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Category Archives: waste of time

six word memoirs

Inspired by a radio spot on NPR (in New York, it's WYNC), I think that a six-word memoir a day might be a fun thing to do.  While I must give credit to smithmag, wired, or more appropriately, Hemingway,  being a bit of a technology advocate myself, I thought I could add my own spin […]

perpendicular parallel parking

Puzzle It is a fun (and rarely appreciated) moment when basic math and engineering can help one solve a non-technical problem.  Recently, I witnessed such an occasion where a non-standard solution was the only one that would work.  Warning: This is a geeky post, but hopefully entertaining nonetheless. Here's a visualization of the problem... Namely, […]

big waste of time, but fun with physics

Through a forward or two, someone passed along a link to this physics based game.  I got hooked and didn't stop for a few hours.  Play the demo round then get hooked yourself.  Of course, can always take a look at my contraptions as well!  Have fun. The site itself... Fantastic Contraption All my gadgets... […]

monitor your A/C and toaster from linux

Sorry to fool you, there's no great new linux script available, but instead it's a sad side-effect of the poor electrical wiring of my apartment that allows me to tell when the air-conditioner or toaster oven turns on in my apartment.  With a simple serial connection from a standard APC UPS, I get broadcast messages […]

bye uptime

Cheesy and a waste of power, but our in-house server was up for 426 days before the tv-tuner driver stopped responding.  Oh well.