East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/12/9

Breathe in, breathe out…

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 4:34 pm

Want some fresh air? What would you be willing to pay for it? Apparently it’s big business to some people, selling scented oxygen in malls, bars, etc.

Next up: Selling sunlight (ignoring the solar power stuff).

2005/11/26

Can you hear me now?

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 10:56 pm

In the most recent Rolling Stone (edition December 1 , 2005) there’s an article about noise-induced hearing loss, caused by music. At the end there’s a list of 5 things you can do to take it easier on your ears. Number 5 surprised me a bit, though:

Quit Smoking: It doubles the risk of noise-induced hearing loss. “After a loud show, the way you get better is through blood supply to your inner-ear nerve cells,” says Chicago audiologist Michael Santucci. “If you do something cardiovascularly restrictive, like smoking, your blood supply won’t be as good. You’re being exposed to two toxins, the cardiovascular toxin and the noise toxin.”

Never would have thought of that and one more reason that I’m glad I don’t smoke. 🙂

2005/11/23

Quiet days ahead

Filed under: General,Software,Technology — Erwin @ 2:14 pm

On the one hand I expect the next 4-5 days to be quiet around here, given that today the kids are home at least part of the day and then tomorrow the real Thanksgiving fun begins. On the other hand I know I’ll sit down at my computer every chance I get, so I may write some short entries.

At the moment my biggest practical challenge will be to plow through the backlogged feeds of all sorts and emails from cron-jobs that wait for noone, least of all me. Come to think of it, add to that list several podcasts that have daily editions (from BBC and NPR, for instance).

MX3100On an entirely different note, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the 3 day UPS shipped Logitech MX3100 keyboard/mouse combo shows up this week still. It appears to be waiting in Iowa at the moment so once it starts moving it can’t take all that long…

After all the hype about AJAX I’ve finally been bitten by it, somewhat. Spent a good part of yesterday fiddling with the Google Maps API and combining that with some dynamic webpage building (using XML data that was loaded in the background). Pretty fun and I expect to be using it some more in the weeks to come.

So… if you’re in the US: Hope you enjoy your long Thanksgiving weekend, and for anyone else, have a good week(end) anyway. 😉

2005/11/17

Quote

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 2:46 am

“The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.”

Sir Winston Churchill, November 21, 1943.

2005/11/14

Monday Mornings

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 5:36 pm

To me they involve:

  • Catching up on 2.5 days of emails from automated jobs and other various bits. So usually a few hundred. A lot of those I can 2-3 per second, so they don’t take that long, as long as none of them look unusual. The ones from actual humans take up much more time.
  • Wading through a backlog of newsfeeds, typically also a few hundred, although half of those can easily be ignored/discarded, thankfully.
  • Finding the kitchen counter, often.
  • Gathering, sorting and otherwise having some fun with laundry. We had a sick kid yesterday, so extra fun this morning.
  • A bit more coffee (or at least caffeine) than usual.
  • Trying to remember and summarise what I did last week, for work. Usually it has been blurred by the weekend.

And you?

2005/10/28

Los Angeles

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 10:42 pm

Anyone reading this from the L.A. area?

Go to this site, buy tickets, and enjoy some good music. 🙂

2005/10/24

Today’s Mail

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 8:02 pm

How bad does your financial situation have to be for Loans up to $710.00 (from one offer) or … when you need up to $500 (from another) to sound appealing?

FFS.

I have no clue why these people think we might be even remotely interested in them.

2005/10/12

Silence

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 4:23 pm

For anyone reading this out there, rest assured I’m fine, just busy and focusing my energy into other projects, reorganising the time spent on newsfeeds and blogs, work, etc. There are also a couple of transitions lined up in the near future, but more on that in another entry. Now back to some old fashion fun:

./configure && make && make install

All this while making and drinking coffee, of course.

2005/9/29

Aaaah, coffee!

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 1:06 pm

It was time for something new:

[Hamilton Beach - BrewStation]

2005/9/23

Help me remember

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 7:47 pm

… to check back on CD Baby by November 10? I’ll explain later, thanks!

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