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David Oster
The iOSter - (iOS programmer)
The iOSter - (iOS programmer)

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Isaac is 16. The iPhone is 10. Isaac is too old to have had a modern childhood.

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Flying in an airplane powered by two tiny jet engines intended for r/c model use. (not me, but interesting)

from The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase. by Mark Forsyth: “Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac.” - green great dragons can’t exist.

Now that I have a 3D-printer, when I'm printing with clear filament, I sometimes can't tell if the first layer is actually printing.
From 8/27/2010: This morning, I dreamed I'd printed an end table on a 3d printer connected to my mac, but I'd accidently set the opacity to 0, so when I put it down, I couldn't see it. I thought, "That's odd, the print quality is better than I expected."

I woke up, told my 9yr-old about it. He said, "You should stand on it, so people will think you can levitate."

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When I first wrote Google Calendar Notifier for Mac, it used the GData API to talk to Google. Well, Google deprecated that API and replaced with an Apiary API. I updated the app, and now Google is deprecating the Apiary API and replacing it with a REST-JSON API. So, I updated the app again. Thanks to the good work of Greg Robbins and Thomas Van Lenten, the new one is a clean enough that the transition from the old one that this time I was able to complete the Notifier rewrite in only an hour.

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Originally posted April 2014. Now we own one.
How do you have a partial zero?

Saw this on a car today.

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Why I'm not replacing my bread machine.
In the early '90s I bought a bread machine from the DAK catalog.
It finally failed to turn on. I'm not fixing it. I'm not replacing it.
It taught me an important lesson: bread is easy.

What it does
What a bread machine does: throw in the ingredients, press one button, and when it's done. You have bread.

Why it's good
The advantage of a bread machine: throw in the ingredients at night, set a timer, and it's made while you sleep, done in the morning. A feature I never use.

But, bread is easy - throw the ingredients in the standing mixer. Let the bread hook mix and knead them for 5 minutes. Wait 90 minutes. Give it another 2 minutes of kneading. Pour in a loaf pan. Wait another 90 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes.

My favorite:
The recipe I keep returning to is Challah:

1 pkg Yeast = 2t 
3 c bread flour 
1.5 t salt
4 T sugar 
0.75 c warm water 
6 T oil
2 Eggs

+ 1 egg for glaze, and poppy seeds or sesame seeds.

After the first rise, move dough to a floured, (parchment paper is useful here) baking sheet. Cut into three equal pieces. Roll each piece like a kid working with clay into a rope, about a foot long. Braid. set aside for an hour for the second rise. A cold oven, gently warmed by its interior light bulb is a good place. after second rise, brush with a beaten egg. sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake in a preheated oven (remembering to take the loaf out first, before turning the oven on)

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I've tried to use PNY 64GB USB flash drives for backup. The USB 3 one can't reliably complete a Time Machine backup. It forces me to reformat and try again. The USB 2 failed on the first backup, and can't be reformatted! I'm never buying a PNY USB flash drive again.
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