Feeling tired lately

March 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Recently I’ve been feeling more sluggish than normal. At the moment, I’m just watching a movie. There is as always much to be done.


My black thumb

February 28, 2010 at 10:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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After spray painting.


February 28, 2010 at 10:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’ve been engaged in a general effort to delve deeper into geek culture. It’s very much a culture I fit well into, but in the past I have been reluctant to pursue it. A part of this effort is taking up warhammer.

That brings me to today’s effort. I’ve been painting miniatures. I have a box full – the battle for skull pass set – that’s in need of painting. I was just outside spray painting a base coat on some more. I do the detail painting later. The base coat is a flat black. Games Workshop, who makes warhammer, sells their chaos black paint on a spray can. I went to the local comic book store to pick some up. It was $15! I can’t justify spending that much on a can of spray paint. I went to the hardware store and grabbed a garden variety can of flat black paint. Seems to be working well thus far. The only downside is that I usually end up painting my thumb black.

Magic: The Gathering

February 28, 2010 at 8:22 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Magic has officially eaten my brain. I’ve attached a photo of my collection of cards thus far. There’s over 500 there, but I can’t tell you exact numbers.

An iphone

February 28, 2010 at 8:19 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I have finally invested in an iPhone. Thus far, I am very pleased with it.

Unusual Ideas for Essay Topics

December 8, 2009 at 2:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Some suggestions for the stumped student:

  • A Discussion of the Viability of Flavoured Housepaint
  • Mating Habits of the Captive Fruitfly Compared and Contrasted With Those of Wild Populations
  • Drosophila melanogaster as a Pet for Small Children
  • A Comparison of Candidate Stainless Steel Alloys for Nipple Piercings
  • A Survey of Nose Hair in Ancient Egyptian Mummies from the Collection of the British Museum


October 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We can only get an amount of energy from a gallon of water that is equal to the amount of energy released when it falls the distance from the upper reservoir to the lower reservoir. The thing is, moving that gallon of water from the lower reservoir into the upper requires the exact same amount of energy as what was released when it fell. We might be able to make it work if the turbine and the pump were 100% efficient, but typically even our most efficient technologies are very far away from that. So ultimately the system stops, the pump requires more energy to run than the turbine gets from the falling water.

There are, IMO, ultimately three energy inputs to the planet. The first, is solar. Fossil fuels rely on this, as do wind farms, hydroelectric dams, and many other technologies. The second is from radioactive decay. Geothermal takes advantage of this, and nuclear fission takes advantage of something similar. The third are cosmic rays, and I’m not aware of any technology that takes advantage of that. Ultimately, no matter our future plans for energy, they will rely on one of these three energy inputs. The closer a system is to the original input, the more efficient it can be because we change the form of the energy fewer times.

Commonplace Books

September 30, 2009 at 3:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is something very old that I never knew about. They were books kept by people to collect interesting facts, clippings and quotes. It’s actually something I’ve been keeping on and off for years. Mine has some neat stuff. Writings about chemistry, designs for machinery, random thoughts. I honestly didn’t know other people had done this sort of thing before.

That Ominous SHOONK Sound

September 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Not long ago, I purchased a Seth Thomas clock on ebay. Not a particularily valuable timepiece, dating to somewhere around the 50s. Art deco and really rather fetching in my opinion. The gong isn’t very loud, which is a good thing for a clock in the living room. It’s not so loud as to be distracting, but when the TV is off it’s a nice volume.

I’ve been regulating it for a while now. It seems like whoever owned it before me had a tallcase clock(i.e. grandfather), and thought it should tick at the same rate. It was running egregiously slow. I was getting it close, and it was ticking merrily away. Then suddenly, the clock made an ominous SHOONK sound. This is the sound of a mainspring breaking.

I opened the clock, and disassembled the movement. Yup, the time train mainspring has broken. Ah well, time for an order to Perrin’s….

The Dan Brown contest

September 18, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

From the Language Log blog. I honestly didn’t know he was that bad an author!

I’m not usually on the Dan Brown desk here at Language Log Plaza — that’s Geoff Pullum’s domain — but this one came to me (from Bruce Webster). By Tom Chivers on the Telegraph‘s site:

The Lost Symbol, the latest novel by The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown, has gone on sale. We pick 20 of the clumsiest phrases from it and from his earlier works.

Chivers quotes Geoff P. on Brown’s writing. And there’s space for comments and for nominations of further regrettable quotes from the Brownian oeuvre.

[From The Dan Brown contest]

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