Archive for June, 2007

Possum husbandry…

Friday, June 29th, 2007

K is taking care of some baby possums for the next week.  They are about 16 grams (1/2 oz) each.  Obligatory pictures included…           Piggies think burrowing and nibbling are fun. A guinea pig’s idea of fun differs a lot from other pet’s ideas of fun. The type of squeal has a corresponding […]

minor updates

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Just a couple of minor updates: my keyboard came in yesterday and it’s everything that I hoped it would be.   I feel sorry for the folk in my office suite.  It is a bit loud I cropped some of the photos using the original sized images, so all that’s left are captions and fixing […]

Vacation pictures v0.2

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Okay, I’ve made some updates to my Yellowstone pictures Changelog: I’ve added my favorites (which had been stuck in another directory and didn’t get in the first release) I’ve cleaned up the brightness on the first 8 shots (the camera had set itself to an exposure compensation of -0.7 for some reason) I’ve fixed the […]

Fun with aphorisms

Monday, June 25th, 2007

I was in a longish meeting today when it occurred to me that it is a military truism that “no plan survives first contact with the enemy.”  Moreover, as Walt Kelly’s Pogo noted, “we have met the enemy and he is us.”  This suggests that no plan survives first contact with its creators. Most of […]

Yellowstone pictures

Monday, June 25th, 2007

When we came back from Yellowstone this year, I had about 1,800 pictures to go through.  I’ve finally selected the best 200 or so.  Some of them need a bit of cleanup in terms of brightness and in a few cases, getting rid of a mark that was on the back of a lens which […]


Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Last year, I mentioned High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, where you combine multiple pictures taken at different exposures to create a single picture where all of image is properly exposed. I didn’t do much with it at the time because, a) it’s not really possible when you shoot slide film, and b) there didn’t seem […]

It’s official…

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

K thinks I’m a freak. In her defense, I’m not certain that she would have ordered a $70 keyboard, so she may be right.  In my defense, I bought my first IBM-clone in 1990 and have kept the keyboard I chose since then. The company I bought it from, Formosa Computing (for those of you […]

Amish Technology

Monday, June 18th, 2007

As a member of the IEEE, I participate (loosely) in a a couple of societies: IEEE’s Computer Society and the Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).  I was reading SSIT’s magazine this weekend and ran across an article on Amish technology (no jokes please).  The article was particularly interesting to me because my […]

A mental sigh of relief

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Working in IT, one of the things that is often on my mind is backing up my data. It’s often on my mind, but I seldom do anything about it. A few years ago, K and I bought an external USB drive to which we occasionally sync our desktop. That made me a bit more […]

That’s too cool

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Okay, thanks to Jag, I’ve seen the coolest thing ever. The steampunk keyboard + monitor: Now all I need is a few dozen hours of free time to build my own. One great improvement with Word 2013 is that you can now easily browse for clipart without ever leaving Word. To do this, place your […]