The Big Think

November 23, 2005

Atomic Learning

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 11:25 am

OS X How-to videos.


Filed under: Science — jasony @ 11:15 am

Japan’s Hayabusa space probe is reportedly down safe on asteroid Itokawa. Check out this cool picture.

Xbox 360

Filed under: Games — jasony @ 10:41 am

Engadget is reporting the new Xboxes are “crashing like mad“.

Funny Furniture

Filed under: Woodworking — jasony @ 10:20 am

Jake Cress and his famous “Oops” chair. Check out some of his other work here. Nice interview here.


Router 2.0

Filed under: Woodworking — jasony @ 1:59 am

I may have busted my woodworking router tonight. I have a Dewalt 621 router in my router table. It was working fine the last time I used it (sometime last May before the summer heat hit). I went to use it tonight and it started acting really weird.

It started normally when I hit the router table’s ON switch, but as soon as I put it under load it shut down. I was using a sprial upcut bit to make a test groove in a piece of QS oak. I was taking a 3/8″ deep cut. I’ve taken this big of a cut before and the router always behaves okay. I backed off the depth and took only a 1/8″ or so cut. Same thing. Whenever I put the router under anything but the lightest load it shuts down. Weird.

If I reach under the table and jiggle the finger switch (with the table’s switch still ON), the router will spring to life again. I’m going to have to take the router apart, blow out the dust, and look at the switch. I might have to replace the switch altogether. If this doesn’t work I might be looking at another router. I like this one, but I really like my current router and would rather spend the money elsewhere (or not spend it at all, actually). Bummer.

A Bit of the Bard

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:45 am

Words to stir (sorry, can’t help it, it’s that soundtrack at work on me):

WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

KING. What’s he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian.’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.’
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Old Wineskins

Filed under: Woodworking — jasony @ 1:37 am

According to this article a 340-year-old oak has been auctioned off for 37,700 Euros to a Bordeaux cooper (wine-barrel-maker). The wood is specially sought after by winemakers for the particular character and flavor they hope it will impart to the wine. As far as I know, the barrels can be reused, so as sad as it makes me to see a big tree like this felled (ironic considering that woodworking is a hobby), I’m glad that at least it will be appreciated and well used.

Salud, Treebeard.

Henry V

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 1:24 am

Currently listening to the soundtrack from Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V.

A Personal Timeout

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:58 am

Okay, here’s my idea. Each one of us should be able to have, consequence-free, 10 all-nighters per year. No next day sleepiness, no sick feelings, and no caffeine required.

There just so bloody much to read and learn and do that it makes me crazy sometimes that I have to sleep. Just ten times per year I’d like to be able to go 36 hours straight without this body needing to go unconscious. How inefficient!


Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 12:39 am

I haven’t ever used an RSS feed reader. Well, I did use one but only until the 30 day free status wore off, but because I’m cheap and I’m used to “open all in tabs”, I haven’t gone the RSS route. Thanks to Giles and Mark linking to free OS X software I discovered Vienna tonight. Wowsers. This is a seriously cool program. My only question is why some rss feeds (like Luxist) come through with links intact, but others (thebigthink, giles’ site, mark’s site) all loose any urls associated with links. In other words, if I say check out this link HERE, Vienna won’t see that HERE is a legitimate link, and will treat it like any other word. For some pages the links come across fine.

Another problem is that posts from thebigthink come across as summaries, while other web pages have the full posts and pictures. Is this something that needs to be changed at the RSS originating site?

Anyone know why?

Robert on the Move

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:04 am

Dangit, Robert and family are going to up and move away before we have a chance to see them. Have a good move, Durb. We’ll be up to see you sometime. You do have space, don’t you? :()

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