Ole’ Faithful – The Pentel P205

While almost all of what I post about here involves techy matters like Linux or more creative subjects like graphics and photography, I am by profession a structural engineer. And like many engineers (structural and otherwise) I value my mechanical pencils. I’ve tried all kinds both expensive and cheap, but I always keep coming back …

Increasing my productivity in 4 clicks

Little did I know I was only 3 or 4 clicks away from a big increase in my productivity… 1. Open Google Reader. 2. Select “Digg” from my list of subscribed feeds on the left. 3. Click Feed Settings at the top. 4. Click “Unsubscribe”. It’s surprising how much time I have gained for other …

Time is ticking…

Sad to say, but there are officially now exactly 3 more Christmas lights on this blog than there are on my house thus far this season. Let’s hope my daughter and I can find some sliver of spare time this next weekend to change all that. :)

Astronomy trumps Sharks and Dinosaurs

This one’s just for posterity. A week or so ago, my 6 year old daughter completed her first ever school project. Her subject of choice was the origin of the universe. Needless to say there was not one right answer, but she’s darn interested in explaining to me (and anyone within earshot) that our sun …

For the Love of It

Episode 266 of The Linux Link Tech Show promised to be a very interesting show, and it didn’t disappoint. Why was it interesting? Because Bryan Lunduke of the Linux Action Show came on to discuss his plans to introduce a couple of closed-source commercial applications on Linux. Talk about lots of fodder for discussion! Here …

Friday Afternoon Accident

Myself and a couple of other guys were getting ready to leave work yesterday at about 5:20pm. I had heard some passing firetruck sirens, but like just about everyone else, you just ignore them. But when I went out to my car, I saw the air ambulance circling overhead. It turns out a Ford Escort …

Someone’s getting their crap together…

Ever since this post on September 1st, it seems Merlin Mann and his 43Folders have really decided to get their shit together. It’s pretty inspiring stuff which is distinctly different than something like Lifehacker which, to my mind, seems to be heavily diluted lately in the interest of growth and at the expense of value. …