Air Filters

June 16, 2006

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Yeah. you want to change your air filters from time to time. The A/C at work froze up today and we pulled down an air filter that looks like it hadn't been changed since the building was built in the 70s. Buildings in Florida around this time of year get hot really fast without something fighting back the heat.


Something Happy

June 15, 2006

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Not to end the night on a downer. It's going to be Friday in 21 min. which means only 8 or so hours of work will the weekend.


Next generations moment in history

June 15, 2006

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I wonder what the defining moments in history will be for future generations. I'm sure I'lll have as vivid a recolleciton of the Sept. 11 planes crashing into the World Trade Center towers as my folks did of the Kennedy assassination. Probalby more so thanks to the relentless news. I'm almost afraid to think about what the moments that will burn themselves into the memories of the next and future generations will be. Mainly, I just hope that my friend at work is wrong. He thinks he'll live to see an nuclear bomb be used inside the U.S. Obviously, I really hope he's wrong. Both for the initial lose of life but also for the destruction that would surely rain down after. (A darker thought than I normally post, but it's been on my mind more recently than normal.)


Old Magazines

June 15, 2006

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I'm cleaning out some old magazines to donate to the library. Mostly they are photo realeated ones, and going through a '95 copy of Camera and Darkroom, I found a Nikon fold out ad with three cameras on it. The camera with the least amount of play was the F4s which had been out for a while. The one that got the spotlight was the N90s. The one that got middle child position was the "E2s" which, frankly, I don't even remember. Copy says: The Digital Nikon The E2s. To look through its viewfinder is to see the future of photography. Picture quality rivals that of film. etc… At 1.4MB I think the marketers were maybe a little ahead of their time saying the quality rivals that of film. But marketers will do that, I suppose.


Scott Love

June 15, 2006

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I found out earlier this week that Scott Love was killed in Iraq. He's the first person I have known to be killed in war. That's just fucked up. When I was growing up, war was just a game I played with G.I. Joes. Until a few years ago it always seemed like something that belong, in real life, only to other countries or our past. Here's a cache of the al.com story.


Quixotic

June 15, 2006

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I forgot how to pronouce the word "Quixotic" and was asking an office mate if he knew, but he didn't. Turning to the magic of the net I pulled up Merriam-Webster's site and looked up the word: http://m-w.com/dictionary/quixotic Among other useful things, there is a little speaker button beside the word that you can click on to get an audio clip of the word being pronounced. Very cool reminder that we have come a long way since Moveable type was first invented.


Cold Calling

June 15, 2006

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I get cold calls from time to time about tech stuff. Usually staffing agencies. Just got one today on voice mail and the caller had such a thick Indian accent that it took me 30 seconds to figure out what he was calling about. A good principal in cold calling would be to make sure the person doing the call has a voice like a radio announcer. Communication is all you have going for you at the start of a cold call, so the voice (and accent) are about the most important thing in the first few seconds.


Page Graphic Maker - pagesaver

June 12, 2006

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Just found a "pagesaver" tool that's a Firefox extension that takes a page and makes a graphic out of it. Very helpful for those times when you need to screen grab an entire web page and it breaks the fold of your monitor. http://pearlcrescent.com/products/pagesaver/ Can even be run from the command line. So, if you don't mind dedicating a machine to it you can scirpt to pull a grab of a page at a regular interval.


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