Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Another grand experiment!

I've got the digital camera that will accept either a CRV3 battery, OR two AA batteries. I've been using the Energizer e2 Lithium batteries and they've been fantastic. They are a bit pricey (cheapest price for four I've seen is $8.50), but they last tremendously. There are various technical reasons for this, chief of which being that the camera draws a tremendous amount of power in short bursts, and that kills regular alkaline or heavy-duty batteries. In a previous experiment, I installed a couple heavy-duties and they lasted FIVE photos before showing the battery low indicator. Regular brand-name alkaline batteries lasted quite a few more, but the lithiums can last hundreds of shots. *

But, as I said, they're expensive. I feel they are worth it, but I'm looking for a cheaper alternative. So I've purchased some Energizer NiMH Rechargeables. It was $20 for four AAs and a charger. Once they charge up, I'll see how they perform and report back.

What would be awesome would be rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in AA and AAA form factors, but I suspect that would be both expensive and fraught with peril.

* Lithiums are also much lighter and operate at temperatures low enough to kill regular batteries, and they have a much lower self-discharge rate. The stale battery problem.

People

From this article:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/diet.fitness/10/03/weightloss.kelly.pless/index.html
After high school, she lost 50 pounds. But because she hadn't done it in a healthy way, her weight crept back up to 220 pounds.
I'm going to take issue with this meme. How does the fat that you have already shed remember whether it was shed healthfully? I'm sick of it. Fat doesn't have memory.

Oh, and isn't she a genius? She quit eating pastries and focused on portion control. [head slap] If only I'd have thought of that.

Monday, October 29, 2007

I Hope This Site Gets Some Traction

(I don't like that title)

http://www.rottenneighbor.com/vimsearch.php?address=Chicago&ini_lat=41.879535&ini_lng=-87.624333&nelat=41.879535&nelng=-87.624333&swlat=41.879535&swlng=-87.624333

Sunday, October 28, 2007

iPhone!

From the NYT:

The $831 iPhone

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Very little to say

Busy.

Just stumbled across this website. Assuming its data is correct, it could be a good tool in the struggle toward knowing what one is eating.

I mean, look at the fat content breakdowns. It breaks it down by fatty acid chain!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Comedy

From an ask.metafilter.com question about visiting one's first professional conference:
Take advantage of any and all opportunities to charge your batteries both literally and figuratively. Downtime like this is also a good time to chitchat with other participants about whatever.
I'll cut the author some slack here, but I find myself imagining a fidgity, chatty person, finally freed from the enslavement of not being the center of attention, hogging hotel lobby electrical outlets ("holes") and annoying people like the rest of us who want to stare into space for five minutes.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Forest for the trees...

The "tribal left" is going insane with the Rush Limbaugh thing, and what he meant, and the meaning of the plural s. Just like they did with the Dan Rather phony document thing and font types and typewriter styles.

a) Who cares what Rush says, he is just a shock jock.

b) How many people heard what he said and the context thereof? Or are they just jumping on something that seems to look bad because they want to belong?

c) The problem is that our soldiers are getting killed. Anything else is obfuscation or irrelevant.


(On the radio the other day, I heard someone asking the White House spokesperson why we invaded Iraq if there weren't any WMDs. And the spokesperson said "Hussein defied 17 UN resolutions." I thought the GOP was against the UN?

Useful!

This is a program I've been wanting to get my hands on for a while. I think it wasn't free/shareware until recently.

Printkey2000.

What it does is take over the printscreen key and allow you multiple options. My favorite is that you can choose to print the whole screen, a specific window, or you can draw a rectangle around anything you want.