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Camilla Fox
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http://biscuit.mit.edu/blog/rose-hooktip
Moth of the day, on my current blog project.

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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 :-)

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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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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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Sighted in the hallway outside one of the preschool classrooms at George's school.
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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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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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