Archive for November, 2007

Making vegetarian food tastier; or

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Cooking with the world’s most dangerous* additive; or How I stopped worrying and learned to love MSG. A few weeks ago, I heard Robert Krulwich on NPR talking about umami – the fifth taste. If you didn’t hear it, go to the link above. As always, Krulwich makes the story very engaging. He describes how […]

Calendar pictures

Monday, November 26th, 2007

To forestall my mother’s nagging polite and subtle reminders, I took some time yesterday to select pictures for a 2008 Yellowstone calendar. I tried to limit myself to pictures taken on this year’s trip and was happy to see that I could 🙂 The ones I finally selected are shown below. They start with the […]

Rebuilding an iPod

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Over the holiday (I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!) I spent some time figuring out what to do about my broken iPod hard drive. The simplest/cheapest thing is to replace the drive with another 30 GB 1.8″ drive. The problem is that this is boring. Okay, next thought – up the drive size. I […]

Tango uniform

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Looks like my ipod died today.  As I was packing up to head home it slid off of my bag and onto the floor.  Not a bad fall – it’s had worse.  It seemed fine when I started it back up, played a couple of songs.  But apparently, those were in the memory cache.  Once […]

progress – such as it is

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Five years ago, I did a lot of Tai Chi.  My teacher at the time constantly related the encouraging (?) story of a tai chi student who went to his teacher and asked, “teacher, when will my knees stop hurting?”  The teacher told him that his knees would stop hurting, “when he stopped learning.” If […]

I call BS

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

I missed on Sunday, but under the theory of better late than never… Donald Kerr is the principal deputy director of national intelligence, so presumably he speaks with some authority regarding the government’s view of privacy. In a recent Associated Press article he made several remarks which I find exceedingly scary, misleading or both. First […]

Guitar was the case

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Maybe random Monopuff songs aren’t the best blog post titles, but what the heck. K asked me what I wanted for my birthday (fwiw, I’m either very easy or very hard to shop for depending on whether or not you want to get me a gift certificate to a bookstore – thanks Mom!). From what […]


Monday, November 12th, 2007

I started thinking through why I didn’t care for management at my last job and as is often the case, I wrote it down to help me think it through.  It’s probably not worth posting the reasoning, but I did decide that most of the things I disliked about my most recent management job were […]

Just when I thought that I was out they pull me back in.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

I’m not Michael Corleone and the places I’ve worked at could hardly be compared to the mob; but I did have an interesting, brief discussion this afternoon with the president of the company for which I’m working.  For the record, I don’t think that any discussion which begins, “you used to be management, right?” can […]

Two factor authentication

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, Hunter and I were talking about passwords. More to the point, the inadequacy of passwords and why we haven’t moved beyond them yet. This touches on several points that I made last year. Specifically, that a password that is secure enough starts to restrict its usability. In a nutshell, authentication […]