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Archive for July 21st, 2012

Mass shootings in the US: Increasingly common

with 2 comments has a list (PDF) of mass shootings in the US, beginning in 2005. The three earliest are these:

As the list notes, it’s a compilation of items from news outlets and is not comprehensive.

The list is currently 62 pages long; it does not yet include the Aurora, CO mass shooting. James Brady (my age) was White House Press Secretary under Reagan and was permanently disabled (and almost killed) by the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981.

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21 July 2012 at 10:05 am

Posted in Daily life

Sunny Saturday morning bliss

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Megs enjoys the sun.

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21 July 2012 at 9:38 am

Posted in Cats, Megs

Another good jazz site

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Jack in Amsterdam points out the site, whose home page bears the title “Jazz Rhythm.” Lots of good jazz lore to explore.

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21 July 2012 at 9:26 am

Posted in Jazz

Clever idea: A Mac built on a portable hard drive you can carry in your pocket

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And the portable Mac/drive has a ton of memory:

A portable external hard drive that’s at least the same size (preferably larger) than your Mac’s boot drive. This 1TB Western Digital USB 3.0 drive will set you back under $100, offers tons of space, and is small enough to go anywhere.

That’s from a Lifehacker post that explains how to build the portable Mac—which you plug into an actual Mac and then boot it from the hard-drive clone, which runs it. Limitations:

This method works well with Macs running OS X 10.4 “Tiger” forward. Just be careful that you’re booting a Mac with the same operating system on it. You may run into issues trying to boot an older OS to a Mac that shipped with a newer one on it (trying to boot Leopard to a Mac that shipped with Lion, for example) but you shouldn’t have a problem as long as your portable Mac is up to date and running the most recent version of the OS. Keep that in mind if you run into issues trying to boot a Mac with your drive and it’s not recognizing your USB drive as a startup device.

Apple has a knowledgebase page dedicated to this topic, and another with a table of systems and the OSes they shipped with so you can check before booting that the Mac hardware you’re looking to boot your drive to will work. Aside from this however, you shouldn’t run into any issues. The process will likely change a little when Apple releases OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion,” but most of the steps here will remain the same.

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21 July 2012 at 9:25 am

Posted in Technology

Ceramic-handled brush

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The brush shown is one of the Whipped Dog silvertips with the ceramic handle. It lost the usual several hairs in this, its first use, but did a fine job. The handle itself quite nice: it provides a good grip and a bit of heft, and I like its proportions (and colors, which I chose: you can choose the basic color and, if you want, an accent color).

I haven’t used QED’s Frankincense & Myrrh shaving soap for quite a while—too many soaps, have to thin the mob at some point—and I had forgotten what a pleasant fragrance it is. A fine lather, and the Apollo Mikron with a Swedish Gillette blade did three smooth and efficient passes. The Mikron has much the same action as the Progress, but you don’t have to take special care to put the cap on with the correct orientation: the red dot shown above the “3” in the photo has an opposite number on the opposite side. So put the cap on however you like, tighten the handle completely, and one of the two red dots will be above the “1”. (The Mikron seems built with rather more precision than the Progress, whose zero point seems to drift a bit from razor to razor: the Mikron is right on the mark.) That’s the relevant red dot for that blade.

Finally, a splash of Blue Floïd, a very nice lightly mentholated aftershave that I believe is no longer available.

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21 July 2012 at 9:23 am

Posted in Shaving

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