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Beginning to see some things coming back

You know, I was originally writing one of my “extended novel” form posts., but I think I’m going to use this lockup as a signal that I should be doing something a lot shorter. What I was really trying to say was that as strange as it seems, I’ve decided to look at a small slip that resulted in something taking a lot longer than it should have as a sign that I’m gradually getting back to much closer to normal. The way I put it is that it’s a sign that I’m starting to look at things only  “n” times (as opposed to “2n” or “3n” times).

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Sorry about the site “going away”

For the three or so people  that were probably paying attention, I’ve found and fixed my error that resulted in the site “going away” for a few days. I can get technical on a one-on-one basis for anyone who’s interested, but it’s too long and boring to share here. The short story is that it’s fixed, and it shouldn’t happen again.

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TED talk on stress

I just watched this TED talk on the effects of stress. The short version? The presenter is showing statistics which argue that the negative effects of stress can be pretty much negated by connecting and sharing with other people. In other words, the negative effects of stress are largely the result of how we deal with the stress. People that seek help from others and people who help others largely don’t experience stress’ negative effects.

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Wi-Fi Protected Setup… A Good Idea Badly Implemented?

This post is a rant about what I think is a pretty decent idea gone pretty badly wrong. The idea is something called “Wi-Fi Protected Setup.”

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Your Obscure Reference of the Day

After skimming this page (archived copy on archive.org), I’ve decided that the circle of fifths is the Smith chart of music.

If you’re a regular reader on this site and that comparison made sense to you, then your name is probably either Stephen Granade or John Wilson. Let me know if I missed anyone. 🙂

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The Redshirt

I feel like just about everyone who reads this site has seen the movie Galaxy Quest. I found it on the TiVo tonight and watched it again. It’s just spot-on brilliant parody.

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Dude.

while watching The Big Lebowski with Amy, which we’ve never seen before…

Me:

Wow. He’s gonna unpimp her auto.

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Online Filesystem Service

Here’s your linkfood for tonight. I found an online file system service called rsync.net. It’s probably most commonly used for backups, but it could work for a lot more things. I’m considering signing up, simply because it’s so flexible. It’s quite a bit more expensive per GB of data stored than Amazon S3, but they support lots of cool applications for accessing the files.

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A Lot More Doors

Tonight I watched one of the random Nova episodes that TiVo catches for me from time to time. This one was titled “The Ghost Particle”.

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A Water-Powered Car

Wow. Tonight is just a treasure trove of car-related stuff for me to point and laugh at. 🙂

I’ve heard of stuff like this before, but I’ve never actually seen plans. Behold: “PRELIMINARY PLANS TO RUN YOUR CAR ON TAP WATER!” (emphasis most definitely not mine).

Of course, we all remember how easy it is to show that this won’t work, right?