Archive for the ‘Hobbies’ Category
I can only hope that someday I approach his awesome level of decision making skill. Wear a hardhat for the fireball this year.
Watch the video about a third of the way down the page. Computational photography is one of those areas that’s infinitely fascinating to me – pulling good data out of garbage isn’t magic, but quite close.
I signed up with Verizon Wireless in March of 2005; I was on the Microsoft employee discount plan.
For the first time ever, over eight years later, I got an email from Verizon to validate my employment status. Fortunately, my current employer has the same deal with Verizon that Microsoft has, so nothing changed. I hope in 2022 my employer is signed up, too.
A couple times a year I get a post on /r/answers like this:
Hi, I have 80 klonopin and 10 Valium prescribed to me since my mom died last Sunday. I’m really really depressed and want to go and be with her. Do I have enough benzos to send me on my way, or will I just end up with brain damage. Will alcohol help me seal the deal? Also, how long after take them all will I be done here. Thanks for all who take the time to read this,
Followed up by:
never mind, I found the answer myself, google is a wonder tool. It looks as though I would need 94000 klonopins to achieve a lethal dose in 50% of people
Can someone suggest a more lethal oral med for this ?
What can you do? Give them a link and a phone number and hope for the best.
A few weeks ago I was listening to The Moth and heard the episode “Brian Finkelstein: Perfect Moments. A counselor at a suicide hotline intervenes with a caller.” The Moth is great radio, but that story was hard to listen to.
One of my current drugs – all pedestrian drugs for blood pressure, gout, and cholesterol – makes me immune to hot food. I staked this claim tonight when I was out with the Microsoft crew celebrating Lee hitting 20 years in service; he reached over and grabbed a bottle and said, basically, prove it. Lee poured a few mL into a cup and, well, I took it at once. I did not die; contra the review I linked, I thought the nose was more towards the overly sweet smell of cough syrup, and the palette was astringent but not hot. After a little bit, I could feel the slightest burn in my sinuses.
The first taste was only enough to coat the inside of my mouth and tongue, though, so I opted to pour a half shot into the cup and try again. This time I could feel some warmth as it went down, but only barely. The results later we more clear – or, well, hot – but this is always the case; the true regret of spicy foods is in the brick laying afterwards. This was apparently more of the vodka than anyone else has survived, so I’ll take it that my biology is really screwed up. I wish I could think of a way to profit off of this side effect, but bar bets would be money hard won and I don’t like to drink that much anyway.
Nick Kent said some unkind words about Pink Floyd once; since they’re referenced in a documentary about the band, I copied the unkind words to a post and applied modern SEO (like, putting the words Nick Kent near the words Pink Floyd) and that was that. A few hits here or there. A few months ago, I noticed I was getting comments on it, and now a good 50+ people a day are dropping by to read the immortal words of Nick Kent. Apparently the BBC re-ran one of the nights of the Wembley show and the BBC has a long tail for generating searches. The companion page with a rebuttal by David Gilmour as told to P Erskine has had only a few hits; perhaps there’s something to the truth fussing with pants while a lie is around the world three times. It’s strange to me that anyone cares.
A little while ago I traded my smart phone (Droid 3) for a “feature phone“, the Gusto 2. The only thing that I found annoying was the lack of contact syncing; however, I found a way to do this indirectly so that’s no longer a problem. Among the plusses:
- week-long standby times
- lets me block all calls and texts not from a contact (very nice)
- light and small.
I was concerned for a while that I might be tempted to jump back, but the key question I asked myself was “do I get $50 a month in value out of a smartphone?” and the answer is “no”. This is how I got rid of cable tv, by the way. I wasn’t getting $60 a month in enjoyment out of cable tv, so it’s gone. I could cut $5 a month off my cable internet by getting cable tv, but I don’t want to inflate Comcast’s double play numbers and make a failing industry look better. Do I get $60 a year in enjoyment out of that? Yes, yes I do.
I was slightly tempted to jump to an iPhone, but they still piss me off. Love my iPad, to hell with iPhones.