Archive for April, 2008

Book lover + nerd = ebook

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Yesterday, I bought a Sony Reader – the electronic book reader that uses E Ink’s electronic paper.  The electronic paper display on the reader is very nice.  It uses encapsulated white and black pigments that can be brought to the surface of the page.  The only power consumption involved happens when you make a change.  […]

Musical fortune telling

Friday, April 25th, 2008

From etselec and because it amused me, my fortune as told by a random selection of my music with interpretive accompaniment by yours truly: 1. How does the world see me? Lightnin’ Hopkins – No Education Ouch. Apparently the world sees me as an academic poseur. I guess I can live with that, but it’s […]

Genetic discrimination

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Oh, and an ironic follow-up to the republican filibuster of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: apparently, the senate unanimously voted for a bill barring genetic discrimination in hiring and insurance. I wonder if anyone’s told them that your gender is based on your genes. Not that I would accuse senate republicans of being misogynistic […]

Workplace discrimination

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate took up the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which the House had already passed.  The act was pretty reasonable.  It essentially clarified the 1964 civil rights act to say that if you are being discriminated in terms of salary equity, you have 180 days from the date of each paycheck to […]

Baby opossum pictures

Monday, April 21st, 2008

When it rains it pours. A month into spring and K hadn’t received any calls about rehabilitating animals until today when she got two. The first was about baby bunnies. K doesn’t take baby rabbits because too many of the stories end with “and then they died.” For example, “I was rehabbing some bunnies in […]

tracks 1.5

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Thanks to Luis, I find out last week that Tracks 1.5 has been released.  Tracks is the implementation of the  “getting things done” methodology which I prefer.  1.5 is pretty nice.  In particular, I look forward to hiding actions until a particular date.  In the past, I’ve wanted to track a todo some six months […]

The problem of evil

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

One advantage of being in IT is that you often at least hear of cool things before other people do. You may or may not choose to adopt them, but at least you’ve got a choice. Thanks to Mr. Icon, I got an early gmail account, firstname.lastname@gmail.com. Great, unfortunately, I don’t have an uncommon name. […]

Web 2.0 and trusting the users

Friday, April 11th, 2008

The CTO Project makes an interesting observation that faculty are a bit like some corporations. They feel obligated to use Web 2.0 technologies in order to engage student interest and actually make some token effort to be up to date. But that they only want these technologies if they can exert complete control. Trust me, […]

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

For as long as I can remember, any time I spent more than an hour or so walking (or hiking), my legs and feet have felt sore and tired.  Never having been very athletic, I assumed that I was out of shape or needed to exercise more.  But even with as much exercise as I’ve […]

New roof

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

The roofers finally finished our new roof last week.  They started on February 28th and finished on April 2nd – five weeks.  I’m pretty certain they only expected it to take about three weeks, but between the rain and the level of detail on the roof, it didn’t quite work out that way.  Everything seemed […]