September 2007


Horror Of Horrors! My 5-month-old Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 died! First was the sound of a chicken bone in the garbage disposal. Then, accompanying the following silence, was the faint smell of burning plastic and ozone. DEAD! The Hitachi was the 400GB heart of my Media Center computer. Almost half-a-tera of movies and TV shows (leached, allegedly). And no..I didn’t back it up. It was the biggest HDD on my network. How the hell do you backup half a terabyte? As I now know, with another 400GB drive. Yes the Hitachi T7K500’s are getting a horrible reputation for failures, but I can’t use this as excuse. All those hours, all those rapidshare accounts- all history.

I add this here just as a reminder to all to BACK UP YOUR DATA. Pile of DVDs, mom’s computer, another HDD (maybe not Hitachi), anything. Just get it done. Venting Complete.


جماعة أبو سياف

Before we left the states, I remembered hearing a part of an odd news report, but I didn’t get the whole story, and I forgot about it. And so, we’re now in the middle of San Vincinte, just about to eat dinner, and I finally decide to ask her why the airport closed a couple of weeks a few months before we left on the trip.

And she says…

“The Muslim militia in the north wants to attack it cause the military are fighting a Muslim uprising in the south.”

“My god! Are we surrounded?!”

“Of course not. Have some fish.” (more…)


Wouldn’t this be an interesting solution to our problems here? Make legislative proposals go through a public ‘wiki’ process after committee, but before being brought to house/senate floors. The New Zealand Legislative experiment (more…)


Digitized sound is made up individual samples so small, they can’t be discerned by the human ear (usually). However, the information from the original analog (continuous) sound is lost. Is it possible to use digital photo extrapolation technology, or more to the point, the mathematical algorithms for photo enhancement (Fourier transform and such), and apply them to digitized/sampled sound in order to reconstruct the original analog sound?




I hate cleaning fish tanks. What’s worse, normal cleaning doesn’t get rid of the ‘residues’ underneath the gravel, and thorough cleaning is time-consuming and traumatic for the fish. What I’ve detailed here is an integrated system that reduces cleaning man-hours, while giving better results than hand-cleaning. This “Backwash Cleaning System” is based on the backwashing flow systems used by water filtration plants for decades. The technique is simply applied to fish tanks.




What a road this has been. I had a family member in need of a new car. She’s not only heavy and tall, but unable to walk very far or lift her left leg due to spinal cord damage. Her 17-year-old Ford Explorer wasn’t able to handle the size of her new power wheelchair, and was quickly rusting out. So the search began for a new car. We thought this would be easy. We learned we were wrong.



Just a little something silly for overpriced home products catalogs…

The “FootBoard Cushion”


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