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The Thirsty Crow

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When I was growing up, there was a folk tale of sorts about a crow trying to drink shallow water from a deep container. The crow wasn't able to reach the water. So the crow started picking up pebbles off the ground with its beak and throwing them into the container. Each pebble thrown into the container caused the water to rise ever so slightly towards the surface of the container. Many pebbles later, the water reached close enough to the surface so that the crow was able to take a few sips.


The story points to the intelligence of birds in general and the crow in particular and was hiding somewhere in my subconscious mind. I was reminded of it while reading Ackerman's gift of a book, a much-needed antidote to the "birdbrain" line of thinking. The book contains countless such stories to amaze and entertain you as you learn more about birds than you ever imagined possible.

(I later discovered that the story I had heard during my childhood is credited to Aesop's Fa…

Push!

I was reading a Davis Sedaris essay when I came to finally understand why childbirth is treated as such an ordeal among us humans. The short answer is capitalism, that panacea that isn't.

I'm pretty homophobic. Contrary to the common tagline, I actually don't have any gay friends. Not because I refuse to have any. But because none have crossed my path. And I admit I haven't gone out of my way looking for any. So for me to like Sedaris' work means I must really like his writing. And I do.

In his essay "Stepping Out" he talks to a cow that's grazing while giving birth. He asks her why she can't stop eating for five minutes in order to focus on childbirth. Five minutes for childbirth? Where did that time estimate come from? From capitalism, of course.

I'm speaking from some amount of firsthand experience here. I contend that childbirth is treated as a gland slam version of passing a kidney stone only because society has conditioned us to get it o…

Good Stuff Is Hard To Find

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The great (and recently late) singer, songwriter and musician Tom Petty said, "Good love is hard to find" in his famous song "You Got Lucky" (yes, the video is a bit cheesy, so feel free to read on). As it turns out, good products seem equally hard to find. Superstores like Walmart and Target and Amazon, where most of us shop these days, only carry certain products. How do they determine what to carry? As much as I don't write much anymore (all my notes are typed), I'm a big fan of good writing instruments -- mostly, I use them for highlighting the key sections in books I'm reading. For instance, I bought these awesome color pencils at Target on a hunch.
They write well, shapen well, the lead never breaks and is soft to write with, each color has a distinctive name, e.g. Dijon for the mustard colored pencil.
And I love the packaging; makes it easy to pick out the pencil you want and put it back in when you're done.
I've never been able to find th…

Are you still using handwritten notes?

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The Context

I am big on taking notes.

A while ago I realized that trusting my memory was a losing proposition. It would only cause me to forget more.

I have decent handwriting. And I love handwritten notes. It feels great. There's something primal about the experience of pen on paper. Pencil feels even better. Like hugging a sibling rather than a cousin.

But there's a rub.

Try looking for that note you took about the time someone told you about a really cool text editor.

Still flipping through pages?

Or maybe you're looking for the notebook from 2015?

The Transition

Enter 2018.

About 2 years ago I stopped taking handwritten notes. It was a tough change for me. I have a stupendous collection of writing instruments staring me in the face everytime I go looking for the stapler on my stationary shelf. Will they ever be used? To sign a check, maybe?

The Purpose

The reason I stopped taking handwritten notes is that I realized they failed in their purpose.

The purpose of taking not…

Closet Shelving Installation

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Our bedroom closets are pretty huge. I measured them at 6ft door width plus an extra 1ft on each of the insides for a total of 8ft width. The depth is 2ft and the height is 8ft. That's 128 cubic ft of space. Previously the shelving was only one layer of 1ft deep shelving, which certainly did not make adequate use of the space.

I decided to use the Rubbermaid Fast Track wire closet organizer system. I started with a 7ft top rail that extended almost all the way across the top of the closet with just 6inches to spare on each side. Then I installed four 6ft uprights 1, 3, 5 and 7 ft from the left wall respectively. This ensures that the shelves have more than enough support.

I used 79pound drywall anchors which I picked up at $14 for a pack of 50. So just over 3 anchors for a dollar. I stripped 3 anchors before realizing that I was using a shallow Phillips bit. Once I switched to a deep Phillips bit I did not strip a single anchor and they went in more easily.

Also, I ended up havin…

Ang 2 QS Dependency Tree

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Angular 2 | QuickStart | Dependency Tree


Here's the Angular 2 QuickStart dependency tree I captured after installing the example project located here:

https://angular.io/docs/ts/latest/quickstart.html

This is not a good or bad thing, it just is.

Since Blogger doesn't seem to let me post PDFs, here's a high resolution PDF of my screen captures of the dependency tree.

There's a lot to learn just from browsing through this tree.

http:/inventica.com/docs/ang2-qs-dep-tree.pdf

Troubleshoot Your Internet Connection

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There are several types of internet connections. Briefly they are as follows, in order of increasing speed/bandwidth.

(Bits per second is abbreviated as bps. Kilo, Mega, and Giga represent one thousand, one million, and one billion respectively.)
Analog (up to 56 Kbps)Satellite (less than 1 Mbps)DSL (up to 8 Mbps)Cable (up to 20 Mbps)Tier (T1 through T5, with 64 Kbps per channel, cumulatively up to 1 Gbps) Optical (1 Gbps+)Internet2 (100 Gbps) Most homes use either Cable (e.g. Comcast) or Optical (e.g. Verizon FiOS).