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goatee-stroking musing, or something

not for spooky sounds

I finally got one. A real Moog Music one, too. For cheaper than a kit, even. Yes, a theremin; everyone’s favourite hand-wavey, LC circuit beat-frequency wobbly noise thing.

Playing anything recognizable is a way off yet. For now, I’m just vastly amused by the sounds it makes when you turn it on and off.

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computers suck

hats off to Canada Computers!

Canada Computers are entirely awesome. In the last week, they:

  • without fuss (but a trivial restocking fee) took back RAM that wouldn’t work with a Toshiba laptop. bloody wrongly-specified devices, grar.
  • Had in stock a rather obscure ThinkPad battery in their charmingly cluttered Pacific Mall store.
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choons

Dook of the Beatniks is in the house!!!

Whee! New album from everyone’s favourite musical genius/loony! More details at the Piety Street Studios Blog.

Delightful cover letter too:

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Wind Things

Wind, water and sun beat other energy alternatives, study finds

The best ways to improve energy security, mitigate global warming and reduce the number of deaths caused by air pollution are blowing in the wind and rippling in the water, not growing on prairies or glowing inside nuclear power plants, says Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford.

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computers suck

dual monitor + virtuawin = 13,312,000 virtual pixels of awesome

VirtuaWin adds joy to my desktop: using my 1280×800 laptop with a Dell 1920×1200 flat panel with four workspaces, I’ve got over 13 million pixels at my command. I have the laptop screen dedicated to my Vestas Online Busines SCADA session, so by making the SCADA window sticky, it’s always visible as I move from workspace to workspace on my big screen.

Shame the underlying OS blows pickled pineapple, though.

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o canada

The Hinzman Family gets to stay

U.S. deserter wins stay of deportation.

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o canada Wind Things

la belle province

quebec wind projects

Hydro-Québec announced their wind RFP winners yesterday. It’s a huge deal for the industry; more than 2000 MW of contracts awarded, with commissioning dates ranging from 2011-2015. Enercon and REpower won all the manufacturing; strict local content requirements mean that they will have to set up shop in Québec.

This is good for the Canadian industry. Now the real work begins.

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computers suck

coast plaza = dodgy dns

Coast Plaza hotel has a broken(ish) DNS — most web sites won’t resolve unless you hit reload about 8 million times (or use a shell loop to ping many many times). Aargh!

But it does completely block my office’s Citrix connections, so no work e-mail for me!

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goatee-stroking musing, or something

I’m slipping

The B-52s have had a new album out for nearly two weeks, and I don’t have it.

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computers suck

on stravaig

My company’s network is down today. All of it. All my files are there. All my work is there. I’m enjoying freedom while I can.

Have you heard of a large company not having redundant servers?

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computers suck

like a virtual workspace manager for the shell

How did I manage to go for so long without knowing about screen? screen allows you to create several connection sessions to a terminal, switch between them, detach from them, then reconnect from anywhere. I’d previously had to to set up long-running remote jobs as background jobs, relying on nohup and various methods to prevent terminal output. But no more!

This page taught me all I know about screen: screen: Keep Your Processes Running Despite A Dropped Connection

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banjo

Old Man Luedecke: banjo dude – in Guelph next week

old man luedecke poster

Who         : Old Man Luedecke http://oldmanluedecke.ca/
Where       : Folkway Music (163 Suffolk Street West, Guelph)
              http://www.folkwaymusic.com/events.html
When        : Friday March 7th - 8pm doors, 8:30 start
How much    : $15
What        : clawhammer banjo and skewed lyrics
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computers suck

ad free goodness

I (heart) Adblock Plus: and to think it’s bad for the internet

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choons

Keep September 25th Clear …

‘cos Thomas Dolby’s playing The Mod Club.

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goatee-stroking musing, or something

my new favourite word

I will use the word tortfeasor in casual conversation today.

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choons

speeding motorcycle

Twee popsters rejoice! The complete works of Trixie’s Big Red Motorbike will be re-released on CD this year!

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computers suck

a small form of happiness is

… a USB key with the irritating U3 software uninstalled.

Seriously, U3 is a major annoyance if you:

  • use Mac
  • use Linux
  • work on a PC with locked-down permissions
  • work on a PC with a one-letter drive gap (like having D: and F:, but no E:); U3‘s read-only system will appear in the gap, but your data won’t be accessible.
    (It’s not really U3‘s fault. The fact that Windows still has drive letters amazes me; why don’t they go for the whole 70s thing and have punch cards and gargantuan 5MB hard disk packs?)

All four of the above apply to me, so u3 uninstall.exe is my friend.

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computers suck o canada

yay bloggers, it’s cold!

GTAbloggers tonight. Is there any coincidence that it was absolutely baltic last time, and there aren’t exactly that many brass monkeys hanging around today?

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choons

actually, I’m particularly fond of them apples…

Yay, I’m so going to see The Apples in Stereo (with Casper & The Cookies opening) in February!

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o canada

tasty Eid treats

Shaira & Azim next door gave us some wonderful Eid sweets, plus a teatowel with an appropriate motif. Yay, thanks!