Posts tagged ‘miscellaneous’

Iterative gravestones

This post of tips for scripting at Clark’s Tech Blog is well worth reading. I especially like the first tip: Consider scripting an interactive process. Don’t expect you’ll get everything right the first time; get it written, start using it, and fix bugs/add features as the need arises. This weekend I was able to use…


Weather icons

Yes, I’ve written a lot about weather forecasts lately. I like to think that my interest in weather forecasts comes from a combination of this year’s rainy and cold spring and my desire to ride my bike to work most days of the week. Getting an accurate forecast helps me dress for the weather and,…


“Standard” time

I was looking at my calendar and just realized that standard time only covers about four months out of the year, which means it really isn’t standard at all. When I was a kid, standard time and daylight savings time were about evenly split, so calling one of them “standard” didn’t strike anyone as weird…


Cellphone/headset pairing

Yesterday I tried to pair my Motorola RAZR phone and H700 headset. Eventually I succeeded, but the many failures that came first were very frustrating. I figured it was worth describing the success so others could avoid the frustration. First, a bit of background. I bought the phone and headset together this past summer, and…


Viva

Now in the Las Vegas airport on my south-to-go-east trip from Boise to Chicago. As a brief followup to my previous post: I had a “B” boarding pass on the flight from Boise to Vegas. I was either the last or second-to-last “B” passenger to board because I stayed seated until my group was called…


The A Team

I am sitting here in the Boise airport at a Southwest gate. It is about 45 minutes before scheduled takeoff and there are 20+ people standing in the “A” line. Standing, even though their boarding pass guarantees them a decent seat. Now, I can understand folks standing in the “B” line, especially if they’re traveling…


Coffee, tea, and you

As I sit here in another hotel room enjoying a cup of tea, it seems worthwhile to post these two tips for making tea in one of those hotel mini coffeemakers: Bring your own tea. Not because your tastes are so refined that you can’t imagine drinking the generic tea you get in those little…


Rainbow

This evening Naperville was treated to a beautiful rainbow in the eastern sky. The main arc was complete, and the lower ends of the secondary arc could be seen easily near the horizon. My family was out in the car and because I happened to have my camera with me, we pulled into a parking…


Happy birthday, Dr. O’Boogie!

And thanks.


A Brit in the woodpile?

I was looking at the LA Times online edition this morning and saw a small picture of Clay Aiken, the American Idol loser of a couple of years ago. Doesn’t he look like the love child of Tony Blair? Something about the ears and the teeth, I think.