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Monthly Archive for September, 2009

As a budding software developer/engineer/guy, I enjoy seeing humorous errors and warnings. Especially in shipped products. It makes interacting with software a less blah experience. -bash-3.2$ nmap -p 3389,3390,3391,3391 -P0 desire.this.org Starting Nmap 4.11 ( http://www.insecure.org/nmap/ ) at 2009-09-30 10:55 GMT WARNING: Duplicate port number(s) specified. Are you alert enough to be using Nmap? Have […]

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The 25th annual RIT Big Shot took place last night at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Despite the rain, over 800 people came out to help light the building. For twenty seconds we waved our flashlights up and down, painting the building with light during the long exposure. Some people used hand-held […]

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Observation #16 – Taping

When most people say they’re going to tape a show, they really mean DVR. Not me. It means I’m going to whip out a previously used VHS cassette, pop it into the VCR, and program the thing to record. I was the youngest person at a business meeting today, but I suspect the only one […]

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It Comes in Passion Red

License? Check. Insurance? Check. Rolling on two wheels? Sweet in way that is hard to describe, but I’ll try. It’s got something to do with the wind in your face. Seeing familiar roads from a vastly different (and taller) viewpoint than when in a car. The responsiveness of the throttle. Being part of your surroundings […]

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Well I’m Up Now

Dreaming peacefully, I heard several loud cracks. I didn’t think much of it. Then again after a minute or two — still half asleep — there were several sharp raps at what sounded like my front door. I remember five, though there may have been more. Not knocks, like your knuckles against wood. Not thuds, […]

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All Things by The Cinematic Orchestra

There’s this song called All Things, by The Cinematic Orchestra. It’s driving me nuts. A sample is available from Pandora. The full track on Last.fm, and according to a comment there, “at the beginning: samples from John Barry’s work on the soundtrack of Petulia (1968).” I haven’t seen the movie. This song (and every other […]

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Best of Baltimore 2009

The same night Amanda was photographed for the Baltimore Sun’s Glimpse column at Little Havana, we voted in the City Paper’s Best of Baltimore 2009 Reader Poll. More than a few of our picks just happened to win. Artscape Patterson Park Washington, D.C. Mayor Sheila Dixon Sugar Rocket To Venus Scores the Hippo Fools & […]

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Cabela’s is Huge

On the way up to a wedding at Perona Farms, we stopped at Cabela’s. Now I’m not much of an outdoorsman, nor am I an aficionado of sporting goods, and retail locations aren’t my thing, but… Wow. Forget Bass Pro. Forget Dick’s. Forget Sports Authority. Cabela’s is the Disney World of outdoor sporting goods stores. […]

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Living off the grid. Interesting concept, in theory. Difficult in practice, especially if you need to travel or communicate with others in a timely fashion. There are of lots of web pages whose respective authors take great pains to offer tips and tricks about living off the grid. Somewhat ironic, there.

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Spicy Chinese Takeout

Knowing full well that most Chinese takeout is Americanized and unauthentic, still I like it. The value of any takeout joint is in their MSG-laden lunch specials. I was perusing through a menu one Sunday afternoon and having difficulty deciding what to order. Since most menus lack sufficient descriptions and very few places take photographs […]

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It’s Halfway On

I’m going my cousin’s wedding next month in Iowa. Just put the RSVP in the mail the other morning. I hope to be booking a flight out there in the next couple days, trying to coordinate with the rest of the family. In addition to being super stoked for my cousin, I’m looking forward to […]

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Why on earth doesn’t the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) on newer vehicles indicate which tire is improperly inflated? The system works by having a sensor within each tire. If the system can determine there’s a fault in one of the tires, wouldn’t it make sense to show which one? Even on most luxury vehicles, […]

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Observation #13 – Overwatering

Many people overwater their plants. I read somewhere that you’re more likely to kill a plant by watering too often than not watering enough. I wonder if these are the same people who overwater their cereal in the morning; that is, add so much milk that the cereal floats, then pour the milk down the […]

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Canabalt is Addiction Defined

Canabalt is a dead simple but extremely addicting Flash game. With simple graphics and an upbeat soundtrack, the game consists of jumping. That’s it. No thanks to Rob, I’ll probably end up getting nothing accomplished tonight. I’m just shy of 5,000m.

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