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Monthly Archive: April 2009

Apr 29 2009

Tilting at windmills

He’s right. I really don’t get invited to parties. Brilliant strip, should be read by everyone, right alongside Jesus and Mo and XKCD.

Apr 28 2009

Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Clean-up week at home, crazy amounts of changes at work, and the world keeps spinning in the meantime. Let’s get caught up on some of the happenings. Personal news: Home Depot is trading my microwave up to a GE to make up for the craptastic Magic Chef. It arrives on or about May 5th. First …

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Apr 26 2009

Detecting life in the universe without leaving our armchairs

Now this is really cool. Almost all life on Earth is made up of amino acids that are “left-handed” (by which I mean, the molecules are oriented in one particular manner as opposed to the other, even though a molecule could exist in one of two orientations and still be the same molecule — like …

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Apr 24 2009

RIP GeoCities

Bad news for those of you who love animated gifs and the <blink> tag: GeoCities shut down this past Thursday. Later this year all existing sites will go offline. My first website was on Geocities.  It had auto-playing midi files and an animated spinning globe gif on a starfield background.  And no content to speak …

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Apr 24 2009

Republicans Unplugged Unhinged

The top twelve Republican freak-outs in Obama’s first hundred days: It’s sad that this resonates with some people. Happily, these people are the 27% that still believed in Bush by the end of his run, but that’s small consolation. Hat tip to Greg Laden. (While you’re there, read his Congo Memoirs.)

Apr 23 2009

Wonder if I can still get full price back when I take it back.

You gotta be fucking kidding me! This just came via Gmail not ten seconds ago. Dear JASON THIBEAULT, We have received your rebate submission for Magic Chef $20 Mail-In Rebate – Over-the-Range Microwave Oven Rebate. Your rebate tracking number is: xxxxx To check your rebate status just click on xxxxx Please be sure to keep …

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Apr 23 2009

Brain asplode

I went home early today with a migraine, been napping or medicating myself all day in between dealing with my regular workload from home, so I didn’t deal with the microwave like I was going to. We’re now relying on the 15-year-old small microwave I’d been using since university presently (making it roughly 90 times …

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Apr 22 2009

$270 right down the damned drain!

Day after Boxing Day, we went shopping, bought ourselves an over the range microwave and a lovely coffee table from Home Depot. Before January was over, it had fried itself, the fan having stopped working midway through cooking some potatoes. We got a replacement hassle-free, however they asked for the receipt to send to the …

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Apr 22 2009

I want My SQL

Oracle just bought out Sun, and geeks like me fear for the fate of Sun’s open source offerings such as MySQL. Marten Mickos believes they won’t kill it, because they bid so highly on it when MySQL originally went up for sale. Being that I use MySQL almost exclusively, both at work and at home …

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Apr 21 2009

Closer and closer to Earth-sized

The technology we’re using to discover extra-solar planets is getting better and better — a Swiss group managed to find a two-Earth-mass planet in a circular, 3-day orbit around its star. This is fantastic! Obviously the planet is not habitable or anything, and it’s 20 light years away so it’s not exactly terribly far away …

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