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The Woman at the Well, retold

Here is a nice (and I think fair) retelling of the story of the Woman at the Well, translated into modern idiom.

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quality isn’t job one somewhere!

I have a GM mini-van that needs a fortune in repair work. I go online to see what’s up with this problem and find out it’s all over the place (note items 25 and 78). GM built a zillion cars with the 3.4L V-6 engine and they have a defective part. The amazing thing is […]

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VOIP ‘n’ stuff

This Kerry Garrison tells how to build a full-featured PBX for less than $20 using rubber bands and other things you already have laying around the house. There is also a nice list of free office software. I noticed this Ultra@VNC because I keep telling myself that I need to use VNC, since there is […]

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don’t wait until laundry day

The mint is finally starting to get to the interesting states. Go there to find out what quarters are coming out and to decide whether to bother with them.

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ruby or java?

Decisions, decisions. I’m trying to write a small program to help my son learn to do subtraction. (His problem–today–is borrowing, which these days is called “regrouping.”) It is a trivial sort of GUI program and I’m trying to decide whether to learn Java UI programming with Swing, or Ruby/Tk. Swing has the advantage of including […]

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Pope on Blogs

The pope has an apostolic letter to those responsible for communications, which in the internet age, is practically anyone.

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Social Democracy with a human face

Now this story is something to keep in mind the next time someone tells you about the advantages of the European-style social democracies… A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing “sexual services” at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year. (Kudus to Pejman.) UPDATE: […]

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Garage Band

I’m building a case for us to buy a Mac Mini so I can fool around with Garage Band. I was talking to someone here who (unlike me) actually has a clue about music about Garage Band. He’s enthusiastic, of couse, but since I’m clueless he wondered what I would do with it. That led […]

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How Nerdy Am I?

Not even two standard deviations! Woo-HOOO! (Kudus to Bates Line) Update: it occurs to me that 50% might not be the mean, nor that the percentage distribution tracks a normal curve. D’oh!

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video mini-review: X-Men 2 United.

I do 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer every night, watching something or other I got from the library. The past couple of days it has been X-Men 2. Now, I was never a fan of the X-Men, or for that matter, Marvel comics. I was always a DC-type of guy and Batman was my […]

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