10 October 2008

Dangerously convenient Thai food

A couple of weeks ago I saw a new Thai place had opened up a few blocks from our house. Today I was bored of my usual lunch fare, and decided to check it out. It’s called _thai_fresh and is at 909 West Mary, in the same block as Café Caffeine. One wall is occupied by Thai groceries. Opposite that is the kitchen area, and in front is a cabinet with the dishes on offer. ... Read more

9 October 2008

MIT dream

Last night I dreamed about MIT. Texas Instruments had finally decided to build an RPN-based calculator, and for obvious reasons had chosen MIT for a major promotional event. I had been browsing the MIT bookstore and had seen a promo kit, so I snuck in to the labs to see the hardware in action. It was “landscape” format, like the classic HPs (12c, 15c, 16c), but had a wide bitmapped display that could show 20 digits easily. ... Read more

5 October 2008

Tidy? Not even close

Today I spent three hours tidying my desk and going through paperwork. This included going through the entire filing cabinet, removing obsolete documents. Then I shredded old information until the shredder literally burned out, emitting an unpleasant melting plastic smell. Ah well, I’d been thinking of getting a better shredder anyway, preferably one that can shred CDs. Now I’ve traveled to the coffee house with rothko and fixed their Internet. ... Read more

26 September 2008

Musico electronico, decibels synthetico

About 7 or 8 years ago I ripped all our CDs to MP3 and stuck all the music on a house media server. I used what was, at the time, a good MP3 encoder: LAME, with the –r3mix preset that had been tweaked by the members of an online forum for MP3 enthusiasts. MP3 encoder quality has made some strong progress since then, and disk space has become even less of an issue. ... Read more

24 September 2008

The Ron Paul Theocracy Party

“The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers.” — Ron Paul. “The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries. […] The U.S. Constitution established a Republic rooted in Biblical law, administered by representatives who are Constitutionally elected by the citizens. ... Read more

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