Monthly Archives: August 2007

Perfect Popcorn, from Scratch

When we were kids, there were three kinds of popcorn: Jiffy-Pop ™, movie theater, and the kind Dad made for us. Because the Jiffy-Pop ™ cost too much, we didn’t get that too often. And movie popcorn was just too … Continue reading

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Practical Application Hacking

One of the beauties of modern computing is that we can buy these fairly cheap machines–or even just pick "obsolete" computers out of the bins–and get them to do anything we want them to. For example, here’s an article about … Continue reading

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Learning to Program, for Kids (and stupid adults)

I’m fascinated by programming, partly because (despite having taken many courses and read many books) I can’t do it. But I live in hope. And here are some resources that you might find useful for learning to program: Greenfoot is … Continue reading

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Switching to Linux: Peugeot

Here’s a good one: Automaker Peugeot Converts 20,000 Desktops To Linux. It’s not actually news, since Peugeot prominently announced the move over the past year, but it’s nice to see it actually is happening. Peugeot has 72,000 users, so it’s … Continue reading

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Stop throwing stuff out

Planned Obsolescence is a waste is a starting point for figuring out where to go and what to do when your expensive stuff starts breaking–before you give up and buy a new one. Back in the old days people bought … Continue reading

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Pictures of Interesting and Strange Places

I’m a sucker for these web sites and pages that have lots and lots of cool and interesting photographs of cool and interesting places–places that I’m never likely to actually go myself. So I’m going to collect them here. Lost … Continue reading

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Animation Treasures

Animation Treasures is an incredible blog from Hans Bacher, an incredible blogger and a guy who loves classic animation as much as anyone (or more). One of the amazing things Hans does is to go through old cartoons and extract … Continue reading

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Making Stuff

Have an idea for a project? Not sure how to do it? Welcome to the Internet: the answers are here. There are so many resources for "how-to" and "do-it-yourself" online that it can be hard to figure out where to … Continue reading

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Interesting and Different: Fun

Not ready for another game? Try some of these links for fun things to do: The Online Paper Airplane Museum links for building and flying your own paper airplanes. Over 800 free designs available. Don’t let the website design deter … Continue reading

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Interesting and Different: Games

Tired of chess/checkers/Candyland? Here are some games I’ve discovered online. Some you play online, some are for playing in the real world. Enjoy: Alligator Eggs looks like a lot of fun. You just need some colored paper and a good … Continue reading

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