Monthly Archives: December 2009

31 Dec 2009
Pixelated Dreams

Lately my dreams, or at least the rapidly evaporating-on-waking memories of them, seem more realistic. Most are brief snippets, but some are lengthy detailed stories. Earlier times, if I remembered dreams at all, they were generally incoherent, often nightmarish. Occasionally there was no memory of content at all, just waking up with a pervasive sense […]

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30 Dec 2009
Miscellaneous Links 2009-12-30

Some random things I’ve run across the last few days: The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity A quote from the commentary on the third law: Our daily life is mostly, made of cases in which we lose money and/or time and/or energy and/or appetite, cheerfulness and good health because of the improbable action of some […]

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24 Dec 2009
The good, the bad, and the ugly

This picks up from where “So much for rest and relaxation” left off. Good: The work crew didn’t finish, so we didn’t have to go in to move equipment. Bad: They rescheduled it for the 29th. Good thing I didn’t have plans for then, eh? Good: I went in anyway to finish updating my laptop, […]

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23 Dec 2009
Judge Bans Microsoft from Selling Word …

… or at least that’s what the headlines say. Gets your attention doesn’t it? Being such a fan of Microsoft, I couldn’t help but get a little buzz when I read that. Actually, Microsoft is banned from selling versions of Word that contain a particular piece of “XML technology” which i4i has patented. This is […]

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23 Dec 2009
So much for rest and relaxation

So far this week, “break” has been good-news / bad-news. Monday Bad: Went to work Monday at 9am, didn’t leave til 8pm. What with other things I needed to do after that, I didn’t get home til about 10:30pm. Good: Got my office cleaned up a little bit, and I think I got all the […]

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19 Dec 2009
Christmas Break 2009

My Christmas break begins today. Officially I’m off until January 4th, but I may go into work Monday to take care of a few last-minute chores and catch up on office housekeeping I just didn’t want to deal with Friday evening. There are also three days when it’s my turn to drive in to rotate […]

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12 Dec 2009
TV Math

Are percentages really that hard? Now, journalism has a reputation for misreporting scientific studies, what with all that complicated mathematics, statistics, probability, and the drawing of logical conclusions, but this is ridiculous. After all, “per cent” sorta implies that the numbers should add up to some number relatively close to 100, and I think that […]

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10 Dec 2009
Learning Japanese: Computer Input

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Learning Japanese

While you can use the Character Map accessory (Linux, Windows) to occasionally enter a few characters, you will want to install an input method if you intend to input Japanese characters with any frequency. Linux A popular method on Linux is SCIM + anthy. SCIM provides an input method engine that supports multiple languages, while […]

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10 Dec 2009
Learning Japanese: Computer Fonts

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Learning Japanese

Recent versions of operating systems should display Japanese characters without additional configuration. The following sample displays fine on Linux (tested: Firefox, Konqueror) and Windows XP (tested: Firefox, IE): すべての人間は、生まれながらにして自由であり、 かつ、尊厳と権利と について平等である。 人間は、理性と良心とを授けられており、 互いに同胞の精神をもって行動しなければならない。 If you’re using IE8, you may have to click on the “Compatibility Mode” button to display the kanji characters; hiragana and katakana […]

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05 Dec 2009
Learning Japanese: Pronunciation

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Learning Japanese

Whatever course material you use to study will provide detailed guidelines for pronunciation. I’ll also discuss some audio reference material in a later post, once I get past the mechanics of the written language. For a quick introduction you may want to view these articles: “Pronunciation of Japanese” provides a sample reading (from the beginning […]

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