OK here we go — the first poll is out — no complaints about the Buckeyes’ placement, but can’t stand seeing the Wolverines at #7.
* SMC part number decoding. I wish I had had this last year before i applied AC to a DC solenoid. The “-5″ that I referred to has nothing to do with the negative 15 VDC terminal on your power supply. I was referring to the “dash five” in your SMC part number, VF3130-5xZ where, 1 – 100 VAC, 2 – 200 VAC, 3 – 110 to 120 VAC, 4 – 220 VAC, 5 – 24 VDC, 6 – 12 VDC, 7 – 240 VAC, 9 – Other
* Buy pneumatic couplings online at Homier
* OK not that pneumatic but here is a circuit design for driving something with sound — some people suggest hooking this to “a solid-state relay (110 VAC) or a Darlington sink driver (12 or 24 VDC) in order to switch your solenoid valve”.
* Best Free Software from PCWorld
* first details of MT 3.1. Anxious to play with the category features.
* Macrovision CD copy protection. Time to turn off autoplay.
* Picasa for free.
* Jerry Colonna’s blog
* What’s talking all my memory? Great tools
* Maxthon. Formerly MyIE2.
* Future of PC Audio. Reads to me like all the value is migrating to Intel and Microsoft — a shocking state of affairs.
* Bidrobot. I really should try this but the site scares me, I don’t feel like they are going to respect my privacy much.
* IE blog. The wiki is even cooler.
* Local search, as seen by a tv guy.
* McDonalds outsources order handling. Amazing what broadband can do.
Spent some time this weekend looking at vaca property — goal is something a) on the ocean, b) rustic area, c) within a couple hours driving of seattle so that we will really use it and we can transport the dogs there.
Toured the hood canal area and the near olympic peninsula a little this weekend. South hood canal is way too developed for our tastes. North hood canal started to feel a little better, tho we didn’t fall in love with anything.
I had previously ruled out the San Juans because of the car ferry lineup — I love a ferry ride, but I don’t love sitting in the car queue on busy weekends. But I’ve started to rethink based on a new plan — drive to Anacortes, leave the car there, and take a water taxi out to a location — for instance Island Express Charters or Paraclete charters seem to offer taxi service, there are more in the yellow pages.
I know it is fairly routine up at my folks’ cabin in Pointe Au Baril for cabin owners to take a water taxi out 10-15 miles to their cabins, so I am sure there must be a similar level of service to the San Juans.
If so, this might open up a lot more choices to us. For instance the Windermere office on Lopez has a lot of interesting properties
OK there are a lot of negative comments on amazon about The Rule of Four, but I liked it. The characters had a level of emotional depth and reality that made the story a lot better than a straight adventure story like The Davinci Code. Maybe the action wasn’t as taut but overall a much more interesting read.
* Surround sound whispering track up at rustyknife. gets great reviews.
* Simsynth — free program for created synthesized sounds
* Some strange ambient noise cds
* Need to check out n-track studio, one guy is using it for all sound playback and midi control of his props. Another guy is using cubase and delta cards (101 and 410 models)
* A lot of people love these cheap little DVRs — some guidance on using up at haunted illinois
* CEOs skim off 8% of a merger’s value. Ugly.
* Isaac Hayes’ Three Laws of Robotics. Ha.
* RSS Screensaver. Pointcast lives.
* Bittorrent traffic surpasses kazaa. And so of course we have…
* Bitoogle, the search engine for torrent files.
* Doom 3 goes gold. Yeeha!
* Commoditization of software. Interesting.
* Is .Net stealing Java’s Thunder? Yet again, Microsoft is making the platform very affordable and easy to adopt.
* Gates: DVDs obsolete in 10 Years. For me it may be sooner, I am pretty happy with Video on Demand services.
* Software that lasts 200 years. Good read.
Some great discussion on forums about creating a fake boarded up window look for your house at Halloween. Some of the many links to ideas and tips:
* One man’s plans: “Picture 1″:http://www.kerlinsoftworks.com/haunt/board/inside.jpg, “Picture 2″:http://www.kerlinsoftworks.com/haunt/board/outside.jpg, “Picture 3″:http://www.kerlinsoftworks.com/haunt/board/layers.jpg, “Picture 4″:http://www.kerlinsoftworks.com/haunt/board/detail.jpg
* “suggested magnets to use”:http://www.engconcepts.net/Magnets/Pages/1inch_Sq_Half_Inch_Thick.htm — tho some warnings, they are really strong and can pinch. “Another source”:http://www.kjmagnetics.com/safety.asp
* Another suggestion to use curtain tension rods to hang.
* “Another set of plans”:http://fast.horrorseek.com/halloween/juggernaut/boards/Boards.html
The new BCS formula is out and I have to agree with the opinion at CollegeFootballNews (exercise caution in following link, this site seems to have really aggressive popup ads):
bq. AP writers and college football coaches don’t watch a wide enough range of college football games to be able to cast a qualified vote. Coaches spend all of their time on their game and don’t have a second to spend watching other teams, and AP voters spend their time on the games they’re covering and trying to reach deadlines.
It is going to be another controversy-filled year in college football — and maybe that is what keeps the game interesting.
OK here are some of the highlights from the remainder of our trip:
* Isola bella on lake maggiore. Previously blogged. Beautiful and the lake seems way cleaner than lake como. If we went back to this part of the world I think we’d stay on lake maggiore instead of como.
* Florence. My initial impression was ?gosh this is a butt ugly city”. But it grew on us — the beauty is clearly not in the streets but in the art, culture, interiors of buildings, etc. And it is a very manageable size.
* The Uffizi was much more to my liking than the Louvre — a manageable size, and I just prefer the style of painting. And of course David was just amazing. I just didn’t understand the scale at which these artists operated — when you see the size of the works and the level of detail, it is just amazing. I know, my fine arts education is woefully lacking, I am discovering all this somewhat late in life.
* Venice was of course beautiful, we didn’t have enough time there. We had one really great meal there at Osteria Oliva Nera, a family run place.
* Milan. Everyone told us ?ugly, no point in visiting?. But in many ways I liked even better than Florence and Venice. Florence and venice are ?cities in amber? — frozen in time, operated for the benefit of tourists. Milan is a living breathing city, I like a living vibrant city.
* Ferrari museum out in modena. Man this place is like a shrine. A huge number of “pilgrims” visiting, getting their picture taken with the Enzo on display. What a car.