Thursday, October 27, 2016

I voted.

Starting to think about policies for 2018 and 2020 to better balance a) staying informed with b) defending the remaining hours and days of my life from the toxic wasteland of American political news and culture with c) defending my values from the kinds of people who make intentionally pollute American political culture in order to suppress participation in order to promote their policies.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

What's a millionaire?

1821, from French millionnaire (1762) .... The first in America is said to have been John Jacob Astor (1763-1848). —
What cost $1,000,000 in 1848 would cost $27,656,549.61 in 2015.  —The Inflation Calculator

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

A space-saving redesign plus more megapixels for the Sit/Stand/Walk Desk

I rebuilt the Sit/Stand/Walk desk from an A-frame to a foot-deep rectangle so that it takes up a few feet less space back-to-front.  I also replaced the main 30" monitors with slightly smaller 4K monitors.  I have mounts for the laptop and phone but haven't figured out a good place to put them, since the sliding up and down of the main monitors really takes up a lot of space.  The only realistic option is knee-level, but then they are useless in Stand/Walk mode.

Total pixel count:

HP 30" 2560 1600 4,096,000
LG 27" UHD 3840 2160 8,294,400
LG 27" UHD 3840 2160 8,294,400
Samsung 23” TV 1920 1080 2,073,600
Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2560 1440 3,686,400
OnePlus One 1080 1920 2,073,600
Total     28,518,400

Friday, June 3, 2016

Kona, 2005-2016.

I've had Kona since the Day of the Dead, Nov 1, 2006.

Getting a dog wasn't my idea.  She came from a puppy mill in Redmond, WA and I was her third family.  She was with me through six cities in two countries. 

She did a month of hard time for me in Sembawang Prison (she was innocent) and never told them a thing.  She was at my wedding.

When Milo was asleep, she tended to hang out near his door until we went to bed, and to wait every morning to go in and check him out.

Kona had a tumorous spleen removed in January.  We euthanized her this morning, at home.  Everybody was always happy to see her.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The god that takes hostages

As someone who's had their car and apartment broken into, I have some sympathy for the presumably frustrated author of this note:

At least until the second bullet point and the cheery greeting.
Alarm is loud as heck and will disturb nearby residents
God Bless!

I have a lot of questions, but to focus on just one: Which god is it that encourages hostage-taking?

Okay, and a followup: In 2016, does anyone who hears a car alarm (and setting aside that 99%+ of car alarms are false alarms) ever take action to deter a car theft, or do we all silently pray for the car thief to succeed, as quickly as possible?

Hat 65


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Hats 67, 68, and three in progress

What will be hat 64 is coming along:

Hat 65 is almost finished:

Hat 66 is barely started but will still probably be done before hat 64.

The problem with a hat numbering system when multiple hats are in production at once is self-evident.  Here's hat 67, which has been done for weeks:

And hat 68, which has also been done for a while.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hats 62 and 63

Cranking out the quick baby hats.  I suckered a receipient (father, not the fetus) into making most of 63.

Ravelry: Hat 62, Hat 63.