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Archive for January 3rd, 2009

BlahblahFish

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When you read BabelFish translations, do you sometimes wonder what exactly was really written? With BlahblahFish, you can see: enter an English sentence, pick and language, and click the button to have the English computer-translated into the target language you picked, and then computer-translated back into English.

For example: “Your hair and eyes are so beautiful.” with a target language of Korean produces: “Your head and the eye are beautiful quite.” With a target language of Japanese: “Your hair and the eye are beautiful very.”

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3 January 2009 at 12:29 pm

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Orgasmic childbirth

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Hmm. This is news to me.

It did remind me of one incident I treasure. At a dinner, we somehow fell to discussing childbirth, and one guy was telling about the birth of his daughter—waking up the middle of the night, driving his wife to the hospital, staying with her, etc.—and how hard it was for him. I will always remember the look his wife was giving him, of which he seemed to be totally unaware.

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3 January 2009 at 12:22 pm

Posted in Daily life

Water trick

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My doctor keeps encouraging me to drink more water. Tap water by itself gets old, so I usually put a little juice (pomegranate or cranberry, typically—and pure unsweetened versions thereof) into a glass of water, which is enough to give it a pleasant taste. Or I’ll use the juice of a lemon or lime. But recently, I was out of all of that. I discovered that a dash of bitters (I happened to use orange bitters) makes a very nice addition to a large glass of water. YMMV.

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3 January 2009 at 12:13 pm

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Top 500 worst passwords

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Boing Boing has the list. I was relieved to see that my password, Ut9%rz@1n8, was not on the list.

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3 January 2009 at 10:55 am

Posted in Daily life

Goal for the new year

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The Wife pointed out that meat too often plays a dominant role in my meals, so for the new year I am consciously focusing on vegetables. If I do eat meat with a meal, I will make sure that most of the meal consists of veggies. For example, no more steak dinners where the steak is the dinner. I in fact have a steak (from the Safeway bargain bin) that I think I’ll cut into pieces and use those to make chili—with lots and lots of tomatoes and beans. If I continue to focus on the veg, I should be able to do it. And, of course, there’s always stirfry (with only a bit of meat—or even just leave out the meat and use tofu).

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3 January 2009 at 10:21 am

Posted in Daily life, Food

Criticizing Israeli policy decisions

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Can one criticize and policy decision by Israel without being labeled an anti-Semite? Matthew Yglesias has a good post:

Noah Pollack of Commentary deems J-Street’s statements on the fighting in Gaza “contemptible.” And good for him. Personally, I find Pollack and Commentary fanatical and the whole point of J Street is to give progressive Jews an opportunity to reclaim the conversation over Middle East policy from the sort of rancid rightwingery represented by the Commentary crowd.

But then along comes his ponderous conclusion:

It is time that thinking people started calling J Street what it actually is — an anti-Israel group.

This kind of thing really pisses me off. One simply doesn’t talk about any other country this way. Countries implement policies. In democratic countries, like Israel, those policies are subjected to debate and criticism. To have a disagreement about policies is to be engaged in political debate. But here in the United States we see this constant campaign to label political disagreement about Israeli policy or about US policy toward Israel as “anti-Israel” or even anti-semitism. It’s offensive, it’s nonsense, it’s contemptible, and it ought to stop. A person who’s opposed to the existence of Israel is “anti-Israel”; a person expressing disagreement with something the Israeli government does is criticizing public policy. It’s very hard to see how eliding the difference between the two helps the Zionist cause. The label is a useful bludgeon for Pollack to try to wield against J Street, but the blowback around the world of convincing everyone who dislikes something or other the Israeli government does that they ought to adopt an “anti-Israel” self-conception is enormous.

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3 January 2009 at 9:07 am

KidZui for kids

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If you have kids using the computer, this post will be of interest. It starts:

I’ve always been very proud of the fact that I started using the computer at nine years old.  I remember the days that my brother and I would spend countless late nights on the old Franklin 64, playing text-based adventure games off a floppy disk, as the computer itself had no hard drive.

Fast forward just over two decades, and I now find myself worrying about the online activities of my two young girls, now aged 6 and 8, both of whom started using the computer when they were just three years old…

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3 January 2009 at 9:04 am

Posted in Daily life, Technology

Pausing problem licked—I think

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After a certain amount of time staring at Task Manager (sorted in descending order on CPU usage), I discovered that the problem seemed to be in Firefox: when sitting quietly, doing nothing, Firefox would be consuming 1-2% of CPU cycles, and then suddenly would jump to 50% for a couple of seconds, then drop back for several seconds, and repeat.

I googled “Firefox problem cpu usage” and found two sites that offered advice: this one and this one. The second site is where I found the fix. I’m not sure what it was, but I did uninstall IE Tab (replacing it with IE Tab Lite) and restarted. So far, so good. (I had already disabled ForecastFox, and FasterFox doesn’t work with version 3 of Firefox.)

So nice not to have the pausing. (I still think that replacing the hard drive was probably a good idea.)

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3 January 2009 at 8:57 am

Posted in Daily life, Technology

Another Omega brush

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Another Omega brush this morning, and another fine, fragrant lather, this time from Mama Bear’s Romance Silver type Shaving Soap. The Futur has a Swedish Gillette blade and it did a fine smooth job. I decided to go for an oil pass today (using jojoba oil), and I found I like the oil pass better than the Avalon Organic pass of yesterday. Extremely nice, and the end result is an exemplary shave. Pashana to finish.

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3 January 2009 at 8:36 am

Posted in Shaving

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