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5 September 2006

The good news from this weekend is that, in addition to our normal jaunt to Williamsburg, we had a very pleasant time visiting my aunt and uncle west of Wilderness Battlefield this weekend. Trip found rocks.

The bad news is that Trip got very sick Sunday night, ran a temperature all night, threw up, pooped all sorts of things that don’t bear mentioning, and cried a whole lot.

I stayed up with him, because, well, you know.

The good news is that he’s feeling better now. Not much better, but better.

The bad news is that it’s 1:06 and the tree frogs and crickets outside are very, very loud.

summers of youth.summers of youth. Hosted on Zooomr

Personal Log

evian and tres.

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tresev1 | Originally uploaded by banjocat.

Do not try to move the goat.

Input

6 September 2006

Daring Fireball: Vacation, All I Ever Wanted.

I hand three tickets to the attendant and carry Jonas toward the boat, which, thankfully, was ignored by the children ahead of us. Jonas takes his seat, and I ask him whether he wants me to stay. He’s been riding by himself on this and other similar rides all week, but this time he says, “Daddy stay with me.” And so, of course, I do. There’s a bench circling the central axis of the carousel, obviously intended for just this purpose. Jonas says, “No, here”, meaning here in the boat with him. I explain that I won’t fit in the boat, but that I’ll be here on this bench, close enough that we can hold hands. I show him, by holding out my left hand. He clasps my index and middle fingers, and that is good enough.

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No comment.

Personal Log

Signal to Noise: Even with primitive materials, one can work small wonders.

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Presentation Zen: Steve Irwin: ‘Passion, enthusiasm push an educational message.’

Web Log

Via Schneier on Security, Criminal Terrorism Enforcement in the United States During the Five Years Since the 9/11/01 Attacks.

Bruce has great commentary on his post.

Security Theater

Anti-Cricket Defense

The two essential weapons in my anti-cricket defenses:

If I haven’t mentioned it recently, bugs are the enemy.

Personal Log

7 September 2006

Amalah: Entirely Hypothetical.

Web Log

8 September 2006

dead dinosaur, it's what's for dinner.

I’ve spent some time cleaning up my car spreadsheet tonight. I still have some issues with my methodology on calculating MPG, but I’m pretty comfortable with my $/gallon numbers.

And oh, what a story they tell:

Dead Dinosaur:  It's What's For Dinner

The above graph depicts the rising cost of gas in the Washington, D.C. area (specifically in Alexandria, VA.). The data is entirely from logs kept in my car since April 2002.

I find the data endlessly fascinating.

I originally started keeping track of my mileage because I wanted to calculate total cost of ownership of my car. The historical data, though, is proving far more interesting.

Comments are open on the Flickr or Zooomr photos.

Car Log

After writing the previous, I am reminded of Electron Band Structure In Germanium, My Ass

That’s bonafide, 100%-real data, my friends. I took it myself over the course of two weeks. And this was not a leisurely two weeks, either; I busted my ass day and night in order to provide you with nothing but the best data possible. Now, let’s look a bit more closely at this data, remembering that it is absolutely first-rate. Do you see the exponential dependence? I sure don’t. I see a bunch of crap.

Web Log

I have to say, jUploadr is really nice. Even better than the Flickr Uploadr, methinks.

(I am so ready for Web 3.0, when e comes back from his vacation.)

Computer Log

9 September 2006

I’m really coming to love xkcd.

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Holy crap! Invisible cow alert!

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12 September 2006

Panasonic Toughbook line gets an update. Sweet!

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the new Shuffle.

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_MG_8575.JPG | Originally uploaded by michaelarrington.

Verra small. 1GB. Nice.

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_MG_8573.JPG | Originally uploaded by michaelarrington.

New nanos announced: pink is back!

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Bingo! 100 gigabytes of storage. $199/year.

I may need to reconsider my offline backup strategy.

Computer Log

Funny. I don’t watch much TV these days (_Project Runway_, golf and football as notable exceptions.)

But I do watch TV on YouTube. And the best part?

You can actually share things with other people. Like this.

Web Log

13 September 2006

Via JWZ: Reno Balloon Race 2006.

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Boing Boing: Princeton researchers show how to steal an election with Diebold machines.

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14 September 2006

I think I’m developing a serious YouTube problem.

I’m watching clouds on the internet, people. Help!

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With the upgrade to iTunes 7: Hazards and Surprises with iTunes 7 Cover Art is a worthwhile read.

Computer Log

18 September 2006

Omninerd offers up a good dose of statistical reality: Gas Prices in Perspective

Car Log

Wohba!: That’s No Sunspot!

Web Log

Skyy Picking Apples

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Skyy_harvesting_captioned | Originally uploaded by banjocat.

Input

19 September 2006

Arrrrrrr!

Don’t forget, today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Web Log

Omninerd: Martini Glass Ceiling

(But did they account for the cost of drinking in their analysis?)

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Yes, in case you were wondering: my ipod exists in the future.

It’s a long story.

Site Log

20 September 2006

Neat. How To Apply Conditional Formatting in Excel.

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Oh boy. Christopher Tolkien finished The Children of Hurin?

I have many, many mixed emotions about this one.

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iPod Playlist: 2006-09-20 Shuffle.

iPod Log

21 September 2006

Added to my list of Words That Will Make Me Leave the Party

Don’t ask what it means.

24 September 2006

Via JWZ — The Fox Clinton Interview: transcript, movie

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27 September 2006

From Pajiba

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29 September 2006

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Schneier on Security: Faulty Data and the Arar Case.

Security Theater

DF: Kieren McCarthy: Still a Jackass

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30 September 2006

If you aren’t a regular reader of Amalah, I invite you to view her tribute to her son’s first birthday.

Really well done, Amy and Jason. Bravo.

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Dave Winer thinks our country has lost its mind, and I think I agree with him.

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