- Class tonight. Woohoo! – I’ve been reading Joseph Mitchell’s Up In The Old Hotel, which is a collection of columns that he wrote for The New Yorker in the middle of the 20th century. I’ve got many thoughts, but haven’t had time to collect them into anything that makes sense as yet. I’m a [...]
Had a very nice day up in Salem with Grace and mom today, at the Peabody Essex Museum. Their permanent exhibits are nice and all, but I was particularly taken with an exhibition of the photographs of Alex MacLean. A couple of photos that my mom took, in commemoration of my turning old: and
26…geez, I’m old.
Guinness ice cream and piping hot banana bread….tasty!
Exchange is back up and running; I hate that damn program. Got a few hours of sleep last night, 3 or so, and bailing out from work nice and early to go get some more. Ah, sleep. The ice cream, incidentally, turned out pretty well. Very, very rich. I doubled the recipie, but should have [...]
Still not a fan of Exchange. Clunky, poorly designed, and fragile. Ugh. Oh, and both expensive and proprietary, too. On the upside, I did manage to make myself a nice lunch before things started going south at work. Scrambled egg whites (since only the yolks were used in the custard for the Guinness ice cream, [...]
Back at work. RAID controller on the e-mail server failed, most likely as a result of the heat in the room last night. Bloody hell. If I haven’t mentioned this before, Dell tends to make terrible, terrible, terrible hardware. Their stuff is just bad. And their support is even worse. This has been a pretty [...]
An interesting blog format, discovered courtesy of a brief mention in Slate’s “Today’s Blog” section: soxaholix. The major topic is, of course, the Red Sox. But the content takes a back seat to the format, in my mind. Worth a look, even if you don’t care for baseball/the Red Sox/sports/Boston/etc.
6:01 PM. On Saturday. At the office. A/C unit that keeps the server room cool just crapped out. Boo. Tonight: Making Guinness Ice Cream and Banana Bread, assuming that I get home in time. Good stuff. Glad I didn’t start making it before the heat alarms in the server room started to go off, because [...]
I went to see Good Night, and Good Luck, at the Kendall Square Cinema. Sort of a last minute decision on the way home from work; I’m not usually much of a solo movie-goer. The movie covers a short period in the life of Edward R. Murrow, a newsman for CBS from the 30′s into [...]
I had this sudden realization that I can rescue the prior incarnation of tallape by using the Wayback Machine and WordPress’ backdating ability. Pretty neat stuff. Once I find 30 or 40 minutes to do it, I mean.
Three different things that I’ve been thinking about, and which I’ve decided to combine into one big-ish post since they’re all basically reviews of things. Blink, by Malcom Gladwell Blink is, basically, an argument that the part of our brain that forms our first impressions is right more often than it’s wrong, and that we [...]
Michelle Bachelet was elected President of Chile yesterday, joining Fidel Castro (of Cuba), Hugo Chavez (of Venezuela), and Evo Morales (of Bolivia) on the list of leftist leaders in Central and South America. Castro, of course, has been around for a very long time. Chavez has had a rocky road, but he’s been around for [...]
In Slate, a Field Guide To Conservative Jurists. A pretty interesting round-up of the myths about Federalist judges. Worth reading, most definitely. And an additional piece of philosophical exploration from Slate: Michael Kinsley, in Give Me Liberty or Let Me Think About It goes into some detail about how the wiretapping question reveals differences in [...]
I have long complained about the fact that, compared to most men, I have the ass and thighs of a cow. Considering that I happen to live in an age, and a demographic, where the cool thing is to be 6’4″, 120 pounds, and unwashed, this puts me on the very margins of attractive/cool/hip/etc. But [...]
Over the past few days, I’ve totally slipped off of my quitting path. Tomorrow I recommit myself. Jeff, don’t throw the cat in the shower with me, I’m trying damnit. Mom, no I don’t want to go to the Zapper. Now, all of you should go read about how the internet works in the prior [...]
One of my many work project type things over the past couple of days has been figuring out how to monitor multiple VPN tunnels from a single machine. It turned out to be pretty tricky, but damn cool. For those who don’t know, a VPN (or “Virtual Private Network”) is a way to connect one [...]
Engadget posts about a hack that will allow your optical mouse to be used as a scanner. I think I like the teddy bear hard drive more, as far as repurposing of extent objects goes. But this isn’t bad. Well, except the scan. That’s pretty terrible.
Tom Friedman says in an op-ed today (which is, of course, behind a subscriber screen — BOO) that environmentalism is the new macho: Sorry, but being green, focusing the nation on greater energy efficiency and conservation, is not some girlie-man issue. It is actually the most tough-minded, geostrategic, pro-growth and patriotic thing we can do. [...]
Sometimes, life just doesn’t seem to want to cooperate. I was dating a girl, things were going great. A couple of months into the relationship, and I was happy. Then, weirdness in her life. Drama. Confusion. More than I can really bear right now. On the upside, I actually decided to proactively look out for [...]