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Yearly Archives: 2012

Career hop

There are hunters and there are gatherers.  I’m more the latter, my wife the former.  I like to settle down and dig my roots in.  What can I say, I don’t like change. The same goes with my job choices.  My first job post-college lasted 10+ years.  It basically fell into my lap — a…

Prometheus vs. Avatar

Prometheus Infographics

The planet Pandora has nothing — and I mean nothing — on the little moon SC-223. This place scared the (R-rated expletives) out of me; it was unnerving, frightening, dreadful, in all the ways that Pandora was not. I’m referring to the hostile alien environments from the movies Avatar and Prometheus.  Both have certain distinct…

Oma’s cleaning skills

sparkling lunch box

Mom and Dad came to visit this past week. It was a really great time with family and Iris loved the attention. Iris has called my dad “Papa” since she was 8 months or so, and my Mom reserved the name “Oma” (German for grandmother). While they were here, Oma attacked the kitchen and cleaned…

Dyson vaccum fix

Dyson manual

Is your Dyson Animal vacuum cleaner sucking, like mine was?  There’s a good chance you can fix it cheaply. In my case, the vacuum head — in Dyson speak, it’s the “soleplate” — was not seating down fully on the floor. Because the soleplate wasn’t fully flush with the contact surface, the suction was greatly…

OS X Mountain Lion

os x mountain lion

So I finally got around to updating my iMac from Lion to Mountain Lion last night.  Wow, I am pleasantly surprised! For the past year, this was a regular occurrence: systemic memory rot. Wow, what in the world is up with #FireFox on OS X? Here's a screenshot of it chewing up 0.8GB! iPhoto cant…

Aurora Mass Shootings

There’s an article at The Good Men Project worth reading called “Not a Joke: Why Do Our Boys Keep Up the Mass Shootings?” in light of the mass murder this morning in Colorado.  I left a comment there that I wanted to explore some more here. This is a risky comment, because it is perhaps…

Firebeard, the Phoenix

knit beard

A few weeks ago, the worst fire in Colorado’s history broke out.  In my town.  It was like Armageddon raining fire down upon us.  A bunch of people lost their homes, a few people died.  It was definitely a scary few days. After the very professional firefighters and city government folks began to gain control,…

Sacred Bluegrass

Colorado Springs Chorale's Chamber Singers

Is this a mashup made in heaven? I think it was. Sarah and Iris and I all went to this concert a few weeks ago titled, “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” with text by Marisha Chamberlain and music by Carol Barnett.  The Colorado Springs Chorale’s Chamber Singers performed the piece. The idea is so…

Parody Circuits

I ran across this most excellent xkcd comic the other day: It’s just so funny on so many levels, if you’re a EE.  Let’s just go clockwise around the page, starting at the top left. I love that the battery voltage is a square root.  Just so obscure and mathematically nerdy. Gluing open the switch? …