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November 22nd, 2011

10:46 pm
Stanford is doing a bunch of online free classes in Jan/Feb. Which one should I take?

The obvious candidates are Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Game Theory, and Cryptography.

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March 9th, 2011

12:15 pm - The dilemma of the boring office worker
I'm wearing my (kitten) = (poptart) t-shirt today. I just noticed that if I hang my badge off-center I can obscure either side of the equation with an image of my face. So now I'm wondering which is better: (kitten) = (me), or (me) = (poptart). Hmmm. Any suggestions?

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January 26th, 2011

11:33 am - Bad news, good news
The winter coat I bought (mail order) for Gudrun for her birthday doesn't fit her. It's a great coat, just an inch or so too small (and they don't make it any larger, grrr). As we were grousing over the missing inch, she said "y'know, it might fit Karen". . . So last night Karen tried it on, and it both fits and looks really nice on her. So I don't get to return it.

And Gudrun found another coat by a different manufacturer that comes in a larger size. I hope it arrives before spring, because, y'know, running around in the coldest winter in years without an adequate coat is a Bad Idea.
Current Mood: amusedamused

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November 2nd, 2010

12:11 pm
I voted Anarchist, as always. K. didn't mention until afterward that one of the people on the ballot was her boyfriend in High School. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember if I'd voted for him or not.

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October 20th, 2010

09:24 am
The roof of an office building is remarkably wet on an October morning. In related news, it takes a surprisingly long time for something to fall four stories to the ground.

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June 14th, 2010

10:45 am - Green!
Karen dyed her hair green. It's very bright.

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January 5th, 2010

02:36 pm - Question for people who know more than I do
Should I get a Nexus One? Or should I wait for the much cooler Nexus Six?

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September 4th, 2009

12:38 pm
When we were in Maine a couple of weeks ago, we ate at a Chinese restaurant in Houlton. The food was better than I expected (admittedly, my expectations for a restaurant in a small town on the Canadian border were not high), but the fortune from my cookie left me slightly bemused. It says "Human Rights: Know Them, Demand Them, Defend Them". Aside from highlighting the fact that China has one of the worst human-rights records around, I've been wondering what that fortune means ever since I got it.

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January 27th, 2009

09:06 pm - bad news
My father called this evening to tell me that my uncle (his brother) had died this morning. My uncle had had cancer for a long time, so this was in no way unexpected, but still. . .

I learned a lot from him when I was young:

I'll always remember him grading student papers on Thanksgiving, which was my first clue that teachers don't like homework either.

He taught me how to make change, even though he always set the price on his cotton candy, balloons, games, etc to multiples of a quarter in order to make it easy on his workers.

Hmmm. When running Romex through a new wall, put the holes though the studs at a different height than where you'll be nailing up the sheetrock. I've never had an opportunity to use this piece of knowledge, but there it is in my brain. . .

Millinocket is a town, so "going to millinock it" is about travel, not an item on a todo list.

Making things look easy is usually the result of careful planning and good prep work.

I'll think of more, but that's enough for now.

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December 15th, 2008

06:56 pm
We have power again!

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