Jan 022008

UPDATE Sept 2013:
The original links are broken because the site moved around, go here:

Matthieu has put together his own wooden dice tower, very nice. I wonder if there’d be a way to replace the ploycarbonate at the bottom with wood? I imagine the dice would make a great clankitty clank sound bouncing off the plastic at the bottom right now.

Perhaps he could add some felt or rubber matting at the bottom tray to quiet things down.

A nice feature of this tower is that you can watch the dice all the way down. There could be no suspicion that some loaded die was popping out at the bottom for that critical hit you need at just the right moment :)

Below are just two of the many pics you’d find in the series of articles with the beginning  here showing the plans, the basic cut out pieces here, the tower is taking shape after being glued here and the Dice Tower complete here.

Very nice DIY project.

DIY Dice Tower

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 Posted by at 1:19 am
Jan 022008

 Climate Change

Green Goat Books, practically in my backyard at Bainbridge Island, is an independent publisher made up of, well, I guess I would call these ladies ‘hard core passionate environmental enthusiasts’, where everyday is Earth Day.

They’ve published a book ‘A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids: Understanding Climate Change and What You Can Do About It‘ (Amazon) that I wouldn’t mind if the local schools made it required reading as part of the science class in grade school. Mind you, I’m pretty tight fisted when it comes to schools, tax levies and the like so that should tell you something about the bar I have.

I don’t have children, but I’m purchasing this book for my sister’s family that is being home schooled. It appears to teach and inspire through clear and accessible writing, engaging illustrations, hands-on activities, facts and an empowering message to get kids involved in confronting climate change.

I just hope it doesn’t turn them into a bunch of fanatics rushing to the nearest Green Peace rally! :P

It also has some ringing endorsements, one of which is from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and others (like Bill Nye’s science writer). [BTW, from looking at the Pew Center’s Career Opportunities page I don’t see an opening for a web master. For crying out loud, are you using a FrontPage template!?]. Sorry for the digression…

Here’s a sampling of the 88 page book, it sells on Amazon for US$15.99.

A hot planet needs cool kids

Also see the author’s other initiatives:

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 Posted by at 12:05 am
Jan 012008

I’m in a pirate kind of mood as you might have been able to tell by this month’s edit to the header graphic. If you’re reading this via RSS, I’m not talking about this kind of pirate:

DVD Pirate

But rather this kind:

Puget Sound Pirates

That real pirate pic comes from the Pirates of Puget Sound. Pirates have a great tradition in Western Washington, especially around SeaFair each Summer when they storm the beaches of Seattle and cause all kinds of good, clean mayhem.

Did you know there was such a thing as the good, clean type of mayhem?

Expect more pirate stuff this month, much more. We’ll start off by pointing out Pirate’s Cove and their efforts to get just 500 more measly hits to the site to reach 400k. Do the guy a favor and click that link above, you’ll be rewarded with monkeys in pirate outfits, the monkeys demand it! :)

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 Posted by at 9:25 pm
Jan 012008

Geek Love

2008 started off with a whimper last night and is chock full of bad news. Why?

1. The Fireworks:

At midnight, as the wife and I were watching the Seattle fireworks show on TV, it was disrupted by 2 outages due to a corrupted file on the computer controlling the pyrotechnic portion of the display. The pyro technicians wound up taking manual control in a trailer nearby and fired them off minutes after the music had ended, and the 8 minute show wound up taking 12 minutes.

Know what? I liked it without the music, the men must have just been frantically hitting buttons and resulted in a nice cascade of ‘bombs bursting in air’.

Watch the video of Pyro Interruptus (may need patience to load the video)

2. Poor APPL:

The iPhone is having problems with the transition to Jan 1, 2008? It’s stuck on 12/31/07, has been reported as a Clock Bug on the official Apple forums and noted by Geoff Arnold as well. It’s possible this is an AT&T network issue, will be interesting to see what APPL has to say about it when everyone returns to work tomorrow.

In other bad news we have:

- Stranded Whale will have to be euthanized (Physorg)

- XBOX Live has been plagued with outage issues for days now (Kotaku)

- Windows Home Server Bug Could Lead To Data Loss (Information Week)

- Some mystery heists will never be solved, FBI just won’t let go (Chicago Sun-Times)

- RIAA saying I can’t copy music from my CD to my PC? (Wash. Post)

- Booze-Fueled Fight Forces South Pole Evacuation (Fox)

- Government Puts Restrictions On Lithium Batteries on Flights (WSJ)

I’m sure things will be looking up soon! :)


 Posted by at 3:14 pm