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March 26th, 2012


03:07 am
Happy birthday, Jammie!

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June 29th, 2011


07:58 am - By the way...
Fuck you, hot weather.

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June 28th, 2011


08:02 am - Awesome grill potatoes
I threw some steaks on the grill yesterday and wanted baked potatoes, but didn't have time to bake them. So I decided on a hot baked-potato style salad instead and it came out great. I don't measure, so all the measurements are approximately what I remember using:

6-8 medium red potatoes, skin on, cut into bite-size chunks.
4-6 tablespoons (maybe more, they were heaping) margarine or butter.
4 tablespoons lowfat sour cream (or regular kind if you can taste a difference--sour cream is one of the few things where I really can't, though the texture is different).
Seasonings to taste (I used garlic salt, pepper and dill, and will chop up some garden chives for the leftovers).

Stir everything together in a large Pyrex bowl, cover with foil, put in hot grill (~400F, but NOT directly over the coals) until potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally (sorry, I didn't time it...probably around 30 minutes). The mesquite chunks and cherry wood chips I threw on from time to time really gave a nice flavor.

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April 20th, 2011


09:17 am
RIP, Elisabeth Sladen.

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April 8th, 2011


03:39 am

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April 4th, 2011


04:45 am - Moguai - Oxygen

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March 27th, 2011


10:19 pm - Review: M-Audio Firewire 410
After more than a year struggling with M-Audio's buggy, never updated Windows 7 drivers, I've decided to review the sound card.

The Firewire 410 is an external interface designed for pro audio computer applications. It boasts zero-latency monitoring and up to 24-bit/96kHz fidelity. There are 8 output jacks and 2 multi inputs (mic and 1/4" phono), with a claimed -10dB (unbalanced) signal level, and an S/PDIF digital jack. The driver supports ASIO low latency recording, but the lack of continued support means that Windows 7 will often drop sound or even on multiple occasions throw a blue screen event, fairly rare for Win7.

Where the FW410 really fails is in its ability to take a punch.

Two punches to the cold-rolled steel case were enough to severely deform the sides, and a third managed to push the top of the case through several surface-mounted resistors on the board. A further two minutes of sustained stomping deformed the case further, and cracked the board in several places. The most severe damage occurred with the claw end of a hammer, which when applied to the *top* of the case actually caused several knobs on the *front* to shear off.

I would give this product an overall rating of 1/10.


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March 21st, 2011


03:17 am - Project Pitchfork - Passion

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March 14th, 2011


05:07 am - Ellen Allien - Sehnsucht


There's some brilliant shit coming out of Germany lately (but this is from an older album).

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March 13th, 2011


11:04 pm - I hate ads
Looking on Yelp for some place to take Lis for dinner in Boulder for her birthday. Seeing a paid ad for D&B in Westminster with a very lightly colored background at top of results (i.e., it's hardly distinguishable from the results). Get pissed off enough to write a Greasemonkey script to permanently kill all of these shitty paid results from Yelp. Enjoy:

EDIT: Whoops, this removes all entries. Let me fix the XPath.
EDIT 2: This should work. Hard to test, as Yelp only serves up the ad every $RANDOM page views.

// ==UserScript==
// @name FuckYelpAds
// @namespace Everywhere
// @description Because they're bullshit
// @include http://*.yelp.com/*
// ==/UserScript==

/*

Script by Steve Pordon (Legion303)


Changelog:

v0.2: Second attempt

*/

// Remove bullshit paid ads that fuck up chosen localization:

window.onload = fuckYelp();

function fuckYelp() {
var suckit = document.evaluate(
"/html/body[@id='yelp_main_body']/div[@id='wrap']/div[@id='mapLayout']/div[@id='searchPanelContainer']/div[@id='searchLayoutMainResults']/div[@id='businessresults']/div[1]",
document,
null,
XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE,
null);
for ( var i = 0; i < suckit.snapshotLength; i++ )
if (suckit.snapshotItem(i))
suckit.snapshotItem(i).parentNode.removeChild(suckit.snapshotItem(i));
}

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