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It looks kind of like this: 3 months 3 weeks ago; George's hair grows very 1 year 12 hours ago; He also levels up in cowlick. 1 year 21 hours ago; Oh, this is much more 1 year 2 months ago; The other placenames have 2 years 1 month ago; Handwriting 2 years 1 month ago; Another thing that would ...
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the kids are cute, and the quilt is lovely.
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In case anyone was wondering what I was doing testing so many LED samples recently, I've been converting classic Thinkpads with old, dying CCFL backlights to LED. It's a popular mod, and there are plenty of generic DIY backlight kits out there. Unfortunately, most of these kits don't work as-is, and there are no good instructions, walkthroughs, reviews or comparisons of various kits anyway.
I've just had a great deal of fun fixing that. Consider this a beta-test invitation :-)
Converting a Thinkpad from a CCFL to an LED backlight is a straightforward process, though there's some DIY involved. 1. Procure an LED backlight strip and driver board. Many vendors sell generic and Thinkpad-specific backlight kits that include an LED strip to serve as the new backlight 'tube' ...
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Monty has veto'd a brand of eggs on the basis of their shells being consistently more difficult to crack neatly.
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Huh, I never noticed any causality there... but probably because I wasn't paying close enough attention; I do know that sometimes they just seem more annoying than others.
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Sighted in the hallway outside one of the preschool classrooms at George's school.
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I had been unaware of the really awful drawbridge accident in Boston's history (1916). Denton and I took a tour with http://www.lbdma.org/ and picked up some fascinating things.

Unfortunately, Denton didn't have much time to process "falling off a drawbridge can kill" before being asked to walk on said bridge and look over the railing into the water. He got increasingly afraid and upset, so we bailed from the tour early.
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Is this visible evidence of photosynthesis at work, or something else?
This is a lotus leaf, with a steady stream of bubbles coming through the water sitting on its surface. All the ones with water on them seemed to be doing likewise. Does a big leaf photosynthesizing in strong sunlight really hydrolyze water at that rate, or is something else going on here?
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Maybe I will go back there with a cardboard box, and see if being in the dark for a few minutes makes it stop.
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http://biscuit.mit.edu/blog/rose-hooktip
Moth of the day, on my current blog project.
Rose Hooktip. Submitted by cfox@mit.edu on Sat, 2014-08-16 10:45. August 16, 2014. Rose Hooktip. This is Rose Hooktip (Oreta rosea). I photographed it on 8/2/2014 and 8/3/2014 (it's not clear from my pictures whether it's the same individual or not). Wentworth NH.
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Google maps looks normal for a few seconds (centered appropriately on Cambridge, not my configured home address in Somerville), then morphs to this (in a smooth motion), when I pull it up from my office machine (with cookies). WTF? It shows the Cambridge view (unscrambled) from my no-cookies sandboxed vm on the VPN.
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Your world asplode
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The full Opus 1.1 release finally lands!

http://xiph.org/press/2013/Opus_1.1  
...with an updated 1.1 release demo!

http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/opus/demo3.shtml …
 
#xiph #opus
Surround Encoding Improvements. It's worth mentioning surround encoding improvements in 1.1, partly because quite a few people are unaware that Opus even supports surround audio. It does— up to 255 channels, same as Vorbis. Also similar to the early Vorbis releases, surround encoding in Opus 1.0 ...
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Dropbox gets two thumbs up for skipping the "customer service/customer appeasement" reply to my bug report, and having an engineer reply ~30 hours later with data.

I don't think I should be surprised (given that my bug report offered lsof output, and clearly telegraphed my debugging level), but I am. It had not occurred to me before that the "thank you for taking the time to report this, we've assigned it to so-and-so's queue" reply (that I myself give out sometimes) would have gotten a sigh and an eye-roll from me. Also, that the web form which tries to triage for urgency is a complete fail for a technical customer, and Dropbox's much more minimal "contact us", "other requests", "bug report" is pretty damn good (better if it was not only available from behind their login wall, but someday I'll forgive them for the time I tripped over that one).
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It really is a shame that these days I am shocked when I'm in the role of a customer and a company's support actually treats my technical assessment even a little credibility 
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Wicked Local Somerville reports that even as firefighters were battling a two-alarm fire on Bromfield Road early this morning, a two-alarm fire erupted on Summer Street when flames from a burning car set a house on fire. Reply · E-mail this page · Printer-friendly version · Reddit ...
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Despite strongly suspecting that I'm among the people they got sick, I'll probably in fact be back.
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This is an open grassy campground, with very little tree shelter. The grass is thick and lush and pretty, there's floral borders and hanging baskets, and a wooden pavilion for events. Very nice bathrooms. Playground is as nice as they come - complete with an unusual spinny swing thing, and good seating for the adults. We camped at one of the primitive (no water/electric) sites slightly off-peak, and were the only one up in that area, and had ample space. I am somewhat skeptical of it being workable if they fill up all of the campsites up there, but I've got no reason to think that happens - or do people spread way out into the middle of the grass? (The water&electric sites are much more clearly marked, and much flatter.)
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I tent camped at Ammonoosuc the third weekend of June, and had a very nice time. My campsite was very level, had a wooden shelter over the picnic table, and freshly raked sand. We swam every day, and my kids appreciated the step entry to the pool. My kids really enjoyed the playground. The owners were available and on top of things.
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