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9 June 2008 at 6:02 pm

Hemp: an ideal crop

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Fascinating post on the benefits of industrial hemp. And yet the North Dakota farmers could not get permission from DEA to grow it as a pilot project. (Perfectly legal to buy from other countries—just not allowed to grow it in the US.)

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9 June 2008 at 5:39 pm

Back from an outing

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Picked up the Charles McCarry series of Paul Christopher spy novels (had to go to both County and City libraries, plus order one of the series from Abebooks.com). Stopped by Whole Foods to get some fruit to crush to flavor drinking water (organic strawberries—never buy conventional (strawberries hold more pesticides than anything else, even after washing), apricots, cherries, watermelon, and meant to get lemon grass but forgot).

Interesting info via The Eldest from her doctor: drink no liquids from 30 minutes before you eat until 30 minutes after. If you follow that rule, and do your water-drinking between meals, you’ll feel fuller. Good to know.

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9 June 2008 at 3:41 pm

Interesting: Comcast censors ad

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Comcast won’t accept an ad that’s critical of a Congressman they bought (and critical of them as well). Big businesses really want to control the content of what you read and see so that they can expand their control of the country. Read the story here.

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9 June 2008 at 3:37 pm

Interesting Obama endorsement

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By a white, male, 55-year-old, anti-abortion, pro-military, life-long conservative Republican activist who campaigned for McCain in 2000. Worth reading.

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9 June 2008 at 1:42 pm

Posted in Daily life, Election

The Military’s Internet Civil War

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David Axe has written an excellent three-part article in the Washington Independent on how the military is handling the Internet:

Part One: How the Army Found Middle Ground

Part Two: How the Coast Guard Botched Its Online Start

Final Part Three: The Navy’s Renegade Bloggers

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9 June 2008 at 11:15 am

Posted in Military, Technology

John McCain

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9 June 2008 at 11:09 am

Posted in Election, GOP

Minor mouse point

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I use Logitech MX Revolution as my mouse, but I think this probably applies to other mice as well. The problem I was having was in using the wheel to scroll down a list: one “click” of the wheel jumped so much that I didn’t see some of the list, so I’d have to use the cursor to drag the button down the scroll bar—not so handy. I suddenly realized that the problem was that I had the scroll-wheel set, on the “Slow….Fast” bar for vertical scroll, at the far right: as fast as it would go. So each click was a big jump. I reset that toward the middle, and upped the “accelerationn,” and now the mouse is behaving as I want.

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9 June 2008 at 10:21 am

Posted in Daily life, Software

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James Fallows knows good programs

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And here’s one of his regulars: Brainstorm. I’ve not used it yet, but on Fallows’s recommendation alone, I’ve downloaded it for the 30-day free trial. Definitely worth a go, IMHO.

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9 June 2008 at 10:17 am

Posted in Software

Parodies of commercials

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Great list, via Very Short List. Example:

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9 June 2008 at 8:52 am

Posted in Humor

I know what you’re asking…

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“Where can I get Bento boxes and related equipment?” Well, I’m glad you asked, because here’s a good comprehensive list.

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9 June 2008 at 8:07 am

Posted in Daily life

Glarus chocolates

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When I’m in Baltimore, I now will regularly hit this chocolatier, located midway between the grandson’s kung-fu school and the Baltimore Coffee & Tea Company. The chocolates are extremely good, and worth ordering in the colder months. (I don’t know how well they would ship during the summer.)

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9 June 2008 at 8:06 am

Posted in Daily life

Blue your favorite color?

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9 June 2008 at 8:04 am

Posted in Daily life

Virus worries

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My computer has seemed to be busy doing unknown things lately, and naturally I worry that, unbeknownst to me, it’s sending tons of emails as a zombie. So I looked around for something to augment my current protection (Webroot Spysweeper with Antivirus) and came across this highly regarded program (but new to me): ThreatFire, which I found via this list. I downloaded the free version and am running it now.

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9 June 2008 at 8:02 am

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Wilkinson Blue

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The Wilkinson shave stick is blue, an unusual color in the shave arena. (Though Floïd makes a blue aftershave, come to think of it.) Blue it may be, but the lather is white, plentiful, and quite good. I used the Edwin Jagger medium to create the lather, and then the Merkur 1904 with a Zorrik of several uses in it. All Natural Shaving Oil for the oil pass, and finished with Swiss Pitralon aftershave.

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9 June 2008 at 6:50 am

Posted in Shaving

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