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November 28, 2006


Food for thought. I really want to check out the latest Pynchon, among others on this list.


A post that clearly explains how to make a "twist". I've been lacking the right tools AND tactics. So, off to get a channel knife and some fresher lemons.

November 24, 2006

The Republic of Indian Stream

There was once an independent republic in the northwest corner of New Hampshire. I think that's pretty cool. But the best part is:

The republic ceased to operate independently in 1835, when the New Hampshire Militia occupied the area, following a vote to be annexed by the Indian Stream Congress. The vote arose from fears regarding a prior incident in which a group of "Streamers" invaded Canada to free a fellow citizen who had been arrested by a British sheriff and judge over a matter of an unpaid hardware-store debt, as debtors' prison laws were still in force at the time. The invading posse shot up the judge's home where their comrade was being held, causing something of an international incident. The British Ambassador to the U.S. was astonished at the idea of a war with the States over a matter of a hardware-store debt and quickly agreed to engage in negotiations to resolve the long-simmering border disputes resulting from the poor wording of the Treaty of Paris.

That is so great.

November 7, 2006

More tabclearing

So, the account manager we hired didn't work out, and so the MacBook we got for him is up for grabs at the office. Heather has first dibs, but so far she isn't terribly happy about dealing with Windows under Parallels Desktop, so I may be inheriting the Intel Mac after all.

In preparation for this, I've done all I can to make sure Windows works properly (especially with Quickbooks) and so forth, but I'm also looking into ways to make the switching experience less awkward (both in terms of switching to MacOS and in terms of switching between concurrent OSX and WinXP sessions). One thing I'm trying out (albeit on the old non-Intel iBook) is running OSX and WinXP side-by-side under VirtueDesktops. I'm already running CodeTek Virtual Desktop Pro, and like it okay, but figured it'd be worth trying a more freely available package and work out the kinks.

So far, there aren't many - the basics are there in both, with a slight issue in VirtueDesktops that it doesn't seem to understand exactly how to bind an app's windows to a particular desktop and how to switch to that desktop when the app gets focus, but I'm going to try rebooting into Virtue (right now I'm working from what was an active VDP session, transferring into Virtue, so I'm hoping that's the problem). But the transitions are fine, the idea of a bezel pager is interesting, and so what the heck. I am curious how Virtue gets its desktop's names and how to change them (I'd prefer 'web' to the default 'browsing', for example), but I'll keep digging.

In other "news", laugh, it's funny.