Archive for January, 2008

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Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Photo update

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

I feel like this photo I took last night says a lot about what I’m up to these days, on various levels, so here you go:

Footprints in the snow

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

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Monday, January 28th, 2008

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Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Art through geek-colored glasses

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Some of these images are excellent. The level of geek quotient required to understand/appreciate them varies.

[Thanks to Ethan.]

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Friday, January 25th, 2008

Simple mobile version of blogs

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

To satisfy the many many of you:) out there who would like to read this blog on your mobile gadgets, I have added a link on top of the main blog page that makes this possible. Thanks go to Digital Inspiration for suggesting how this can be done easily by tweaking Google Reader URLs.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

If you’re looking for a laugh (or a cry)

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

I suspect most have already seen the famous episode of the Miss Teen USA South Carolina contestant’s answer to a geography-related question . (By the way, amazing performance by the host holding the microphone. Could you keep a straight face through that?)

This one seems a bit less well known (if you can say that about a clip that’s been watched 4 million times on YouTube):

The host here is much less impressive (note his commentary in general, and pronunciation of a certain country name in particular). The little boy looks adorable though.

There’s more along similar lines, for example this Family Feud episode.

Weather icons

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Just to clarify, this is not a complaint about Forecastfox since i think it’s a great Firefox extension. In fact, it’s probably one of the most useful ones I know and I highly recommend it. This is just an observation.

The icons in my browser this morning were the following:

Evanston weather

(For those not familiar with the extension: the “Sun” to the right refers to Sunday.}

You don’t need to know the Fahrenheit equivalents for the point of my post, but just in case you’re curious: -21C tranlsates to about -6F and -10C is about 14F. (Thanks to the Fahrenheit to Celsius Converter for that.)

What I find amusing about the above icons is that the -21C comes with a sun whereas the considerably warmer temperature of -10C has the “bitterly cold” icy icon attached to it. Granted, it is sunny out and as long as you can look out from a warm building, it’s outright pretty.* In fact, yesterday (with very similar weather) I was reaching for my sun glasses while driving. But still, it’s funny to see those icons allocated as such.

* Maybe it’s wrong to assume that the temperature of one’s immediate surroundings influences one’s perception of a scenery, but I have a hunch that if it was freezing cold inside I wouldn’t appreciate the sunny view as much.

Honey, lemon, garlic

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Honey, lemon, garlic To me, the idea of mixing these three ingredients together sounded pretty scary, but I was ready to try anything since I’m so sick of being sick. (I mean, c’mon, I had a bad cold just over a month ago! Nonetheless, when I saw that sick student in class the other day, I could just see that I wasn’t going to be able to escape this for long.)

Honey, lemon, garlic drinkSurprise, surprise, the resulting drink wasn’t bad at all. It tasted like tea with a bit of garlic (even though there was more than a bit of it in there). I guess this is not shocking given the ingredients, but it was still unexpectedly pleasant.

All I did was crushed one garlic clove, put it in a cup of boiling water, added honey and then fresh lemon juice. Straining at the end is recommended.

NeoCitranWhether it helped is a bit hard to tell. I certainly felt relatively okay afterwards, but that may have been thanks to my trusted friend NeoCitran. (That would be the version of TheraFlu that actually works. Not available in the US though. And it turns out not all European versions are the same either. The ones sold in Switzerland and Hungary I know work well.)

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Sunday, January 20th, 2008

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Saturday, January 19th, 2008

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Friday, January 18th, 2008

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Thursday, January 17th, 2008

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2008