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    Cancer still sucks

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    I’ve spent the last week over at my cousin Ben’s house. His pancreatic cancer has entered a new (and terminal) phase. It has been great to see the outpouring of support from his friends and family, but that doesn’t really make up for...
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    Do you reload while you are brushing your teeth?

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    Just out of curiosity, how many people actually reload the toothbrush with toothpaste between doing the upper and lower teeth? How many think one load of paste is enough for both? (I admit I fall in the latter category.)
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    I know why moths fly toward light...

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    You see, back in the age of the mighty civilization of the dinosaurs, they had begun experimenting with genetic engineering. One of their earlier attempts was to introduce glow-in-the-dark leaves on trees. This provided illumination at night, and was...
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    Trucks should mount a wide-screen TV on the back

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    While I was in traffic this morning, I was pondering the fact that I really don’t like being stuck behind a truck or other large vehicle, in stop-and-go traffic. I realized that I really like to be able to see what’s coming up on the road...
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    high school robots need your help

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    I just ran across this interesting solicitation : a San Francisco high school competing in a robotic basketball competition , who did so unexpectedly well that they are going to Nationals! Unfortunately, they apparently didn’t budget for winning...
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    video sunglasses should be wireless

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    I just ran across this article describing a pair of sunglasses with a video display built into it . Ok, cool concept and all, but in this day and age, shouldn’t the input be wireless? Ok, I can see there are power and bandwidth implications –...
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    What is an 'anonymous' sender?

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    A bit of terminology discussion here… In a recent article , Yasser introduced this following use of the word ‘anonymous’: “ An application comes to life on the network by using an Indigo port, which acts as the gateway between...
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    Pat Helland blogging

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    Wow, Pat Helland is blogging – that’s too cool. Update: for those who don't know of Pat - he is very knowledgeable about distributed architecture issues, and also has a wonderful way of explaining them. If you ever get a chance to hear...
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    DARPA Robot Racing - Who's Watching?

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    I notice that the QID (the qualifying round) for the DARPA “Grand Challenge” robot race starts today. I don’t see much up-to-date coverage of this – is anyone there, blogging it? I would love to see a blow-by-blow account, if one...
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    Rich Turner's Indigo Blog

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    I’ve noticed that Rich Turner has been posting some excellent Indigo posts recently on his blog – go check it out!
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    "The Right Society" censorship?

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    At home I am pretty steeped in a Democratic culture; my wife is a staunch Democrat, as are her parents and mine. I consider myself an independent, so to balance myself out I follow a couple of Republican blogs. Recently I ran across a post complaining...
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    Tivo-like 'thumbs-up' for my aggregator?

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    I build my blogroll while reading blogs – that is, when I follow a link to an interesting blog entry, and it appears that the owner talks about stuff I’m interested in, I’ll subscribe to that blog. Now, sometimes I’m right, and...
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    Home Theater - wow!

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    I just ran across this magnificent home theater setup . (Found via Furrygoat .)
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    The nature of courage

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    Beau Monday has some comments on the nature of courage . In his notes, he basically equates courage with physical risk. I agree that physical risk is often present at acts of courage – but I think that it is the RISK, not the PHYSICAL part, that...
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    Atom RSS?

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    As a sideline follower of the development of the Atom syndication format and API, I was at first taken aback; then amused; by this phrase I saw on John Porcano’s blog : “By the way, he added Atom RSS” Has “RSS” really become...
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    You know you're a redneck if...

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    John Bristowe posts an inspiring tribute to the upcoming WS-Eventing workshop. (This, this, this – Thursday, Thursday, Thursday!)
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    Errata for WS-Eventing posts

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    A co-worker of mine kindly pointed out an error in my WS-Eventing messages; the <NotifyTo> element contains an <Address> element, not a text string. I’ve corrected the previous posts. My apologies for any confusion.
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    WS-Eventing Part III: The Notification Message

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    Ok, now pay close attention; this part gets real complicated. The required elements of a notification message (that is, the shark-attack message sent to the subscriber) are as follows: … That’s right, there are no required elements....
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    Hot Water, Cold Air

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    AConrad posts the following: “ When the temperature is lower then -15 below zero, very hot water will vaporize immediately when thrown into the air. ” Interesting.
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    WS-Eventing Part II: The Subscription Response

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    Before I talk about the optional elements on a WS-Eventing subscription, I’d like to quickly cover the response message you get back when your subscription request is accepted. Taking a Header Most of the stuff in the response message header...
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    WS-Eventing: A Note on Namespaces

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    In part I of my discussion of WS- Eventing , I deliberately left the namespaces off the elements of the SOAP message. I did this for clarity, but I feel a little bad about where I say “This is finally valid WS- Eventing ” – because its...
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    Attribute-based Programming in Italian?

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    (Warning: slightly off-color) Dino has an interesting take on “Attribute-Based Programming” as it translates into his native Italian.
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    personalized painkillers

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    There was an interesting bit on NPR this morning about how the DEA is cracking down on some doctors who over-prescribe pain medications, which then somehow turn up on the black market. Putting aside any realistic discussion of the war on drugs, I do have...
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    3D animated movies are better than 2D?

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    Wes makes an interesting conjecture about why 3D animated movies tend to be better than their 2D brethren. He speculates that the digital design of the 3D movie provides an increased capacity for iterative design; that is, when they realize something...
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    Lots of little blog entries, or The Big List?

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    James Avery recently had a discussion about the format of his blog entries . He tends to post once a day, and that post contains a list of links or comments that he has presumably accumulated throughout the day. I don’t like that format, because...
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