Archive for July, 2006

Plumbing issues resolved

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Went to the hardware store, couldn’t find the precisely the right single plumbing connector and had to get three separate pieces instead.  Meaning, of course, that I now have twice as many joins and twice as many opportunities to leak.  I put the pieces together, connected them to the filter, and no leaks! Apparently, plumbing […]

Too much water in my name?

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

In graduate school, I had a Chinese friend who used to say that he was destined to have plumbing problems because there was too much water in his name. Both his family name and his given name referenced water. This excess of water meant that he would always have plumbing problems. I sympathize with this […]

Run for your lives!

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Run for your lives! This is not a drill. My mother is loose in the blogosphere (hi mom!). To friends of mine noticing random, anonymous comments in their blogs, it’s not my fault – I swear. That is all. I now return you to your regularly scheduled Internet slack. VAUGHN: Magianis explains that the higher […]

Time to switch to digital?

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

I like taking pictures. When it comes to outdoor/wildlife photography, I like taking lots of pictures. K and I went on vacation to Yellowstone for two weeks, getting back at the beginning of June. I wound up with 22 rolls of 36 exposure slide film. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s almost […]

I get the strangest email…

Monday, July 24th, 2006

After 5+ years of doing image compression research back in the 90s, I get the strangest email requests. These usually come from students who are trying to get out of doing their own homework. Today’s example came with the subject line “plz help me.” I almost deleted it as spam, but decided to take a […]

Password security question

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

I wonder if these folks have read the recent article in the NY Times regarding prosopagnosia? The company Passfaces has a password replacement technology that uses the brain’s ability to recognize faces. The idea is that the user selects a set of faces. They are then presented with a series of options where each of […]

somehow i’m not surprised…

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

So, a “Which Tarot card are you” quiz isn’t my usual thing. I blame labrown The magician You scored 59 change, 74 wellbeing, 71 wisdom, and 87 truth The magician represents the conscious mind. With focus on an idea or goal, the conscious mind sets into action these ideas and brings them forth to the […]


Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Took the morning off and went blueberry picking. An hour and a half later and we had about 8 pounds. Perfect for making blueberry pancakes, muffins, etc. Now the only question: “are 5 quarts of blueberries enough?” I’d like to wrap up my comments by talking about our competitive licensing agreement with Ivanka Trump under […]

Random recent pictures

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

My life as the husband of a wildlife rehabilitator… A client… A client turned pet (don’t ask)… Pyramid of baby turtles (no, this isn’t posed)… A recent delivery – I wonder what the poor driver thought… but at least it had dry ice in it… By cooling down with low intensity soccer drills, you can […]

About Alkahest

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Why Alkahest? It’s mainly a joke, but on a couple of different levels. Alkahest is a mythical substance, thought by alchemists to be the universal solvent. The universal solvent was the one substance that could dissolve anything (which leads of course to the obvious question about what you keep it in). It was also thought […]