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[personal profile] jenlev, this reminds me of your lovely coffeeshop tradition, and I'm pretty sure I'll be copying the idea.

Found in a bookstore on January 2nd.

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Rosetta Stone has finally added Irish Gaelic as one of the languages it offers instruction in, and at all three levels, which is great. I did Italian Levels 1 and 2 online and Japanese Level 1 with the old-version CD-ROM, and it's a terrific and effective way to learn a new language.

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I hadn't worked on that Funny Farm puzzle in weeks, but the link came up as a saved-workspace document when I opened WordPerfect on this notebook today, and I plugged it into a Firefox tab, and it's still functional. Probably any of you who were playing with it finished it long ago, but in case anyone's still tearing hair out over the thing and wants to merge or just peek, here's my last saved game:

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MoveOn is soliciting applications from people in the continental U.S. for five-month paid fellowship positions. The positions are full-time with health-care benefits and seem to primarily entail online organizing, so they could be especially interesting to people who already work from home and are comfortable in online environments (in other words, a fair number of you guys). More info and a link to the application form here. You can also nominate fellows and sponsor fellows.

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As linked by [ profile] sleigh and [ profile] fastfwd (that I've seen so far), Pearls Before Breakfast by Gene Weingarten, an interesting and very nicely written Washington Post article about an experiment setting up a virtuoso musician as a subway busker to see what kind of response there'd be from passersby. Includes video.

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Just got an email from Amazon telling me that they've shipped my test-preordered copy of the paperback edition of Triad.'s out!

Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble online, as well as from Powell's, from my favorite place to buy books online, Books-a-Million, and from my favorite place to buy DVDs online, which has now expanded into bookselling and of the vendors listed here does in fact have the best price for this book, with no club-membership requirement: Deep Discount.

At I-Con I read from the chapter that mirrors the first chapter of Illumination from a nineteen-years-later perspective. It was received well, and reading it gave me a wonderful feeling of coming full circle while still moving forward.

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Late Saturday night I installed World Community Grid software on my newest desktop. After two full days of run time: thumbs-up.

As of this morning my device has returned eight results: three for FightAIDS@Home (homepage here), two for Human Proteome Folding Phase 2, one for Help Defeat Cancer, and two I'm not sure of because the jobs ran from start to finish while I was sleeping or working or running errands or out at a christening and luncheon on Sunday. It's 76% done with some more work for Human Proteome Folding 2 right now. If I decide to, I can set my preferences so that my device works only on certain projects, but I've left it at the All Projects default for now, because I don't want my machine to sit idle if it queries for more work and my chosen project doesn't happen to have any at that moment.

The computer doesn't seem to be running appreciably hotter (I left the CPU throttle at the current default of 60%), and I haven't noticed any effect on other applications. The interface/screensaver has a duration-configurable Snooze button, and I can set the application to run only when the screensaver kicks in, but so far it's been problem-free running all the time, and I'll probably open the throttle.

I feel quite virtuous, and much better about leaving the machine on when I'm off doing other things, and I'm very glad I heard about this and decided to participate. Thanks for the heads-up, Dan!

If anybody around here feels like joining forces to start a team, let me know. I'm user IronGall over there.

A couple of posts I found useful/interesting in the WCG forum are this one (and the one it links to) about hibernation in Windows XP (to avoid losing work because of a reboot), this one about electricity cost, and this one about dual-core processors and the UD Windows client versus BOINC (worth reading before downloading and installing a client).

Edit to add: This post is a spam attractor for some reason, along with the Gilhoolie post, so I started logging spam IPs because I'm just curious like that.


Dec. 4th, 2006 11:29 am
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I saw the link to Measuring the Speed of a Meme in [ profile] vampry's journal on December 1st and am posting to participate only now--in fact, after leaving this entry half finished in the composition window for nearly an hour, although I gather that Livejournal may recently have changed the interface so that entries are timestamped when they post instead of when the post-to-journal window was generated. Even if I'm doing this right and even if it's not already too late, I suspect I'm adding only to the datapoints representing the unspeedy, and yes, this post is as much about the posting of itself as about helping someone as an experiment try to track the propagation of a metameme across the blogosphere. Here's that link again:

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Usually I clear the spambox every week or two, but I didn't get a chance this last month.

