tanking class in WoW and I’ve also used all three of those tanking personas.  Mostly I’m between Ultranoob and The Strong Silent Type.  I save … Continue reading

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When Ideas Have Sex

I found this video fascinating. The ideas that stuck out were: Sex is a way to allow for a win-win situation. If individuals in an asexual species compete, there must be a winner and a loser. Prosperity can be defined … Continue reading

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Three Minute Philosophy

Open Culture highlighted this video on Three Minute Philosophy.  It’s a fun, quick take on the high points of various philosophers’ philosophies.  Obviously in 3 minutes you don’t get much in the way of subtle nuance, but it’s a good … Continue reading

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Soulless

I recently read Gail Carriger’s Soulless.  The first half came as part of the Hugo Voter’s package.  I really enjoyed it. The story opens with Alexia Tarabotti being attacked by vampire she hasn’t been introduced to properly.  Even more shockingly, … Continue reading

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How to Hack Your Nintendo DS for Easy Backups and Single-Cartridge Playback

I really like the idea of backing up all the kids’ DS games.  Unfortunately, It looks as though I’d have to buy a regular DS or DS Lite, so I’m not sure if I’ll get around to doing it.  It … Continue reading

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I Can Still Love My Kids And Not Panic About What They See

I think this post I Can Still Love My Kids And Not Panic About What They See has a lot of wisdom to it.  That is, it matches the parenting style I try to follow :).  Most of the time, … Continue reading

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Turtle is not angry

see more Lolcats and funny pictures I want to get a blowup of this picture to put on Alec’s wall when he’s been bad.

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xkcd: Temper

xkcd: Temper. Man, I wish I could disagree with my family like this.  The part that really annoys me is that it would probably be a thousand times more effective than getting mad and yelling.  Maybe I can keep this … Continue reading

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Zoo Day

Today we went to the zoo.  The kids really enjoy seeing all the animals – though it’s often the prairie dogs running wild that steal the show.  We say a pair of prairie dogs chasing each other around this year … Continue reading

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Our Best Bites: Single Serving Pie in a Jar

Reading the comments on a post paid off! Our Best Bites: Single Serving Pie in a Jar looks like an amazing idea.  Now I just need to make them and convince the rest of the family that the jars contain … Continue reading

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Wake

I recently read Wake by Robert J. Sawyer as part of the Hugo Voters’ Package.  It was great!  As with many of his other books, this story left me with lots of ideas roiling in my mind. Wake tells the … Continue reading

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For the Birds: Smartphone Field Guides

My parents have been birdwatchers for years.  Unfortunately my dad didn’t get a smartphone the last time he upgraded his phone, but next time I’m going to recommend that he look into this: For the Birds: Smartphone Field Guides — … Continue reading

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