16
Apr 11

the Apple design esthetic

As an engineer, I feel I have a good pulse on design esthetics.  Though I’m only of lowly electrical persuasion and not industrial, I can still appreciate me some good ergonomics.  For example, take a good look at the following picture of my Apple Magic Mouse:

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12
Apr 11

Craigslist scam baiting, part 4

Well, here we go again.  It’s just so much fun baiting these stupid criminals!  And apparently, all you internetizens also are quite amused by my scammer correspondences because there are now over 300 comments on the other scam posts here, here, here, and here.

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08
Apr 11

blogging competition

Lately, my wife has been blogging her brains out.  Check out the new family blog here.  So all this good blogging energy has prompted me to post more myself.  Be forewarned.


08
Apr 11

Documentaries have ruined me

About 15 years ago, I distinctly remember hearing a radio broadcast that was unlike anything I’d heard before.  It wasn’t the usual talk show, news, sports, call-in, top 40 type show.  It was engaging.  It was a well-crafted story, yet non-fictional.  It was refreshing in a landscape of RF wasteland.  It was my “driveway moment”.  It was This American Life.

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19
Mar 11

Subaru iPhone AUX-IN update

I’ve taken apart my wife’s stereo head unit so many times, I think I could do it blindfolded.  You remember last time, right?  Well, that mod broke.

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06
Mar 11

Deduction”Pro”, not so professional

So H&R Block’s TaxCut software comes with a web-based separate app for handling deductions.  It’s a straight-forward application but doesn’t have much in the way of external file importation support.  Enter a good text editor.

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01
Mar 11

Project girl

Further proof that my kid has inherited some of my DNA: she loves projects and chores.  Check this out!

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10
Feb 11

Cabinet child lock

My 1-year old is a curious kid.  She prides herself in breaking into highly secure bank vaults, er cabinets.  In particular, she’s taken a liking to our buffet which houses both china and liquor (neither of which are kid-approved items) behind two toddler-level doors.  So I had to come up with a way to keep her out.

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18
Jan 11

Garage heater

Back in October of 2009, I started this ambitious project. I finally got it done a year later.

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18
Jan 11

Dystopian movies

There’s a special place in my heart for dystopia. I chalk it up to years of pentecostal, end-times, tribulation fervor. Here’s a great list to add to your favorite movie queue:

Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Time