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Archives for June, 2007

Tech Tip #1

Problem: Flat tire, wheel won’t come off. Backgound: This problem came my way today.  A friend had a flat tire, but was not able to get the wheel off.   The solution…

How do you think it feels?

I suppose this is good, although it is too little too late.  It would be a lot better to prevent these casualties in the first place. Army plans to hire more psychiatrists PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON – Overwhelmed by the number of soldiers returning from war with mental problems, the Army is planning…

Gas Tax

This would be a good time to raise the gas tax.  Seriously.  In fact, it should be raised using a ratcheting mechanism.  Whenever the nationwide price of gas goes up, that should become the new price.  If the wholesale price goes down, the difference would be replaced by a tax increase.  That way the price…

This is kind of a rambling rehash of an old post.  But it turns out to be topical now.  What is more it illustrates some interesting points about evolution: some obvious, others subtle.  One thing is shows very nicely is that once nature solves a problem, the same solution keeps cropping up in other places.…

Record High/Lows

I used to read computer magazines a lot.  I would chuckle when I picked up a copy of PC Magazine, or whatever, and it had, it large red type: XXX releases the Fastest Desktop Ever!!!  Next month someone else would be making the Fastest Laptop Ever!!! What, you think they are going to start making…

HT to Mr. Maynard for pointing this out.  (He also pointed out the Corner Brewery, which is an even more remarkable invention.) The creator is Theo Jansen: Theo Jansen, artist, studied science at the University of Delft Holland. The first seven years being a artist he just made paintings. Then he starts a project with…

CEO Compensation: It costs YOU

This is not exactly news, but it is nice to have some specifics that put the issue in perspective.   CEOs’ compensation can significantly impact shareholder value By Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer 1:11 PM PDT, June 9, 2007 Compared with the pay of celebrity chief executives such as Oracle Corp.’s Larry Ellison, the…

The Utility I Want

I am not skilled enough to do this, but maybe someone out there is.  What I want is a utility that will take a bit of html, such as for the sidebar in a blog, generate a image file that looks just like the html would if it were rendered on a web page, then…

Why is it that recovering persons with alcoholism should not drink near-beer (beer with little or no alcohol)?   …Hank had been dry for several weeks thanks to a radical withdrawal program, but a simple walk past Pete’s Tavern on any given night almost erased his will to abstain. During the daytime he did not…