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Goodbye, Kimiko

The weekend before we put her asleep was very rough. She couldn't keep anything inside of her for long. Her fur was covered in nasty stuff this morning. She didn't have the energy to get to the catbox less than a meter away, or clean herself afterward.

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The Stylus isn't an Inert Element

This morning an article came across my feed that crystallized to me how wrong-headed the tech blogosphere is about the stylus. In this Read-write-web article, the author argues that the iPad isn't a proper drawing surface. I am in complete agreement with this point. A touchable interface is the cornerstone of the Tablet experience. Unfortunately, the Tablet fails when it comes to the production of artistic works.

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The Coming Tablet World

Earlier this evening a friend sent out a request on Twitter:

@[redacted] needs a new laptop. Any recommendations? She needs win7 and not too expensive.

I found something that met the criteria and quickly sent off a reply. There wasn't much too the request. Desktop Computers (including laptops) haven't changed much for the last few years. Even the specs have for the most part stabilized: 2 to 4 cores, 1.5-2.1 GHz, 4 - 8GB of memory, Hard Drives up to 750GB... Getting a new computer is simply no longer exciting. 

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Getting Forked

Since last weekend, I spent my evenings manually moving content on deninet. It many ways, it was an exhausting process, but it gave me something to do while I suffer through the last two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. Let me chart how I arrived at this point. 

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The Drupal centric company Acquia may be interested in hiring me. I've been trading emails with one of their HR people for the last two weeks, and as of this post, I'm waiting for them to review some of my code. 

I never expected it to get this far, but I didn't expect it either. My own feelings were difficult to unwrap when I sent of my CV to them. I'm bored with my job at BMC. They pay well, the work is more or less easy, and I'm left to my own devices. One would think I would be happy with that, consider myself lucky, and go on my marry way. 

I can't.

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Low Power Ham Radio, PSK31, and Making your Watts Count

Yesterday I had a wonderful contact of firsts. It was:

  • My first contact outside the US
  • My first contact with Canada
  • My first contact on 20 meters
  • My first contact on PSK31

Until later that day, my only radio is my beloved Yaesu FT-817ND. It's a low power rig that is intended for backpacking purposes, featuring a maximum output of 5 watts and an internal battery. It's an adorable little rig, but the total output wattage is tiny compared to typical Ham Radio rigs. 

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How does Drupal 7 Work, Part 3: drupal_bootstrap()

Click here to read Part 1.

Click here to read Part 2.

When looking at Drupal code, it can be hard to know where to start. Dive into any of the directories in a standard installation, and you'll find file after file of PHP code. In the root directory alone, you'll find five files! Where do we start? Determining this is quite simpler than it seems; all you have to do is look at the URL of any Drupal site. 

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Gender-Inverted Babylon Squared

My gender-inverted version of the famous Babylon 5 "Fasten then Zip" scene from the episode Babylon Squared.

Garibaldi: Mind if I ask you a question?
Sinclair: Sure.
Garibaldi: Okay, it's morning. You get ready to go to work. You put on your bra. Do you clasp in the front and then twist it around or just clasp it in the back?
Sinclair: What kind of question is that?
Garibaldi: Look, we got two hours to kill...
Sinclair: Forget it!


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