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Date : March 2013

Attack Of The Commas And Present Tense

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Published on: 2013.03.31

We all know the English language is still in flux. It’s a living, evolving set of rules and words. But sometimes that evolution produces strange byproducts, like this collection of words and punctuation from CBS News: Though, TV Guide is reporting that Lifetime is now, too, canceling the show. Let’s try that again, with more[…]

Reuse/Recycle: DIY Hanging Screw Holder

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Published on: 2013.03.30

Even before recycling was a craze or a common mantra in this country, my family has always reused old containers whenever possible. It’s just a smart, cost-saving measure. My grandmothers both used empty plastic “spread” containers to store leftover food, instead of buying expensive new leftover containers. (Neither of them had access to a recycling[…]

Energy-Harnessing Soccer Ball?

Categories: Environment, TechReview
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Published on: 2013.03.29

I saw this on the GearCulture blog: a soccer ball that “converts the kinetic energy of the ball’s movement into electricity. Just a few minutes of play can provide hours of light.” It’s “[c]urrently used in rural off-grid areas of Mexico and disadvantaged regions of the US with plans to go global and help out[…]

Thinking About Water

Categories: Environment
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Published on: 2013.03.29

When I first heard someone suggest “we need to conserve water”, I remember thinking: “We can’t run out of it; the water will always be here.” Whether you use more water or less water, it all runs downhill, then evaporates and rains back onto us, right? But a little more research has made me re-think[…]

Making Flickr Awesome Again

Categories: Internet, Photography
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Published on: 2013.03.25

Flickr’s “head of product” Marcus Spiering recently talked about (The Verge) “making Flickr awesome again”. For those of you who don’t know, Flickr is “almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world” (source). Even with a free account, you can upload 300MB of image files per month (no total limit),[…]

Deforestation Reminder

Categories: Environment, Health
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Published on: 2013.03.25

I think I first heard the term “save the rainforests” while in high school (late 1980s), though it might have been in the early ’90s. I’d never seen a tropical rainforest (I was a baby when I lived in Hawaii, so I don’t remember it), nor did I know anyone involved in deforestation, so what[…]

‘Sequester’ Harm Still Derided by Conservatives

Categories: Economy, Government
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Published on: 2013.03.23

Every day, I see columns and editorials in conservative publications almost gloating about the misnamed “Sequester” (across-the-board federal spending cuts that are still going into effect). It’s the same when I flip the radio’s dial past conservative talk radio stations. “Have you felt the pinch yet? I sure haven’t”, quipped one radio personality on a[…]

Say ‘Good-Bye’ To Google Reader

Categories: TechReview
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Published on: 2013.03.16

Of the people (4?) who read this blog, I’m going to guess that 0 of you use Google Reader. I’ve used it for a few years now to keep track of new posts on your blogs and a few other sites. Prior to that, I used a separate app on my computer for keeping track[…]

Book Review: War and Peace (Tolstoy, 1869)

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Published on: 2013.03.16

Alt. Title: Another Apology To My Parents Have you ever requested something specific, and then received it, and then been so disappointed by it that you wanted to apologize to your benefactor? That’s the story of me and War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (first published 1869).

My Best Images: Girls’ Basketball

Categories: Photography, Sports
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Published on: 2013.03.09

Between 2001 and 2009, I recorded many thousands of sports images, mostly as part of my job for The Seminole Producer, a daily newspaper that covered Seminole County, Oklahoma. Over the years, I’m more able to see the faults in many of those images, but some of them stand out as really good, at least[…]

Imaginary Time Is Here Again

Categories: Government, Pet Peeve
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Published on: 2013.03.09

(Disclaimer: When I started using the term “Imaginary Time” several years ago to refer to Daylight Saving Time, I had no idea it was a term related to quantum mechanics, with an entirely different meaning. So I offer my apologies to any quantum mechanics folks who might be reading this *.) The way we measure[…]

Keeper Ratio

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2013.03.08

One concern of beginning photographers is their “keeper ratio” — the ratio of “keepers” versus total number of images recorded. This phase usually happens after they feel fairly comfortable with their cameras and after they’ve begun to settle into a photographic niche. I saw this question in a Canon forum recently: “I have owned my[…]

Book Review: America, Empire of Liberty (David Reynolds)

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Published on: 2013.03.08

Full Title: America, Empire of Liberty: A New History of the United States Year: 2009 Publisher: Basic Books ISBN 978-0-465-01500-9 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books David Reynolds (see his Wikipedia entry) is a British history professor who’s written several history books, usually focusing on the Cold War era, or World War[…]

Does Your Watch Need To Be Smart?

Categories: PopCulture, TechReview
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Published on: 2013.03.04

The title of the video seen here is “Does Your Watch Need To Be Smart?” My first response was “What a stupid question.” My second response was: “What kind of tech writer would ask such a stupid question?” Pretty much nothing you own needs to be “smart”. And by “smart”, all they mean is the[…]

ISO, Just For Curiosity

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2013.03.03

My curiosity was piqued by this thread in a Canon 60D group on Flickr, where the thread originator said: ” In the 2500 through 6400 ISO setting, the camera’s light sensitive [sic] changes very little”. He meant sensitivity. He included a chart showing how his shutter speed changed with each change of the ISO setting.[…]

‘Root Cause’ of Sequester

Categories: Government, InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2013.03.02

In the News: US faces huge job losses as Obama orders $85bn cuts (The Guardian) “It’s happening because Republicans in Congress chose this outcome over closing a single, wasteful tax loophole that helps reduce the deficit”, said President Barack Obama, according to the story cited above. The story went on: “In his speech Obama blamed[…]

‘Sequester’ Going Into Effect

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Published on: 2013.03.01

From the news I’ve read this afternoon, the poorly named “Sequester” is going to happen. For the federal government overall, it reportedly means $85 billion in cuts. The “belt tightening could slow U.S. economic growth by at least 0.5 of a percentage point this year, that is not a huge drag on an economy that[…]

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