Monthly Archives: October 2009

Budget Day at Church

Today we’re working on the 2010 budget. It’s mostly the same as 2009’s, but we’re going to try to find places to cut. The biggest problem with the budget is our bookkeeping. It’s good enough to keep checks from bouncing, … Continue reading

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Installing Ruby on Snow Leopard

Thanks to my helpers at Google and Hive Logic, I was able to install Ruby on Snow Leopard. It amazes me that so many Rubyists use the Mac, because it’s always a pain in the neck to get it set … Continue reading

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Robotic Spiders? Sign me up!

In a couple of years, the doctor will tell me that I’m old enough for a colonoscopy. When that happens, I hope this new technology is ready: A new way to scan for diseases, including cancer of the stomach or … Continue reading

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Seven Pounds

I watched Will Smith’s Seven Pounds. It’s a pretty interesting movie. “Interesting” is such a weak word, I know — but I can’t pick a better one. I certainly can’t say the movie’s a feel-good joyride. How about “thought-provoking?” Smith’s … Continue reading

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Give Me Back My Legions

I finished Harry Turtledove’s Give Me Back My Legions. It’s a novelization of the Varian Disaster — the defeat of Rome by German forces under Arminius at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. It’s certainly an interesting topic, and Turtledove … Continue reading

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More Car Troubles…

Today’s problem can’t be fixed with WD-40. Or even a can of brake fluid. It’s some kind of clutch trouble. At 115K, I suppose it’s due. But these repairs are getting tedious. Later: well, the guy at the shop bled … Continue reading

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Fixed my car today

With WD-40, no less! The ignition has been getting stickier and stickier. Yesterday I almost couldn’t get my key back out of it. So this morning, I gave it a shot of “the wonder drug that works wonders,” et voila! … Continue reading

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