Adding More Images to this Blog

I suck at art. As such, my blog has been mostly text with few images. Recently I started playing with Stable Diffusion on my PC, and it occurred...

Sun 27 November 2022

Do You Trust Your Tax Preparer?

For most of my life, I’ve done my own taxes - using paper and pen. If you have the standard W-2 income, it’s fairly easy. Thrice, though, my tax...

Wed 23 November 2022

The Trouble With Many Skeptics

Back when I was at university, a friend mentioned to me that he wanted to read The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan. I had been a fan of Sagan...

Tue 19 July 2022

Checklist For Evaluating Cloud Backup Services

If I delete a file and sync, can I recover the deleted file? Is there a deadline (e.g. only within 90 days)? Or will they keep it forever? If I...

Thu 14 July 2022

Taming My Soda Addiction: What Worked and What Didn’t

Here I’ll discuss various ways I’ve tried to reduce my soda intake - primarily to avoid sugar. [1] [2] If you want the quick summary of what...

Thu 30 December 2021

Consuming Articles Offline

My desktop is my portal to the Internet. [1] Lately, I’ve needed to spend significant amounts of time away from my machine. So I took to printing...

Sun 19 December 2021

Oliver Heaviside

I recently read an article on Oliver Heaviside. He’s one of those scientists whose work touched several disciplines. Apparently, Maxwell’s...

Tue 13 April 2021

Put All Your Pelican Posts in One Org File

Pelican is a static site generator. Out of the box it supports two formats: Restructured Text and Markdown. There exist plugins to support the Org...

Thu 19 December 2019

Annual Planning

New Year’s Resolutions. It’s that time of year again. Below I’ve accumulated some resources that give interesting tips on how to think about them,...

Tue 01 January 2019

Solving My Email Problem - Followup

My last post got quite a few comments on Hacker News. They did force me to think a little, and here I’ll gather some of my thoughts. “I have an...

Sat 29 September 2018

Solving My Email Problem

. Email is not a messaging protocol. It’s a TODO list. Or at least my inbox is a TODO list and email is the protocol for putting stuff on it....

Fri 28 September 2018

Xonsh and Midnight Commander

At some point in the last year, I switched to the xonsh shell. It is a bash-like shell written in Python. The nice thing about it is you can write...

Sat 21 April 2018

Social Proof and the Bystander Effect

Lately I’ve been reading the book Influence by Robert Cialdini. The chapter on Social Proof reminded me of an episode of This American Life I had...

Tue 16 May 2017

Ignorance

There are two types of people: Those who are uncomfortable with their own ignorance, and those who aim to understand. The former will be quick to...

Sun 23 April 2017

Reciprocity and the Golden Rule

Lately I’ve been reading the book Influence by Robert Cialdini. In it he talks about the principle of reciprocity. We tend to repay, in kind, what...

Sat 22 April 2017

Moving Apps to the External SD Card on Android

Some months ago I bought a new Android phone. The internal storage was only 16 GB, so I put in an external SD card of 32 GB. As I started...

Sun 24 January 2016

Code Monkey or CAD Monkey?

I recently came across this comment: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “oh, I just COULDN’T stare at a computer all day lol”. If you want...

Tue 19 January 2016

Shine a Spotlight On Those Photos

A nearby photography club has annual county wide competitions. The judges select their favorite photos and display them in a mall for a month....

Thu 24 December 2015

Pay Down Mortgage or Invest?

The following scenarios are ones many of us run in to: Lumped Sum: I suddenly got $30,000. Should I put the money towards my mortgage, or should I...

Fri 18 December 2015

Study Notes In The Information Age

It has been a long time since I was a college student. In those days I took all my notes in the classroom with a notebook. One notebook for...

Sun 06 December 2015

Luminosity Masks in Darktable

When I first got into photoediting, I started off with the free software GIMP. I was a student and couldn’t afford Adobe Photoshop. While GIMP...

Tue 06 January 2015

Bird Watching

A friend of mine recently took his bird watching hobby to another level. Armed with a 400mm lens, a scope and a sturdy tripod, he and his wife...

Fri 15 March 2013

The Perils of Watching TED Talks

First, watch this TED talk about oxytocin - the “moral molecule”: Then watch this segment of another TED talk:

Fri 21 December 2012

A Guide to Midnight Commander

In the old days of DOS there used to be a great graphical, but text based, file manager called Norton Commander. These days the name “Norton”...

Tue 18 December 2012

Merriam Webster is Rolling in his Grave. Literally.

From the Merriam Webster online dictionary: Definition of LITERALLY in a literal sense or manner : actually. took the remark literally, was...

Wed 22 August 2012

The 2004 Transit of Venus

The upcoming transit of Venus across the sun is often mentioned in the news these days. It’s a rare event—-the next one will occur over a century...

Sat 02 June 2012

Michael Hart Has Passed Away

I just learned that Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg has passed away. I met him once in April of 2006. He gave an overview talk on...

Thu 08 September 2011