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Spring is here

Haven’t had time to blog in months … Have been working on litl during nearly all available hours… it took some time (doesn’t it always?) but we have a great team assembled and it’s a ton of fun to focus on writing the code rather than hiring, and see the rapid progress a complete team […]

Dell Studio Hybrid

Today several people pointed out the new Dell Studio Hybrid, which looks pretty interesting. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2008-07.html#29)

TV Computer Build

If assembling a system from parts, it looks better to get a somewhat larger case with a case fan, rather than a tiny case with a CPU fan. A maybe-working example of this could be: Silverstone GD02 case $160 Silverstone fanless power supply $140 An oddly-shaped heatsink apparently designed to fit in the GD02 case […]

TV Computer Update

Still looking for my perfect TV computer. Thanks to everyone for suggestions so far, I really appreciate it. Several people expressed interest in hearing any answers, so I’ll keep posting what I learn. Ideas suggested so far: Intel DG45FC mini-ITX with X4500HD graphics in something like the SilverStone LC06 fanless case. Playstation 3. Mac Mini. […]

TV Computer

I want a computer with the following specs to connect to a TV: No fans (on case, CPU, GPU, or anywhere else) HD/BluRay-capable GPU (I think this rules out the older pre-965 Intel GPUs for example, though figuring out Intel’s product names is beyond me, so I can’t tell most of the time what a […]

Vegetable Box

Amy signed us up for a local community supported agriculture share this year, so we get a box of vegetables every week. This first week the box contained strawberries, sweet peas, bok choy, turnips, lettuce, spinach, cilantro, and a live basil plant. We got the idea from The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food. […]

CD Ripping

Amy and I broke down and sent our CD collection to Get Digital. I had manually ripped about half of it a long time ago, but the metadata (from MusicBrainz in 2005 or so, I guess) was a disaster, and I didn’t have a good system in place so never finished ripping the rest. Get […]

Today’s Best Headline

Samurai-Sword Maker’s Reactor Monopoly May Cool Nuclear Revival Japan Steel Works apparently melts 600 tons of steel at once into a giant one-piece nuclear reactor component that costs $350 million. They also make $10,000 samurai swords. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2008-03.html#14.2)


From publication 526: Expenses of Whaling Captains Beginning in 2005, you may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution the reasonable and necessary whaling expenses paid during the year in carrying out sanctioned whaling activities. The deduction is limited to $10,000 a year. To claim the deduction, you must be recognized by the Alaska […]


Tomorrow our Wii is supposed to show up. According to a couple reviews so far, such as this one, Twilight Princess is the best Zelda ever (which of course means it’s in the running for best game ever, period). Often I do some kind of coding project over Thanksgiving vacation, but this year I guess […]