- the Succession order for the British monarchy
- the Great Smog of London
- the Suez Canal crisis
- the Church of England
- the many affairs of Princess Margaret
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
I'm assuming it was the cat, anyway. I do have two toddlers.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
I can't say that I've ever thought to myself "Gee, I wish I could have uncomfortable, lumpy things strapped to my wrist at every possible angle so I can never rest my arms on my desk".
I wear a watch - it's a Timex with a NATO band that I've rotated so that all the hardware is well up and away from any part of my arm that will touch anything else - it's the only way to fly, really. I can't imagine wanting to encumber my wrist to that extent.
BUT: if it wasn't for the hilariously ludicrous $210 price tag, I could finally get a pair of watch bands sized for my <4-year-old children. ...which is also something I have never actually found a need for.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
If those sound good to anybody and you feel like trying Ting, I do have a referral link you can use that's good for a $25 credit on your account (or $25 off of a new phone from the Ting store, however you want it). I have zero qualms about recommending Ting to anybody with fairly moderate data needs.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
So long, Gordon.
So long, Luis.
At this point, let's just rename it to "The Insipid Elmo and Fairy School Show" and quit pretending it's got any continuity ties to the Sesame Street that I grew up with.
Yeah, I get that Bob, Gordon and Luis are old as the gum stuck to Oscar's trash can at this point, but it's still a sad thing to see them 86'd from the show.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Not fun: Not getting to play with your new toy because it's gotta spend the first hours of its life downloading 1.5GB of system and app updates.
However: Yay for a new phone and Yay for Ting making it absurdly simple to activate one (even a CDMA one).
Monday, July 11, 2016
No, what we have here is just a plain old button-down casual short-sleeve shirt. It might stand up to sunshine and a light breeze, but not rain, snow, sleet, monsoon, locusts, etc.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
- Brand new pre-order Motorola G4 Plus (64GB storage / 4GB RAM)
- New LG G4 (32GB / 3GB) released in 2015
- Refurb Samsung Galaxy S5 (16GB / 2GB), released in 2014
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
... and it's a very mixed bag in my opinion
- Prices (though unannounced) will probably be reasonable
- Screen and camera both improve (5.5" is larger than current, but not terrible)
- Expandable storage via SD card is still there
- Fingerprint reader if you like such things
- No longer waterproof. 3rd gen was true IPX7 waterproof. The new ones are just "splash resistant".
- 3 separate models adds some fragmentation. Probably less likely to see rapid software updates. Probably also going to drive the price-point of the "good one" up quite a bit over the el-cheapo "Play" model.
- No indication that they've gained the gyroscope/compass that the 3rd gen was lacking.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
...Stand in the place where you work...
The office got a new seating chart yesterday, which meant I got to relocate. I decided to try a standing desk this time around - fortunately our cubicles are very modular, so with a little effort all of the desk surfaces in the new cube got taken apart and reinstalled at standing level. Working on getting my monitors at the right height today (as well as figuring out why Windows won't see one of them now).
Monday, May 9, 2016
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Python, for instance, scopes the code based solely on indentation. This is silly. Spend two characters on some curly braces like everybody else does and quit making me have errors because my editor put a TAB in instead of a batch of spaces.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
It's a serious subject for discussion.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
I like to think that I'm pretty financially responsible - and paranoid.
So here comes Lifehacker.com with an article asking people to tell about the unexpected expenses that hurt them the most. Reading through the comments is interesting. Not only does it fuel some paranoia about having a good emergency fund, it apparently makes me realize that I'm in way better shape than most.
Reading the comments so far, everybody's nightmares are all under five figures. Kind of surprising.