Monday, August 31, 2009

My God, it's full of floor wax

Glide Path
Glide Path,
originally uploaded by The Devil in the Detail.
Acid colors are so '60s. Here in the real 21st century we know the value of a palette of earth tones.

The dog days of summer

This is a picture of my laptop at work when earlier today it suddenly and silently cut to grey.The two areas on either side looking sort of like shark gills were feeling a lot hotter than electronic equipment usually likes to be, and the underside of the laptop, sitting flat on my desk, was just as bad. So I'm guessing that the problem today, and the intermittent problems I have been having (occasionally when connecting to the office remotely, which I really find inconvenient) could be heat related.

Why don't they make big smokestacks for laptops to carry the heat away and put it as far away from the unit as possible? Or put radiators under the keyboard (which has lots of open space) instead of in a thin strip to the side? That way my fingers would be right where they need to be to know that the unit is feeling a little feverish and I should try to slow things down for a bit.

I have the back feet of the laptop propped up slightly to improve the air circulation somewhat, and those vents feel twenty or thirty degrees Celsius cooler presently. Let's see whether this helps, since I think a replacement is not going to be in the cards for now.

Monday, August 24, 2009


David Pogue has published a new book called The World According to Twitter and my alter ego Grinning Skull has a grand total of three entries included. There is lots of amusing stuff between the covers by my multitudinous co-authors.

Here's a picture of the autographed copy that came in the mail today

From Blogger Pictures
The book is available where books are sold, and is not available where books are not sold.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

For Cognitively Impaired Clown news

I'm still blogging about name ideas here. Band names, book names, song names, and I think one occupational classification name so far, all posted up via whenever they bubble up to consciousness.

Update: I set up a Posterous blog for my name ideas instead, to make it a little easier (that is, possible) to see anything other than the most recent five entries.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Weeping because of all the attention

Perhaps we gents ought to give them a little room, if these two headlines from the Telegraph are to be understood in conjunction.

I also wonder how many months a man spends staring at women crying.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Norse Gods and the Calculus

Integral approximations
Compare and contrast