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Feb 24, 2018

Something seems different….
last update: 02/24 @ 19:27

The radiator in the back office does not normally need to be suspended by a rope…

We’re making great strides on our efforts to get an exhaust fan for the kitchen.


If you’re going to put in a fan, you may as well…

Add on to the house while remodeling the kitchen.

Which we’re doing.

It’s going to be great when it’s done. But we have a while yet before we can call it complete.

We do know about most of what will go into the the new kitchen (it was fun to look as giant slabs available as counter tops (we settled on Virginia Mist — but it’s not really from Virginia).

And I’m sure we’ll celebrate when we have a kitchen again. I’m less sure when that will be.

Feb 16, 2018

Geek Fun
last update: 02/16 @ 22:12

Thanks to Linux Advanced Routing & Traffic Control HOWTO and @clumpidy for pointing out the way, I have a multihomed network at the moment.

Verizon DSL has just become too slow, fiber is not yet an option so I’m giving Comcast a try…

After one failed attempt based on simpler instructions, this seems to be working and our conection speed is much better now. Let’s see how stable it is over time and how hard getting out of Verizon is…

Shakespeare Elective
last update: 02/16 @ 13:17

Robert’s busy week this week included the performance at the Folger Theater of the Shakespeare Elective’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Admittedly I’m biased; I thought it was great. I’m really glad to have been able to attend.

Feb 08, 2018

Something to strive for
last update: 02/08 @ 22:53

From a very interesting fellow, John Perry Barlow:

Principles of Adult Behavior
  1. Be patient. No matter what.
  2. Donít badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldnít say to him.
  3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
  4. Expand your sense of the possible.
  5. Donít trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
  6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
  7. Tolerate ambiguity.
  8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
  9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
  10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
  11. Give up blood sports.
  12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Donít risk it frivolously.
  13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
  14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
  15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
  16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
  17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
  18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
  19. Become less suspicious of joy.
  20. Understand humility.
  21. Remember that love forgives everything.
  22. Foster dignity.
  23. Live memorably.
  24. Love yourself.
  25. Endure.

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Feb 04, 2018

Because… Science…
last update: 02/04 @ 14:12

Just who was Rube Goldberg anyway?

Robert’s science class is studying simple machines by building Rube Goldberg-esq contraptions. This one is getting close to working well.

We did need a bit more traction and mechanical advantage for the RC car to be able to lift the weight, sending the wedge car down the ramp to wedge up/knock over the book onto the catapult, launching the fish.

All-in-all, a sucess. Fine tuning to follow…

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