General Equation for Time Remaining until Halloween Lights Out

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Had this inspiration earlier: Thinking that instead of a lights-out time we need an algorithm that includes time since last trick-or-treater and current time. — Chris Hubbs (@cjhubbs) November 1, 2011 After fleshing it out a bit, I present this equation for the Time Remaining until Halloween Lights Out: Where Cr = Candy remaining Cd […]

Coding “Resign” Patterns

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Jeff Eaton linked this on twitter: [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/eaton/statuses/71273404539486208″] And it’s a great bit of very nerdy coding humor. An excerpt: 2 Destructural Patterns Below is a list of seven destructural patterns. 2.1 Adopter The Adopter Pattern provides a home for orphaned functions. The result is a large family of functions that don’t look anything alike, […]

Staying Organized: What Tools should I Use?

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Some weeks at work are calm, with just a few meetings and only one or two things to keep track of. Then there are weeks like this week, when the meetings are numerous, the to-dos are flying left and right, and the number of things to keep track of increases exponentially. It’s about at this […]

Sometimes knowing too much is a bad thing

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Last night Becky and I sat down to watch the second episode ( titled “Rewind”) of the Fox show Human Target. The first episode was fun in a cheesy action-thriller sort of way, so we decided to give it a continued try. Back in high school, I had some friends whose dad was a submarine […]

Recommended: Ninite.com

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So this past weekend I wiped and reloaded my Dell laptop… twice. Long story. Anyhow, each time I had the need to download and install what, for me, is a fairly standard set of free applications – browsers, utilities, communication programs, and the like. Typically that task takes a while – go visit every program’s […]

Getting rid of the Dish: The Nerd Post

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So we’re getting rid of our Dish. We’ve had cable or satellite TV pretty much ever since we moved into town seven years ago, but now we’re cutting the cable. Now, we’re not giving up television altogether; we’re just switching to a setup that will let us record and playback over-the-air TV, and giving up […]

Shaun Inman’s “Fever” a day later

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I’ve had a Fever install up and running for 24 hours now, and I’ve gotta compliment Shaun for working through the emailed bug reports – he responded back twice, once to acknowledge my email, and a second to ask if I had any tips on reproducing one of the errors I reported. ( I couldn’t […]

A first look at Shaun Inman’s “Fever”

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Twitter and the blogs have been abuzz today over Shaun Inman‘s newest creation, called Fever. Some of you may be familiar with Shaun’s previous creation, Mint, a really nifty blog stats package that you host yourself. Inman is on familiar ground this time with Fever, creating a spiffy feed reader, full of AJAX-y goodness, suitable […]

There might be something to this Facebook thing…

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Yesterday afternoon we went over to a friend’s house for her belated 30th birthday party. It was a good time – the carrot cake was tasty; there were friends there we hadn’t seen in quite a while; all in all, just about what a birthday open house ought to be. It seemed, though, that I […]