Happy Halloween!

Lisa and Moneka had some fun and did a great job carving jack-o-lanterns from the pumpkins we grew this year:

Trouble with Dates

I’ve been wanting to try and take advantage of the iCal program that is part of Mac OS X. My minimal calendaring needs were met in the past by simply using the calendar that is part of Microsoft’s Outlook mail program. Given that I’m minimizing use of that program, plus the ready availability of iCal, … Read more

Virtual Desktops

Like a lot of folks, I updated my Mac to run Panther this weekend. It was mostly uneventful, though I did have to upgrade Kung-Tunes in order to keep posting the most recently played song to this blog. Priorities you know. (Ok I did have to re-install emacs, and a few other minor system-ish things, … Read more

Carola’s Chocolate Coconut Bars

Ingredients 1 C sugar 1/2 C butter 2-3 eggs* (original recipe calls for 2) 1 tsp vanilla 1.3 C shredded coconut 1.5 C flour 2-3 tsp baking powder* (original recipe calls for 3) 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 1C chocolate chips Preparation Cream the sugar and butter. Stir in the slightly beaten egg and … Read more

You Never Know

There are interesting claims that the Dogon tribe of Mali, West Africa, long knew about an obscure celestial object and based some of their religious rituals around this object. Part of the story includes purported visitors from the star in question. Though no doubt not true (the tribal spiritual leaders were probably informed of the … Read more

From the Garden

For some reason I’ve become interested by the idea of growing our own onions. I’ve been growing them from seed for a couple of years now and this year was the best yet. Shown below are a few of the freshly harvested sweet Vidalia and basic red onions (the Italian Cippolini aren’t shown, but we … Read more

Great Google Tips

More and more people use google for an ever increasing number and variety of searches. Most of the time, searching with just a couple of keywords is enough to generate a number of useful hits. However, I’m sure we’ve all searched for topics where it took a number of attempts before we found useful results. … Read more

The Test of Memory

“We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory.” -Georges Duhamel, The Heart’s Domain

Wicked Little Puzzle

(via Robert Hunter: singer, songwriter and lyricist for the dead.) Here’s a wicked little puzzle that occured to me while shaving. Evil aliens come to Earth. If you answer any of the first 6 true or false questions incorrectly they will blow us up. If you can answer questions 1 through 7 correctly, without figuring … Read more

Today in History

With unix-based systems it’s almost too easy to add little extras like my new Today in History feature. Based on a tip I found at a mac enthusiast site, I put together a new sidebar feature that randomly displays one of the “today in history” entries from the system calendar; it’s over on the right, … Read more