What’s the aspect ratio of a rectangle such that dividing it in half, perpendicular to its longest side, yields two smaller rectangles of the same aspect ratio? w/h = h/(w/2) w²/2 = h² w² = 2h² w = h√2 w/h…
I can’t believe it’s been a year since I wrote Learning how to save. Seems like a good time to post an update, especially after having made a number of changes since learning how hard the interest rate on my…
The view from my new desk
Filed under, “Things I’m thankful for.” December being a month of birthdays (I’m 28 now btw!) and holidays and families, each Friday afternoon is like an appetizer before the greater celebration to come. One week closer.
Someone at work mentioned the phenomenon of unboxing the other day—the fetish of meticulously recording the process of opening brand new electronics for the vicarious enjoyment of others. At first I was horrified. I mean, really, could anything more superficial…
I’m not a pixel peeper. I like a camera that’s easy and fun to use and takes good photos. 99.9% of the time I’m going to take an image I like, maybe crop it, scale it down to fit the…
…but we don’t usually find blood on the sidewalk.
Powerful and appropriate, 38 years later. Other formats to blog or print: Please right-click links and select “Save Link/Target As” 400 pixel wide jpeg 450 pixel wide jpeg 500 pixel wide jpeg original jpeg full-size PDF for printing Source: imaginepeace.com…
What’s Airline Chicken anyway?
I signed up for Zipcar last December to test it out, but didn’t start using it in earnest until April when I sold my car. In May Stephanie and I got our Vespas for getting around the city on a…
Temporary plastic surgery… …courtesy of Pick Your Nose Cups.
I’m not really a calendar kind of guy. I think that makes it easier for me to just live and adapt to things one day at a time. Had I a calendar this past weekend, I might not have felt…
It was the policy of the Pflugerville Independent School District (located just north of Austin, Texas) that all high school boys come to school with their whiskers shaved. “Whiskers,” it was explained to me, were facial hairs growing on the…
Hey hardcore Justinsomnia readers! Yeah, you! The folks who’ve actually got http://justinsomnia.org/ in your bookmarks. The folks who still periodically check my homepage for updates instead of subscribing to the feed. (I remember those days!) I’ve just added a new…
My younger brother has done two pretty amazing things this year, (I’m sure many more, but two I now have photographic proof of). In the fall he started a new job (a new career really) teaching high school history. Not…
Grandmommy (my mom’s mom), Stephanie, Justin, Katie, Matthew, Dad, and Mom
This is some of it
Whoa, whoa! New York Archdiocese’s anti-pedophile coloring book #
Are you shitting me!? What if the fetus you were going to abort would grow up to be a soldier bringing democracy to a godless dictatorship? (oh thank god: “The product is a satire, but it is also a real product.”) #
I am speechless:
Andre on shavetiming:
Note to DRM-mongers: do not piss off the mother-in-laws.
Katie on creating shelves in my brother’s new house:
Ohh well, Matthew I love you and this is a Merry Christmas/Happy Birthday present. Hopefully you spend many years using it, if not I won’t mind, but never again will I submit myself in helping creating pantry shelves
The always compelling Philip Greenspun:
I wrote a little article advocating that MIT abolish tuition, on the grounds that Harvard would eventually become so rich that they would have to abolish tuition or fight the IRS and explain why they weren’t simply an investment fund that ran a profit-making university on the side as a way to escape paying tax on investment returns.
Mark Pilgrim on MTOS:
Definitely voting for Dennis “I Hope That You’re Going To Talk About More Than A Tongue Stud” Kucinich in the primary #
Stephanie reconstructs our typical ride-home conversations:
You stay classy, EPA: E.P.A. Says 17 States Can’t Set Emission Rules for Cars #
I love stumbling upon nuggets like this in Wikipedia:
Prior to the release, BSD’s implementation of TCP/IP had diverged considerably from BBN’s official implementation. After several months of testing, DARPA determined that the 4.2BSD version was superior and would remain in 4.3BSD. (See also History of the Internet.)
Another Wikipedia gem, and quote of the day:
The thought of a computer program being “gay” just tickles me. But then I’m wondering, what would an LOLCats-esque “gay programming language” look like? Discuss amongst yourselves. #
This is where I work, this is where I work: True believer: John Battelle tries his third media enterprise #
To read later: The Google Enigma
Google is certainly a different sort of company, but is it so different as to be anomalous? Is the company an exemplar or a freak?
Hilarious French music video of the day: Fatal Bazooka feat Yelle – Parle à ma main (talk to my hand)
Just upgraded to WordPress 2.3.2 with svn:
svn sw http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/2.3.2
Hear, hear! Everyone should read this: The Airport Security Follies
…what most people fail to grasp is that the nuts and bolts of keeping terrorists away from planes is not really the job of airport security at all. Rather, it’s the job of government agencies and law enforcement. It’s not very glamorous, but the grunt work of hunting down terrorists takes place far off stage, relying on the diligent work of cops, spies and intelligence officers. Air crimes need to be stopped at the planning stages. By the time a terrorist gets to the airport, chances are it’s too late.
I learn something every day:
The burning tire is a symbol of protest, and rubber is cheap in Pakistan. Protesters have set tires ablaze in the streets, sending black ash into the air as a smoke signal of sorts, transmitting a message of anger.
Another choice quote:
The dilemma is that people want to register their protest in a violent way because nobody listens when it’s peaceful.
(Gandhi must be rolling over in his grave) #