Between August 1 and August 31, 1,132 spam messages received at my Gmail eddress.

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I died in the Dungeon of Djonn

I was killed in a cold laboratory by Catsittingstill the cockatrice, whilst carrying...

a Figurine of Alg, the Sword of Vampry, the Shield of Etc., the Shield of Writing, the Armour of Scarlettina and 76 gold pieces.

Score: 63

Explore the Dungeon of Djonn and try to beat this score,
or enter your username to generate and explore your own dungeon...

My dungeon is here. It has a Wand of Eiden Myr, with which you can zap people. Kewl.

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Gakked from [ profile] cardigirl:

Irongall Highway
Study Hall16
Tower of Commitment64
Mt. Happiness142
Confusion Lane448
Please Drive Carefully

Where are you on the highway of life?


Meanwhile, New York turns up as No. 2 on the Sierra Club's list of Top Five Green Cities. Huh!

Old Apps

Jun. 9th, 2006 01:58 am
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I was bemoaning the loss of a very old freeware FTP client that I loved (it's not really lost, but it's on the old desktop, which got moved downstairs and hasn't been hooked up again), and the marvelous M, in chat, pointed me to and There is much happiness.

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Bonnie Lynch Black, who is invariably a delight to hang out and talk with, and who knows really cool Irish musicians like John Redmond, and who exhibits her sfnal and Celtic-influenced art at Boskone and I-Con--and who, I can attest, is more than generous in giving up big yummy puffy hotel-room duvets so that the floor-space-crashing person will be comfortable despite vigorous "I'm a camper, a carpeted floor is a luxury to me, it's no problem!" protestations--has just launched a blog for her art (and, from the sound of it, will be featuring other artists there as well):

Dubhsidhe Studios | Mythological Art

While reading there, I discovered that MaryAnn Johanson (who introduced us, and whom I've known since back in the days of the N3F round robins and possibly even before that, and whose Flick Filosopher site I've enjoyed reading for years) has a second, equally cool blog: Geek Philosophy.


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[ profile] akaspeedo and I were in a Staples yesterday. We had some questions, and for a long time there was no one around to answer them. Finally, two aisles away, I spotted a tall guy in a Staples-red polo shirt. I started to go over to him, but having read this account of an Improv Everywhere invasion of Best Buy (linked to by [ profile] gadarene), I...hesitated. Briefly, but long enough to laugh at myself. Was he really a Staples guy? Or just a guy in a red shirt? It reminded me of Disney World, which royally screwed with my sense of reality in an "Is it live or is it Animatronic?" way. Dude, the world is weird and complicated enough as it is.

The thing that struck me about the Best Buy invasion was that they'd have had very little to chronicle if they hadn't been trying to chronicle it. What got them into trouble, and made fodder for all the anecdotes, was the cameras they smuggled in to record the invasion. Attempting to observe the phenomenon not only changed the quality of it, but made it into something.

I really, really loved their Cell Phone Symphony mission, though.

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More meditative than Poom, less screamingly frustrating than Pendulumeca: The Falling Sand Game. (Thanks, [ profile] fastfwd. I think I found this at your place.)

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Making this was fun--you type in names and Condemn them, Redeem some if you change your mind, then run through deciding who's more evil--but I think some of my Condemned got maybe a little too serious. I also had too many of them, so I had to Squish the theatre talkers and Domino's drivers.

Whoever keeps putting my middle initial on my convention badges
Circle I Limbo

The people who canceled Firefly in favor of "reality" programming
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

Cellphone performance artists
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

Anyone who contributed to making Microsoft Word suck
Circle IV Rolling Weights

People who talk in theatres during shows /// Homicidal Domino's Pizza drivers
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

The corrupt and inept people destroying the library where my friend works
Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

Racists, homophobes, and the other socially intolerant
Circle VII Burning Sands

Cheney, Rove, and Dubya
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

Abusers of children, the elderly, animals, domestic partners
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell

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Austin forwarded me this in email: Planets Found in Potentially Habitable Setup. (Also just saw this link from [ profile] james_nicoll: Trio of Neptunes and their Belt.)

meanwhile, some profilers )